Release Blitz & Reviews – The Anti-Fan and the Idol, Rachel Van Dyken

July 5, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Make it or break it… Or maybe just break them?

The Anti-Fan and the Idol, an all-new steamy and emotional enemies-to-lovers novella set in the My Summer In Seoul world from New York Times best selling author Rachel Van Dyken 1,001 Dark Nights, is available now!

Make it or break it…

Or maybe just break them?

Ai-Ri has been training under YK Management in Korea for two years without any results. She doesn’t fit the typical mold for a successful K-POP idol image, literally down to her blood type. She has six more months before college entrance exams which means she only has six months to make it as an idol before her dreams are crushed.

Things take a turn when two of the most famous male idols break away from their group and decide to form their own co-ed group, a rarity.

And wonder of all wonders, they need one more girl.

It would be the perfect opportunity, except she hates them.

They are arrogant, entitled, rich little snobs who want the world to worship the ground they walk on. To make matters worse, the only reason they came to her was because they are desperate, which means she needs to prove herself even more.

Tempers and personalities collide when she’s forced to either accept the position or give up on her dream.

But what happens when you suddenly go from anti-fan and enemy number one to stuck in a love triangle between two boys you were born to hate but are somehow falling in love with? And will the group survive the heartbreak that follows when she finally makes her choice?

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Anti-Fan and the Idol: A My Summer In Seoul Novella from Rachel Van Dyken is a fun, emotional and quick story in the K-POP world. After reading My Summer in Seoul I knew I wanted this book! Ah-Ri is running out of time to get her big break. Too bad it comes from Ryan and Haneul, jerks from her past. They have a short time to make it big. The first co-ed band. Failure is not an option so they have to put aside their differences and work together. Dance together. Sing together. Touch on accident, touch on purpose. Turns out they don’t hate each other after all, but  it’s risky and they can’t afford to get caught. While they are practicing and getting ready, they all learn things about themselves. They laugh, they heal, they grow. And when it’s their time, they shine. Together. Wow! This short story packs a full novel punch. I was sucked in from the first page and didn’t want it to end. I hope we get to see these characters again!  

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Anti-Fan and The Idol is a novella spin-off to Rachel’s My Summer in Seoul standalone. I am not a big fan of K-POP but these books are amazing and a glimpse into the world phenomenon. These are all-new characters!! This is their last chance. Haneul and Ryan are best friends and bandmates and they need this to work. A co-ed K-pop group. They only needed one more girl to accept the challenge and their last chance was a girl who wasn’t a fan. It doesn’t help that they have bullied Ah-Ri. She never backs down and that is why they want her. She is different. She is no quitter and they only have a limited time till the Showcase. It’s all or nothing at this point and when she accepts… it’s on. What they didn’t expect was to like her. To really like her and that was dangerous in their industry. I can’t really get into the story anymore than that but I can say that I laughed, swooned, and cried. The book is short but it’s an emotional one. It definitely packs a punch and I hope RVD writes more in this world. Quotes: “Anyone ever tell you how sexy you look when you curse?” he asks. My breath hitches. The lights suddenly go off in the dance studio. “Power outage?” I say. “Good timing,” he replies. “You were a bad idea from the start.” “And you were bad from the very beginning.” I lift my chin. “What could you possibly want?” she asks. “A small spoon,” I answer. “Like I said, NO ramyeon!”
silhouettes of the young couple of the bride and groom in the backlight
About Rachel Van Dyken Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Release Blitz & Reviews – Gage, Sawyer Bennett

July 5, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Gage: A Pittsburgh Titans Novel
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: July 5, 2022

Synopsis:

Read the first THREE chapters of Gage

Veteran player Gage Heyward retired from the league following a successful career. Now the Titans need him, but does he have what it takes to get back on the ice and pull this team together?

After achieving the goals I set for myself, I walked away from my professional hockey career. It was a tough decision, but the right one at the time. When the Titans organization approached me about joining the team they were rebuilding following a devastating plane crash, I felt a passion for the game and a competitive spirit I hadn’t felt in years. The opportunity to make a huge difference to a lot of people spoke to me, and I accepted their offer and headed to Pittsburgh without a second thought.

Jenna Holland is also new to town, having moved from Phoenix to Pittsburgh to take a job with the Titans. Her past has left her with scars—both physical and emotional—and she’s slow to trust others. But the more I learn about Jenna, the more I want to know. The more I need to know. Because the beautiful blonde with honey gold eyes and a wall around her heart has me enamored.

My game on the ice is the best it’s ever been, but it’s my game off the ice I’m focused on these days. Because while Jenna may not be willing to take a chance, I know the potential is there for something big. Something life changing. Now I just need to convince her to take the shot.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Gage is the third book in the Pittsburgh Titans series by the fabulous Sawyer Bennett. Gage is the definition of swoon. He’s mature, caring, funny, sexy and honest. It’s refreshing to read a hero who isn’t playing games, cares about what people think of him and admits that he wants a woman. Jenna is new to town and friends with Baden and Sophie. As soon as Gage sees her he can’t look away. Yes, he sees the scars, but he sees the beautiful woman with the mesmerizing eyes. There’s something about her and he just knows she’s meant to be in his life. He says friends, but he means more. He just has to get her to see it. Jenna has been living in the shadows for a long time. She’s self conscious of her scars and doesn’t trust people to see beyond them. Until Gage. She’s not sure what he sees when he looks at her, but after getting to know him more, she trusts his honesty. She’s also wildly attracted to him and he makes her want to find herself again. I loved this story! The journey Jenna goes on to let go of her past and move forward was inspiring and brave. How she learns to trust Gage and believe what he says to her. And Gage, sweet mama! That man. The things he says and does. How he talks about his family and friends. He’s loyal and smart and sexy and …everything! He’s older and wiser and knows what he wants and goes after it. I couldn’t love this story more!

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Gage is the third book in the Pittsburgh Titans series by Sawyer Bennett. Each book can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the series since each couple is unique and tied into the series.

Gage is back! He is out of retirement to help build the Titans back up after losing most of the team in a tragic plane crash. He is one of the oldest players but in the best shape of his life. He only plans of being in Pittsburgh for the season to lift the team’s spirit and hopefully get to the playoffs. What he didn’t expect was her… Jenna Holland. A new woman in a town and in the office. A beauty like no other. He just needs to show her that he means business. He wants her, scars and all.

Jenna was nervous and excited about moving to a new city and starting a new job. She is ready to be out of her comfort zone, one inch at a time. She only has two people in town, Baden and Sophie but on moving day she meets him… Gage Heyward. A hockey player who makes her skin tingle. But she doesn’t believe the flirting he is giving off. Doesn’t believe a man like him would want a woman like her but when he shoots his shot, she is confused and excited at the same time. Will he make his shot?

Awe!! I love these two. Gage is so swoony with his respect and patience. Love and admiration. Jenna is stronger than she believes and one hell of a badass. I knew this was going to be an emotional ride knowing some of Jenna’s story and Gage is perfect for her. He totally filled her bucket and she filled his.

Quotes:

“Sometimes… you can lurk in the dark for so long, it’s hard to leave the security it becomes.”

The man is dangerous, for with a few words, he makes me want him fiercely in all ways.

Just know that when you’re comfortable enough to share the pieces of you that you hate, I want you to know that I won’t hate them.

 

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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New Release & Reviews – The Callahan Family Box Set, Carrie Aarons

July 1, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Review | By

The Callahan Family Box Set by Carrie Aarons is live!

A family engulfed in scandal, one small town, and the baseball dynasty that ties them all together. Grab these five small town, sports romances and a brand new Opening Day extended epilogue in this box set from bestselling author Carrie Aarons.

The Callahan Family Box Set includes five standalones:
Warning Track
Stealing Home
Check Swing
Control Artist
Tagging Up

PLUS: A brand new, never-before-released Opening Day extended epilogue featuring a chapter from one half of each couple! 15k of new content from your favorite family dynasty!

More about the books inside:

WARNING TRACK

Colleen Callahan is exactly where she’s always dreamt of being.

Hayes Swindell would prefer hell over the place he ended up.

Fate has other plans, though. If their forbidden chemistry is found out, it could mean the end of both of their careers. Except hurtling so close to the danger zone has never felt more right.

Should they head for disaster together, risking it all, or course-correct and save themselves the ultimate price of heartbreak and scandal?

STEALING HOME

Walker Callahan has loved from afar for as long as he can remember.

Hannah Giraldi never wants to fall in love again.

Can Walker risk his own future and show her how to trust again? Or will the feelings he’s kept hidden for years throw him out of the game before he can even attempt to play?

Is there a way to heal all of the broken parts, or will Hannah go down swinging while attempting one more shot at a happily ever after?

CHECK SWING

Sinclair Callahan is a trust fund baby.

Francesca Kade is an independent goal-getter.

Can he shoulder the responsibility he’s always shrugged off? Or will he balk at the real-life complications and strike out completely?

Will she ever be able to trust that he’ll put both her and his responsibilities before his vices? Or will their differences cost them the game?

CONTROL ARTIST

Dahlia Akana has no idea where she’s going in life.

Garrett Chester has always known exactly what he wants.

When secrets, lies, and a humiliating public scandal rock their world, will she be able to stay with him? Fight for him? Or will her age-old tactic of fleeing erase any shot at a happily ever after?

Can he put the rumors to rest, piece together a career in shambles, and be the hero she needs?

TAGGING UP

All Anna Callahan wants is her independence.

Clark Nyle swore a long time ago he’d never be committed to anyone.

But, when their secret is finally discovered, it sends the already skittish bad boy running for the hills. And although she claimed to want freedom with no strings, Anna can’t help but feel the sharp pull to be with him forever.

When they’re found out, he’s forced to choose between his demons and the disapproval of his closest friends … or her.

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

⚾️ WARNING TRACK 
Warning Track is the first book in a new series by Carrie Aarons. I love Carrie’s books and when she announced a new series i was beyond excited. A baseball family? Yes, please! That’s all I really knew since I don’t read blurbs. 

Colleen has been training for this her whole life. She never expected it to happen at the age of twenty-eight while her father was carted off to prison but here she is…the new GM of the Packton Pistons. A baseball team that needed to work on its reputation after the family was disgraced by her father. She knew it would be hard being so young and a woman but now it’s all she has time for. Work. To prove she was made for this. To prove she earned her position. To prove she can bring this team to victory. And after meeting their new-star player, she is even more determined to prove that she is not her father. 

Hayes doesn’t want to be there. He was supposed to be in LA with his team. Instead, he was in PA because of crooked Callahan and his illegal trades. He was stuck for one season then he was out. If he didn’t love the sport so much he would just slide by on this team. He hated the Callahans for what he did. They were enemy number one in his book. The problem? Colleen. She was beautiful, smart, professional, and he wanted her bad. 

Off-limits: not to be interfered with, considered or spoke of. Yep! That is exactly these two. They don’t want a scandal or a bad reputation. A GM and a ball player would do just that. Then there is love. They just clicked even when they first met. Is love worth it? What will happen at season’s end? Will she prove to everyone including herself that she deserved her title? Will he go back to LA? 

I ♥️ Hayes and Colleen!! If I didn’t start this book on a crazy day then I would had finished it in one sitting. I loved their banter and flirting. The sexual build-up. Their overall characters. They are just good people. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. I don’t know who is up next but I have an idea and I am for it. Thank you, Carrie for another amazing book and start to a series. 💞

Quotes: 

Her body is liquid sin, flowing with its petite curves and exposed skin, that if I reached out and touched, would most likely slide like warm butter under my fingertips.

“You’re fucking beautiful like this. Hair down, wild and uninhibited.”

Right now, I have no idea what my future holds. But there is a ticking clock counting down in the back of my head, like something out of Peter Pan. Eventually, it’s going to catch up to me, like that goddamn crocodile.

⚾️ STEALING HOME 
Stealing Home is the second book in the Callahan Family series. Each can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Warning Track since it will give you a better look into the family. It is also where I started to fall for Walker, and wanted to hug Hannah and punch her husband in the junk. 

Six years ago Walker watched the woman he loved walk down the aisle and towards his teammate, Shane. She was always Shane’s but he felt something for Hannah from the moment he met her. That connection only got stronger and stronger through the years from afar. They chatted at parties but never in a flirty way. He knew she didn’t belong to him but to an asshole. He didn’t get it but they had a family together. What he didn’t expect was what happened that night outside of the stadium. The night that changed everything…

Six years ago Hannah married a man she loved. Five years ago he started to show his true colors. He was an abuser. She stayed for her kids. She stayed because she thought she was weak. Now, she was done. She had to be strong for herself and for her kids. She couldn’t go back. It was time to start over but first she had to go through more hell. And by her side was Colleen the owner of the baseball team Shane used to play for. She also found safety with Walker. A man who was so sweet and was there for her one of her worst days. She saw and felt something between them but it was too fast to give her heat to another man. Could she even trust another man after what Shane had put her through? She also didn’t want a knight in shiny armor. She had to do this on her own. 

Wow. I think Carrie did an amazing job at writing such a hard subject. I knew this one wasn’t going to be all hearts and rainbows. It made it more raw. Hannah is a badass woman and mother. Walker is a hot sweetheart. I loved them along with the littles. They are adorable and deserve happiness. All of them. I am excited for the next Callahan to find his! 

Quotes: 

Hannah doesn’t lean in, but she doesn’t back away. Coaxing, ever so slowly, I kiss her with the tenderness of a thousand feathers.

“Walker … you don’t want to date me.” She leans her head back against the seat, sighing as she looks at me. 
“You have no idea how false that statement is. I’ve been waiting six years for a date with you.” My voice is quiet, but deadly serious.

“I know I’m not just seeing you, Hannah. Your girls are your world. I want to be a part of that, too. I’m not shy in telling you that I want every part of you, especially the part where you’re this fantastic, strong mother.”

⚾️ CHECK SWING 
Check Swing is the third book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. You can read as standalone but I highly recommend the series since they are all unique, beautiful, and amazing. I have been waiting for Sin’s story. The bad boy in the family. Just his name is swoon worthy and trouble. 

Sinclair is the black sheep of the family. The party boy who can’t keep a job even when they are handed to him. His family ownsthe Packton Pistons, each member works for the team in some capacity. He hit rock bottom a little over a year ago and now it was his time to get in the game of life. One year sober and his father sends him to spring training to be an assistant video production manager. A job he didn’t earn but one he hopes to enjoy and stick with. What he wasn’t planning for was her. A woman who intrigues him from the moment he sees her. And, the perk was that she had no idea who he was. He hated not telling her, it let him be himself though. To not just be a Callahan but Sin. A man who made her laugh, hot and bothered, and have a spring training fling with. 

That was what it was only supposed to be. Three months. No strings attached. Frankie didn’t want anything more than that but when he left, she was heartbroken. Now, she was in Packton with a promotion. She was excited about her new job. What she didn’t expect was to see him. And gets the shock of a lifetime when he is a Callahan. He might want to start fresh but can she trust him after lying about who he was? Was it all a lie? His feelings? His troubles? What else was he hiding? 

I loved these two! Sin is more than anyone expected. I knew he was something but damn. And Frankie is a badass. She knows what she wants and doesn’t play around. They are both determined and motivated. Together, they are full of passion, love, and laughter. I am so hoping there are more stories in this series! I can see the next book…

Quotes: 

Sinclair is trouble, that’s for sure. Just the kind of trouble I want to try several times before I know better.

“I wasn’t aware you were emotionally off-limits. Now my plan to get you to fall in love with me is thwarted.” She snaps her fingers as if to say aw shucks.

Like she said, trying harder is worth a lot. In this instance, it’s worth everything.

⚾️ CONTROL ARTIST 
 
Control Artist is the fourth book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. Each can be read as standalone since they are different couples but I highly recommend reading the series since they are tied together. If you have then you have met Dahlia (Hannah’s sister) and Garrett (the rookie).

Dahlia moved to Packton two years to support her sister and nanny her nieces. It was supposed to be temporary but she hasn’t had the pull to move on. Yet. Which is surprising to her since she was a nomad and loved to travel and not settle in one place. Her family doesn’t get it. They just want her to be happy and Hannah doesn’t see that. Dahlia doesn’t see her future tied to one man! Children, and a white picket fence. She doesn’t want that. She wants to be free. Garrett would be perfect for just that. A roll in the hay with the rookie with a Texas drawl except he was just too young and too cocky for her. But he was persistent, and someone who is that cocky about his bedroom skills usually can back them up. Would giving up her resolve be worth it?

Garrett was new to this lifestyle. Money, women, parties, and everything he could ever ask for. He grew up poor and was living it up. He finally made it to the Big Show and after his rookie year, he was living high. Too high. No, not drugs. The lifestyle. He was arrogant, cocky, and stubborn. He knew his game was on top but now his personal life was hitting the tabloids. Baseball was his life. He wouldn’t go back to the trailer park. But what was wrong with having a little fun? And he knew he would have fun with the feisty Dahlia. He wanted her and he wasn’t going to just walk away from a challenge. But once he had a taste, he wanted more and more. To know her. To enjoy her. He might have been the playboy but she was the nomad. Would should take the risk with him to become more than sex buddies? Would the tabloids ruin everything before they could really get started?

This series just keeps getting better and better. I am not sure if there is more to come but I sure hope so! Garrett is cocky yes but he is also sweet, misunderstood, and a hot mess. I loved seeing all of his sides. The shameless flirt. And he met his match with Dahlia. She is a badass who feels a little lost but knows she will find her way. I love them both. Together, they are explosive and a little out of control, and sweet and it’s them. They made me laugh, cry, and get hot and bothered. ♥️

Quotes:

“I just met you, you’re my boss, and you’re complimenting my boobs? I think I found my new best friend.” I laugh.
She winks at me and takes on a valley girl accent. “That’s because I’m like, a cool boss, not a regular boss.”
“And a Mean Girls reference? Marry me.” I wink back at her.

“You feel like dancing, darlin’?” That deep voice is much too close to the sensitive slope of my ear. I don’t move though, and stop my body from swaying, not wanting to give him the upper hand.
“I hate country music.”
“Aw, sweetheart, that’s not what your hips were saying a moment ago.” That tone is pure sex.

His mouth is vicious, searing hot, and skilled beyond his years. He wasn’t lying when he said he could make me come so many times I’d lose my voice, because with the way his tongue is filthily commanding mine, I can feel an orgasm building. From just a kiss. 

⚾️ TAGGING UP 
Tagging Up is the fifth book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. I do believe this is the last book in the series but there is potential for more so here’s hoping! Each book can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the series since they are all unique in their own ways. 

Clark was there drowning his sorrows. Anna was there after losing a patient. Two single friends. A little bit too much drinking. Some pent up lust. This book starts out with a bang and I am here for it. 

Clark knew it shouldn’t have happened. Anna is his best friend’s little sister. She was off-limits and he was so not a relationship guy. He never went back twice. And he has known Anna since she was only sixteen. She was too young for him even if she was twenty-three now and he was thirty. She deserves someone who could give her more than one night. She was beautiful, sweet, witty, and didn’t let anyone especially him bullshit her. She told it how it was. And now, Anna was telling him that she is a woman who knows what she wants and it’s more sex with him. Without strings. Without telling her cousin, Walker. It’s none of anyone else’s business.

Anna was tired of everyone treating her like a child. A fragile child who can’t make her own decisions. She was a nurse for f*ck’s sake. She might be the baby of the family but she wasn’t some kind of princess. She was a badass who has wanted Clark since she was seventeen years old and if sex was all he was willing to give, she will take it. In the bathroom. In bed. In a plane. Up against the wall. You get my point. But she also wants to show him that he is good enough. He deserves more. But what will happen when feelings latch on? 

I have been slowly falling for Clark throughout the series and his story was so worth the wait! This man has layers. He isn’t just the team playboy and fun guy. He is so much more. And Anna, I love her too. Together, they are fire and complications. It’s one hell of a ride! 

Quotes: 

I will never, not until the day I die, forget the look on his face when he stepped into me and grabbed the back of my neck. It was possessive, so fucking hot, and like he knew exactly how I wanted to be kissed.

My soul must be floating somewhere up above my body, because I swear I just died. Fucking died and went to lust heaven, because holy Christ, Clark Nyle is dirty talking to me.

“You have no idea how good you can be.”

⚾️ OPENING NIGHT 
It’s eight years later and Opening Day for the Callahans! I absolutely love this family and their loves and children. It was so awesome catching up with all of them. It’s fun when we get to see them in the future with each getting their own POVs. It also makes me want more! Come on, Carrie…second generation? Pretty please. If not, I will forgive you since you wrote this extra epilogue. ♥️⚾️ 

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Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, 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 lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.
 
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New Release & Reviews – Seduced, Lili Valente

June 28, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Review | By

Last night I made out with a gorgeous, funny, quirky older woman. Today I learned she’s the new executive chef at my restaurant. AKA my new boss.

Yep, that’s the hot mess I’m in at the moment.
But the chemistry between Natalie and me is even hotter.
The problem? She’s a single mom focused on helping her little girl adjust to life in the big city. Dating right now—especially a co-worker—is asking for trouble.
So, what’s my next move? Seduce the hell out of the woman, of course.

I may still technically be hanging onto my V Card, but I know how to drive a woman wild in bed.
Even more importantly, I know I’m the kind of man Nat’s looking for. I love hard, keep my promises, and I’ll put her and her daughter first.

And then I learn the real reason she’s been holding me at a distance…

Most men would be scared away. Me?
I’m even more determined to prove I can make this wounded woman’s dreams come true.

 

5 out of 5 stars
Seduced is the third book in the V Card Diaries series by Lili Valente. You can read each book as standalone but I recommend reading the series since they are all so much fun. I have been waiting for Cameron’s story and the wait was totally worth it.
It all started with chocolate covered crickets…
Cameron knew the woman across the table was different. She was beautiful, witty, and mysterious. And she didn’t want to be his friend. That was clear when she kissed him. It was perfect. She was perfect. They make plans for a first date. Cameron is walking on the air the next morning on his way to work then he sees her. In the kitchen of Crave as the new owner and executive chef. And her number one rule… Zero-fraternization between employees. I guess it was time to up his seduction game. Except, this is no game, he knows she is the one he has been waiting for. But, what will happen when she finds out about his V status?
Natalie wasn’t looking for romance. She was new to New York, a single mom, and the new owner of Crave. She didn’t have time for a man especially one ten years younger. He definitely couldn’t be ready for the whole package. He was a hot chef in his twenties in NY. He probably just wanted in her pants and now as her new boss, he would just walk away. Except, he doesn’t. He is a surprise she didn’t expect and that makes him trouble.
I ♥️ Cam and Natalie!! And of course Crissy, that kid is adorable. This story is not only sexy AF but sweet and funny too! It’s also full of heat, friendships, and dinosaurs. I knew Cam was a sweetheart but I absolutely love his sexy side too. Hot damn. Natalie is a badass in and out of the kitchen. She is also a kickass mom and I loved meeting her and all of her side. And, Crissy, this kid is the best. So much fun and brave. I can’t wait to see them again in Sparked!
Quotes:
“You’re cocky.”
“Only when it comes to food.”
“I think you broke my vagina, and all my clothes are still on,” I say, fumbling for the buttons behind my neck.
“Somebody help! Mommy’s being attacked by a vampire!”
5 out of 5 stars

Seduced is the third book in the V Card Diaries series by Lili Valente. I am loving this series so much! Lili is giving us such fun characters with so much heart and they are making me swoon and laugh out loud. Oh Cameron, I knew I was going to freaking love you! You might be young, but you have your life together. You know what you want to do with your life, you know how to treat a woman and you know how to be a great friend. And you are sexy and fun and smart. Natalie is a business owner, chef and mother. She wasn’t expecting to meet a young, charming man who she connected with. And then when he turns out to work for her, she can’t go there. But really, she can and she does! I love that she is older and he’s the virgin. And just because he is, doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to please her. I loved watching their love grow and how mature they are. I loved the way Cam is with Crissy, her daughter (swoon). I just loved everything about it. It made me laugh, cry, get hot and bothered and just smile. Everything I want from a romance!

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

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. She lives in the Northeast with her two big-hearted boy children and a dog named Pippa Jane.

Lili also writes naughty serials as Everly Stone. Learn more at www.lilivalente.com.

 

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Blog Tour & Reviews – Here Comes My Man, Lauren Blakely

June 28, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

HERE COMES MY MAN

(The Hopelessly Bromantic Duet book 2) by Lauren Blakely

Release date: June 28th

 

From #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a red-hot, enemies-to-lovers, fake boyfriend, second chance romance! HERE COMES MY MAN, the conclusion to the Hopelessly Bromantic Duet, is NOW LIVE!

 

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Blurb:

A red-hot, enemies-to-lovers, fake boyfriend, second chance romance, and the conclusion to the Hopelessly Bromantic Duet!

Let me just say this — fake dating the cocky movie star was not my idea. Especially since he’s my former roomie and, gulp, my secret ex.

But my agent tells me I have no choice since I’m ridiculously overdue with turning in the next big blockbuster love story to my publisher.

Not to mention, ahem, writing it.

Falling for the smooth-talking English hottie once upon a time — fine, twice — were huge mistakes that I shouldn’t repeat, but pretending to like the guy who broke my heart is my only chance at saving my job.

That is, as long as no one finds out that every date we go on, every smile we flash each other for the cameras, and every hot, desperate kiss on the streets of Manhattan is absolutely fake.

Except…it’s not. At least for me.

And he can never know…

Contents Include: Snarky banter, sexy dates, hate s-e-x, seduction by a wordsmith, and two strong, stubborn, clever men determined to resist each other at all costs.

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Here Comes My Man is the conclusion in the Hopelessly Bromantic duet by Lauren Blakely. My heart was broken at the end of Hopelessly Bromantic but now we get more of them!! And I am always here for more Blakely Men.
TJ hasn’t been able to write a word over the last ten months. He fears he is broken. A man who writes romance needs some inspiration and his own heartbreak isn’t doing it. Jude has landed himself in the tabloids and with award season he needs to clean-up his image. Their agents have come up with a plan… Fake date! Show the world how much they are in love with each other. The writer and the actor. Easy, right? Except their agents don’t know about their pasts. Nobody really does. Their love was a secret…both times around. Will a third time be the charm?
Hate is a strong word. And you know what people say about the line between love and hate. TJ and Jude have gone a loooong ten months since they saw each other again. Ten months of built-up tension. Unknowns and regrets. They don’t know where they stand but they have to stand together to get through until the fake breakup. Fake dates and appearances or are they? There is a fine line, will they cross it?
Of course they do and it is fire!! It is also full of emotions. I just absolutely love these two. They have been through so much. So many obstacles and years between them. This is not only a second chance but a third. It’s a unique story and I loved every word. I am so happy Lauren went with a duet for their epic love story.
Quotes:
“TJ Hardman, you and I know how to sell a kiss. Let’s fucking do this.”
“Maybe I’ll write a long, endless kiss,” I say.
“Then you should do more fieldwork,” he says, inviting me for seconds.
“You’re a sex magician.”
“Abra-cock-dabra,” he says.
5 out of 5 stars

Here Comes My Man is the conclusion to TJ and Jude’s epic love story. You need to read Hopelessly Bromantic first! It started out as a sexy, brief affair with an off the charts connection and ended in heartbreak. Now it’s ten months later and Jude needs help with his image and TJ needs help finishing his book. The answer? Fake boyfriend of course. Jude and TJ are not exactly thrilled about having to see each other again and pretend to be in love. Hardy anyone knows they were involved years ago and no matter what they tell themselves, their chemistry still sizzles. They may still be mad at each other but their bodies still remember the heat. The connection. Once they finally have the conversation about what really happened. They know they need to let go of the past so they can have a real future together. Oh my Lord. This book. These men. I couldn’t love them anymore if I tried! They are just so swoony and sexy and funny and smart and handsome. Just everything. I love their sexy banter and their innuendos. I love their friends and family and I hope this isn’t the last we see of TJ and Jude!

 

 

 

 

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

sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York

Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with

more than 60 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

 

 

 

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Release Blast & Reviews: Hoops Shorts: A HOOPS Novella Collection by Kennedy Ryan

June 23, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Review | By

 

HOOPS Shorts, a collection of novellas featuring two passionate and heartfelt sports romances in the award-winning HOOPS series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan are now available exclusively on Amazon and #FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

 

Grab your copy today, exclusively on Amazon!

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Full-Court Press (formerly appeared in HOOPS Holiday)

Avery + Deck’s Story

Single dad MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . . except them.

But that was then.

The only question is…what about now?

 

Fast Break  (formerly appeared in Team Player Anthology 2)

Quinn + Ean’s Story

 

Quinn

I was a world-class runner once.

My dreams had wings spun from wind and speed.

Every time out of the blocks was a glorious flight.

But then I crashed and burned.

When I lost my leg, I thought it was the finish line

Little did I know, life was just beginning

Now they call me “America’s Titanium Sweetheart.”

(What can I say? It tested well. LOL)

The life I thought was over is moving so fast.

I have my own gym, a fitness app, a clothing line, and an endless trail of endorsements.

One thing there’s never time for? Love.

One thing I don’t have time for? Games.

Come real, or don’t come at all. In a field full of players, I’m looking for a real one.

Otherwise, I won’t stop.

 

Ean

I had hoops dreams. I wanted to be like Mike, jump like Magic and soar like Dr. J.

But a college injury grounded me. What I thought was game over, actually opened up a whole new world.

Fast forward to now. I’m coaching some of the NBA’s best.

They call me The Machine because I’m obsessed with stats and data, and my near-photographic memory means I remember every play.

I see the court clearly. But I never saw her coming. Quinn Barrow stops me in my tracks.

Pursuing my first championship, there’s been no time for love.

I’m more than willing to chase her, but will she slow down long enough to be caught?

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Full-Court Press is a sports novella by Kennedy Ryan. Kennedy is one of my favorite authors! She’s extremely talented and everything she writes sings to my soul. This is a novella, but it feels like a full length novel. It’s full of heart, lust, angst, humor and love. Decker is a professional basketball player and Avery is a sports reporter. Decker wants her the first time he meets her, but she needed to protect her career first. When they see each other years later Decker isn’t going to take no for an answer. Avery can run but she can’t hide! Avery and Decker story is sexy, fun and I loved it! Decker is one of my favorite heroes of Kennedy’s! AND…we get extras from Long Shot and Block Shot!

 

Fast Break is a sexy, fun novella in the Hoops world by the fabulous Kennedy Ryan. Fast Break is Quinn and Ean’s story. Quinn is Banner’s best friend and Ean is the coach of The Waves. Ean is a smart, dedicated coach. He loves his job, numbers and statistics. He’s looking for someone to share his life with and he can’t stop thinking about Quinn, a woman who’s an inspiration to all women, people and athletes. When he gets a chance to actually meet her, he can’t stop himself. He’s nervous and awkward, but he’s not giving up until she says yes. He wants more than one night with her. He wants it all. Quinn has been though so much in her life. Losing her leg, overcoming depression, learning to walk and live again. She can’t trust men. She never knows what they want from her. When Ean keeps showing up and putting himself out there, she can’t help but want more. She’s afraid, but she’s strong. She’s a fighter. And Ean is so sexy! He’s tall, broad, strong and those glasses. Yes, please! This story is fantastic. Yes, it’s a sexy romance, but it’s so much more. Quinn’s story is emotional and inspiring. I really want to get her app! Ean pursues her, but it’s not pushy. He just knows he has to have her. Their story might be short, but it packs the punch of a full length sexy romance novel. And we get to see my man, DECKER, so that was a major bonus!

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New Release & Review – Last on the List, Amy Daws

June 21, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Review | By

Title: LAST ON THE LIST

Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 16, 2022

Cover Designer: Amy Daws
Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Model: Tanner Hueter

 

Only a bad nanny knows what it’s like to kiss the boss.

 

CEO millionaire, Max Fletcher is a single dad in desperate need of a nanny.

 

Cozy Barlow is in the middle of her self-appointed “gap year” and doing everything she can to detach from her past.

 

But when her sister begs her to interview for the nanny position of a high maintenance client, she doesn’t have a good enough reason to say no.

 

And when Max locks eyes on the twenty-something in a tie-dye sweatsuit who pitches the idea of daydreaming all summer—he prepares to give this bad nanny the boot.

 

One problem: Max’s little girl thinks this plus-sized in body and spirit nanny might be her new bestie, so she hires her on the spot.

 

Now Max is stuck with this bizarre woman who hates everything he represents—corporate greed, money, status, power.

 

But one stormy night when the power goes out, he discovers Cozy doesn’t hate him. In fact, he’s the leading role in her fantasies. 

 

Fantasies, he would very much like to make a reality.

 


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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Last on the List by Amy Daws was the perfect nanny, single-dad, age gap romance! I’ve loved Max for a long, long time and I’ve been waiting patiently for his story. He’s sexy and grumpy and he finally found his match in Cozy. She’s taking time to just be after working herself sick. She wants to do less and being a nanny is the perfect job for her. Everly instantly loves Cozy so Max hires her. He does not love her willy-nilly attitude, but since his daughter loves her he’s just going to have to deal. The more he sees and learns about Cassandra (he prefers to call her that) the more he’s attracted to her. She just ticks all his boxes with her feistiness, her generous curves and her smarts. I loved learning more about Max and what he thinks about love and his business. He’s also a boss mofo and kinky and he had me laughing out loud! Cozy is freaking hilarious and I loved how she embraced her plus-sized self. She is comfortable in her own skin and that is very refreshing. Everly stole my heart with her insight and matter-of-fact attitude. Together, the three of them were so much fun! Add in seeing the characters we love from the series and just being with this group of friends again made me so happy. I’m also very, very intrigued by Max’s brothers and I hope we are getting a spin-off series with them. Oh, please! Overall, I loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio and Teddy and Erin just killed this one! I love the way they laugh and cry and throw themselves into these characters. They brought Max and Cozy to life!

 

 

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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – When it Falls Apart, Catherine Bybee

June 21, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

 

Interview with Catherine Bybee

 

For anyone wondering the plot of your newest release, you give a great sneak peek with the title—When it Falls Apart. What is “falling apart” in this novel?

 

All the threads that hold my heroine, Brooke, together are crumbling down around her. When it Falls Apart begins with Brooke’s romantic relationship crashing and burning. At the same time, in a different state, her father is circling the drain in the ICU. And for the cherry on the top of her “falling apart life”, Brooke has found herself demoted at work. In short, everything in Brooke’s life is dissolving around her.

 

Like all of your books, When it Falls Apart has a beautiful romance, however, there is a rawness about Brooke’s story. How was writing this novel different from your others?

 

If you read my notes both in the front and the back of this novel, you’ll soon realize that the story was very personal to me. Rawness comes from experience. The relationship Brooke has with her father is hauntingly familiar to me and my dad. The emotions that the heroine experienced when taking care of him were easy for me to grasp onto and write about. Sadly, the love story with Luca was completely made up and I didn’t have the support of a strong Italian family to help deal with the struggles, but I digress. 

 

Relationships with a parent who wasn’t there for you growing up are messy. When that parent ages and needs their child, sometimes that help comes with a bucketload of resentment, even if the child wishes they could stop those ugly feelings from creeping up on them. And THAT is the rawness you speak of.

 

Books, TV shows, and movies oftentimes glamorize what it means to care for a loved one. However, in When it Falls Apart you don’t sugar-coat anything about caregiving and the toll it takes on a person. How do you think readers who have been in similar situations will be affected by this story?

 

Justified. Validated. Accepted.

 

It’s a hard job taking care of an elderly family member. And if there aren’t other siblings to help, or won’t help, it’s made even more difficult. It’s difficult, gritty, dirty work that only has a bad ending…eventually. What I do hope my readers take away is that they’re not alone. That the struggle is very real and that if they don’t find balance (which is almost impossible at times) they will burn out completely and not be fit to help at all. I hope my readers are empowered to set boundaries and balance, so they come out on the other side of caring for an elderly loved one whole themselves.

 

Brooke gets virtually no support from her significant other, which has her reevaluating their relationship. She realizes she has settled and has to make some hard decisions. Do you think this happens too many times to women in real life?

 

100% Yes! There is a song by Taylor Swift with a line that says, and I’m paraphrasing here, I can be what you want for the weekend. But often that weekend ends up being a relationship that women hold on to or are convinced they can’t live without. Often it takes a huge shake-up to remove yourself from that situation. But once you’re away from the day to day dysfunctional relationship, the easier it is to see the dysfunction.

 

After her breakup and move, Brooke is not looking for a relationship. In fact, she tells her best friend: “I haven’t wiped off my smeared mascara from Marshall yet, the last thing I want is to jump into anything else.” Her crying over a man lasts all about two minutes when she meets Luca. Tell us about him.

 

Hmmm, Luca… he is the kind of man who doesn’t want a place on Brooke’s dance card…he wants to rip it up.

 

Luca is wired to help the people in his life. Brooke becomes a part of his inner circle simply by moving into the family building where he sees her every day.

 

Now, if Luca had flat out asked Brooke on a date, she would have run the other way…so no, he doesn’t go about it that way. He simply shows up and does not leave. Not when things get tough, or messy…or when his own past peeks its head in. Luca is a man who is right there at Brooke’s side without question or censor on why she does the things she does. His support and validation of her feelings is the part she was missing. Add in the hunky Italian single father and “Mamma Mia!”

 

At first, Luca is not thrilled that Brooke is renting a room in his family’s building. What changes his mind about her?

 

Her strength and vulnerability. I know that sounds contradicting, but some of the strongest women I know have a big vulnerable spot in their life that if you know them well enough, you see. The biggest smiles often hide the deepest pain. Luca sees her struggle and dedication to helping her elderly father and since family is first on Luca’s list, she passes his unconscious test.

 

Luca’s family, the D’Angelo’s, are incredibly close and share everything from ownership of the family restaurant to helping care for Luca’s daughter Franny. How is this different from Brooke’s relationship with her family?

 

Brooke doesn’t have that family. She has a father who abandoned her as a little girl that she carved out a relationship as an adult, and now she’s charged with caring for. Even her previous romantic relationship didn’t support her unconditionally the way the D’Angelo’s do for each other. She’s rather dumbfounded when they start treating her like family. It’s a wonderful thing to watch happen.

 

San Diego’s Little Italy plays a huge part in the story. The community, language, and food are in full display. Tell us about your own experiences in your adopted city.

 

I love Little Italy, the food, the pace… the people. There are many places in San Diego that are overrun with the college scene, San Diego is a college town. But Little Italy is more family friendly. Very touristy, but there isn’t a day you don’t see locals hanging out. I go to the farmer’s market often. Pick up authentic Italian ingredients for my own home cooking. I try new restaurants and take all my friends there when they are visiting from out of town. Not to mention it was the closest thing to the “real Italy” that I could go during the travel restrictions. So why not write about it and tell the world of this small island within San Diego that shouldn’t be missed?

 

There are two more siblings in the D’Angelo family. Where will you be taking readers next with the series?

 

Chloe is a yogi. Think Bali!

 

And Giovanni loves wine… think Tuscany, Italy.

 

I cannot wait to show you what I have in store for these two!

 

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Excerpt

 

“Oh my God, Carmen. He was standing at his car first thing this morning. Like ‘hop in, bella, let’s get stuff done today.’ Who does that?” 

 

Brooke had picked up the phone as soon as Luca was off in search of a dump guy. 

 

“We’re talking about the single, hot, Italian dad, right?” 

 

Brooke rolled her eyes. “Yes. Luca.” 

 

“Oy, oy, oy.” 

 

“Stop it. I need advice. And I need it before he gets back.” 

 

Carmen stopped teasing. “You don’t need advice. You need to relax. He sounds like one of the good ones. Let it happen.” 

 

“Let it happen,” she mocked. “I don’t ‘let’ things happen. It happens to me and it’s never good.” 

 

“You didn’t used to be such a pessimist.” 

 

“Once upon a time the glass was half full. Not these days.” 

 

“Okay, Debbie Downer. You want my advice . . . here it is. Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing.” 

 

“I’m not doing anything. Zero effort.” 

 

“Really?” Carmen didn’t sound convinced. “Makeup . . . a nice dress?” 

 

Brooke hesitated. “Maybe . . . a little last night, but that was it.” 

 

Carmen chuckled. 

 

“Carmen!”

 

“Sorry. Okay . . . any red flags?” 

 

Brooke thought about that. “He loved his ex-wife.” 

 

“That’s a red flag?” 

 

“I guess not.” 

 

“Is he good to his mom?” 

 

Brooke looked back on the dinner the night before. “To the whole family. He takes being the oldest brother quite seriously.” 

 

“And his daughter?” 

 

All Brooke could do was smile. “Great dad. We should all be so lucky.” 

 

“He’s Italian, does he smoke?” 

 

“No.” 

 

“A lot of Italians smoke,” Carmen pointed out. 

 

“In Italy. The San Diego variety are less in that wheelhouse.” 

 

“That’s good.” Carmen sighed. “I don’t know what to tell you, Brooke. How does he kiss?” 

 

“He hasn’t kissed me,” Brooke nearly yelled. 

 

“Now then . . . we have a problem.” 

 

“There hasn’t been . . . I don’t even know if—” 

 

“Stop right there. He did not drive your sorry ass all the way to Upland to do grunt work all day if he wasn’t interested in kissing you, bellllaaa. More than that, you want him to.” 

 

Brooke closed her eyes, and even in her own head she couldn’t convince herself that Carmen was wrong. 

 

“Let it happen. You deserve some happiness, Brooke.” 

 

The van with the air conditioning repair guy pulled into the driveway. 

 

“I gotta go.” 

 

“I want a kissing update the next time we talk,” Carmen teased. 

 

“Love you,” Brooke said with a laugh.

 

“Back at ya, boo.” 

 

She hung up. 

 

Her best friend was such a dork.

 

***

 

 

 

Title: When It Falls Apart

Author: Catherine Bybee

Release Date: June 21, 2022

Publisher: Montlake 

 

Summary

 

Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

 

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

 

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

When it Falls Apart is a new book in a new series by Catherine Bybee. I love it when my favorite authors write new series’. It gives me new characters to fall in love with, and I feel hard and fast for Luca, Brooke and Franny! I also love a good Italian family in my romance stories and the D’Angelos are top-notch! Brooke gives up her life to help her ailing father. She moves to a different state, needs to find a place to live and a place for her father so he can get the care he needs. They have a strained relationship, so it’s tough for her to keep trying, but she does. When she randomly ends up in an Italian restaurant in San Diego, it just feels like the place she was meant to be. She meets the family who runs it and just feels like she’s home. When she’s offered the top floor apartment, the chef, Luca, isn’t thrilled there’s a stranger in his house. But the more he sees her and watches her struggle, the more he wants to care and protect her. Brooke has never had anyone truly want to help her. It’s hard to accept Luca’s help, but once she does and she gets to know him, she realizes she’s happy. Her life might actually be falling into place. She might actually be falling in love. I loved watching Brooke and Luca fall for each other. They each fought it, but it was just meant to be. Luca’s daughter Franny is freaking hilarious and I loved the relationship she had with her dad, Brooke and her family. The D’Angelos are family goals and they remind me a lot of my family! This story made me miss Italy and made me want a huge bowl of pasta! Overall, I loved the journey Brooke and Luca went on to find each other. The past leads you to where you are meant to be. It’s a feel good, fun and sexy story and I’m looking forward to more in the series!

About the Author

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.

 

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Release Day & Review – The Friendship Pact, Jill Shalvis

June 14, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

Alone in the world, Tae Holmes and her mother April pretty much raised each other, but as Tae starts asking questions about the father she’s never met, April, for the first time in her life, goes silent. To make matters worse, Tae is dangerously close to broke and just manages to avoid financial meltdown when she lands a shiny new contract with an adventure company for athletes with disabilities and wounded warriors.

Her first big fundraiser event falls flat, but what starts out as a terrible, horrible, no-good night turns into something else entirely when Tae finds herself face-to-face with Riggs Copeland. She hasn’t seen the former Marine since their brief fling in high school, and while still intensely drawn to him, she likes her past burned and buried, thank you very much. Hence their friendship pact.

But when April oddly refuses to help Tae track down her father, it’s Riggs who unexpectedly comes to her aid. On a hunt to unlock the past, the two of them find themselves on a wild ride and learn a shocking truth, while also reluctantly bonding in a way neither had seen coming. Now Tae must decide whether she’s going to choose love … or walk away from her own happiness.

 

5 out of 5 stars

The Friendship Pact is the second book in the Sunrise Cove series by Jill Shalvis. This story is about learning from your mistakes, growing and finally making decisions about where you want your life to go. Tae and her mom, April have been a team for a long time. Just the two of them against the world. Sometimes Tae was more of the mom in the relationship, but it works for them. Until Tae finds out her mom might have been lying to her since she was a child. She also runs into Riggs, and old friend from high school and they still have chemistry and sparks. Riggs is going through his own issues, leaving the military, coming home temporarily to help his brother. Tae and Riggs can’t seem to stay away from each other, the pull is just too much. But they both have things going on and don’t realize having someone at your side will ease the burden. Just when everything seems to be settling, the past comes back and shakes up everyone’s lives. Riggs has a big decision to make. Tae has to decide to let her anger go. Will they admit their feelings before it’s too late? I just loved these characters! Not only do we get Tae and Riggs’ story, we also get to see April grow up and take charge of her own life. We get to know Riggs’ brother, Jake and his girlfriend and I loved the interaction between Riggs and Jake. Such brotherly love and anger. All of these characters came from tough backgrounds, but they became better people and worked for what they want. I loved Tae and Riggs’ second chance at love and the fun, witty banter between them. Overall, I laughed, teared up and wanted to smack a few of them! Looking forward to more from the series.

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Release Blitz & Review – The Ruthless Groom, Monica Murphy

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The Ruthless Groom by Monica Murphy is now live!

 

I didn’t plan to marry a reclusive heiress. Lucky for me, I find myself attracted to my beautiful new bride. Our arranged marriage connects two powerful companies. That we’re compatible between the sheets is a bonus, but I didn’t bargain on her ex showing up at the wedding reception uninvited.

That pushed me right over the edge. I protect what’s mine, and Charlotte is now mine, whether she likes it or not. Our honeymoon is a disaster in paradise. I’m angry. She’s resentful. All those swirling emotions explode in the most physical ways. But even as I’m drawn closer to my new wife, there’s still a threat looming out there. Seamus McTiernan is determined to destroy what we’ve created. I won’t let anything tear us apart. He has no idea who he’s dealing with. I will end him. Watch me.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Ruthless Groom is the second book in the Arranged Marriage series by Monica Murphy. You can not read as standalone, you need to read the books in order. It’s Perry and Charlotte’s wedding day…
Who they didn’t expect to show up was Charlotte’s ex. Perry wants to trust his new bride more than anything but why would Seamus be at their wedding? He doesn’t want to believe that she has set him up. That he was there to take her away. This marriage may be just a business arrangement to bring two families together but he will not let Seamus take what it is his. Her. A woman who he finds intriguing, beautiful, sexy AF, and addictive. He believes she is all of those things but can he truly trust a Lancaster?
Perry and Charlotte’s relationship is complicated. Very complicated. Charlotte needs to prove to her new husband that she can be trusted. That she is his and only his. Five days. Five days on their honeymoon should show them some clarity or will it just make it more complicated? Feelings were not supposed to be involved in their marriage. All business was the plan. Either way, Perry will end any man who gets in the way. He will end them. Will he get the chance?
Holy hotness!! Damn… So fucking good! I am loving this series. Perry’s alpha side is delicious and swoony. Charlotte is so sweet and surprising. Together they are straight fire but is it enough? No. Trust… that’s what it is all about and I can’t wait for the next book.
Quotes:
He’s not treating me like a delicate doll, and oh God, I like it.
“You’ve ruined me.”
“Good.” I kiss her shoulder. “You needed to be ruined.”
“Don’t ever forget who you belong to. You’re a Constantine now.”
 

Meet Monica

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

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