Release Day Launch, Reviews & Excerpt – Evermore, Corinne Michaels

February 26, 2019 By


From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels, comes EVERMORE, a new novella in her Salvation Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!



From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new story in her Salvation series…

I was poised to become partner at my law firm even before I became secretly engaged to my boss. After being humiliated by him on my wedding day, I can’t face working for him any longer. So I quit, waving my middle finger on my way out.

Now the only things I’m poised for are unemployment and loneliness.

When an opportunity with Cole Security arises, it seems like the perfect way to run, all the way to Virginia Beach. I wasn’t expecting my childhood sweetheart to be there. I definitely wasn’t prepared that when we saw each other again, Benjamin Pryce would be so grown-up. So gorgeous. So Navy SEAL-ish.

And still the same guy who broke my heart when I was fifteen–and could do it again.

They say if you’re fooled once, shame on them. The second time, it’s on you. The third time, it’s going to be me that runs… unless he can convince me to stay forevermore.



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Sandra's Review

Evermore is a standalone novella in the Salvation series by Corinne Michaels. The only book in the series I haven’t read is the first one. I know, I know. I will get to it someday.
Gretchen needs a fresh start. After being left on her wedding day, her life plans are forever changed. Without an home, husband, or a job she is off to Virginia Beach to work for her best friend’s husband’s security company. She didn’t know what to expect but she definitely didn’t expect him. Ben Pryce. Her childhood best friend. Her first kiss. Her first love.
Ben knew she was going to be working with him but he didn’t expect how he would feel. He hasn’t seen her since he was in his early teens. He never forgot her. And now, she was here. In his place of work. Looking like sin and smelling like sweetness. He knows her story. That her ex is a douche. He also knows she deserves more than he could ever give her.
Awww! I loved this book. It was a fast read with a lot of story. I loved the characters. Hard. The writing. The story. Everything. It was also great to catch up with the Cole Security family.
“We’re from Jersey…we know people.”
I laugh. “I’ll have you know that our families work in legitimate waste management companies.”
Ashton smirks. “That’s what they want us to think.”
“You shouldn’t hide, you’re too beautiful when you’re unguarded.”
“You may be The Hulk, but I don’t think you’ll smash me.”
He rolls his eyes. “I fucking hate that call sign.”

Evermore is a novella set within the Salvation series by Corinne Michaels. I haven’t read all of the Salvation books, but I loved seeing some of my favorite characters again, er, MARK! This is Ben and Gretchen’s story. It’s short, sweet, and just the right amount of wooing and heat! They were childhood friends and after years apart they are finally getting their chance. Second chance at love, second chance to be who they want to be, for each other. I fell in love with Ben as soon as he opened his mouth! What a strong, loving, smart, sexy character he is! Gretchen is stronger than she thinks and just needs to trust in herself again. If this is your first Corinne novel, take a chance! You’ll love these characters and you’ll want more, just remember Mark is mine! 🙂

“Anything interesting? Ben’s deep voice causes me to jump and fall out of my chair.

“Holy shit!

“You all right?

“I wouldn’t been if you’d made a noise.”

Ben chuckles. “I was trained not to.”

“Well, they did a good job.”


“I’m going to kiss you, Ben.”

“I’m right here, babe.”




“What do you mean you’re not coming?” I scream into the receiver at my what-should-be husband.

“I can’t marry you,” Harold tells me.

My eyes fill with angry tears. “You decided this now?” I shriek.

It’s my wedding day.

Well, it was supposed to be. Harold—which is the worst name in existence when you’re in the throes of passion—apparently has decided it won’t be.

An hour late, I might add. I’m here, at the church, in my nine-thousand-dollar wedding dress that I saved for. Without a groom.

I’m going to kill him.

My voice drops eerily soft. “Whatever the hell the issue is, we can deal with it tomorrow, Harold. You can’t do this to me. You get your ass to this church and you marry me.”

He sighs. “I can’t do it. I can’t, Gretchen. I had an epiphany last night.”

An epiphany? How rich. “Was it that you’re a dickhead who was going to destroy the woman who stood by you the last seven-fucking-years?”

“I’m saving you.”

Now I’ve heard it all. “Saving me, my ass!” I scream. “You will not do this to me. You won’t make me a jilted bride! I won’t let you.” My two best friends, Catherine and Ashton, share a look as they stand in their rose gold colored bridesmaids dresses.

Harold goes silent and then I hear someone in the back. “It’s for the better. We never should’ve done this. You’re my associate at the firm and if we do this, it will destroy both of our careers.”

A tear falls down. I’m so angry. I’m so betrayed by him. Seven years we’ve been sneaking around. I was his “Secret Slut” as I called myself. At first it was exciting. The sneaking around, late-night office romps, the little touches we’d share knowing that later we wouldn’t have to slow down.

Then it became impossible. I wanted to go to him when a case went bad, but I couldn’t because he was my boss. Gossip in the office became much more than harmless chatter, so we pulled back even more.

Finally, two months ago, he’d had enough of me complaining and threatening to end things. He proposed and said he wanted to marry me immediately. That if we were married, I could take equal part in the firm and finally stop having to hide our relationship.

My chest rises and falls because now, there’s no going back. People know. People are here to witness this, and now I’ll be the “left-at-the-alter lawyer.”





Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless), Say You’ll Stay, Say You Want Me, and Say I’m Yours. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.


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Release Day, 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – Best Laid Plans, Lauren Blakely

February 22, 2019 By


What happens when the nice girl wants to give naughty a go?

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That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in seduction…
Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I’m also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and—bonus!— willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I have some specific requirements for his instruction. I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.

I have it bad for Arden. She’s bright, brilliant, insanely fun, and I want to take her home and spend all night together—and then spend the day with her, too. When she asks for my help, I see my chance to win her sweet heart by showing her how much fun we can have getting spicy. Trouble is, she has a different idea of what “bedroom exploration” should mean. Now I’m going to have to get really clever to win her over.
Good thing I know exactly how to upend her best laid plans.


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Best Laid Plans is Lauren Blakely’s newest romantic, sexy comedy. As you know, I’m Lauren’s biggest fan. I’m a huge fan of the woman, her writing, her characters, her sense of humor, her witty banter, her storytelling and the way she keeps coming up with new, fresh and exciting ways to entertain us. Best Laid Plans is Gabe and Arden’s story. We briefly met Gabe and Arden in Unzipped and I was instantly intrigued by the sexy fireman and the pretty bookstore owner. Gabe and Arden are friends. Just friends. They have fun together, talking, bowling. When Arden decides she wants to know what it’s like to be naughty, she enlists the help of her handsome friend, Gabe. He is ecstatic and thinks this is finally his chance to show her he thinks about her more than a friend. Until she tells him it’s a “hands-off” lesson. What the what? Ok, he can do this. He’ll just tell her, lead her and then maybe get the chance to actually show her. What could go wrong? Their friendship is strong and it will survive and if he has his way they will become more than friends. Arden didn’t really think this plan through. She didn’t realize how much just Gabe talking to her about sex would turn her on. But of course he’s a player so he’s good at this. He’s just a friend helping out another friend. Right? Once they touch for real and can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, Gabe knows this is his chance. But Arden is freaking out. She doesn’t think he truly cares about her. But he does. He so does. Will Gabe fight for his woman? Will Arden finally see what their future could look like? I loved this story. So much! It’s fun, sexy, sweet, romantic and swoony. Gabe isn’t just a sexy, gorgeous fireman. He cares about people. Wants to help them, save them and provide for them. Arden is smart, funny and knows just the right wine to pair with a great book. I wish I could go visit her bookstore and ask her advice! I loved that Gabe was the one who wanted to jump in feet first from friendship to much more! Overall, I laughed, cried, laughed, swooned, laughed some more and had to fan myself. Lauren never disappoints with her sexy characters, fun stories and romantic words. Sometimes your best laid plans turn out the way you never thought they would. Backwards. Upside down. Even better.


The man has charm for miles  – a playboy with a heart of gold.


“Because if we were together, my number one goal would be to make sure you were…satisfied.”


Sandra's Review

Best Laid Plans is Lauren Blakely’s next sexy, sweet, and funny rom-com. I adore Lauren and all of her words. I love all of her characters. She always makes me fall hard for each and every one of them. I will make this fast since the synopsis kicks ass and explains the story perfectly.
Arden is a good girl who wants to learn to be little naughty. Gabe is a fireman playboy with a heart of gold. This unlucky pair became friends in the funniest way. And a year later, Arden proposes a deal. One that Gabe would never turn down.
Gabe is stunned silent. He wants Arden. So much and this might just be the way to show her how much. How much she deserves to be worshipped in the bedroom. Loved and adored. For the woman she is and not the woman she thinks she needs to be. He has one week to figure out how to get out of the friend zone with the only woman he has ever truly wanted.
Arden has no idea this would be so hard. Of course she knew Gabe was hot but damn. Being this close to him, seeing his charm really shining though. She is also noticing much more. The looks. The sparks. Sparks she shouldn’t be feeling.
Will Gabe and Arden move out of the friend zone?
Overall…I loved every minute of this book! It was so much fun, flirty, and hot. Their banter is friendship goals. Their passion is more than friends goals. God, I loved Gabe & Arden.
“I think it’s time to find out if you have a little Ana in you.”
I want to know the landscape of her body. Want to slide my hands up and down her legs, nibble on her ass, and make her whimper.
This is going to be the toughest game of charades I’ve ever played.


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Arden has never pumped me for dating details before. Not the tawdry ones at least. I half want to believe it means something, but it could mean nothing at all.

“Just curious,” she says nonchalantly as she grabs her favorite purple ball. She makes it sound so casual, her inquiry. But there’s that word again from Words with Friends—curious—and it snags on my brain. Why exactly is she so curious?

A second later, she gives me the answer. “Everyone’s coming into the bookstore buying these racier books. It just got me thinking.”

She turns away, heads to the top of the lane, and holds the ball in front of her.

And her comment has me thinking too.

About dirtier books.

If she reads them.

What she likes between the sheets.

What her curiosity has piqued exactly. Well, besides me. I’m definitely piqued, and I make a quick adjustment in my jeans so it’s not so damn obvious.

As she tosses the ball down the lane, her left leg arcing behind her, showing a hint of the back of her thighs, I groan.

I want to know the landscape of her body. Want to slide my hands up and down her legs, nibble on her ass, and make her whimper.

I would love to know what would make Arden go wild in bed.

That’s not only because I’m wildly attracted to her.

It’s because I want to know what makes her tick in the bedroom as well as I know what excites her out of it.

I want to know her in every way.

Sooner or later, I’m going to have to figure out how to drive this car clear out of the friend zone.

Sooner is my preference.

Like maybe this weekend at the party here at the bowling alley.

Maybe I can find a way to pique her interest in me.



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A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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 3 million books. In February she’ll release BEST LAID PLANS, in March THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR, and in May THE DATING PROPOSAL. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


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Release Day Blitz & Reviews – Boyfriend for Hire, Kendall Ryan

February 19, 2019 By



I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?




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Boyfriend for Hire is Kendall Ryan’s next sexy standalone. I do love a good quickie and this was perfect for just that. I will make this fast so I don’t spoil anything.
Elle needs a date her brother’s wedding. Christine, her best friend and soon-to-be sister in law has just the man for the job. After-all, he has made a career out of being the perfect gentleman. For hire.
Elle was unexpected. In the six years he had been an escort, he had never wanted someone so badly. For real. It never felt fake with her. He was himself. And she was herself. Someone her ex didn’t appreciate. It was like a match made in heaven but what will happen when she finds out he was hired to spend the weekend with her?
I thought this story was fun and sexy but I felt like something was missing. Just a little something. Overall though it was a great book. Just what I needed during a rainy camping trip.
“A man of many talents.” Relieved, I grin.
“Lucky me.”
“You have no idea.” He smirks, taking a sip of his whiskey.
“I think you’d make a great lawyer. You’ve already won me over.”
“Are your pickup lines always this bad?” Nic laughs, and God, do I love the sound of that. It’s deep and rich and genuine. “Probably. But most girls don’t call me out on them.”

Boyfriend for Hire is Kendall Ryan’s new sweet, sexy and romantic story. I’m a huge fan of Kendall’s books and she always entertains me and gives me all the feels. This one is a little different. Nic is an escort hired to be Elle’s date for her brother’s wedding. But, Elle doesn’t know so Nic gets to be more himself on a date than he has in six years. It’s refreshing and eye opening for him and he enjoys it more than he should. There’s something about Elle that calls to him. He hasn’t felt this way about a woman in well…forever. After spending the weekend with Elle he wants more. He doesn’t want his normal life anymore. And after one taste of her lips, he’s not looking back. But will Elle be able to get past his job? Will she think their time together was all a job? I enjoyed this story! Nic is really sexy, fun and romantic. Elle is hilarious, curvy and speaks her mind. I loved the characters. They have fantastic chemistry and fun and sexy interaction. It was a short read and I wish there were a little more, even though we get all the HEA stuff we’ve come to love from Kendall.


How is he so damn sexy. Just watching him makes me feel like I’ve committed a sin.




A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Review Blast – Tinsel, Devney Perry

February 19, 2019 By










Sofia Kendrick has always cherished her tiara. As the youngest daughter of a wealthy New York family, she’s lived the life of an American princess. But after two scandalous divorces and a breakup smear her name across the society rags, the shine from her crown has dulled. People call her superficial, even gaudy.

She’s nothing more than tinsel.

Desperate for escape and starving for peace, Sofia heads to Montana for a holiday weekend with her brother. But she doesn’t get the relaxing vacation she planned. Instead, she’s put to work in a bar alongside Dakota Magee—a man who does not want her help. A man who is set on teaching her a few lessons about real life and hard work. But Sofia has a couple of life lessons of her own to teach. Like how to fall in love.



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Tinsel is the fourth book in the Lark Cove series by the fabulous and talented Devney Perry. I have read all the books in the series except the first, so I have to mention that I did not have the pleasure of meeting Sofia before this. I do hear that she wasn’t the greatest, supportive sister, so I didn’t know that going in, BUT, I loved Sofia in this story. She’s heartbroken and embarrassed and just needs some time away. She finally realizes how people see her and she knows that’s not who she is. She just needs to realize she’s more than a pretty face and a famous name. Maybe some time working in a bar in Montana is just what she needs.  Or, maybe it’s the sexy Dakota, the cranky man she’s forced to work with while she’s in town. I knew there was something special behind Dakota’s haunted, dark eyes and his reluctance to smile. Dakota and Sofia have instant chemistry and they both don’t mince words. They say what they are feeling and thinking and I loved that about them. Sofia brings out the dazzling smile he’s been hiding and Dakota let’s Sofia be the real her. Telling her she’s more than she gives herself credit for. They come from different worlds. But they want this time together. After that, they will just walk away. But what happens when feelings get involved. Will Dakota just let Sofia walk out of his life forever? I loved this story! Dakota is sexy, strong, who’s battling internal demons. He didn’t expect to fall for Sofia but she just got under his skin. Sofia was surprisingly strong, determined and a hard worker. She wants to do something with her life and she refuses to fail! Dakota’s smile got me. Every time. Overall, I laughed, cried, smiled, swooned, got hot and bothered, cried some more and had such empathy for these characters. Devney is quickly becoming one of my favorite and go to authors! Her writing is fantastic and her characters are always fun and real and her stories addicting!


Kissing her was the best bad idea I’d had in years. She was rich and beautiful and the type of woman who sucked men in and held them captive.


Dakota’s smile was something else. It was beautiful. It was so bold and mesmerizing as everything else about the man.

And he’d given it to me because it made me happy.


Dakota was more than just a good guy. He was top-shelf.


Sandra's Review

Tinsel is the fourth book in the Lark Cove series by one of my faves, Devney Perry. You can read it as standalone but I highly recommend reading the series. It’s sexy, emotional, and unique.

Sofia needs to get away from New York City. She is ashamed, embarrassed, and needs to find her purpose. She knew from a young age she wasn’t like her siblings. She wasn’t a golden child or a businesswoman. She was a princess. But, now at thirty-two, she felt useless. A hot mess. She was a divorcee twice over and nothing but a socialite. Over the last few years she has tried harder to be what the family wanted but now it was time to be the person she wanted to be. She just didn’t know who that person was yet. Her brother found a life in Lark Cove and maybe she would find her passion there too.

Dakota didn’t want her help. She didn’t even know how to sweep for God’s sake. What was he going to do with her for the next ten days!? He knew what his body wanted to do with the gorgeous woman but she wasn’t here for that. She was here to work. In a bar. To find purpose. He was up for the challenge but was she?

Sofia and Dakota had to fight their attraction from the very start. But why? She wasn’t there to fall in love. She didn’t want to go down that road again. Not for awhile anyway. And Dakota’s life plan did not include a wife, kids, and a white picket fence. There was no future for them so why not have a few days of fun!? Why not indeed. A fling never hurt anyone.

Will she find her passion? Will Dakota figure out where he belongs?

Awe. I loved this story. It might even be my fave of the series. I was not a Sofia fan in Tattered but I trust in Devney. I knew she would get me to fall and I did. Sofia is beautiful inside and out, smart, sweet and hardworking. She was more than I ever expected. Dakota too. I liked him in the previous books but we didn’t really get to know him until now. He is everything.

Overall…it’s emotional ride full of twists and turns, love, passion, understanding, family and lessons.


The minute her doe eyes met mine, my heart squeezed. Those crying eyes. They were going to ruin me.

She was so graceful. She was whimsical, like a fairy without her wings.

“Why am I not surprised you packed more clothes for a ten-day vacation than I own altogether?”
“I was gone the day they taught packing light in charm school.”







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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Cover Reveal – The Feel Good Factor, Lauren Blakely

February 13, 2019 By


That inked bad boy who’s been striking sparks with me since he rode into town? Turns out he’s my new housemate, which adds up to a super-complicated living situation and chemistry so hot it should be illegal.

THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR, a sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely, will be releasing on March 25, 2019 on all retailers! A roommates-to-lovers romantic comedy, don’t miss the stunning cover below, and pre-order your copy today!


Photography by Wong Sim.
Model is Sahib Faber.
Cover Design by Helen Williams.

About THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR (Coming 3/25/2019):

I have a fantastic family, great best friends, a job I love…and now I’m up for a promotion to police sergeant. I need total focus—not a flirty, dirty, irresistible, tattooed hottie riding into my town on his motorcycle. Can I arrest him for being too good-looking? When he kisses me senseless in the back of a waffle truck, it’s criminal, the things he makes me think about hot syrup and melted butter. One order of hot, fluffy hookup to go, please.

But the next time I see him, it’s not for our date with benefits. He’s the guy who just rented the room above my garage.

I need the rent to pay my bills, not a man like Derek, who I soon discover to be strong, caring, generous, good with kids, and kind to puppies… If I’m not careful, he’ll be moving into my heart as well as my house.


A no-strings-attached fling with the fiery redhead who revs my engine? Why, yes, that does sound like a delicious perk of my new job in this new town, thank you very much. I’m coming off a bad relationship, and I have zero interest in anything serious. I’ve got all the serious I need helping my sister take care of her three little kids while her husband is deployed.

Except, surprise! Perri isn’t just my future fling. Turns out she’s my sexy, sassy landlord.

A lease definitely counts as “strings attached,” and as much as I’d like to get tangled in her sheets, I can’t let myself get tangled up in a relationship.

But as soon as we put the cuffs on our escapades, I learn over late-night conversations in the kitchen, that my landlord is so much more than the sexiest woman I’ve ever met– she has a quick mind and the biggest heart.

Once I’m in, I’m all in. And to convince her that we should see where this goes, I plan on turning up the heat—and not just in the kitchen.




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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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 3 million books. In February she’ll release BEST LAID PLANS, in March THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR, and in May THE DATING PROPOSAL. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


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Blog Tour & Review – Down We’ll Come, Baby, Carrie Aarons

February 2, 2019 By


Down We’ll Come, Baby by Carrie Aarons is live and available now to read for free in Kindle Unlimited! This is a contemporary romance, standalone title. Check out Carrie’s $50 Gift Card release day giveaway.

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There is no way we can still love and cherish one and other.

When I married Theo Walsh, the rough, bearded townie who worked construction on my family’s summer house, I’d found my happily ever after.

That was before the fighting.
Before the jealousy.
Before the infertility.

We’ll be divorced long before death does us part.

But to secure my place in the family dynasty, there is just one more hoop I have to jump through. And I need him to do it.

Faking the marriage we once thrived in will gut me.
Especially with the secret I’m carrying.


I would have sacrificed for her until the end of time.

My job.
My home.
My happiness.

I’d given it all up to marry her. That’s how much I loved Imogen Weston, the daughter to one of the world’s richest families.

From the day we met, I’d done nothing but try to live up to the man she expected to be with. And now, I was done.

Sure, I’d complete this one final ask of hers, even if it destroyed me.

But I’ve made her promise the one thing that might save me. She swore that after she got everything she ever wanted, she wouldn’t look back.

I made my wife vow to leave me forever.


Sandra's Review

Down We’ll Come, Baby is Carrie Aaron’s next emotional, sexy, and fun standalone. I actually didn’t even read the synopsis so I went in totally blind. I did however know there was a ruggedly handsome man involved. I mean, damn. This cover is delicious and so is Theo Walsh.
After four years of marriage, Imogen walks out the door while her husband, Theo was still asleep in their bed. She still loved him and always would but she couldn’t do it anymore. The money. The job issues. The infertility. It was all too much over the last two years. It wasn’t that they didn’t have money. It was that they had too much. Her trust fund was not without expectations. Ones she was used to, growing up wealthy she knew the game. As for Theo, he grew up on the other side of it. All he cared about was her. And if that meant he had to work at a job he hated, he would. If it meant going to ridiculous parties, he would put on his tux. But, what he never expected was to give up on them and for him to make her promise to never look back. That is exactly what he had to do when she asked him for one last favor.
The favor was to pretend to still be in love. The still being in love was easy. Love was still there. It was the rest of it. The reasoning behind it. Her family’s reputation. Her rightful place in the family dynasty. He felt second best when it came to them. He would do anything for her except give up. It wasn’t over yet. Four months. That’s it then it would be final. They would be done. He could go back to his home on Nantucket and be the man she fell in love with. Without her.
It was love at first sight for Theo and Imogen. It was a whirlwind of love, lust, and marriage. Her family was against them from the very beginning. Theo didn’t have the money, power, and family name. He had a cottage, a construction job, and was an orphan. Imogen didn’t care about why he didn’t have, she only cared about what he did have. Her heart. Her body. And her soul. She thought what they had was enough. But the last two years were full of heartache, loss, and the same fights over and over again. She hated seeing him unhappy. She felt she had to walk away. And so she did. But now, she had to live with him after she left him. It was going to be torture but will it be worth it?
These two have some obstacles to jump. Big ones. I felt their love throughout the book. I also felt their pain. Like I said, I didn’t read the synopsis so it was a shock to me. A divorce? In the beginning of a romance book? I have to see how this plays out and Carrie did a fabulous job. I will tell you not to give up. The beginning is rough. I wanted to smack Imogen more than once. I had some words for her. I was not a fan. Don’t give up!! I didn’t and I loved it. I swooned hard for Theo. He is so in love with his wife.
Overall…it’s a journey full of loss, love, family, and forgiveness. It’s a story I was not expecting. I should have known it was going to have a twist since Carrie’s books are always unique. It’s one of the reasons why I love them.
P.S. and what they say is true. Money does not buy happiness.
I’ll grin and bear it, just like I always have, but don’t start lying to me. Don’t start being a Weston until you completely walk away from being a Walsh.
I’m so emotionally pained that I can feel the sorrow slosh through my veins as if it’s replacing my blood. I feel like if she touches me, I’ll shatter into a thousand pieces, I’m so fragile.
“Oh, fuck all of that. I hate when you go all Weston on me.”
“Language!” I scold her.
“And fuck your language rules, too.

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

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Cover Reveal – The Last Post, Renee Carlino

January 31, 2019 By

A brand new evocative and poignant standalone from USA TODAY Bestseller Renee Carlino releasing on AUGUST 20th, 2019!



In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss and Wish You Were Here, a young widow in the midst of grieving her late husband through Facebook posts learns to heal and fall in love again.

“See you on the other side.”

Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.

Opposites attract, right?

But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.

Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.

When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.

But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.

Written with Renée Carlino’s signature “tender and satisfying” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) prose, this warm and compassionate novel shows us how powerful the courage to love and live again truly is.


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Excerpt Reveal & Review – Dare Me Again, Shelly Alexander

January 22, 2019 By


Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Kara's Review

mmend reading Dare Me since it was just as fun, sexy, and heartwarming. It was where Elliott’s brother, Trace fell in love and now it was his turn. 

Elliott never backed down from a dare. Never. His brothers would never let him live it down. So he agreed to their latest one. He would be the family face for the service dog training for veterans. A training that will be held on their property. The Remington. It wouldn’t be such a big deal except dogs hated him. He really thought that would be the only challenge to the bet. Nope. The dog whisperer in charge would take the number one spot. His ex-girlfriend. The one who disappeared, leaving only a Dear, John letter behind. 

Rebel couldn’t believe she was doing this. Going back to the island where she grew up. Where she left the only man she ever loved behind. For his own good she believed. But, that was ten years ago. It was time to deal with her past so she could move forward. And she needed the paycheck so she could do just that. Back in Portland. Five weeks. She could survive five weeks then get back on that ferry to get off the island for good. Except, she didn’t expect what would happen when she saw him again.

Elliott and Rebel’s relationship was different now. They had jobs to do. Important ones. Ones that would get them to where they want to be. Him in San Francisco and her in Portland. Two completely different worlds. His in finance. Hers with dogs. Can they put their past behind them to get to the end goal? Will being in the same room bring back memories that we’re hiding away so they wouldn’t be in pain? Can they find a way to have a second chance? A one month fling? Anything? Can he even trust her not to run away again? 

Aw! I loved this one. When there are animals involved it’s always an added bonus. It makes me want to cuddle with my own pets. Anyway, I enjoyed Elliott and Rebel’s story. They both have secrets and pasts to work through. Rebel is definitely a badass who has made mistakes but trying to give back in any way she can. Elliott is the serious brother but he has a big heart. Together, I loved their banter, chemistry, and laughter. 

Overall…it’s a great story full of inspiration, love, heat, and fun. I am excited for the next book. I think I know who is up next 😉


“Those vets survived war,” Spence said. “You can survive an old girlfriend for five weeks.” 
“That’s low, even for you two idiots,” Elliott huffed.

“My tone is authoritative,” he said. 
“You just keep telling yourself that,” she countered, forcing her thoughts back to the dog.

“I see your ego has surpassed your massive IQ.”


Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Shelly Alexander is an Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories and a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, Shelly and her sister watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing contemporary romances that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She enjoys the arid climate of the beautiful Southwest where she lives with her husband and two toy poodles named Mozart and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Release Day, 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – Birthday Suit, Lauren Blakely

January 17, 2019 By


Temptation never tasted so good…

What do you get when you mix a long-simmering attraction, a dangerous secret, and a swoony hero who will sweep you off your feet? BIRTHDAY SUIT—a delicious standalone forbidden romance from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely that you’re guaranteed to love! Get your copy of BIRTHDAY SUIT now!


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There is no rule in the Man Code as unbreakable as this: no matter how beautiful, smart, clever, and witty she is, do not—under any circumstances—fall in love with your best friend’s woman.
Yeah. So there’s that. Look, it’s not like I didn’t know I screwed up by falling for her.

Also, for the record, unrequited love sucks big time.
And, I might have cut myself some slack by now, given everything that went down in the last few years, but Lulu just walked back into my life in a big way.


There are three things I’ve never been able to resist—my friends, my family, and chocolate.
Leo Hennessy? He was nowhere on that list. He’s been a true friend—a friend who walked through hell and back with me.
Now, I’m stepping into my new future. I didn’t expect it to include a riddle-filled, race-against-the-clock scavenger hunt across New York City.
With Leo.
Suddenly, I’m looking at this man with new eyes…
But my life spun out because of a man once before, and I can’t risk my fresh start, no matter what the temptation. And Leo is most definitely a temptation of the sexiest, sweetest, and most dangerous variety.
More irresistibly delicious than chocolate…



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Kara's Review

Birthday Suit is Lauren Blakely’s newest romcom, but with a side of emotion and chocolate. Three of my favorite things: Lauren Blakely, romance and chocolate. Yes, please! Birthday Suit is a friends to lovers, best friend’s girl romance. Only Lauren can combine so much goodness in one place. Leo fell for Lulu when he met her, but then she became his best friend’s woman. He never acted on or spoke about his feelings, just went on with his life. Mostly. Now, Lulu’s back in his life and a lot has changed over the last few years. Once he sees her all the feelings come rushing back. But he’s a gentleman and a professional and when they start to work together, they rekindle their friendship. When a New York City wide scavenger hunt sends him, Lulu and a few coworkers out into the city, he falls for her all over again. But things are different now. Could they possibly have a chance? Lulu has finally gotten her life back on track. Her business is thriving, she’s also working for Leo’s company and having so much fun reconnecting with her old friend. Solving riddles and running around Manhattan is the most fun she’s had a in a long time. She’s finally let go of her past, the guilt and the pain. Leo is back in her life and she forgot how much she missed having him around. But, now that there’s no one else around, she’s seeing a new side of Leo. Was he always this handsome? This sexy? This thoughtful? Wow. What happens when her feelings of friendship quickly move into so much more. She wants Leo. Covered in chocolate. In his birthday suit. Uh oh! She doesn’t want to find herself in the same position she was in years ago with her career. Can she find the happy balance between her love of her work and this new found love of her friend, Leo? This story! Wow. It’s full of happiness, emotion, pain, joy, sexiness, humor, riddles, friendship and chocolate. Oh, the chocolate! Lulu is adorable, fun, a little wacky and funny! Leo is sexy, thoughtful, handsome and just a really nice guy! I loved watching Leo and Lulu find themselves in each other. Enjoy being friends again. Eating delicious chocolate. Solving puzzles and falling in love!


Sandra's Review

Birthday Suit is Lauren Blakely’s next friends to lovers romance that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. I don’t know how the woman does it. Knocks it out of the park. I have read every word she has written and she still amazes me. Every. Single. The synopsis explains the story magnificently.
Leo has his own set of rules. Including living with no regrets. He mastered that rule. One he wished he could master? Never fall in love with your best friend’s girl. It’s torture.
Two years. It’s been two years since they were in the same city. And now they were in the same room. Surrounded by chocolate. Delicious chocolate. Chocolate that dreams are made of. And that is why they are both in this room. To make dreams come true. He is looking for the next Rising Star for a Heavenly Chocolates and she is there to pursue her dreams as a world class chocolatier. She was already well on her way as a shop owner but she needed to a new goal to set. And she found it. On accident. With a man who has been one of her best friends for ten years. Leo, Lulu, and Tripp were the three musketeers back in the good ol’ days and now Leo and Lulu are partners. In business. It has never been just the two of them. This is new territory.
Leo and Lulu’s friendship is what friendship goals are all about even with two years separating them. Now that they are in the same city, it’s like they were never apart. Except, it is different. Something feels different. Lulu starts seeing Leo in a different light. And that light? It makes his ass look amazing in suits. It makes his smile brighter. It makes her even a bit jealous. She doesn’t understand what is happening between them but it gives her hope. It also confuses her. To Leo, it’s nothing new. He has always loved her. He just doesn’t know how she would feel if she knew. Would it ruin everything?
Can they let the past go and see what their new lives can turn into?
I absolutely loved this book!!! I fell for Leo instantly. He is so sweet, smart, funny, and would do anything for Lulu. I also fell for Lulu. She is strong, colorful, beautiful inside and out, and makes some mouth-watering sounding chocolate. Together, they have the best banter, cleverness, and love for each other. It’s beautiful, sexy, and oh, so much fun. It’s also more. Obstacles.
Overall…I loved every minute of it! The writing is fantastic. The characters are lovable. The story is unique. It’s the perfect blend of emotions. I laughed, swooned, and cried. It’s full of riddles, chocolate, suits, and love. There is even a bit of mystery. I can’t wait to find out more about that.
He’s been both an open book and a complete enigma. Except one thing has always held true—the man can rock a suit.
“And how exactly did I look at him?” I challenge her.
“Like there’s something there that wasn’t there before.”
“Did you just go Beauty and the Beast on me?”
She laughs. “I suppose I did.”
But my resolve is steel, and Lulu is melting under my mouth.



Let’s get one thing out of the way real fast. Regret is a waste of time. I don’t believe in it—never have, never will. I try to live my life without that useless emotion.

You know those articles where the journalist asks old people what they would have done differently, and they list all sorts of stuff—be a better friend, call your mom, tell the woman you love her? You don’t want to be that person.

There’s a simple way to avoid it.

Do the good shit now.

Say yes to that crazy job offer, ask out the girl who’s out of your league, climb the mountain and kiss the sky.

You’ll thank yourself later.

But the flip side of that kind of life is this: you need some rules. A few basic guidelines to follow to navigate the potholes.

Over the years I’ve assembled my top picks. Some from experience, some from listening to others.

Allow me to share my hard-won wisdom.

  1. If you have to sniff the food in your fridge to decide if you can eat it, just toss it. You’ll be glad you did tomorrow.
  2. You can tell everything you need to know about a person by how he or she treats the waiter.
  3. Turn down that last tequila shot. Trust me on this one.
  4. If your woman sends you to the store to pick up something, get that something, not another version you think is better. Her version is always the right one.
  5. You can’t put your foot in your mouth if it’s closed.
  6. No dude ever gets in trouble while cleaning the kitchen.
  7. Don’t live to work; work to live.
  8. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  9. Don’t get a tattoo that’s longer than your dick.
  10. Men should never wear black jeans.

That’s my list and I’m sticking to it. Those mantras have served me well. They’ve made me the man I am today—successful, wise, and satisfied.

There’s one more though. An addendum, if you will. The postscript you need to achieve a life well-lived. This ought to be so damn easy that no one makes this mistake.

Gather close.

Write it down.

Follow this one to the motherfucking letter.

No matter what, don’t fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

Too bad that ship sailed long ago for me.



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“This touching tale kept me invested from start to finish. It made me feel many things, sad, happy, hopeful and… hungry. I also enjoyed the colorful support characters and hope I’ll be getting to know some of them better in a future book.”

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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 3 million books. In January she’ll release BIRTHDAY SUIT, in March BEST LAID PLANS and in April THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


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Release Day, 5 Heart Reviews, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Love and Pancakes, Lacey Black

January 15, 2019 By

Today we have the release blitz of Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black! Check out this fantastic contemporary romance and be sure to grab your copy on January 15th!

Title: Love and Pancakes

Author: Lacey Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Love and Pancakes:

Marissa Grayson’s dream went up in smoke. A devastating fire has ripped apart her family’s bed and breakfast, leaving her off-kilter and scrambling to repair the damage. What she doesn’t need, or have time for, is Rhenn Burleski. Sexy, confident, and dangerous to her heart. A man who clearly knows his way around the female body and will leave the moment the sheets start to cool. Yet that doesn’t stop her from making a deal with the devil himself.


Work hard, play harder. That’s Rhenn’s life motto. An electrician by day, Rhenn turns it up at night, always with a different lady friend in tow. He makes sure they know the score: he’s not looking for anything more than one night of fun. However, he knows the second he meets the shy daughter of the bed and breakfast’s owner that his life is never going to be the same. As hard as he tries, he just can’t resist one taste.


What happens when their time is up and Rhenn must leave, returning to his old life? Will they be able to walk away, hearts unscathed, or will their time together prove to be nothing more than a fading memory?


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Kara's Review

Love and Pancakes is Lacey Black’s new novel and the first book in the new series, Rockland Falls. This series is a spinoff of one of my favorite series’, Summer Sisters. Lacey knows how to deliver the goods with her sexy heroes, sassy leading ladies, laughs, fun and family. We know and love the Summer sisters and their families and we’ve met Rhenn before. He’s Nick’s best friend and I fell in love with him in My Kinda Forever. We learned that Orval (Grandpa) has a sister, Mary Ann Grayson. She has two daughters (Marissa and Harper) and two sons (Samuel and Jensen). This is Marissa and Rhenn’s story! There’s been a fire at the Grayson Bed and Breakfast that Marissa and her mom run. Rhenn was hired to do the electrical work on the house so he’s in Rockland Falls for a while, planning on enjoying the sun, the water and maybe a woman or two. Until he meets Marissa. Rhenn has never had a reaction like this to any woman before. It must be a fluke because she’s nothing like his usual type. She’s little, brunette, and there isn’t anything fake about her, inside or out. The sparks fly from the first look and he can’t stop thinking about her. But getting involved with the sexy woman isn’t a good idea. He’s leaving soon. They have to work together. She’s kinda like family. Doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about her though. Marissa can’t believe how hot the electrician is. Who has a right to look that damn good? Rhenn. She thinks she catches him staring and flirting, but that can’t be right. She’s nothing special and he’s gorgeous. But Rhenn is staring and he can’t keep his eyes off her. He doesn’t see any other women except Marissa. No one even holds a candle to her. Why doesn’t she see what he sees? She’s beautiful, funny, smart and sexy. And he wants her. Period. To say he’s shocked when she propositions him is the understatement of the century. Yes, please. When, where and how? Will Rhenn be able to walk away when his time is up? Will Marissa be the woman who changes his mind about love? I loved this story! I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and laughed some more. I loved meeting this new family and really loved seeing Nick, Meghan and a few other Summers as well! Rhenn was everything I thought he would be and so much more. If you’ve read Lacey before you will already want to read this. If you are new to her, get this book! Start this new series. Fall in love with these characters. Lacey will always give you want you need!


That’s why I must initiate my Rhenn Burleski force field, keeping him and his sexy eyes and masculine scent and tree trunk thighs and broad shoulders and…

Where was I going with this?


“First time I saw boobs and got a boner,” Nick adds, pulling his wife into his embrace and holding her close.

“Where did you get Penthouse?” Meghan asks, glancing over to Rhenn as if he’s instantly the guilty party.

“Don’t look at me like that. Your husband found it and showed it to me.”

“Bullshit, asshole! I only found it because you told me to snoop in my dad’s office.”

“I told you to look for spare change to buy candy. Not porn,” Rhenn blasts, giving his friend a pointed look.


“I’m completely turned on right now,” I deadpan, watching her devour her PB and J sandwich.

“Of course you are. You’re breathing,” she teases, shoulder bumping me as I polish off my lunch.

“It’s you. You have this reaction on me,” I confess, though I assume she already knows. It’s definitely no secret.


Sandra's Review

Love and Pancakes is the first book in Lacey’s all-new series, Rockland Falls. I have had the pleasure of reading all of Lacey’s books and have loved them all. I know I will fall in the love with the characters, the towns, and their stories. The Rockland Falls series is full of new characters and also some previous ones from the Summer Sisters series. You don not need to read that series to fall for this one but you will definitely want to after meeting them.
The night of the fire changed everything. Marissa’s childhood home and bed and breakfast was everything to her and it was almost lost to the flames. It would had if she didn’t take a walk on the beach that night. It was only damaged with smoke, soot, and faulty wiring. It all needed to be cleaned and remodeled. It was going to take months to reopen the doors to her family’s business. The one she ran. Her baby. She couldn’t afford any distractions. Then, he enters her world. Rhenn. A man with a smirk that could melt panties off a nun. And he just so happens to be the electrician who is going to bring the Bed and Breakfast back to working order. Yep. She is screwed.
Rhenn knew from the moment he saw her, soot and all that he wanted a taste. He also knew one taste wouldn’t be enough. That was why he told himself to keep clear of the shy, beautiful woman who he wanted to lay out in his bed. On his bed. On the forest floor. He was only here for a few weeks and he knew she wasn’t the kinda woman who would only want one night of pleasure. She is the kinda woman who would want a forever. Well…he doesn’t do love. He does one night stands. But, he can’t help the way his body and mind reacts to Marissa. Will she be onboard with a little no-strings attached fun while he is in town?
Awe! I love Rhenn and Marissa! The slow burn between them is sexy as hell. The fun banter is refreshing for them both. The way they bring each other out of their comfort zones is both sexy and emotional. I liked Rhenn is My Kinda Forever as Nick’s best friend but I fell for him hard in this book. I couldn’t wait to see a woman bring him to his knees and Marissa is a perfect match.
Overall…it’s an amazing start to a new series! It’s so fun to get to know new characters and catch up with old ones. This story made me laugh out loud, cry, and get all kinds of hot and bothered.
I’m not sure if she’s feeling the same pull as I am, or if it’s the fact that she looks like Cinderella right now after cleaning the entire castle.
He whispers against my ear and I have to bite back the moan. “What else is on that magical list of yours, Angel?”
“Back when you were younger?” I bet they have stories for days.
“Younger? Shoot, Rhenn. Last Tuesday.”

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Our first time together isn’t going to be on the floor or on the table.”

“I’m not opposed to the counter,” I whisper, apparently loud enough for him to hear.

Rhenn chuckles. “I promise you, our first time is going to be better than this,” he adds, nodding toward the floor, and believe it or not, I’m disappointed by this development. “Right now, my friends are probably getting ready for our day of sailing. We’re going to head back to my boat, you’re going to throw on a swimsuit, and I’m going to enjoy the fuck out of watching you prance around my boat. And tonight? I’m going to love sliding into that shitty-ass fold out bed, and do you know why?”

“Why?” My mouth is Sahara dry.

“Because you’re going to be beside me.”

“And because you’ll get sex?” I tease with a smile.

He shakes his head. “No, no sex tonight. Not with Nick and Meghan on board. When I finally have my way with you, there’ll be no one else around to hear your moans, Angel. No one else will know how many times I’ve made you come. No one but me.”

Then he kisses me again with a hunger that feels as if it won’t ever be quenched. Like he might die if he doesn’t have another taste. I know right then and there, I’m in trouble. I’m completely over my head with this man, which is why I must keep my heart completely out of the equation. In fact, I’m leaving it here at the house. No way am I taking it with me, allowing it to catch one glimpse of the man who kisses me like I’m the very air he breathes.

“And at the end of the two weeks, we walk away.” I say the words aloud, as confirmation to him, but to me, as well. Saying them makes it true, right?

“At the end of my time here, you probably won’t hear from me again.” Even though those are the words I expected to hear, actually listening to him say them causes a little hitch in my heartbeat. See? That’s why my heart is going to be locked in the cabinet at home and not allowed anywhere near my time with Rhenn.

“Just promise me one thing,” I say, pushing aside the heavy feeling in my chest and digging deep for the girl who’s engaging in a no-strings relationship.


“Promise me you won’t fall in love with me.” I mean it as a joke, as a reminder of what this really is, but I don’t anticipate the catch in my breath and the slight pang of sadness when his eyes twinkle with laughter.

“No worries there, Angel. Love isn’t my thing.”


About Lacey:

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014 and has been an Amazon Bestseller twice for Free e-books, as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. All of the Rivers Edge books have been bestsellers in the Romance and Contemporary Romance categories.


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