Review & Excerpt Tour – Hunky Heartbreaker, Kendall Ryan

December 7, 2018 By

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Whiskey Kisses series…

Everything’s bigger in Texas.

And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite.

Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with.

When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down.

After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

 

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Sandra's Review

Hunky Heartbreaker is a standalone in the 1001 Dark Nights series. If you read Kendall Ryan’s Sexy Stranger novel then you have had the pleasure of meet Duke and Valentina. Duke is Luke’s twin brother and Valentina is Charlotte’s best friend from L.A.
Duke has always felt he had to work harder than his brother Luke. Luke seemed to have it all even the love of a woman. Now, Duke definitely doesn’t have any trouble with finding a woman to go to bed with but he has yet to find one he wanted to keep there. Then he saw Valentina again. He remembered she was good looking but now that she is in town for a week to help with his and his brother’s legal troubles, he had time to admire her, closer than ever. He vowed to himself to have a taste of the city-slicker lawyer before the week was done.
Valentina was warned about Duke and his ways. That was why she told him after their first meeting that this was a professional only trip. She wasn’t about to be another notch on his bedpost. He agreed but his eyes and body tell a different story. She knew she was so fucked. At least she was only in this small town for a few days. She could certainly keep her hands off the sexy man for a few days?
Yes. No. Maybe.
This is a fast-paced read full of heat, fun banter, and whiskey. I always do enjoy a good quickie with a some sexiness, laughs, and a good time.
Quotes:
“Good morning, darlin’. Could I interest you in some breakfast sausage?”
“Look at you, city-slicker. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were dressing up for me.” I cocked my head in her direction, arching a playful brow.
“What makes you think any of this is for you? From what I’ve heard, there are plenty of eligible bachelors in this one-horse town.” “That may be, but there’s only one Duke Wilder.”
“Glad to see you remembered to put clothes on this time,” I said as he ushered me in.
“That can change if you want,” he replied, his eyes wandering to the tight fabric perfectly hugging my ass.

Hunky Heartbreaker is a standalone in the 1001 Dark Nights series by the talented Kendall Ryan. We met Valentina and Duke in Sexy Stranger and this is their story. Duke can have any woman he wants but as soon as he sees Valentina again, she’s all he wants. She’s Charlotte’s best friend and just in town to help him and his brother out, but he can’t help but want her. The attraction is instant, but Valentina is fighting it. She knows all about the player Duke is and she can resist him. Well, maybe. Once she finally gives in, it’s a sexy and fun time. But what happens now? She lives in LA. She doesn’t want to live in this one horse town, does she? After seeing that Duke is actually sweet, thoughtful and romantic, she doesn’t want to lose him. I really enjoyed this story! It’s a little insta-love, but it didn’t bother me at all! Duke is sexy, handsome and I can’t resist a man you says darlin’. Valentina is smart, sexy and confident. The country boy and the city slicker were meant for each other.

 

 

 

“I’ll drink to that,” I replied, flagging the bartender down for another round.

Just then some movement over Valentina’s shoulder caught my eye. A woman had just walked into the bar, her chin-length, curly brown hair bouncing with every step. Our eyes met, and she smiled like she knew me. I gave her a half smile back, which quickly faded when I realized who she was. Amber, my ex from college who’d moved away shortly after we graduated. Her hair was different, but her face was pretty much the same. The same round cheeks, full lips, pale blue eyes. Eyes that bore into mine as she turned the corner, making her way to our table.

It was then that I noticed she wasn’t alone. She had a boy with her, and when his gaze met mine, my stomach dropped.

That kid could have been my clone.

Brown hair, green eyes, same nose, same chin. He even had my same damn dimples. My heart was beating so hard, I thought it might jump right out from my throat. What the hell?

“Earth to Duke, are you paying for this round, or am I?” Valentina’s voice broke me from my panic just in time for Amber and the little boy to reach our table.

“Hey there, Duke. I was hoping I’d find you here.” Amber’s voice was just as sweet and syrupy as ever, but in that moment, it sounded to me like nails on a chalkboard. She smiled broadly at me, her hands on the boy’s shoulders, while the boy stared blankly up at me.

“Hey, Amber,” I said when I finally found my voice. “What’s it been, ten years?”

“Almost eleven.”

I nodded, my mind still spinning, and that’s when I noticed Valentina. She was sitting up perfectly straight, her lips pulled into a thin, taut line across her face. Her eyes were wide and trained on the boy’s face, her expression unreadable.

“This is Valentina,” I said, gesturing to her, but the moment the words left my mouth, Valentina stood and grabbed her purse.

“I was just leaving,” she said, quickly tucking her chair in behind her and forcing a smile at Amber and the boy.

“Valentina—”

 

 

 

 

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 – Best Laid Plans, Lauren Blakely

November 28, 2018 By

 

They say the grass is greener on the other side…

As a good girl, I have to wonder if it’s better on the naughty side of the fence.

BEST LAID PLANS, a sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely, will be releasing on March 1, 2019 on all retailers! A friends-to-lovers romantic comedy with a fantastic twist on lessons in seduction, don’t miss the stunning cover below, and pre-order your copy today!

 

Photography by Rafa G. Catala.
Cover Design by Helen Williams.

 

About BEST LAID PLANS (Coming 3/1/2019):

That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in sex-ploration…

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 “sex-ploration” 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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Joe Arden and Erin Mallon team up to bring you Lauren’s latest standalone rom-com Best Laid Plans, plus they recorded a bonus behind-the-curtains conversation with all sorts of juicy details about audiobooks!

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About Lauren Blakely:

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, including her smoking hot and funny 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 2.5 million books. In December she’ll release UNZIPPED, in January BIRTHDAY SUIT, and in March BEST LAID PLANS. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

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Release Day & Reviews – Hunky Heartbreaker, Kendall Ryan

November 27, 2018 By

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Whiskey Kisses series…

Everything’s bigger in Texas.

And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite.

Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with.

When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down.

After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

 

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Sandra's Review

Hunky Heartbreaker is a standalone in the 1001 Dark Nights series. If you read Kendall Ryan’s Sexy Stranger novel then you have had the pleasure of meet Duke and Valentina. Duke is Luke’s twin brother and Valentina is Charlotte’s best friend from L.A.

 

Duke has always felt he had to work harder than his brother Luke. Luke seemed to have it all even the love of a woman. Now, Duke definitely doesn’t have any trouble with finding a woman to go to bed with but he has yet to find one he wanted to keep there. Then he saw Valentina again. He remembered she was good looking but now that she is in town for a week to help with his and his brother’s legal troubles, he had time to admire her, closer than ever. He vowed to himself to have a taste of the city-slicker lawyer before the week was done.

 

Valentina was warned about Duke and his ways. That was why she told him after their first meeting that this was a professional only trip. She wasn’t about to be another notch on his bedpost. He agreed but his eyes and body tell a different story. She knew she was so fucked. At least she was only in this small town for a few days. She could certainly keep her hands off the sexy man for a few days?

 

Yes. No. Maybe.

 

This is a fast-paced read full of heat, fun banter, and whiskey. I always do enjoy a good quickie with a some sexiness, laughs, and a good time.

 

Quotes:

 

“Good morning, darlin’. Could I interest you in some breakfast sausage?”

 

“Look at you, city-slicker. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were dressing up for me.” I cocked my head in her direction, arching a playful brow.

“What makes you think any of this is for you? From what I’ve heard, there are plenty of eligible bachelors in this one-horse town.” “That may be, but there’s only one Duke Wilder.”

 

“Glad to see you remembered to put clothes on this time,” I said as he ushered me in.

“That can change if you want,” he replied, his eyes wandering to the tight fabric perfectly hugging my ass.

 

Kara's Review

Hunky Heartbreaker is a standalone in the 1001 Dark Nights series by the talented Kendall Ryan. We met Valentina and Duke in Sexy Stranger and this is their story. Duke can have any woman he wants but as soon as he sees Valentina again, she’s all he wants. She’s Charlotte’s best friend and just in town to help him and his brother out, but he can’t help but want her. The attraction is instant, but Valentina is fighting it. She knows all about the player Duke is and she can resist him. Well, maybe. Once she finally gives in, it’s a sexy and fun time. But what happens now? She lives in LA. She doesn’t want to live in this one horse town, does she? After seeing that Duke is actually sweet, thoughtful and romantic, she doesn’t want to lose him. I really enjoyed this story! It’s a little insta-love, but it didn’t bother me at all! Duke is sexy, handsome and I can’t resist a man you says darlin’. Valentina is smart, sexy and confident. The country boy and the city slicker were meant for each other.

 

 

“Good morning, darlin’. Could I interest you in some breakfast sausage?”

The woman turned, her long, dark curls swinging around her shoulders. A look of disgust quickly washed over her face as her eyes locked on my bulge.

Ay dios mio, you’ve got to be f#cking kidding me,” she muttered, immediately taking her briefcase from the counter and marching to the front door, her red-bottomed heels clacking loudly on the hardwood.

“What’s the matter?” I asked, stumbling after her.

“Last time I do a favor for a friend,” she said under her breath, slamming the front door shut behind her.

Favor. Friend. Beautiful woman in a pencil skirt. Charlotte’s hotshot lawyer friend from Los Angeles.

Oh f#ck.

“Hey, uh, Valencia, wait up!”

I burst through the door to find her paused on the top step of the porch. She turned sharply to look me dead on, the fire in her eyes enough to burn me straight through.

“It’s Valentina,” she spat, crossing her arms and cocking her hip to the side.

“Valentina, right. My mistake. Listen, I’m really sorry about all this. We were out late last night for—”

“For the opening, I know. I was supposed to be there, but something came up at work. So instead, I got my ass onto a last-minute redeye to make it in time for our meeting this morning, but clearly you had other things in mind,” she said, her eyes flitting to my quickly-softening cock before turning again to leave.

“No, please, don’t go. This is completely unprofessional, I know—”

“That’s the understatement of the century.”

“But I promise, if you give me a chance, we can turn this meeting around.”

“Is it still a meeting when one person shows up with his dick out?”

“Oh, trust me, sweetheart, if my dick was out, you’d know it.”

“Sure, as long as I brought a magnifying glass with me.”

I paused, standing up a little straighter. She squared her shoulders, and our eyes locked, the tension between us thick enough to cut with a knife.

If we were going to make this work, I knew I had to be the one to budge. But dammit if this woman didn’t make me want to blow my lid.

“Look, I’m sorry. Please stay. If not for me, then for Luke and Charlotte.”

Valentina sighed and put a hand on her hip.

“Fine. Put some goddamn pants on first, and then we’ll talk.”

 

 

 

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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Release Blitz, 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – Exes & Ho Ho Ho’s, Lacey Black

November 19, 2018 By

Today we have the release blitz for EXES AND HO HO HOS by Lacey Black, a sexy new holiday novella! Make sure you get your copy today!!

Title: EXES AND HO HO HOS

Author: Lacey Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About EXES AND HO HO HOS:

Brandon Frost has it made. Dream job. Nice car. Fancy house. Until one Black Friday, the defense attorney finds himself standing before a judge, while his future is decided by the one woman who knows how to bring him to his knees: Noel. His ex, and the assistant district attorney on his case.

 

Noel Winters knew that facing her ex again, after five years, would be difficult. That’s why she chooses the ultimate punishment for a man like Brandon Frost: playing Santa at a local community center for kids. Unfortunately for Noel, she finds herself right smack dab in the middle of Brandon’s punishment, playing Mrs. Claus.

 

Soon, the thin line between love and hate begins to blur. What happens when a once-dead relationship starts to rekindle? Will Mrs. Claus be able to trust her heart with the one man who has already destroyed it? Will Santa convince the Mrs. that love is worth fighting for?

 

*This 25,000 word Novella was originally published in November 2017 as part of the Mrs. Claus anthology.

 

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Sandra's Review

Exes and Ho Ho Ho’s is a novella by the very talented Lacey Black. I have read all of her books and loved each and every one of them. This story is not part of any of her other books. Thank you, Lacey for giving us new characters to love!
Brandon Frost is not a fan of the holiday season. Noel Winters is one of its biggest fans even though it reminds her of heartbreak. It’s been five years since the day that changed their path. Five years since they heard each other’s voice. Five years since they felt that pull. Five years since they were happy. And now, they had their chance to say their piece and move on.
Noel hates him. He knows it. More importantly he knows he deserves it. He thought he was over her but seeing her again has lit him up like a Christmas tree. Over the years he let woman in his bed but never in his heart. Was she the reason why he never felt a connection to anyone else? He knew the answer and it was time for him to man the fuck up.
Why does he have to look so good and be so… him? Arrogant, smooth, and smell so delicious. Damn him. She hates him and now his punishment is her punishment. The next five Saturdays were not theirs anymore. They belong to Mr. & Mrs. Claus’. The jolliest married couple ever and they have to pretend to be them. Can they make it through this holiday season together?
I loved this story! It’s so much fun, flirty, and full of holiday joy. Christmas, love, and second chances? The trifecta of hope. It’s a short book but it’s full of heart, laughter, and flirty banter.
Quotes:
“I don’t recall you ever wearing anything this sexy back in school.”
“Oh, Mrs. Claus, you have no idea just how naughty I am.”
“Stop looking at me like that or I’ll forget about trying to be a gentleman,” he growls.

Exes and Ho Ho Ho’s is Lacey Black’s newest book. It’s a second chance novella and it’s Christmas themed. Lacey, Christmas and second chances. Three of my favorite things! Even though this is a novella is packs all the punches of a full length Lacey novel. I laughed, teared up, got hot and bothered and smiled. A chance meeting after five years puts Brandon and Noel face to face. She’s about to hand out some tasty retribution in the form of a forcing Brandon to participate in Christmas. In the ultimate way. Can you say Santa? Little does she know, she’s about to be saddled to his sleigh as the Mrs. She thought she hated him all these years, but she’s realizing he’s changed. Brandon thought he’d moved on, but seeing Noel dressed as sexy Mrs. Claus showed him there’s only ever been her. Can Brandon and Noel make it through their time together without ending up on the Naughty List? Does a second chance at Christmas Eve make Brandon vow to never let her go again? I loved this story! It’s short, sweet, sexy and funny. There’s garland, Christmas lights, cheer and a sexy Santa. What starts out as a mandatory stint as St. Nick ends up being the best thing to ever happen to Brandon and Noel.

Exclusive Excerpt:

I continue to stare at her face while she openly appreciates the fine definition God gave me. I make sure to keep my eyes locked on her so that when she finally realizes what she’s doing, she’ll know I totally busted her perusal. It’s quite entertaining to watch, mostly because it’s a pleasant reminder that even though she hates my guts and wants to light them on fire (while they’re still inside my body), she’s still undeniably attracted to me.

Her eyes finally glance up at my face.

That sexy little mouth of hers drops open.

Those ocean blue eyes widen in shock.

And cue her blush in three…two…one…

“See something you like, Miss Winters?” I ask, giving her a cocky grin.

“Absolutely not,” she huffs, crossing her arms over her chest. Oh, that gloriously beautiful chest.

“Oh, come on, No. You don’t have to be shy around me,” I tease.

“Shy around you? When have I ever been shy around you?” she scoffs.

“I do recall you blushing a gorgeous shade of pink the night I finally got you naked and in my bed.” Yep. I went there.

“I can’t believe you said that!” she seethes between gritted teeth.

“Oh, believe it, baby.”

“You know what? Uhhhhh!” she practically screams.

Stepping closer, I invade her personal space and catch the slightest whiff of her perfume. “You can admit it. You want me.”

“Not today, Satan,” she growls.

“It’s Santa.”

“Same letters. You’re definitely more Satan than Santa.”

 

About Lacey Black:

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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Blog Tour & 5 Heart Review – You’re the One I Don’t Want, Carrie Aarons

November 18, 2018 By

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest standalone title from Carrie Aarons. YOU’RE THE ONE I DON’T WANT is now live and available to read for FREE in KindleUnlimited. You will not want to miss this second-chance romance. Be sure to follow Carrie for exclusive updates about her releases.

 

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Book Blurb:

Love is weakness.

Which is why Annabelle Mills vowed a long time ago to never let it destruct her. A former pageant queen with a bite equally as lethal as her bark, she’s interning at her dream job on the set of the highest-rated home design show on television. Everything in Annabelle’s life, though it may be cold and isolated, is going exactly as she always planned.

Until her ex-high school sweetheart moves to town. The same boy that she cheated on, once upon a time, essentially breaking both of their hearts. But no one knows the full story, and being vulnerable enough to open up about it is not on Annabelle’s checklist.

Hate is fuel.

The kind that courses through Boone Graham’s veins and allows him to shut out everyone around him. As the hottest rookie on Austin’s professional baseball team, he should be spending his days hitting homeruns and signing jerseys. Except he’s seen dreams ripped right out from under those closest to him, leaving them with nothing.

Without a college degree, he’ll never take the risk of pursuing his real dream. But when he runs into the girl who took a mallet to his heart and stopped it beating, attending the same university might just be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.

As the semester unfolds, the line between love and hate is blurred. And with the amount of baggage stacked between them, together is the last thing they want to be.

That’s the thing about hearts, though. They develop plans all on their own.

 

Sandra's Review

You’re the One I Don’t Want is Carrie Aarons’ next standalone novel. If you read The Tenth Girl then you have already met Annabelle. She wasn’t exactly a favored character but she did redeem herself so I was excited when I put two and two together. I didn’t read the synopsis so I figured it out early on in the book. Lol
Five years. It had been five years since they were in the same state and now they are in the same city. Her plan was to avoid him. Austin was a big city so it wasn’t likely they would run into each other. Except, she didn’t realize he was not only the new ball player on the Triple AAA team but also a student. At her college. And after their heated first exchange, she knew he still hated her. Just as much as the day, she broke his heart.
He hated her. Hated that she still made me weak. For her. Only her. She cheated on him. He should loathe her for what she had done. He could tell she was the same person from all those years ago. Cold-hearted and selfish. The problem was that he also glimpsed her other sides. The sides she hid. That still doesn’t mean he should do anything about the way his body reacts to hers. He now understands what they mean when they say there is a thin line between love and hate.
Boone and Annabelle’s relationship is complicated. The hate. The lust. The love. The past. The present. It’s all up in the air without trust. Trust that she has changed. Trust that he has too. Trust that they won’t make the same mistakes. Mistakes that broke both of them. Can he forgive her and move forward?
Awe…I do love a good second chance romance. Like I said Annabelle wasn’t my favorite when I met her. But, now, I love her. She is warmer on the outside. Sweeter than I imagined. She is also a badass. Witty, strong, and so much more. As for Boone. Yummy!! He is also smart, loyal, and a damn good ball player.
Overall…it was fantastic! The characters. The story. The baseball. The passion for their careers. The heat. I loved their banter. Hate and all.
Quotes:
Boone looks like some kind of porno fantasy, and I have to bite down on my tongue to keep from panting.
“You really are the fucking devil.” I glower at Annabelle. My dance partner runs off in search of a paper towel and her friends, and we’re left in a stare down on the dance floor. Annabelle sways from her buzz and the beat.
“In the flesh, baby.”
“Did you take some injection of ego today or something? Aren’t you supposed to be a quiet one?”

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

 

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Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt – You’re the One I Don’t Want, Carrie Aarons

November 16, 2018 By

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest standalone title from Carrie Aarons. YOU’RE THE ONE I DON’T WANT is now live and available to read for FREE in KindleUnlimited. You will not want to miss this second-chance romance. Be sure to follow Carrie for exclusive updates about her releases.

 

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Book Blurb:

Love is weakness.

Which is why Annabelle Mills vowed a long time ago to never let it destruct her. A former pageant queen with a bite equally as lethal as her bark, she’s interning at her dream job on the set of the highest-rated home design show on television. Everything in Annabelle’s life, though it may be cold and isolated, is going exactly as she always planned.

Until her ex-high school sweetheart moves to town. The same boy that she cheated on, once upon a time, essentially breaking both of their hearts. But no one knows the full story, and being vulnerable enough to open up about it is not on Annabelle’s checklist.

Hate is fuel.

The kind that courses through Boone Graham’s veins and allows him to shut out everyone around him. As the hottest rookie on Austin’s professional baseball team, he should be spending his days hitting homeruns and signing jerseys. Except he’s seen dreams ripped right out from under those closest to him, leaving them with nothing.

Without a college degree, he’ll never take the risk of pursuing his real dream. But when he runs into the girl who took a mallet to his heart and stopped it beating, attending the same university might just be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.

As the semester unfolds, the line between love and hate is blurred. And with the amount of baggage stacked between them, together is the last thing they want to be.

That’s the thing about hearts, though. They develop plans all on their own.

 

Sandra's Review

You’re the One I Don’t Want is Carrie Aarons’ next standalone novel. If you read The Tenth Girl then you have already met Annabelle. She wasn’t exactly a favored character but she did redeem herself so I was excited when I put two and two together. I didn’t read the synopsis so I figured it out early on in the book. Lol
Five years. It had been five years since they were in the same state and now they are in the same city. Her plan was to avoid him. Austin was a big city so it wasn’t likely they would run into each other. Except, she didn’t realize he was not only the new ball player on the Triple AAA team but also a student. At her college. And after their heated first exchange, she knew he still hated her. Just as much as the day, she broke his heart.
He hated her. Hated that she still made me weak. For her. Only her. She cheated on him. He should loathe her for what she had done. He could tell she was the same person from all those years ago. Cold-hearted and selfish. The problem was that he also glimpsed her other sides. The sides she hid. That still doesn’t mean he should do anything about the way his body reacts to hers. He now understands what they mean when they say there is a thin line between love and hate.
Boone and Annabelle’s relationship is complicated. The hate. The lust. The love. The past. The present. It’s all up in the air without trust. Trust that she has changed. Trust that he has too. Trust that they won’t make the same mistakes. Mistakes that broke both of them. Can he forgive her and move forward?
Awe…I do love a good second chance romance. Like I said Annabelle wasn’t my favorite when I met her. But, now, I love her. She is warmer on the outside. Sweeter than I imagined. She is also a badass. Witty, strong, and so much more. As for Boone. Yummy!! He is also smart, loyal, and a damn good ball player.
Overall…it was fantastic! The characters. The story. The baseball. The passion for their careers. The heat. I loved their banter. Hate and all.
Quotes:
Boone looks like some kind of porno fantasy, and I have to bite down on my tongue to keep from panting.
“You really are the fucking devil.” I glower at Annabelle. My dance partner runs off in search of a paper towel and her friends, and we’re left in a stare down on the dance floor. Annabelle sways from her buzz and the beat.
“In the flesh, baby.”
“Did you take some injection of ego today or something? Aren’t you supposed to be a quiet one?”

EXCERPT:

It takes a while for Boone to join us at the player’s exit, but when I see him, all dark and quiet confidence, my stomach dips and my heart beats twice as fast. This man affects me physically, he rearranges the way my body is supposed to function. The way I feel about him is molecular.

 

“Hey, you.” He bends down to lay a gentle kiss on my lips, right there in front of everyone.

 

It takes me right back to that little girl, swooning over the tall, handsome senior.

 

“Who wants pizza?” Harper rubs her stomach.

 

Cain slings his arm around her shoulder. “Her love of food, it’s why I love her.”

 

Twenty minutes later, we pack into a corner booth at Salvatore’s, the local pizza joint. It’s a madhouse, with students and families everywhere, and we’re lucky that we’re with Boone and Cain, because a couple of people applaud loudly as we walk in and we’re ushered to a semi-quiet area like we’re VIPs or something.

 

Hell, I must be chopped liver because no one ever applauds when I walk into a restaurant, and I’m on television more than either of these two. I’d like to just say, men, and then mentally roll my eyes.

 

The waiter comes to take our order, and Cain asks for a round of beers.

 

“That’s okay, I don’t drink, water is fine with me.” Boone waves the waiter off.

 

“You don’t?” My eyebrows furrow in confusion.

 

“No, I haven’t had a drink since I was seventeen. Which seems ironic, if you think about it. I quit alcohol before I could even legally have it.” He chuckles.

 

Harper and Cain take this moment to talk to friends of Cain’s over the back of the booth.

 

I lean into Boone. “But what about that night in your car? You were drunk.” I am so confused.

 

“No I wasn’t. You were really drunk. I was just horny.” Boone’s teeth catch his bottom lip and I am momentarily distracted.

 

Which means that he’d slept with me of his own accord. Not that it hadn’t been consensual on my part, but I don’t think I would have had the courage to have sex with Boone if there weren’t shots of tequila involved.

 

“Wait, so why did you stop drinking?” And now alarm bells are going off in my head.

 

I immensely respect those who have recovered from an addiction. But … to bring that into a new relationship was difficult. I wouldn’t know how to act if I wanted a glass of wine, I didn’t know his triggers or whether or not it was still a struggle for him to be around any type of partying.

 

Boone touches my cheek, and it is like we are the only two people in this entire restaurant. “Relax, Anna. It wasn’t because I couldn’t handle myself. I just …” He sighs now, and I know he is weighing whether or not to tell me the real answer. “My dad is basically a drunk, and watching him, I didn’t want to end up that way. So, I just stopped.”

 

A lump forms in my throat. “I … I had no idea.”

 

Because I really hadn’t. Up until this moment, I’d been so consumed with my own baggage and ugly parental situation that I hadn’t realized that the man I’ve been getting close to was sitting in the exact same boat as me. I look at Boone with fresh eyes; maybe this was why we’d come back together after all these years. Maybe deep down, each of us had identified with the pain in the other. Maybe, we share the same insecurities and can heal that in each other.

 

My pessimistic heart could hope.

 

“And now you do.” He kisses my cheek and picks up a menu, which signals that he doesn’t want to discuss it further. At least not here.

 

“All right, one pepperoni, one sausage, one meat lover’s supreme and one buffalo chicken?” Harper slams her menu down on the table.

 

“You’d think she was a Texas girl and not a transplant with all the meat she eats.” I grin at my stepsister.

 

“You’re just annoyed because I won’t let you order a veggie pizza. Veggies on pizza defeats the entire point,” Harper whines.

 

I snuggle into Boone, happy to have a night off with him, and warmed at the thought that he just shared something with me that he definitely withheld from most.

 

“As if you’re going to stop me from doing anything I want to do.” I smirk.

 

Boone laughs at this, setting his water down after taking a sip. “Big mistake, Harper. Never tell this one what she can and can’t do. She’ll do the opposite and then convince you you’re the one who made the decision in the first place.”

 

Well, he wasn’t wrong about that.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

 

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Release Day, Review & Excerpt -You’re the One I Don’t Want, Carrie Aarons

November 15, 2018 By

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Book Blurb:

Love is weakness.

Which is why Annabelle Mills vowed a long time ago to never let it destruct her. A former pageant queen with a bite equally as lethal as her bark, she’s interning at her dream job on the set of the highest-rated home design show on television. Everything in Annabelle’s life, though it may be cold and isolated, is going exactly as she always planned.

Until her ex-high school sweetheart moves to town. The same boy that she cheated on, once upon a time, essentially breaking both of their hearts. But no one knows the full story, and being vulnerable enough to open up about it is not on Annabelle’s checklist.

Hate is fuel.

The kind that courses through Boone Graham’s veins and allows him to shut out everyone around him. As the hottest rookie on Austin’s professional baseball team, he should be spending his days hitting homeruns and signing jerseys. Except he’s seen dreams ripped right out from under those closest to him, leaving them with nothing.

Without a college degree, he’ll never take the risk of pursuing his real dream. But when he runs into the girl who took a mallet to his heart and stopped it beating, attending the same university might just be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.

As the semester unfolds, the line between love and hate is blurred. And with the amount of baggage stacked between them, together is the last thing they want to be.

That’s the thing about hearts, though. They develop plans all on their own.

 

Sandra's Review

You’re the One I Don’t Want is Carrie Aarons’ next standalone novel. If you read The Tenth Girl then you have already met Annabelle. She wasn’t exactly a favored character but she did redeem herself so I was excited when I put two and two together. I didn’t read the synopsis so I figured it out early on in the book. Lol
Five years. It had been five years since they were in the same state and now they are in the same city. Her plan was to avoid him. Austin was a big city so it wasn’t likely they would run into each other. Except, she didn’t realize he was not only the new ball player on the Triple AAA team but also a student. At her college. And after their heated first exchange, she knew he still hated her. Just as much as the day, she broke his heart.
He hated her. Hated that she still made me weak. For her. Only her. She cheated on him. He should loathe her for what she had done. He could tell she was the same person from all those years ago. Cold-hearted and selfish. The problem was that he also glimpsed her other sides. The sides she hid. That still doesn’t mean he should do anything about the way his body reacts to hers. He now understands what they mean when they say there is a thin line between love and hate.
Boone and Annabelle’s relationship is complicated. The hate. The lust. The love. The past. The present. It’s all up in the air without trust. Trust that she has changed. Trust that he has too. Trust that they won’t make the same mistakes. Mistakes that broke both of them. Can he forgive her and move forward?
Awe…I do love a good second chance romance. Like I said Annabelle wasn’t my favorite when I met her. But, now, I love her. She is warmer on the outside. Sweeter than I imagined. She is also a badass. Witty, strong, and so much more. As for Boone. Yummy!! He is also smart, loyal, and a damn good ball player.
Overall…it was fantastic! The characters. The story. The baseball. The passion for their careers. The heat. I loved their banter. Hate and all.
Quotes:
Boone looks like some kind of porno fantasy, and I have to bite down on my tongue to keep from panting.
“You really are the fucking devil.” I glower at Annabelle. My dance partner runs off in search of a paper towel and her friends, and we’re left in a stare down on the dance floor. Annabelle sways from her buzz and the beat.
“In the flesh, baby.”
“Did you take some injection of ego today or something? Aren’t you supposed to be a quiet one?”

EXCERPT:

Boone

I only have an hour in between my workout and the film session that the hitting coaches want us to attend.

My entire schedule since moving to Austin has been busy as hell and completely out of whack. Between getting my class schedule figured out, sprinting across campus to get to the buildings, dealing with my moving company, figuring out where to park my car in front of my building, practicing with the Triple-A affiliate team I was drafted to and everything in between … I’m fucking wiped.

I’ve been scouted for the major leagues since my sophomore year of high school, so I thought I’d been semi-prepared for what was to come, but my mind feels like it has been put in a blender for the last two weeks. I had so not been prepared. It was as if I was hobbling around in the dark in my new reality, trying to grasp at things before they moved on me.

I needed to get it the fuck together. I am a professional now and having a career as a professional baseball player would only get harder from here.

From the few times I’d visited Austin for tournaments or the odd family trip, I remember we’d gone to Big Cheese’s Grill. They boasted the best burgers in town, and it was close enough to campus that the place was always packed with students and professors alike.

I open the door to the restaurant while glancing at my iWatch to check the calories versus fat burned during my workout.

And I slam right into a body.

I bounce back, shocked at the person who just rammed into me. I fumble to hold on to them, to keep our gravity from sending both of us flying. I fail, and the body falls backward, the door slamming into my back. I absorb that blow and keep upright, thank God, or I would have been sprawled flat on top of whoever just plowed into me.

“Seriously?! Watch where you’re going!” An angry, high-pitched tone fills my ears.

My head is down, trying to collect its scrambled thoughts, as I reach for whoever I just knocked to the ground. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t realize you were coming out—”

The air and words leave me as I pull her up. Her hand is still in mine as we stand face-to-face, my surprise mirrored back at me. Those lips, the lashes, the eyes a rich, deep, soul-searching brown. The freckles across the bridge of her nose that make her look more innocent than she actually is.

A current of tension radiates back and forth between our interlocked hands, and I can smell the glass of wine she must have just drunk on her breath. It’s sweet with a bite of alcohol, and my mouth waters for a drink. I haven’t thirsted for alcohol in five years, yet in one chance meeting, Annabelle has me reaching for a bottle. She’s poison to me, makes me want to do crazy things. I drop her hand as the thought crosses my mind, as if she’s burned me.

“You should really watch where you’re going. Or did you knock me down on purpose?” Annabelle sniffs.

I scoff, “Right, I often go around pushing women to the ground on purpose. I see the cold hard ice hasn’t melted off your personality, Annabelle.”

And a woman she is. So much more grown up than I remembered her. She’d always been beautiful but gone was the gangliness of teenage years. This is a woman who stands in front of me, curves abound and an unseen knowledge of the world to match. I couldn’t help but get that jab in there.

“And I see you’re just as focused on yourself as ever. You never did care what anyone else was doing, did you, Boone?” She folds her arms over her chest and my eyes stray to her boobs in a sizzle of heat between us.

We’re like a bunch of children fighting like cats and dogs out in the street. How can she still pull out every insecure and immature trait within me? My brain is moving seconds slower than it usually does, and I know I’m standing here staring too long. Even though I hate Annabelle Mills, I can’t help but memorize every detail about her for the first time I’ve seen her in about five years.

“Move.” Annabelle pushes past me, not using any manners, and starts to stalk down the sidewalk.

Talk about rude. She’d always been aggressive, harsh, and just a little bit more high-maintenance than any of the other girls. It’s what had drawn me to her. And then seeing those glimpses of vulnerability, that’s what had made me stay. It was addicting feeling like you were the only one who got to see the nice side of the mean girl.

I should walk into the restaurant. I should pick up my to-go order and drive back to my apartment where I’ll eat a quick lunch and change and go to the practice facility.

But a flash of Annabelle in the bar the other night dances through my head. And her callous words just now piss me off even more.

She always did have the perfect way of getting under my skin and driving me wild. When I’m around her, I forget who I am. I turn into some raging bull, with a fuse shorter than the bombs Itchy and Scratchy use on each other.

The stupidest thing I could do right now? Stomp after her, yelling, in the middle of a crowded downtown street.

So that’s exactly what I do.

“You really haven’t changed a bit!” Oh, fuck. What am I doing?

Annabelle rolls around, her eyes sparking with rage. “Nope, still the same cold, heartless bitch you dumped.”

“Yeah, like I said, I can see that.” Lord, my mama would be so disappointed in me agreeing with a woman that she was a bitch.

“Well, no one said you had to be around it. You’re the one who moved to my city. You’re welcome to leave.” She waves around like I should just get out of here.

I fist my hands in my hair. Christ, she’s so aggravating. “No can do, I’m getting paid to be here.”

She rolls her eyes. “Like I’m not? Have you watched TV lately? Or did you take one too many fly balls to the head? I know there weren’t a lot of brain cells in there to start.”

Fuck her. Now it’s time to really piss her off, get under her skin like she’s under mine. “Oh, you mean that show you play house on or whatever? They’ll get bored of you when the next eye-candy pageant queen comes along.”

I swear Annabelle could spit nails at me if she willed it right now. “You’re an asshole, Boone Graham. You’ve only ever cared about yourself and where you want to be. It was silly of me to think you’d ever think of someone but yourself.”

I drop the anvil. “Says the girl who cheated on me. Who lost her virginity to another guy.”

People around us are starting to stare, to really look at the two people arguing openly on the street. It’s not a good idea for me to stick around any longer; people know who I am on a national level and being seen fighting with a girl, who someone will inevitably social media stalk and find out is my ex, is not good publicity.

Except I can’t stop staring into Annabelle’s eyes. They are furious, yes, but there is something more there. I’ve really … hurt her. I’m shocked, to be honest. I didn’t think I could remotely hurt this girl, who self-identifies as a cold, heartless bitch.

But there it is. The raw flash, miss-it-if-you-blink second of real pain that flickers through those mocha pools. I open my mouth to say something, to take it back, maybe apologize, but she speaks first.

“You have no idea.”

Her tone pulls at my heartstrings, it’s low and somber. And then she melts into the crowd, giving no explanation of what I have no idea about.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

 

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & 5 Heart Reviews – Control, K. Bromberg

November 14, 2018 By

 

“Sometimes love happens unexpectedly…”

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K Bromberg, comes CONTROL, a new novella in her Everyday Heroes Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

About CONTROL:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new story in her Everyday Heroes series…

Control is something Desi Whitman abhors. Why live life in black and white perfection when you can messily color outside the lines?

But when she comes face to face with SWAT officer Reznor Mayne, he’s about to show her just how good control can feel.

 

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Kara's Review

Control is K. Bromberg’s newest novella in the Everyday Heroes series. I love this series and I was very excited to hear that Desi was getting her own story. She’s Emerson’s best friend and I loved her in the previous books. She’s fun, flirty, and crazy, in good way. But she’s being haunted by the past. Scared and looking over her shoulder and she hates it. She signs up to take a self-defense class and the teacher is a tall, dark and handsome SWAT commander in town for a few weeks. Desi can’t help the attraction to the sexy man, but she’s not looking for a one night stand or a long term relationship. Reznor is living with own ghosts and being in this town might be the answer he’s looking for. Especially after meeting the sexy, beautiful and mouthy Desi. Who is also his new neighbor. What are the odds? The attraction between Rez and Desi is off the charts and Reznor knows what he wants. Desi. But she’s going to fight him every step of the way. Will Reznor and Desi be able to let go of their pasts and enjoy their time together? I loved this story. It’s hot, short and steamy! Reznor and his sexiness, his deep chuckle and his knowing eyes. Desi and her strength, beauty and ability to keep her head high. I loved that Reznor was pursing her, honest with his feelings and she was the one running. He wasn’t going to let her get away, no matter what!

 

Jesus, take the wheel, because if I’m the one steering it, I’m going to drive right up on that stick shift and see how good he can change gears.

 

“Hell, Desi, just hold tight, sweetheart, because that means the second time is going to be mind-blowing.”

 

This girl, I’ve never had to fight this hard for someone, but somehow, I know this fight is worth something. God, I want her…She’ll be back. Let’s hope I’m right.

 

Damn the man gives good face.

 

“So, are you going to elaborate on what is going on here between you and Mr. Sex on a stick in there? Does he sex you so good you say blah-blah-blah?”

 

Sandra's Review

Control is a novella in the Everyday Heroes series By K. Bromberg. It can be read by a complete standalone. If you did read Cuffed then you have already met Desi as Emerson’s best friend.
Desi doesn’t color inside the lines. She doesn’t see a husband, two-point-five children, and a picket fence in her future. She does see dogs though. She is after all the owner of Doggy Style Grooming. She believes dogs are more loyal than men. She doesn’t trust easily. She has her guard up. She doesn’t get attached. She does feel flutters. She doesn’t swoon. That was until she saw him. SWAT officer Renzor Mayne.
Renzor knew she was different from the moment he saw her. And when they spoke, he knew for sure, she was someone special. Someone who he wouldn’t get enough of, if he got just one taste. But, he also knew he only had six weeks in Sunnyville before going back to San Francisco.
Six weeks. Six weeks of sexual tension. Self defense classes. Haunted Houses. Flirty, fun banter.
Overall…I loved it. It is a novella but it felt like a full-length story. I felt the connection between the characters. The passion. They made me laugh, flush, and even tear up! It was definitely more than I was expecting.
Quotes:
You can only do so much with a sideways stare. But his voice. It’s like liquid sex with a rasp and a rumble and a whole earth-shattering orgasm in between. Hello to you, Mister A-Little-Rugged-And-Whole-Lot-Sexy.
“I don’t need to have mud on me to get dirty.”
“Aren’t you proud of me?” he asks.
“For what?”
“I came to the front door.” He flashes a lightning-quick grin.
“Good boy.”
“Don’t I get a treat?”

“K. Bromberg always delivers intelligently written, emotionally intense, sensual romance . . .”

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Excerpt

“Remind me not to like him.”

“Like who?” she asks.

Gotta keep her on her toes.

“Logan St. Assh*le,” I say. “Guys who have cats—correction, guys who name their cat Pussy—either aren’t getting any or are using the name as a way to state they’re not gay when everyone already knows they are.”

“Is that so?”

“Yep. Why be ashamed of who you are and hide behind a cat? Just live the best life.”

There’s something I say that has her head tilting to the side again. She takes me in a little longer than expected. “It’s the former,” she finally admits.

I shrug. “Why is he an assh*le?”

“The bigger question is how is he not an assh*le?” For the briefest of moments I see a ghost of a smile on her lips, and it reminds me of how pretty she was the other day before the defense class began when she was chatting me up.

“Doggy Style?” I ask.

“That’s the name.”

“But Pussy is a cat.”

“You’re quite observant…”

“I can imagine you attract all kinds of interesting folks with that name,” I say, dismissing her sarcasm.

For the briefest of moments something flickers through her eyes and before I can put a finger on it, the emotion is gone, but it reminds me of what I saw in them the other day after class.

“Just as I’m sure you do working with SWAT.”

“Always.” I look at the cute cottage-style house. “You lived here long?”

We stare at each other in silence, and it’s almost as if she remembers she isn’t supposed to like me. Her expression and posture suddenly stiffen…probably because she realized she was smiling at me.

And f*ck if I know why it turns me on.

“It’s none of your business.”

So that’s how she wants to play it? Fine.

“Then it’s also none of my business that Pussy ran into the house about two minutes ago.” She narrows her eyes and sneers at me again. “It’s your loss, Desi.”

“What is?”

“That you don’t trust me to show you just how good I am with something wet and groomed.” And with that parting comment, I flash her a lightning-quick grin before heading to my side of the fence, while she grumbles and curses me out under her breath.

I hear her door slam.

I hear her call for Pussy again.

And all I can think about is how damn unexpected she is—and at the same time such a very welcome distraction.

I think I’m going to like my time in Sunnyville.

 

EXCERPT:

Men are on women.

Women are on women.

Grunts and groans fill the air.

There is cheering from the sidelines as bystanders watch them writhe and buck and try to get the other off them.

“It’s like a big orgy in here,” I say to the woman standing beside me. I don’t know her, but she’s standing like we are, back against the gym wall, eyes glued to the men and women fighting for positioning—moving, bucking, defending—on the mats where they’re lying.

She emits a nervous laugh and looks to me. Prim and proper, she resembles a Stepford wife, and all I can think is that her ladies’ club decided to do this together and she’s the only one who decided to show up.

At least I’m not the only one nervous about being here. There could be worse things I guess…like actually needing to use the skills I’m supposed to learn here in Sunnyville Self Defense Class to protect myself.

A group at the far side of the gym erupts in applause, and I stand on my tiptoes to see a woman standing with her foot on the instructor’s throat while he’s lying on the mat. His red SSDC T-shirt matches everyone else standing around trying to look official with a whistle and gym pants on.

“Exactly,” a deep rumble of a voice on the other side of me says.

I glance over and whoa…all my attention shifts from the grunts and groans on the floor to how I wouldn’t mind grunting and groaning with the man on his cell beside me. Our gazes meet for the briefest of seconds—chocolate-brown eyes giving me a passing glance and a curt smile before turning back to whoever is on the phone while watching the action beyond.

Taking my time and trying not to pay attention to HottieMcTotty, I scan the gym. Basic blue gymnastic mats cover the majority of the hardwood floors, basketball hoops hang from the lofty ceiling but have been drawn up, and championship banners hang, partially hiding the painted mural of the Sunnyville High School mascot on the wall at the far end.

But no matter how hard I try to not look back at him, that is where my attention lands. He’s a good six inches taller than I am, has dark hair, and his body beneath his Under Armour workout shirt hints at how ridiculously fit he is. His bicep closest to me stretches the fabric and is covered in a dizzying tattooed array of colors and images I can’t openly look at to decipher. You can only do so much with a sideways stare.

But his voice. It’s like liquid sex with a rasp and a rumble and a whole earth-shattering orgasm in between.

Hello to you, Mister A-Little-Rugged-And-Whole-Lot-Sexy.

I listen to him talk. Not stalkerish-like…well, maybe stalkerish-like, but damn if the background of grunting and groaning only serves to enhance the things my mind is dreaming up.

And then it hits me.

He’s not here as an instructor—no red SSDC shirt on. So that means he’s here as a boyfriend or a husband and therefore completely off limits.

Damn it.

If he were an instructor, I’d make sure to be in his group so he could grind on me for a bit…and I’m talking the pelvis kind of grind…if I’m being truthful.

 

 

About K Bromberg:

New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled).

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway – Never Let Me Fall, Abbie Roads

November 14, 2018 By

Today we have the blog tour for NEVER LET ME FALL by Abbie Roads. NEVER LET ME FALL is a psychological thriller in the Fatal Dreams Series and available for purchase on all retail outlets!

Title: NEVER LET ME FALL
Series: Fatal Dreams
Author: Abbie Roads
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release: November 6th

About NEVER LET ME FALL

Seeing is believing…
Thomas Brown can’t see color, but he can see people’s true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he’s starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white…

Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena’s past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs.

As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they’ll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness.

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About Abbie Roads

Abbie Roads loves Snickers Parfaits and acrylic pour painting. It’s her new obsession. The pour painting. Not the parfaits. Though the parfaits would qualify as an obsession too. She spends her days a mental health counselor always looking on the brightside, but at night she likes to write dark and dangerous things—with kissing and sexy times. She loves reading inspirational quotes and stories about serial killers. She is married to her favorite fellow and they have two cranky old rescue dogs that are not spoiled. Not at all. Okay. Maybe a little. Alright, the dogs are terribly spoiled, but they do give lots of cuddles and kisses in return.

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Release Day, Excerpt & 5 Heart Reviews – Control, K. Bromberg

November 13, 2018 By

 

“Sometimes love happens unexpectedly…”

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K Bromberg, comes CONTROL, a new novella in her Everyday Heroes Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

About CONTROL:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new story in her Everyday Heroes series…

Control is something Desi Whitman abhors. Why live life in black and white perfection when you can messily color outside the lines?

But when she comes face to face with SWAT officer Reznor Mayne, he’s about to show her just how good control can feel.

 

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Kara's Review

Control is K. Bromberg’s newest novella in the Everyday Heroes series. I love this series and I was very excited to hear that Desi was getting her own story. She’s Emerson’s best friend and I loved her in the previous books. She’s fun, flirty, and crazy, in good way. But she’s being haunted by the past. Scared and looking over her shoulder and she hates it. She signs up to take a self-defense class and the teacher is a tall, dark and handsome SWAT commander in town for a few weeks. Desi can’t help the attraction to the sexy man, but she’s not looking for a one night stand or a long term relationship. Reznor is living with own ghosts and being in this town might be the answer he’s looking for. Especially after meeting the sexy, beautiful and mouthy Desi. Who is also his new neighbor. What are the odds? The attraction between Rez and Desi is off the charts and Reznor knows what he wants. Desi. But she’s going to fight him every step of the way. Will Reznor and Desi be able to let go of their pasts and enjoy their time together? I loved this story. It’s hot, short and steamy! Reznor and his sexiness, his deep chuckle and his knowing eyes. Desi and her strength, beauty and ability to keep her head high. I loved that Reznor was pursing her, honest with his feelings and she was the one running. He wasn’t going to let her get away, no matter what!

 

Jesus, take the wheel, because if I’m the one steering it, I’m going to drive right up on that stick shift and see how good he can change gears.

 

“Hell, Desi, just hold tight, sweetheart, because that means the second time is going to be mind-blowing.”

 

This girl, I’ve never had to fight this hard for someone, but somehow, I know this fight is worth something. God, I want her…She’ll be back. Let’s hope I’m right.

 

Damn the man gives good face.

 

“So, are you going to elaborate on what is going on here between you and Mr. Sex on a stick in there? Does he sex you so good you say blah-blah-blah?”

 

Sandra's Review

Control is a novella in the Everyday Heroes series By K. Bromberg. It can be read by a complete standalone. If you did read Cuffed then you have already met Desi as Emerson’s best friend.
Desi doesn’t color inside the lines. She doesn’t see a husband, two-point-five children, and a picket fence in her future. She does see dogs though. She is after all the owner of Doggy Style Grooming. She believes dogs are more loyal than men. She doesn’t trust easily. She has her guard up. She doesn’t get attached. She does feel flutters. She doesn’t swoon. That was until she saw him. SWAT officer Renzor Mayne.
Renzor knew she was different from the moment he saw her. And when they spoke, he knew for sure, she was someone special. Someone who he wouldn’t get enough of, if he got just one taste. But, he also knew he only had six weeks in Sunnyville before going back to San Francisco.
Six weeks. Six weeks of sexual tension. Self defense classes. Haunted Houses. Flirty, fun banter.
Overall…I loved it. It is a novella but it felt like a full-length story. I felt the connection between the characters. The passion. They made me laugh, flush, and even tear up! It was definitely more than I was expecting.
Quotes:
You can only do so much with a sideways stare. But his voice. It’s like liquid sex with a rasp and a rumble and a whole earth-shattering orgasm in between. Hello to you, Mister A-Little-Rugged-And-Whole-Lot-Sexy.
“I don’t need to have mud on me to get dirty.”
“Aren’t you proud of me?” he asks.
“For what?”
“I came to the front door.” He flashes a lightning-quick grin.
“Good boy.”
“Don’t I get a treat?”

“K. Bromberg always delivers intelligently written, emotionally intense, sensual romance . . .”

USA Today

 

 

EXCERPT:

Men are on women.

Women are on women.

Grunts and groans fill the air.

There is cheering from the sidelines as bystanders watch them writhe and buck and try to get the other off them.

“It’s like a big orgy in here,” I say to the woman standing beside me. I don’t know her, but she’s standing like we are, back against the gym wall, eyes glued to the men and women fighting for positioning—moving, bucking, defending—on the mats where they’re lying.

She emits a nervous laugh and looks to me. Prim and proper, she resembles a Stepford wife, and all I can think is that her ladies’ club decided to do this together and she’s the only one who decided to show up.

At least I’m not the only one nervous about being here. There could be worse things I guess…like actually needing to use the skills I’m supposed to learn here in Sunnyville Self Defense Class to protect myself.

A group at the far side of the gym erupts in applause, and I stand on my tiptoes to see a woman standing with her foot on the instructor’s throat while he’s lying on the mat. His red SSDC T-shirt matches everyone else standing around trying to look official with a whistle and gym pants on.

“Exactly,” a deep rumble of a voice on the other side of me says.

I glance over and whoa…all my attention shifts from the grunts and groans on the floor to how I wouldn’t mind grunting and groaning with the man on his cell beside me. Our gazes meet for the briefest of seconds—chocolate-brown eyes giving me a passing glance and a curt smile before turning back to whoever is on the phone while watching the action beyond.

Taking my time and trying not to pay attention to HottieMcTotty, I scan the gym. Basic blue gymnastic mats cover the majority of the hardwood floors, basketball hoops hang from the lofty ceiling but have been drawn up, and championship banners hang, partially hiding the painted mural of the Sunnyville High School mascot on the wall at the far end.

But no matter how hard I try to not look back at him, that is where my attention lands. He’s a good six inches taller than I am, has dark hair, and his body beneath his Under Armour workout shirt hints at how ridiculously fit he is. His bicep closest to me stretches the fabric and is covered in a dizzying tattooed array of colors and images I can’t openly look at to decipher. You can only do so much with a sideways stare.

But his voice. It’s like liquid sex with a rasp and a rumble and a whole earth-shattering orgasm in between.

Hello to you, Mister A-Little-Rugged-And-Whole-Lot-Sexy.

I listen to him talk. Not stalkerish-like…well, maybe stalkerish-like, but damn if the background of grunting and groaning only serves to enhance the things my mind is dreaming up.

And then it hits me.

He’s not here as an instructor—no red SSDC shirt on. So that means he’s here as a boyfriend or a husband and therefore completely off limits.

Damn it.

If he were an instructor, I’d make sure to be in his group so he could grind on me for a bit…and I’m talking the pelvis kind of grind…if I’m being truthful.

 

 

About K Bromberg:

New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled).

 

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