Cover Reveal – Respect, Jay Crownover

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jay Crownover, comes the next title in her The Breaking Point romantic suspense series, RESPECT. Don’t miss the amazing cover below, and pre-order your copy today!

 

 

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About RESPECT:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.

Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.

He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.

He warned her over and over that he wasn’t the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she’d given her heart so completely to both.

She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.

Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.

While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn’t feel like surrender… but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It’s a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.

She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She’d much rather go out and build her own.

 

 

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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

 

 

 

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Excerpt Reveal – Love Machine, Kendall Ryan

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A best-friends-to lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

After a rather uncomfortable ladies’ night involving a cucumber-wielding instructor with judgy eyes, I’m forced to admit my weaknesses. Rather than point blame at my lack of a sex life, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

As a junior executive who’s clawed her way up the corporate ladder, failure is not in my vocabulary. Confident and bold in other areas of my life, I have to admit it’s time to up my bedroom game.

Asking my friend Slate Cruz is really the only option. Slate is like a walking billboard for sex. The man gets more ass than a toilet seat. There’s no way I’ll want more from this playboy than a little inspiration to revive my inner sex kitten.

Except, what happens if I do?

 

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“I can’t believe I struck out every single time,” Keaton says with a whine. “I tried all night and not one goddamn penis wanted me to touch it. God, my fucking feet hurt so bad.”

I loop my arm around her waist, partially to comfort her and partially to hold her up as we stagger down the sidewalk to her apartment. It’s almost two in the morning, and the streets are deserted. Only the predawn stars are watching over us.

“Don’t think of it as striking out. Think of it as . . .” I wave my hand, searching for a positive spin. “Being selective. You just didn’t meet a good match, and it’s better to go home alone than with the wrong guy.”

She growls loudly in frustration. “I’m notlooking for a friggin’ husband; I’m just trying to get laid! There’s no point in being picky. Face it, Slate, it’s not me who has the high standards here. Guys just don’t like me. End of story.”

I stop in my tracks. “That’s not true.”

She sways in my arms to face me with tipsy defiance. “Really? Because literally everything that happened tonight says different.”

“So you had one bad night? Big deal. Plenty of guys like you.”

“Prove it,” she insists, her eyes brimming with need and wounded pride.

Her body is so warm, her scent so sweet, and it all feels perfectly natural to just lean in and . . .

Our lips meet. She squeaks in surprise, but before I can pull away and apologize, she kisses me back. Hard.

Her hot, soft mouth crushes against mine, opening with an intense hunger, her tongue demanding entrance, and I can’t help devouring her right back. I couldn’t stop, even if I wanted to.

Why the hell haven’t I done this before? What have I been missing out on all these years?

All my reservations and doubts are swept away in a wave of desire. No overthinking, no self-doubt, just chemistry. Pure, primal instinct. Our tongues touch and my heart rate triples because, holy fuck . . . I’m kissing my best friend.

And, fuck me, I really, really like it.

We break the kiss, both flushed and breathing a little harder, a powerful new tension buzzing between us. Goddamn . . . just that one moment of contact was enough to send every drop of blood traveling from my brain straight to my dick.

Keaton’s never given me wood, not even once. Okay, that’s a lie. There was this one time that she rubbed my shoulders and her boob brushed my arm by accident, but that was just biology. That’s all that was.

“That was . . .” I pause.

It should have felt weird, like kissing my sister. I’ve always had a strictly platonic relationship with Keaton. But I can’t lie. It was perfect. Like a textbook-perfect kiss, chemistry and attraction, and just the right amount of tongue. And I want to do it again as soon as possible.

“Yeah,” Keaton murmurs. Her gaze has darkened. She licks her lips and glances up at her apartment building. “Want to come inside?”

 

 

 

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Cover Reveal – Bedfellows, Lola Leighton

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I wasn’t looking to fall for one man. Let alone two…

Sullivan and Will are as close as two friends can be. Growing up in the system forced them to rely on each other, and they’ve become accustomed to sharing everything—including women.

Now they’re ready for more. To find love. To start a family. To see the dreams they’ve shared since childhood come true.

Apparently I tick off every box on their list—brains, beauty, and sass. I never hesitate to put both men in their places—which they find sexy as hell.

One problem, I’m a traditional girl, with traditional values—one man, one woman, till death do us part—kind of values.

They’re willing to work to prove how very right the three of us could be, but what happens next is anyone’s guess…

 

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Release Day Blitz & Reviews – The Real Deal, Lauren Blakely

July 10, 2018 By

 

 

Sometimes you need to find a boyfriend-for-hire in the most unusual of places…

What do you get when you mix a bad boy with a heart of gold and a smart & sassy heroine with a desperate need for a fake relationship? THE REAL DEAL, a brand new, standalone romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Get a copy of your next favorite feel good rom-com now!

 

 

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April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family’s summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau — the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

 

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Kara's Review

The Real Deal is Lauren Blakely’s newest rom-com. I’m a huge fan of Lauren’s and her books, as you know! The Real Deal has the feel of Lauren’s first books. Sassy, sweet, sexy and fun. I adore Theo and April and I love this story! April needs a pretend date. Theo needs money to pay off an old debt. The perfect solution to both their problems. He’s a great actor. She’s fun and flirty. They fool everyone. And then they start to fool themselves. Their pretend stories feel real. Their accidental touches become intentional. Their fake feelings become real. But Theo has a secret. A past that he’s not ready to confess yet. But he’s a good guy. He’s not the boy he used to be. Will April trust in their feelings when she finds out the truth? Can a fake boyfriend really become the real deal? I loved this story! So much! Their banter was so fun and sexy I was fanning myself. I loved Theo and his accents and his deep, sexy voice. April is one of my favorite heroines of Laurens. She’s smart, talented, beautiful and I love her family! Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and I already want more Theo!

 

Because…that voice. It’s deep and gravelly and sexy as hell. His voice might get me pregnant. I better take birth control so I don’t conceive aurally.

 

“You’re Lay’s.”

“Like the chips?”

“You can’t eat just one.”

“You want the whole bag of me? It that what you’re saying?”

“Yes, I’m going to keep dipping my hand in and going back for more.”

 

“You’re too sweet. Stop being sweet, or they’ll all like you too much.”

“Cupcake, that ship has already sailed.”

 

Sandra's Review

The Real Deal is Lauren Blakely’s next funny and sexy rom-com. You all know I am a huge fan of Lauren’s. The person and her words. She just has a way telling a story that makes me laugh, think, and of course, swoon. Every. Single. Time.

Theo needs to payoff a debt. April needs a fake boyfriend to bring home. He will get his payday and one step closer to leaving behind his past. She will get her matchmaking family off her back during their five day family reunion. It’s win-win, really. He gets a break from bartending with a beautiful woman. She gets to relax instead of going on blind date after blind date. Then they will go their separate ways. She is on a dating diet after-all and he doesn’t date clients. He doesn’t even kiss them on the lips. He isn’t a hooker. He is a buffer. But what happens when the line between pretend and real is blurred?

So much.

Theo has a past. It’s not a pretty one. It’s not one for everyone. That is why he doesn’t open up to just anyone. The moment he saw April he knew she was going to be trouble. He suspected it even before the first meeting. She was quick-witted and he knew she would keep him on his toes. What he didn’t expect was to feel the way he did when he was around her. Happy. Relaxed. And that was before he met her family. That was when the real trouble began…

April didn’t see him coming. He made her laugh. He made her family laugh. He was a gentlemen with a side of cocky. But, that was what she asked for. A boyfriend. One to show her family that she didn’t need them to meddle or worry about her. They didn’t understand that she was fine being single. She didn’t need a man to be happy. She had a career as a body painter that did that. It was a passion they never understood. And now, she was confused. She likes him. But did she like the pretend Theo or the real one? Was he ever real with her or was it all an act? She didn’t know but she would find out. Will she run when she finds out who the real Theo is or fall even harder?

I adored this story! It was so much fun and it reminded me of Lauren’s older books. It was a totally mix of new and old and I loved that. And of course it’s always awesome to spot the little cameos of previous characters. So much fun!! Ok…back to Theo and April…

Overall…I thought they were just adorable, funny, witty, flirting, romantic, and sexy. Their banter was fantastic. The writing flowed amazingly. The characters are lovable. Real. It was another kickass book in Lauren’s collection.

Quotes:

“You devil,” I whisper.
His eyebrows waggle.
“You’re trying to cop a feel amongst kids, you Lawn Twister perv,” I whisper, loving the easy banter and teasing we’ve slid into so comfortably.

If this is being kissed, nothing else has ever counted. This is how women should demand to be kissed.

“I’m going to hula-hoop circles around you.”

 

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Excerpt

~THEO~

When I clock out and head for the park, anticipation runs through my veins like a good buzz on a night out. A reunion booking could be my way out of trouble. A five-day gig might bring me very close to the finish line.

Along the way, I stop in front of a dry cleaner, check my reflection in the plate-glass shop window, and reckon that I look the part April wants: dark jeans, motorcycle boots, and well-worn T-shirt that shows off the ink on my arms. Tribal bands, a sunburst, and a compass. I haven’t shaved in two days, and my stubble is rough. If she wanted clean-cut and business attire, I’d have covered up the tats with a crisp white shirt and a fine silk tie, then slid a blade across my jaw in the a.m. If she wanted sophisticated, I’d have given her the smooth, James Bond voice to boot. She could have me as a country boy, even, in a pair of steel-toed cowboy boots and with the drawl to match.

But April wants the guy who might have screwed her in the restroom of a bar.

She wants gravel and sandpaper, ink and danger, shades and leather.

The more you give someone what they want, the more you get in return.

When I reach the park, I head to the Terrace Bridge. She’s not here, but I’m early, since I like to get a read on any and every situation. I scan the surrounding area, noting the benches, the nearby tables, the cool placid water gurgling under the bridge. June in New York City can seduce you or it can trick you.

What it has in store today is anyone’s guess. I lean my hip against the stone railing, and I wait. Two minutes later, I spot a threesome walking in my direction. My heart thumps, and I groan quietly.

Why does the universe do this to me?

Blond curls, lips like a bow, a tight trim waist. Even from several yards away, I can tell she wears little makeup—she has that fresh-faced, rosy glow about her, and something innocent yet knowing in her expression. Like Lily James, whom I developed a wicked crush on when I watched her in her latest movie.

April’s not tiny, but she’s not towering either. Maybe five-three, five-four. A delicious dream. Which translates roughly to “just my type.” She wears tight jeans, a long black shirt that clings to her figure, and a huge silver necklace with a heart charm that dangles between her breasts.

As if I wouldn’t already be checking them out without the pendant between them.

I’ve had many clients. Keeping it platonic has never been an issue since I’ve never been attracted to a customer.

Until now.

Looks like I’ll be getting familiar with how to resist temptation.

 

 

“I loved every word on every page of this story. I can’t stop thinking about it and smiling like a dork. If you were to say #JustBecause or #DoYouRemember? I might just melt into a puddle on the floor, because I do remember…sigh. I want more Lauren Blakely, I’m addicted. The line forms here…”

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“The Real Deal was a sweet, sexy, hilarious, and entertaining standalone romantic comedy, and I absolutely loved it!”

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. 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, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she’ll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Blog Tour, 5 Heart Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – The Proposition, AM Salinger

July 10, 2018 By

Today we have the Blog Tour for THE PROPOSITION by A.M. Salinger. Check it out and get your copy now!

Title: THE PROPOSITION
Series: Nights Series
Author: A.M. Salinger
Release: June 26th

About THE PROPOSITION

They call me the Charmer. My best friend Wade tells me it’s because I’m suave and mysterious. But he doesn’t know my secret. The one I’ve kept hidden from him for twelve years. The one I will never reveal to him — Rhys

They call me The Brute. Probably because of my physique. And, let’s face it, because I’m a total dick at times. So Rhys likes to tell me anyway. Thing is, there’s something Rhys isn’t telling me. Something I’m dying to hear from his lips. His sinful confession. You see, I know Rhys’s secret — Wade

Rhys Damon has spent most of his adult life watching Wade Tucker bed woman after woman, his dark desire for his best friend and business partner a secret he is determined to take to his grave, since he knows it will never be reciprocated. With their design firm thriving across two continents, Rhys finds himself content burying his heartache in a string of meaningless, casual sex arrangements. Until the night everything changes.

When Wade Tucker stumbles upon his best friend calling out his name as he pleasures himself, he knows his relationship with Rhys will never be the same again. A year later, the memory of what Wade saw is still branded in his mind and his feelings for Rhys have evolved into something he never anticipated. As tension mounts and the relationship between the two business partners becomes increasingly strained, things finally come to a head the night Wade follows Rhys and discovers him with another man.

After an explosive confrontation, Wade makes Rhys a proposition he can’t refuse: that they try things out for six weeks. Six weeks of exploring a side of each other they never knew before. Six weeks of torrid kisses and sultry touches. Six weeks of screamingly good, scorching hot sex. Six weeks of utterly losing themselves to one another.

But as the end of their proposition looms in sight, can Wade persuade Rhys that he wants more? Or will Rhys’s deep-seated fears stop him from fully surrendering his heart and soul to the one man he thought he could never have?

Discover Rhys and Wade’s wickedly intoxicating story in this sixth novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger.

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The Proposition is the sixth in the Nights series by the talented A.M. Salinger. The Proposition can be read as a standalone, because I did, but I wish I could have read the series from the beginning! Rhys and Wade have been best friends and business partners for years. Rhys has been harboring feelings for Wade for twelve long years. Wade is a ladies man and never thought about his best friend in a sexual way until one night he sees him alone and in the throes of passion. Wade can’t get that sight out of his mind and when Rhys starts to act different and more distant, Wade can’t stop himself from propositioning his best friend. He wants to explore this new attraction he has for his friend and the feelings he knows Rhys has for him. He’s only asking for six weeks of his days and nights. And when it’s over, they can see how they both feel. Their time together starts out with a bang and it only gets hotter the more they explore each other. But what happens when their time is almost up? Will Wade want more? Will Rhys be too afraid to ask for what he really wants? I loved this story. It’s is one of the hottest m/m books I’ve ever read! I was so taken with these two sexy, funny, intense men. I felt for Rhys and his heart and I love Wade’s dominating passion. Together they were sexy as sin in and out of the bedroom. Overall, I laughed, cried, got very hot and bothered and wanted more!

 

Rhys Damon was mesmerizing. And Wade was completely and utterly captivated.

 

Lust. Pure, adulterated, blazing-hot lust. And it made him want to do all sorts of wicked things to Wade.

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Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.

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Review & Excerpt Tour – Getting Schooled, Emma Chase

June 27, 2018 By

 

 

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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Getting Schooled is Emma Chase’s new epic second chance love story. I have read all of Emma’s books and I have to say this is my favorite! I realize that is a bold statement, but it’s true. It’s hard to articulate how I feel about this book without just saying “I love it so much.” Emma is just one of those writers who makes you feel so much with her words. She brings up memories, thoughts, feelings, desires. I can smell the trees. Hear the crowds. See the faces. Getting Schooled gave me all the feels. ALL! I laughed out loud, cried big fat tears, had to fan myself, cringed, smiled, and laughed more. These characters were everything! Garrett and Callie were high school sweethearts who were truly in love. It was real, all-encompassing love. They didn’t fall out of love, they just wanted to follow their dreams. That took Callie to California and Garrett stayed close to home. When Callie needs to come home to help her parents, the minute she sees Garrett the sparks are flying. Callie takes a teaching job at the high school…with Garrett. She’s not prepared for the students to be, well…total jerks. She needs help and Garrett is just the man for the job. Along the way, Callie starts to care about her students and what’s she’s doing with her classes. And she starts to care about Garrett. More and more every day. They realize they never stopped loving each other. It was always them. But Callie is only there temporarily. What happens if they fall in love again only to have her leave? Would it be worth it? Garrett wants to go all in. He didn’t realize he was waiting for Callie to come home. He needs her in his life. Callie won’t let go of Garrett again. Will her life take her back across the country or will she realize she was always meant to come home. To this town. To this man. I loved every damn second of this book. It wasn’t only the rekindling of love between Garrett and Callie. It was the other teachers. The kids. Their families. It’s the start of a new series and I already love this town and the people in it so much. As a New York, Italian, I loved it even more. Give me my Bill Joel, the Jersey Shore and these crazy people! Coach D and Callie stole my heart. Bring on Dean!

 

Sandra's Review

Getting Schooled is the first book in Emma’s new series, Getting Some. My blog partner, Kara introduce me to Emma’s work years ago and since then I have read everything she has ever written. It’s addictive, funny, sexy, and so much fun!
Seventeen years. It had been seventeen years since Garrett and Callie, high school sweethearts parted ways. It was not on bad terms. There was no fight. There was no rumors. It was just hard to do the long-distance thing. Especially when one is in California and the other across the country. The love was there but it was too hard to be apart. Now, seventeen years later, Callie was back home to help take care of her parents. She had to put her life on hold back in San Diego to be there for them. She is not upset about it but she did need a job. And there just happens to be one at the local high school as a theater teacher. Theater was her passion, she was not a teacher but she would give it a good college try. Kids were assholes. That was what she learned on day one. It was also the day Garrett Daniels offers her a hand to teach her the ropes of being a teacher. He was after-all one of the most popular ones and the head coach of the football team. Can she keep her hands off her first love during the lessons? Can he?
I love second chance romance! This story is one of the reasons. The reconnecting. The learning about the other. To explore the older version of the one who you lived in the past or never stopped loving. At the same time, you remember all the little things about them for all those years ago. That is how Garrett and Callie’s story is. They are the same but different. He is still his cocky, fun-loving, passionate self. She is still sweet, sassy, and strong. Together, their banter is still there. Just more mature and sex-filled. They still make each other laugh. They have that bond. But, will history repeat itself? Will the distance once again pull them apart?
Overall…I loved everything about this book! I laughed hard. I cried big tears. I smiled. I swooned. I got hot and bothered. It was everything I was hoping for and more. I am extremely excited about the next book. I don’t know who it is about yet but I have a feeling and yay!
P.S I ❤ Snoopy! I have a beagle myself and they are the best.
Quotes:
“You just couldn’t stay away from me any longer, huh?”
I laugh out loud—we both do—because there he is.
That’s him . . . that’s the sweet, cocky boy I know.
“I want to be above you, beneath you, behind you . . . I want you weak, drained from coming, hoarse from screaming my name. I’m going to need hours, baby . . . fucking days…”
“Miss McCarthy’s so far up my ass it’s a wonder I can stand up straight.”

 

 

High school parking lots are one of the most dangerous places on earth. I don’t have statistics to back that up…but I know it’s true.

I pull into the school parking lot Monday morning in my Dad’s giant, newly repaired mint-green Buick, with Back in Black by AC/DC blasting from the speakers. I feel tough, powerful—like I’m driving a tank.

I’m a badass teacher—I’ll run you down even if you’re a student—I’ve got twenty-nine more in class just like you.

The outfit helps too—leather boots, blue jeans, a starched white blouse and a black leather jacket. It’s my armor. The morning air is cool and crisp today, but I barely feel it. I’m locked and loaded and ready to roll. 

As I march towards the main entrance, I spot Garrett and Dean and Alison Bellinger outside the doors. They pause when they see me, waiting.

“Damn,” Dean chuckles. “Callie’s got her shit-kickers on. Did you dig them out of a mosh pit from 1993?”

Garrett crosses his arms. “Somebody’s channeling Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds.”

He looks fantastic. His hair is tousled from the breeze and kisses his brow, and he’s wearing a dark blue sweater that’s snug around his biceps and soft, worn, light blue jeans. I remember his arms around me yesterday on my parent’s porch. The wonder and exhilaration of the moment.

Of him.

The intensity in his eyes, the desire and possessiveness in the grasp of his hands. The scorching feel of his mouth, his wet talented tongue that made my stomach swirl and my head spin.

So much for not complicating things.

But I’m not going to play head games with myself or Garrett—we’re too old for that shit.

I have feelings for him—I always have—our break-up had nothing to do with either of us not wanting each other desperately. But these aren’t just leftover echoes of a sweet, first love—this is something new. A throbbing, breathless attraction to the amazing man he’s become. I want to be near him. I want to know him, inside and out, all over again.

And he feels the same way. Garrett wants this version of me as much as he always did—maybe even more. I heard it in his whispered words and felt it in his kiss.

I don’t know if we have a future, if it can go anywhere. We have separate lives on opposite ends of the country. But I’m not going to worry about that—for now, I’m going to take each day as it comes and enjoy every moment we can.

Except for now. Now is not the time for enjoying or worrying or relationship building…now is the time for focusing. Now is the time to be ice and steel—don’t smile, don’t waver.

“Little fucknutters don’t know who the hell they’re dealing with,” I growl.

Allison pumps her fist. “That’s the spirit.”

Garrett opens the door for me. “Go get ‘em, Gangster’s Paradise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Release Day, 5 Heart Review & Excerpt – Getting Schooled, Emma Chase

June 26, 2018 By

 

 

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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Kara's Review

Getting Schooled is Emma Chase’s new epic second chance love story. I have read all of Emma’s books and I have to say this is my favorite! I realize that is a bold statement, but it’s true. It’s hard to articulate how I feel about this book without just saying “I love it so much.” Emma is just one of those writers who makes you feel so much with her words. She brings up memories, thoughts, feelings, desires. I can smell the trees. Hear the crowds. See the faces. Getting Schooled gave me all the feels. ALL! I laughed out loud, cried big fat tears, had to fan myself, cringed, smiled, and laughed more. These characters were everything! Garrett and Callie were high school sweethearts who were truly in love. It was real, all-encompassing love. They didn’t fall out of love, they just wanted to follow their dreams. That took Callie to California and Garrett stayed close to home. When Callie needs to come home to help her parents, the minute she sees Garrett the sparks are flying. Callie takes a teaching job at the high school…with Garrett. She’s not prepared for the students to be, well…total jerks. She needs help and Garrett is just the man for the job. Along the way, Callie starts to care about her students and what’s she’s doing with her classes. And she starts to care about Garrett. More and more every day. They realize they never stopped loving each other. It was always them. But Callie is only there temporarily. What happens if they fall in love again only to have her leave? Would it be worth it? Garrett wants to go all in. He didn’t realize he was waiting for Callie to come home. He needs her in his life. Callie won’t let go of Garrett again. Will her life take her back across the country or will she realize she was always meant to come home. To this town. To this man.  I loved every damn second of this book. It wasn’t only the rekindling of love between Garrett and Callie. It was the other teachers. The kids. Their families. It’s the start of a new series and I already love this town and the people in it so much. As a New York, Italian, I loved it even more. Give me my Bill Joel, the Jersey Shore and these crazy people! Coach D and Callie stole my heart. Bring on Dean!

 

Sandra's Review

Getting Schooled is the first book in Emma’s new series, Getting Some. My blog partner, Kara introduce me to Emma’s work years ago and since then I have read everything she has ever written. It’s addictive, funny, sexy, and so much fun!
Seventeen years. It had been seventeen years since Garrett and Callie, high school sweethearts parted ways. It was not on bad terms. There was no fight. There was no rumors. It was just hard to do the long-distance thing. Especially when one is in California and the other across the country. The love was there but it was too hard to be apart. Now, seventeen years later, Callie was back home to help take care of her parents. She had to put her life on hold back in San Diego to be there for them. She is not upset about it but she did need a job. And there just happens to be one at the local high school as a theater teacher. Theater was her passion, she was not a teacher but she would give it a good college try. Kids were assholes. That was what she learned on day one. It was also the day Garrett Daniels offers her a hand to teach her the ropes of being a teacher. He was after-all one of the most popular ones and the head coach of the football team. Can she keep her hands off her first love during the lessons? Can he?
I love second chance romance! This story is one of the reasons. The reconnecting. The learning about the other. To explore the older version of the one who you lived in the past or never stopped loving. At the same time, you remember all the little things about them for all those years ago. That is how Garrett and Callie’s story is. They are the same but different. He is still his cocky, fun-loving, passionate self. She is still sweet, sassy, and strong. Together, their banter is still there. Just more mature and sex-filled. They still make each other laugh. They have that bond. But, will history repeat itself? Will the distance once again pull them apart?
Overall…I loved everything about this book! I laughed hard. I cried big tears. I smiled. I swooned. I got hot and bothered. It was everything I was hoping for and more. I am extremely excited about the next book. I don’t know who it is about yet but I have a feeling and yay!
P.S I ❤️ Snoopy! I have a beagle myself and they are the best.
Quotes:
“You just couldn’t stay away from me any longer, huh?”
I laugh out loud—we both do—because there he is.
That’s him . . . that’s the sweet, cocky boy I know.
“I want to be above you, beneath you, behind you . . . I want you weak, drained from coming, hoarse from screaming my name. I’m going to need hours, baby . . . fucking days…”
“Miss McCarthy’s so far up my ass it’s a wonder I can stand up straight.”

 

 

I sit down in the desk chair and lean back, balancing on the hind legs like my mother always told me not to. I fold my hands behind my head, put my feet on the desk, and sigh with contentment. Because life is sweet.
It’s going to be a great year.
They’re not all great—some years suck donkey balls—my best players graduate and it’s a rebuilding year, which means a lot of ‘L’s’ on the board, or sometimes you just get a crappy crop of students. But this year’s going to be awesome—I can feel it.
And then, something catches my eye outside the window in the parking lot.
Someone.
And my balance goes to shit.
I swing my arms like a baby bird, hang in the air for half a second…and then topple back in a heap. Not my smoothest move.
But right now, it doesn’t matter.
I pull myself up to my feet, step over the chair towards the window, all the while peering at the blond in the navy blue pencil skirt walking across the parking lot.
And the ass that, even from this distance—I would know anywhere.
Callaway Carpenter. Holy shit.
She looks amazing, even more beautiful than the last time I saw her…than the first time I saw her. You never forget your first. Isn’t that what they say? Callie was my first and for a long time, I thought she’d be my only.
The first time I laid my eyes on her, it felt like getting sacked by a three-hundred pound defensive lineman with an axe to grind. She looked like an angel. Golden hair framing petite, delicate features—a heart-shaped face, a dainty jaw, a cute nose and these big, round, blinking green eyes I wanted to drown in.
Wait…back up…that’s not actually true. That’s a lie.
I was fifteen when I met Callie, and fifteen year old boys are notorious perverts, so the first thing I noticed about her wasn’t her face. It was her tits—they were full and round and absolutely perfect.
The second thing I noticed was her mouth—shiny and pink with a bee-stung bottom lip. In a blink, a hundred fantasies had gone through my head of what she could do with that mouth…what I could show her how to do.
Then I saw her angel face. That’s how it happened.
And just like that—I was gone.
We were “the” couple in high school—Brenda and Eddie from that Billy Joel song. The star quarterback and the theater queen.
She was the love of my life, before I had any fucking idea what love was…and then, still, even after I did.
We broke up when she went away to college and I stayed here in Jersey—couldn’t survive the distance. It was a quiet ending, when I went out to visit her in California, no drama or hysterics. Just some hard truths, tears, one last night together in her dorm room bed, and a morning of goodbye.
She never really came home again after that. At least, not long enough for us to run into each other. I haven’t seen her in years—in a lifetime.
But she’s here now.
At my school.
And you can bet Callie’s sweet ass I’m going to find out why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review & Excerpt Tour – Tattered, Devney Perry

June 20, 2018 By

 

 

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.

 

 

 

 

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Tattered is the first book in the Lark Cove series by Devney Perry. It is also the first book I have read by this author and she has gained a fan! I am looking forward to reading more of her books. Now, back to Tattered.
Six years. That is how long it has been since she saw his face. It was supposed to be a one-night stand after hours of talking on her shift at a bar in New York. And now, he was here in another bar…in Lark Cove, Montana. A bar that she never would have imagine him being in. They were from two different worlds. He wore power suits. She wore cutoff shorts. He lived in a penthouse. She lived in a cottage. But, he was here and their lives were about to change. He was about to meet his daughter. The one he didn’t see coming. Logan was in shock. Thea was too. After-all…she didn’t see him coming either. Now what?
She wanted him in their daughter’s life. She always did but she didn’t even have his last name. She never saw him again after their one amazing night together. He was here now and she was determined to give her daughter, a father. It wouldn’t be easy. Charlie wasn’t just going to instantly fall for her dad. He would have to work for it and I loved that about Charlie. Will he be able to show Charlie who he really is? Someone who she can count on even if they lived thousands of miles apart. A man who wanted to be in her life from now on.
What about Logan and Thea? The attraction is still there but can they be together? Will it be too complicated or worth the risk? What will happen when Logan has to go back to his normal life New York? And what will his family think about their new family member? Read the book and you will get the answers!
I fell for Logan. Fast and hard. Damn men in power suits, they get me every time. But, he is just as swoon-worthy in casual clothes too. I just loved him even when I wanted to thump him on the back of the head. And Thea, she is one kickass mom, woman, and friend. She is so strong, and will do anything for Charlie. She raised one wild spirited, strong, smart, and beautiful girl. And Hazel, she was there for Thea growing up and is now, and she did the same. Even if she didn’t have to. I just loved their connection. All of theirs.
Overall…I loved all of it. The story. The characters. The heartbreak. The strength. The love. The family. The life lessons. It gave me all the feels! I am so looking forward to rest of the series!
Quotes:
He’d walked into my bar and claimed it as his. And I was drawn to him, like shivering bones to a warm blanket.
“Let’s give it a few years, okay? If she still likes soccer when she’s ten, we can discuss the Olympics.”
“Don’t twist your ankle jumping to conclusions.”

 

 

He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?”

“She’s yours.”

“Then that’s good enough.”

“I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me?

He nodded. “Really.”

“I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.”

“It’s not your fault. I believe you.”

The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry.

I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break.

I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know.

“Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat.

“So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?”

The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.”

He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”

 

 

 

 

 

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Audio Release – Just An Illusion- The B Side, D. Kelly

June 19, 2018 By

We are thrilled to be sharing the audiobook release of D. Kelly’s JUST AN ILLUSION – THE B SIDE with you today! THE B SIDE is the second book in the Illusion series and contemporary romance lovers are going to want to get their hands on this one!

 

About JUST AN ILLUSION – THE B SIDE

Three life-altering months …

That’s how long it’s been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She’s made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love.

Back on the road …

Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel’s not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour.

Brother vs Brother …

Tensions are high on the Weston brothers’ bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia’s life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good?

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Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

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Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt – Tattered, Devney Perry

June 19, 2018 By

 

 

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.

 

 

 

 

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Sandra's Review

Tattered is the first book in the Lark Cove series by Devney Perry. It is also the first book I have read by this author and she has gained a fan! I am looking forward to reading more of her books. Now, back to Tattered.
Six years. That is how long it has been since she saw his face. It was supposed to be a one-night stand after hours of talking on her shift at a bar in New York. And now, he was here in another bar…in Lark Cove, Montana. A bar that she never would have imagine him being in. They were from two different worlds. He wore power suits. She wore cutoff shorts. He lived in a penthouse. She lived in a cottage. But, he was here and their lives were about to change. He was about to meet his daughter. The one he didn’t see coming. Logan was in shock. Thea was too. After-all…she didn’t see him coming either. Now what?
She wanted him in their daughter’s life. She always did but she didn’t even have his last name. She never saw him again after their one amazing night together. He was here now and she was determined to give her daughter, a father. It wouldn’t be easy. Charlie wasn’t just going to instantly fall for her dad. He would have to work for it and I loved that about Charlie. Will he be able to show Charlie who he really is? Someone who she can count on even if they lived thousands of miles apart. A man who wanted to be in her life from now on.
What about Logan and Thea? The attraction is still there but can they be together? Will it be too complicated or worth the risk? What will happen when Logan has to go back to his normal life New York? And what will his family think about their new family member? Read the book and you will get the answers!
I fell for Logan. Fast and hard. Damn men in power suits, they get me every time. But, he is just as swoon-worthy in casual clothes too. I just loved him even when I wanted to thump him on the back of the head. And Thea, she is one kickass mom, woman, and friend. She is so strong, and will do anything for Charlie. She raised one wild spirited, strong, smart, and beautiful girl. And Hazel, she was there for Thea growing up and is now, and she did the same. Even if she didn’t have to. I just loved their connection. All of theirs.
Overall…I loved all of it. The story. The characters. The heartbreak. The strength. The love. The family. The life lessons. It gave me all the feels! I am so looking forward to rest of the series!
Quotes:
He’d walked into my bar and claimed it as his. And I was drawn to him, like shivering bones to a warm blanket.
“Let’s give it a few years, okay? If she still likes soccer when she’s ten, we can discuss the Olympics.”
“Don’t twist your ankle jumping to conclusions.”

 

 

Thea and I had agreed on just one night. One incredible night. The next morning, we’d walked away from each other with no strings attached. She’d gone back to her life. I’d gone back to my hectic work and social schedule, just glad that I’d had the chance to meet her.

What I hadn’t expected was for Thea to pop into my thoughts so often after that night. I’d think of her smile whenever I was at a hotel bar. I’d think of her laugh when I was at a boring fundraiser. I’d think of her whenever I saw a woman with long, sleek dark hair.

After months of her on my mind, I’d finally given in. I’d gone back to the bar to see her one more time.

Except she’d been gone.

With my child.

I’d waited too long.

 

 

 

 

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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