Blog Tour & Review – Kissing Jenna, Kristen Proby

July 13, 2018 By

Kissing Jenna by Kristen Proby
Series: Big Sky #2
Release Date: July 10, 2018

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Synopsis: From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes the newest installment in her beloved Big Sky Series…

Jenna Hull owns and manages vacation rentals in her hometown of Cunningham Falls, Montana. She’s just completed the construction of her most exhausting project, the one she’s put her heart and soul into. The inviting, opulent Snow Wolf Cottages are the first ski in/ski out tree houses in the world.

Her biggest dream is about to come true, and she can’t let anything distract her.

Christian Wolfe is Hollywood’s it actor. If the magazines are to be believed, he’s the sexiest man on earth. He’s preparing for the biggest movie role of his life, and his agent has booked him in a hot new ski lodge in Montana, tucked away from crazy fans. He can’t wait for the break.

But what Christian isn’t prepared for is Jenna. With a face that could easily co-star with him in a movie and her ambition to put her stamp on Cunningham Falls, he can’t stay away. But even more intriguing than her beauty is the fact that she’s not at all impressed with his celebrity status, only turned on by the man behind the fame.

The love they’ve found is perfect—but time is running out before real life intrudes. Can they survive with both their dreams—and hearts—intact?

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Sandra's Review

Kissing Jenna is the second book in the Big Sky series by one of my favorite authors, Kristen Proby. I have read almost all of her books, I have two of her new releases taunting me on my iPad. Anyway, this book can be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading Charming Hannah when you get the chance, I just loved it. It was also where I first met Jenna as Brad’s sister. Now, it’s her turn to find love on the mountain.

Christian needs skiing lessons for his next big Hollywood role. Jenna has just finished her treehouse project next door to ski resort. It was a match made in location heaven. She was passionate about her new project. He loved the calm of it all. He also loved who Jenna was. She teased him from the very beginning. She made him laugh and feel at ease. She didn’t care bout his celebrity status. She looked at him like he was just a man. Not People’s sexiest but she definitely enjoyed the view. He knew from the moment he saw her that she was going to be someone special. He only had four weeks in Montana but he wanted to make the most of it. With her.

Jenna knew who he was. Of course she did. Everyone did. But she didn’t know he would be like this. Sweet, witty, and so down to earth. He made her feel important. Wanted. Adored. She didn’t know where they were going but she had four weeks to spend time with a man who made her feel fantastic. Happy. Satisfied. Loved. The problem? It would never last. They are from two different worlds. He is red carpet. She is small town. He lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills. She lives in a cottage in Cunningham Falls. Four weeks. That’s all they had. Right?

Aw. I fell hard for this couple! Their banter from the very beginning was so much fun and flirty. I also loved that I felt their passion and not only for each other. He has his passion for the movies. She has her passion for her properties. I just love them. It’s hard to explain with words. Together. Individually. They are amazing.

Overall…it’s a fun, sweet, and sexy ride! I could picture the treehouses above the snow and looking out to the resort while the skiers and boarders went down the slopes. The northern lights too. Just beautiful.

P.S. it was soooo fun to catch up with characters from some of Proby’s other series’.

Quotes:

“He’s everything I never expected.”

“It doesn’t matter, Jenna. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been to a thousand dance classes or none at all, as long as you feel the music and the person you’re dancing with.”

“You were such a plot twist,” he murmurs against my lips before kissing me silly.

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Meet Kristen:

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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Cover Reveal – Hold You Close, Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels

July 12, 2018 By

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“I’ll never be able to keep her.”

Hold You Close, an all-new second chance standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is coming August 20th!

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Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow

Publication Date: August 20, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry, Perrywinkle Photography

Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

Synopsis

From NYT Bestseller Corinne Michaels & USA Today Bestseller Melanie Harlow, comes a second chance standalone romance.

Ian Chase broke my heart at seventeen, and I’ve spent the last eighteen years hating him for it.

He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle—which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.

I’ve always loved to loathe him.

I never planned to need him.

***

London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her.

Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids—until our lives are changed in one tragic moment.

Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.

My life is already upside-down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface.

Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. 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. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.
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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Release Day & Review – Kissing Jenna, Kristen Proby

July 10, 2018 By

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Kissing Jenna by Kristen Proby
Series: Big Sky #2
Release Date: July 10, 2018

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Synopsis: From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes the newest installment in her beloved Big Sky Series…

Jenna Hull owns and manages vacation rentals in her hometown of Cunningham Falls, Montana. She’s just completed the construction of her most exhausting project, the one she’s put her heart and soul into. The inviting, opulent Snow Wolf Cottages are the first ski in/ski out tree houses in the world.

Her biggest dream is about to come true, and she can’t let anything distract her.

Christian Wolfe is Hollywood’s it actor. If the magazines are to be believed, he’s the sexiest man on earth. He’s preparing for the biggest movie role of his life, and his agent has booked him in a hot new ski lodge in Montana, tucked away from crazy fans. He can’t wait for the break.

But what Christian isn’t prepared for is Jenna. With a face that could easily co-star with him in a movie and her ambition to put her stamp on Cunningham Falls, he can’t stay away. But even more intriguing than her beauty is the fact that she’s not at all impressed with his celebrity status, only turned on by the man behind the fame.

The love they’ve found is perfect—but time is running out before real life intrudes. Can they survive with both their dreams—and hearts—intact?

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Sandra's Review

Kissing Jenna is the second book in the Big Sky series by one of my favorite authors, Kristen Proby. I have read almost all of her books, I have two of her new releases taunting me on my iPad. Anyway, this book can be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading Charming Hannah when you get the chance, I just loved it. It was also where I first met Jenna as Brad’s sister. Now, it’s her turn to find love on the mountain.

Christian needs skiing lessons for his next big Hollywood role. Jenna has just finished her treehouse project next door to ski resort. It was a match made in location heaven. She was passionate about her new project. He loved the calm of it all. He also loved who Jenna was. She teased him from the very beginning. She made him laugh and feel at ease. She didn’t care bout his celebrity status. She looked at him like he was just a man. Not People’s sexiest but she definitely enjoyed the view. He knew from the moment he saw her that she was going to be someone special. He only had four weeks in Montana but he wanted to make the most of it. With her.

Jenna knew who he was. Of course she did. Everyone did. But she didn’t know he would be like this. Sweet, witty, and so down to earth. He made her feel important. Wanted. Adored. She didn’t know where they were going but she had four weeks to spend time with a man who made her feel fantastic. Happy. Satisfied. Loved. The problem? It would never last. They are from two different worlds. He is red carpet. She is small town. He lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills. She lives in a cottage in Cunningham Falls. Four weeks. That’s all they had. Right?

Aw. I fell hard for this couple! Their banter from the very beginning was so much fun and flirty. I also loved that I felt their passion and not only for each other. He has his passion for the movies. She has her passion for her properties. I just love them. It’s hard to explain with words. Together. Individually. They are amazing.

Overall…it’s a fun, sweet, and sexy ride! I could picture the treehouses above the snow and looking out to the resort while the skiers and boarders went down the slopes. The northern lights too. Just beautiful.

P.S. it was soooo fun to catch up with characters from some of Proby’s other series’.

Quotes:

“He’s everything I never expected.”

“It doesn’t matter, Jenna. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been to a thousand dance classes or none at all, as long as you feel the music and the person you’re dancing with.”

“You were such a plot twist,” he murmurs against my lips before kissing me silly.

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Meet Kristen:

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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Cover Reveal – A Little Bit Like Desire, Brooke Blaine

July 9, 2018 By

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A Little Bit Like Desire, an all-new STANDALONE contemporary MM romance from USA Today bestselling author Brooke Blaine is coming July 23rd!

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A Little Bit Like Desire by Brooke Blaine

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publishing Date: July 23rd, 2018

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Photographer: Eric Battershell

Model: Andrew England

What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you never knew you needed?

Shaw Jennings, the seductive, enigmatic owner of Body Electric Tattoo works hard and plays even harder. He’s built a life he’s proud of, and though that doesn’t include a significant other, he’s got plenty of sexy men to keep his bed warm at night. None of them have ever made Shaw sit up and take notice for long, though. But that all changes when a famous rock star walks through his door.

Trent Knox had the world in the palm of his hand as the lead singer of TBD, one of the biggest rock bands in history…until the day he walked away. A getaway to South Haven Island seems like the perfect place for Trent to find himself again and reignite his passion for music. But what he never expects is to find his muse in a six-five, tatted-up badass whose sinful smile he can’t get out of his mind.

The only problem? Trent’s a notorious womanizer, and Shaw isn’t interested in being someone’s experiment—muse or otherwise. But in a town as small as this one, Shaw is finding it more and more difficult to keep the persistent rocker at arm’s length.

As the tension between them builds, maybe it’s time to finally give in and get carried away with something a little bit like…desire.

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Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at www.BrookeBlaine.com.

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Cover Reveal – Fixing Her, Miranda Elaine

June 14, 2018 By

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Fixing Her, an all-new friends to lovers romance from debut author Miranda Elaine is coming June 28th!

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Fixing Her by Miranda Elaine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: June 28th, 2018

Cover Designer: JM Walker, Just Write Creations

When we were younger, Temperance Price was the quiet girl with dreamy eyes who hung on my every word. She was always beautiful, but I had plans to get out of Red Oak and make a life of my own.

Ten years later, a crushing tragedy has brought me home again—right back to her.

The innocent girl I left is gone, and in her place is a sassy single mom I can’t get out of my head. She’s hired me to fix her house, but I have other things in mind.

She thinks I’m just a handyman.

She thinks we’re only friends.

She thinks I’ve never noticed her.

I think what really needs to be fixed is her whole perspective.

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Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.
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Blog Tour, 5 Heart Review & Excerpt – Only Him, Melanie Harlow

June 13, 2018 By

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MHOnlyHimBookCover5x8_MEDIUMOnly Him, an all-new sexy and emotional second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available NOW!

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

* * *

All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

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Maren glanced back at me, more puzzled than ever, but she started up the cement stairs. I couldn’t take my eyes off her legs in front of me. Her calf muscles were insane from all the ballet training. I remembered how flexible she’d been and felt my dick start perking up.

“In addition to all the history I just gave you,” Aiden said, his voice echoing off the walls, “this hotel was also the site of a certain prom a few years back.”

All of a sudden, Maren stopped moving and looked down over her shoulder at me. “No way.” The stunned, joyful expression on her face was worth every penny I had to pay to make this happen.

Goose bumps rippled down my arms inside my jacket. I smiled at her.

Her jaw dropped, and she continued up the stairs. At the top, Aiden moved ahead and opened the door to the rooftop. “Ballrooms were not available tonight, but when Dallas asked if you could have the roof to yourselves, I had to admit no one had booked it. In fact, no one has ever even asked to book it.” He laughed.

Maren stepped over the threshold onto the rooftop. “Dallas is definitely one of a kind.”

The three of us moved away from the door, and I saw the table that had been set for us, complete with white linens, flower centerpiece, and candlelight. Luckily, the air was warm, and the wind was soft. The sun was still setting beyond the skyline to the west, and to the east the Detroit River was visible; a little to the south was the Ambassador Bridge, and beyond the river, Canada. The view was breathtaking on all sides.

After turning around in a full circle, Maren looked at me with shining eyes. “Dallas. This is incredible.”

“You’ll have your own server for the night, and he should be up shortly,” Aiden said, checking his watch. “I should get back downstairs. Dallas, you have my cell if you need anything. Maren, good seeing you again, and I hope you enjoy your evening.” He gave us a smile before heading back to the stairwell door.

As soon as he was gone, Maren turned to me. “I cannot believe you did this.”

I shrugged. “I felt pretty bad when you said you’d missed the prom because of me. I figured I owed it to you.”

She laughed and rolled her eyes, which were filled with tears. “You didn’t, but whatever. I’ll take it.” Opening her purse, she hunted around in it for something. “God, I don’t even have tissues. I didn’t know you were going to make me cry.”

“No crying allowed at the prom. And I hope it’s okay I’m wearing jeans.”

“It’s fine.” She sniffed and closed her purse. “I’m not that dressed up either.”

“You’re perfect.” Our eyes met, and the air between us suddenly felt full of hope and possibility. In any other circumstance, I’d have kissed her.

But I couldn’t do that tonight.

“Oh, I almost forgot.” Reaching into the inside pocket of my jacket, I pulled out a wrist corsage. “Sorry if it’s a little smashed. I had to get rid of the plastic container to hide it from you.”

She giggled and held out her arm. “That’s okay. It’s beautiful.”

“Good.” I slid the elastic band with three deep red roses attached to it along with some other green stuff onto her wrist. “I told the lady at the florist to make it a prom corsage. Pretty sure she thought I was crazy. Or creepy.”

“You might be crazy. But I love it. Thank you for this.” Then she rose up on tiptoe and pecked my cheek. When she lowered her heels, she stood there for a moment, her hand on my arm, her mouth so close I could have simply tipped my head down and my lips would be resting on hers.

My heart stumbled over its next few beats. I wanted to do it so badly, but I’d promised her I’d behave. I’d promised myself I’d behave. There were so many reasons why I shouldn’t be here tonight, standing so close to the only girl I’d ever loved, tempted beyond reason by her legs and her lips and her laugh and her eyes and her ability to make me feel like I fucking mattered in the universe.

What was the right thing to do?

If only—

The door from the stairwell opened, and we moved apart.

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Only Him is the second book in the One and Only series by the extremely talented, Melanie Harlow. It can be read as a standalone novel but we did meet Maren in Only You, as Emme’s sister. The yoga-loving one if you read the book. I actually didn’t read the synopsis so I didn’t even know that about the book. I was so excited to figure out that it was a second chance story because those are one of my favorites!
Twelve years ago Dallas broke her heart by walking away without even a goodbye. Since then she tried to stop thinking about him. Nothing helped. Yoga. Meditating. Dating. Sex. He was her first love. Her first everything and nobody else had ever compared but he was gone. Until…he showed up on her doorstep with an apology. She wanted to slam the door in his face. She wanted to hate him for leaving the way he did. She never got closure. Was this the opportunity she needed all those years ago. One last goodbye then she could move on with her life.
Dallas had to see her. It was time for him to tell her he was sorry for being a selfish seventeen year old. He thought he was doing the right thing. That she was better off without him. He was a troublemaker without a real future. She was good girl with a great one. He still feels that way but he needs to do this. Just see her one last time and then go back to Portland. To still think about her. To still love her from afar. He never stopped but he knows he has to walk away again. But can he after seeing her in person? After spending time with her. After having the time of his life with the only woman he ever loved.
Will Dallas and Maren get their second chance?
I loved this couple! They are not perfect. They have their insecurities about love, life, and worth. It adds to their story. They make them more real to me. I felt for Dallas. I loved his stubborn ass. I felt for Maren too. She needed to find her balance. I wanted to hug her more than a few times. Together, you could feel their connection and passion. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Overall…it’s a beautiful story about second chances, love, and family. It made me laugh, cry, think, and get hot and bothered. It was an amazing combo. I am looking forward to the next book!
Quotes:
“I probably should have called you first.”
“You probably should have called me twelve years ago.”
“That night did not end well for me.” “I can only imagine.”
“But I promise, you will not end up in handcuffs tonight.” He grinned delightedly and leaned closer to whisper in my ear. “Unless, of course, you’d enjoy that.”
“We all make mistakes. We’re all human. What sets one man apart from the next is what happens afterward.”

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Blog Tour, 6 Heart Review & Excerpt – The Girl & Her Ren, Pepper Winters

June 7, 2018 By

The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters
The Ribbon Duet Book 2
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Coming of Age Romance

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“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?

I’ll tell you what you do.

You hope.”

REN

Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.

To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.

Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.

But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.

DELLA

I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.

I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.

I tried to move on without him.

But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.

Until something happened.

Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.

And nothing was the same after that.

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The Girl and Her Ren is the second book in the Ribbon Duet. It is NOT a standalone. I actually recommend that if you haven’t read The Boy and His Ribbon that one, you do that now. And two, I would stop reading this review. I am going to make it as spoiler-free as possible but still. My emotions will most likely get the best of me. Especially after this book.
Ren and Della have spent years together. Most of their lives have been entwined together. He raised her. She idolized him. It was pure and innocent love until one kiss changed it all. It was unexpected. Wrong. And it made Ren second guess everything. He felt guilty. He shouldn’t feel anything for Della except for brotherly love. He needed to face the truth. That their love has grown along with them. But she is his Little Ribbon. How could she be anything else? He had to do some soul-searching and she needed to let him. Can she give him time to figure out his feelings? Guilt. Lust. Love. Anger. Loss.
So, I can’t really say anymore than that about the story but I can talk about my feelings about this book. You guys, if I could give this book ten stars I would. This is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, epic stories I have ever read. Ever. And I read a lot. I finished this book hours ago and while I type this out I am crying! I can usually just write a review and move on to the next book. I do have time tonight to do just that but I can’t. I am not ready to move on. I wasn’t sure how I felt about these two having a love story, it’s not the usual kind but the way Pepper writes it, it’s everything and more.
Overall…it’s an epic journey about love, family, life, the simple things, the all consuming ones too. This is a story that I will never forget. I will forever remember Ren and his Ribbon. Two survivors who believed in each other. Two people who made sacrifices for the ones they loved. Two of the most beautiful and simple creatures who loved nature and found a home in the wild. Two characters who gave me one epic book hangover.
P.S. Thank you, Pepper for giving us their story!
Quotes:
True love was a vicious monster, feeding on my reserves, breaking me beneath its resolve to either kill me if I didn’t obey or destroy me if I did.
“I’ve been many things, Della, but I can’t say I’ve been a cat.”
“I think we need to get you back into the forest. The city is infecting you with retail therapy and commercial advertisement.”

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The fallen papers crunched beneath my boot as I shifted my weight, leaning into her, seeking an answer. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

She flinched, her eyes closing beneath an avalanche of pain.

This hurt.

Everything hurt.

“Della…please.” My calloused thumbs caressed her silky-soft skin, catching on her young perfection with my older imperfection.

Ten years separated us.

Ten years was an eternity when she was a babe and I was a boy, but now…it no longer held such power. I refused to let it because I didn’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t touch her the way I was touching her now.

She laughed quietly, full of torture and tragedy. “I did tell you. In a roundabout way.”

“You didn’t.”

“But I did.” She dared meet my eyes. “I never understood how I could touch you, hug you, kiss you, and you never knew. I didn’t know how I could hide my jealousy when you were with Cassie or later with your one-night stands. I lay awake at night analysing every sentence I said to you, amazed that you never heard what I’d been shouting for longer than I could remember.”

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After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

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Blog Tour, 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – Confessions: Julien, Ella Frank

June 6, 2018 By

Confessions: Julien, book two in the steamy contemporary MMM Confessions Series from Ella Frank, is LIVE!
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People are complex.

Love a double-edged sword.

And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

To the outside world, he has it all.

A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?

Only time will tell.

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Julien is the second book in the Confessions series by the absolutely fantastic Ella Frank. Robbie came first, now Julien and soon Priest. I would definitely call this a series that needs to be read in order to understand these men to the fullest. Robbie is the fun, bright, happy princess. Priest is the broody, smart, tough, put together lawyer and Julien…he’s the sexy, French chef. Mon Dieu! I knew Julien’s story was going to be emotional. We know he lost his twin sister and he blames himself. The anniversary of her death is soon and Julien is doing what he always does. Shuts himself down. Has nightmares and panic attacks. But the difference this year is that he now has Robbie. The new light in his and Priest’s life. Robbie doesn’t realize how much they needed him in their life. He’s the answer to everything they’ve been looking for. Now he’s living with them and sharing a bed. They are finally an US. Julien, the prick, Robbie, the princess and Joel the priest are learning to live together. Love together. Be together. Robbie brings laughter and sass everywhere he goes and Julien and Joel never knew they needed him so much. Just a smile from Robbie changes Julien’s mood. Joel is actually smiling and *gasp* chuckling. And he actually strings together sentences! It was heartwarming to watch these three come together emotionally and physically. Can Julien finally put his past behind him with the love of his men? Will they be able to make their trio work? I can’t even express how reading this story made me feel. I was entertained. I laughed, cried, got VERY hot and bothered. But mostly, I felt the love. The love they all shared. Julien and Joel’s committed love of marriage and years together, but also the new love they are feeling for Robbie. And of course Robbie. His heart is so open and willing and he just keeps getting better and better. Julien’s sexiness jumps off the page and right into your soul. Priest said so much in this book and I was hanging on his every word. This is an emotional rollercoaster that has it’s very happy highs and very sad lows. Their witty banter is perfection. Joel’s protectiveness gave me chills. Julien’s accent made me swoon. The dancing scene was one of my favorites! Overall, I loved every word. Every second. Every laugh. Every kiss. Everything! Je t’aime, Julien.

 

“And here I thought I hid my feelings so well.”

“Your feelings, yes. Your cock? Not so much.”

 

“Stop laughing at me. I’m… Shit. Give me a minute. I can’t think when he’s being all French and looking at me like I’m naked.”

 

What I want to do to our princesse will definitely require a priest.

 

“Wait… Logan knows Ace fucking Locke and never told me?”

“I have to say,” Priest said drolly, “I’m not over disappointed about that, considering your reaction right now.”

 

“Somewhere in these last few months, I lost my mind over you, Robert Bianchi. It’s only now that my heart’s beginning to catch up.”

 

Sandra's Review

Julien is the second book in the Confessions series by the very talented, Ella Frank. You can read it as standalone but I highly recommend reading Robbie first so you get the full story. I am going to try to make this quick so I don’t spoil anything. If you follow my reviews then you know the whole quick thing doesn’t usually work out but no spoilers do. Anyway, back to the Prick, Priest, and Princess.
Julien is a tortured soul. The last eight years have tested him in ways that could have broken him. They almost did until he turned his life around and delved into his passion of cooking. It gave him purpose. He had Priest who gave him a reason to love. And now, he had Robbie, someone who made his days brighter. He had it all. He was happy but he was still haunted by what happened all those years ago and with the anniversary coming up, his nightmares were back. Priest has been through them with Julien but this is the first time Robbie has been through this. Will Robbie be able to handle it?
Yay! I think that was pretty short. I love that Ella is giving each character their own book but still sharing their love as a whole with us. It really gives a glimpse into each of their pasts. The pasts that molded the men into who they are today. They have all grown up so differently and to have them come together as one is beautiful. They each bring different strengths into the relationship and it’s amazing.
Overall…it’s an emotional, sexy, and passionate read. I loved Julien in Robbie but I fell hard for him in his book. He is just so damn sexy with his French accent but it’s more than that. He is a beautiful soul who needs to see that for himself.
P.S. Ella brought on the fucking heat with this one.
Quotes:
“We all have a role here, Robert. No one’s is greater or more important than the other. It’s just different. That’s why we work, and will continue to work, if we’re honest with one another. Now go and sleep.”
“Mon Dieu, princesse. You look like an invitation to sin,” Julien said, as he mirrored Priest’s move and slid a hand down inside his pants to wrap his fingers around his aching shaft.
“I think I’ll wait for my main meal.”
“Wow,” Robbie said. “If you lift that French nose of yours much higher, you’re gonna give yourself a nosebleed.”
“Just because I care about what I put in my mouth—”

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Chapter One

 

CONFESSION

 

Those who are meant to be yours

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“WE MEET again, Mr. Thornton.”

A shiver of awareness raced up Julien Thornton’s spine as he stood in the jail cell of a downtown L.A. police station where he’d been thrown around an hour ago for public intoxication.

He didn’t need to turn to know who was on the opposite side of those steel bars. That voice was the one he’d been hoping to hear when he’d made his “one call” and left a message after a generic voicemail. That voice? It had been on his mind since the last time he’d heard it, nearly two weeks earlier when he’d met—and attempted to steal the car of—a man who called himself Priest.

Julien pivoted on his heels, and when he did, he realized that he’d grossly underestimated the impact that Joel Priestley had had on him the first time around.

Oui, he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about him, that was true, and oui, he might’ve purposely provoked the police officer tonight hoping he’d end up needing a lawyer. But Dieu, he’d forgotten the way Priest made his body respond. Like an inferno was licking through his veins.

With auburn hair, stormy eyes, and a presence that Julien gravitated toward like a magnetic force, he didn’t think anything could prepare a person for the powerful energy Priest exuded. Not to mention that cool, judgmental stare of his.

But Julien had no one to blame for that judgment but himself. Maybe if they didn’t always meet at the end of one of his week-long benders, he could have the upper hand with this man for once. And wouldn’t that be délicieux, he thought, as he looked at the lawyer who’d dropped him home two weeks before, instead of at the police station like he’d originally threatened.

Priest was as put together now, at three in the morning, as he had been that afternoon in the alley. Suited up in a tailored navy number that framed his broad shoulders and emphasized the rich color of his hair, he looked sharp, controlled, and dangerous to Julien’s already unstable state of mind as he stood there sizing him up with an unreadable expression.

“I’m curious,” Priest finally said, as he clasped his hands behind his back and took a step closer to the cell where Julien had spent most of the night sobering up. “Did you not understand me the last time we spoke?”

Julien clenched his jaw and wondered if Priest realized how condescending he sounded when he spoke—or just how much it turned Julien on. “Non. I understood just fine.”

“Then what part of ‘I won’t be so lenient next time’ made you think that calling me to bail you out of here was a good idea?”

Julien was still trying to work that out himself, but thought it might have something to do with the fact that he was drawn to this man. There was something about Priest that made him feel alive, when all he’d felt for months now was dead inside.

When Julien didn’t respond, Priest cocked his head, studying him closely, the disapproval rolling off him in waves. “Are you that hard up for a date that this was the only way you could think to get one?”

Putain, the man was arrogant. But for reasons Julien couldn’t explain, that seemed to make him all the more appealing. “You’re the one who gave me your card the last time we met. Perhaps it’s you who are hard up for a date, monsieur. Giving your number out to—”

“Criminals?” Priest frowned. “No. That’s called smart business acumen, considering I’m a criminal attorney.”

Julien scoffed. “I’m hardly a criminal.”

“Really?” Priest said, and took his time examining the six-by-eight space Julien currently stood in. He then leaned forward and said in a lowered voice, “Your current situation tells a different kind of story.”

Despite his “current situation,” and the reason he’d gotten himself into it, Julien felt his lips curve, and he realized exactly why he was drawn to Priest. He possessed the one thing that Julien had been looking for—the ability to take his mind off the black hole his life had become. “Maybe it’s le destin.”

“And what does that mean? Destiny?” Priest straightened and brought his arm around to check the time. “I doubt destiny has anything to do with it. A more likely scenario is that I was your only option.”

“Even if that’s true,” Julien said as he wrapped his fingers around the bars, “you came anyway.”

“As I said before, it’s my job.”

“At three in the morning?”

“At any hour of the morning,” Priest said, and then looked down the hallway that was devoid of anything other than dreary off-white tiles and horribly bright fluorescent lighting. “I’m going to go and see if I can get you out, and then you and I are going to have a talk.”

Something about the way Priest said you and I made Julien’s pulse race, and as Priest went to walk away, Julien whispered, “J’ai vraiment hâte,” and the ever-so-serious lawyer stopped in his tracks and looked back.

This time when those eyes roamed over Julien, his breath caught. There was nothing cool about that stare now. There was heat, interest, and an intensity that made Julien’s fingers tighten around the bars before Priest cut the connection and walked away.

Julien watched him go until he disappeared around the end of the hall, and then he released his breath on a rush. Merde. He’d never been so attracted to someone in all his life, and as he stood there waiting for Priest to save him yet again, Julien knew he needed to stop what he was thinking.

There was no way in hell he deserved someone like that. Non, no way at all. That didn’t, however, stop him from counting down the minutes until Priest returned to him…

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Blog Tour, 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – Dirty Exes, Rachel Van Dyken

June 6, 2018 By

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Title: Dirty Exes

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Liars, Inc., Book #1

Synopsis

Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?

Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.

Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.

Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.

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It ended there.

Right. Forget about his mouth.

Or the way I sighed when he touched my shoulder.

The way my body quivered when his skin pressed against mine in the car.

“Stop!” I gritted my teeth and searched the kitchen. Cheaters often hid things in places that their spouse wouldn’t expect, like pantries and junk drawers, places that seemed obvious but weren’t. I’d once found a second cell phone in a cereal box.

Cheaters were like drug addicts.

They knew the perfect place to hide the drugs.

I shuddered.

Dirty. Toilets.

Not the best day I’d ever had, but marginally better than the sewer.

I spent the next thirty minutes with plastic gloves searching every crevice of that kitchen, patting down the inside of drawers, digging through trash. Nothing.

The guy was either a saint . . 

Or we had a serious Dexter situation going on, and he knew exactly how to dispose of incriminating evidence.

Sexy male laughter jolted me from my search. I freaked, ran into the pantry, and shut the door just as Jessie’s face came into view.

Sweat trickled down my back.

Shit, shit, shit!

Oh, this was bad, so bad.

What man didn’twant to eat after coming home from the gym?

“Nice, man, she keeps the book on the bar?” Colin’s mocking voice at least made me feel like I wasn’t the only one who thought it was strange. “Fams always so classy.”

“Yeah,” Jessie agreed. “I think maybe it’s her way of reminding me how happy we were that one year.” He hesitated. “You know, the one where we actually did normal things like stay home and make dinner, and watch movies instead of going out all the time. That went to hell fast.”

Colin sighed.

“She writes a book about our best year, and then turns into this greedy person I don’t recognize and dream about murdering in her sleep.”

  • “Hey,” Colin warned. “I get it, I do, but she’s still my—”

“Sorry, man.”

“It’s fine, like I said, I get it.”

I plastered my ear to the door to listen harder. What did Colin mean? Why was he defending her? Why was Jessie saying sorry? I made a mental note to purchase the book and torture myself by reading it cover to cover.

“You contemplate murdering her while she sleeps,” Colin said in a weird tone, “and yet she’s still living here in this house with you? Tell me how that makes sense? You say she’s not the same person, but she never really was the person you thought she was. When are you going to get that?”

“She was different then, man. She was.” Jessie came to her defense so quickly I almost fell backward. He sounded like—he still had feelings for her. I turned my attention back to the door as footsteps neared the pantry. Oh hell. Not good.

I needed to get out. Fast.

I grabbed my cell and texted Colin.

And seconds later heard a ping.

“Another one of your sex buddies?” Jessie teased.

Colin paused and then, “Oh yeah, but this one’s been really hard to tame. You know the type, a bit schizo but so hot you don’t care that she asks to twist your nipples while she licks your nose.”

“Seriously?” Jessie choked.

“She likes noses. And snake tattoos, loves them.”

“Lucky for you.”

“I think it reminds her of the size of my dick, you know?”

I made a gagging noise, shifted on my feet, then texted again.

Me: Seriously! Trapped! And your dick can’t be the size of that python on your arm because that would mean you actually impale women on a daily basis.

Colin: Just call me Dracula.

I frowned.

Colin: Get it? The impaler.

Me: Look at that, basement dweller can joke! He’s got jokes! Meanwhile I’m going to starve to death in this pantry.

Colin: You mean around all that food?

“Wow, this girl must have skills if you’re that focused on your texts . . .” Jessie trailed off.

“She’s . . . unique,” Colin finally said.

My eyes narrowed. Was that a compliment? Did it matter? Why did I care? And why the hell did Jessie have ten different kinds of cereal—and all the boxes were full.

And alphabetized? Starting with Apple Jacks? Really?

Not that I’d resorted to more snooping.

Okay, so I’d resorted to more snooping.

But the fact that they were full was emotionally distressing. A full cereal box at my house lasts about one hot minute before I get a craving for Cheerios that even wine can’t cure.

“Hey”—Colin cleared his throat—“I need a favor.”

“Anything,” Jessie said quickly.

“I need a nice shirt for a date tonight, something . . . classy.”

Jessie laughed. “What? You can’t wear your own clothes?”

“You know I like your style better.” I rolled my eyes, has he seen that man’s closet? His white shirts are all ironed to within an inch of their lives. “Plus I want to impress this girl and I don’t have time to go grab a new shirt, we’re going on a late lunch date and I’m sweaty as hell, so please? Let me borrow a shirt, I’ll go home and shower, pair it with some nice jeans, and be inside her in no time.”

I glared at the door. Like I could actually see Colin’s smug expression. Why was my heart thumping? Why was I breathing like I was having trouble sucking in air?

He could date whomever he wanted.

I shifted on my feet as my face heated.

He was an attractive, successful man.

I crossed my arms.

Then uncrossed them nervously.

“Yeah, yeah,” Jessie finally said. “I’ll be right back, try not to burn down the kitchen or set the book on fire.”

“Shit, you read my mind,” Colin joked.

The sound of footsteps faded as Jessie walked toward the bedroom.

And then pantry door was jerked open.

I blinked up at him. “Thank you.”

“People . . . they pay you,” he said, leaning his large frame against the door while his muscles bulged beneath his sweat-soaked shirt, “for this?”

My eyes narrowed. “Yes! And I’m good at it.”

His smirk was wicked as he glanced behind me and then locked eyes. “Obviously.”

I shoved his chest. “I miscalculated the time, that’s all.” I tried squeezing past him, but he grabbed my arm and pulled me back into the pantry and closed the door.

“What the hell are you doing?” I hissed as he pressed me against the wall. “He’s going to find me!”

“A favor for a favor, spy girl.” Colin’s grin turned menacing. “I got Jessie out of the house, gave you my car, and saved your sorry ass. I get a favor.”

“I’m not sucking your nose and licking your tattoo, you psycho,” I said, repeating what he’d said earlier.

“Don’t knock it, you may love it.” He winked, and then stood his ground. “One favor.”

I sighed and gritted my teeth. “Fine.”

“A date,” he said triumphantly. “I want a date.”

“A date,” I repeated in a slightly panicked voice. “Like to dinner?”

“No, I was thinking the drive-in, we could make out, eat popcorn, I’d feel you up a bit—yeah, dinner.”

I smirked. “If I go to dinner with you . . . you’ll get me out of this godforsaken pantry with the full boxes of cereal?”

“Noticed that, did you?’

“He’s clearly not human.”

“I steal his Cocoa Puffs every chance I get.”

I nodded seriously. “I think my respect for you grew just now.”

“Ah, she likes cereal.”

“She’d also like to not get caught!”

“Go.” He shoved me toward the pantry door. “Run out the back and try not to trip and ruin your escape.”

“I don’t trip.” Of course, at that moment, I tripped over my own feet and almost face-planted into his lips.

He sighed, his expression worried and a bit stunned as Jessie’s voice carried to the kitchen. “Black okay?”

“Go.” Colin shoved me again. “Oh, and you’re picking me up. It seems I’m down a car.” He winked. “I’ll text you.”

Kara's Review

I love it when my favorite authors write a new series. Especially Rachel Van Dyken. Dirty Exes is the first book in the Liar’s, Inc. series. And I feel like I could write this review just using quotes from the book. I was highlighting like a mad woman, giggling, sighing, cursing, swooning and making side eyes. Dirty Exes has two leading men and one heroine, but it’s not really a love triangle. It’s not cheating like you think. Just read it, trust me. Blaire is Ian’s sister (swoon), and she and her best friend Isla, have both been cheated on and left broken, so they started a PI company called Dirty Exes. They catch cheating spouses. They are good at it. They feel happy when they help uncover the lying cheaters. Until their new client is Jessie Beckett. A man Blaire dated years ago. He was perfect for her. He’s the one who got away. She always wondered ‘what if’ and compared every man to Jessie. She can still do her job, right? Even though she has feelings for the supposed cheater? Yes, and no. But a sexy as hell bartender, aka Jessie’s best friend Colin, wants to help. There’s a long history of friendship, but Colin wants to actually help Jessie. Being attracted to and wanting Blaire more than air wasn’t in the cards. But he can’t stop himself. He and his sexy abs, sweet mouth, the hair, oh God, the hair, and perfect…everything are going to convince Blaire to take a chance on him. But Jessie. Blaire still thinks she wants him even though he might be cheating. What’s a girl to do? Take a chance on a new, fun, sexy man or try to see what she was missing with the old, sexy one? Jessie’s kisses were what dreams were made of. Would it still be that way? Not gonna lie, this story gave me anxiety! I wanted to know what was going to happen. Who was that? What did they say? She did what? There was so much juicy stuff I could barely contain my emotions! I had a favorite from the very beginning and I might have sqeeeeeeed at the end! Rachel knows what she’s doing guys. She’s never let us down before! Overall, I loved every word. Colin is just everything. Blaire is fun and hopeful. Isla is the perfect best friend and Jessie is funny, sexy and needs more laughs in his life! I can’t wait for Dangerous Exes!!

 

She’s the type who would stay, I’d want her to stay. Because women like that were the ones you kept forever.

 

His kiss was more of a plunder, a hunt for treasure, a search-and-rescue mission with his tongue that made me beg to get lost gain so I could have another taste.

 

His face was innocent, his body wicked. He was epitome of every woman’s fantasy. From his full, sinful lips to his rock-hard body.

 

“Blaire?”

“Yup?”

“Did you hear anything I just said? Should I give my ass and you a minute alone?”

YES! “No.”

 

Sandra's Review

Dirty Exes is the first book in the Liars, Inc. series by one of favorite authors, Rachel Van Dyken. If you follow my reviews then you might know that if I am not a fan of reading the synopsis if I have read the author’s books before. With that said, I had no idea what this book was about when I started it this morning. I do however always read the synopsis before I write my reviews so I don’t spoil anything. This one summed it up perfectly so I will make the summary short.
Blaire hates cheaters. She was married to one. She now exposes them with her best friend, Isla. The other half of Dirty Exes, their PI firm. Two creative women being the lying two-timers down. Men. Women. They found them. Nothing really surprised her anymore except her next target. Her ex. The one who she never forgot. The man who made her weak in the knees with his kiss. The one who she was falling for before he was traded. The one who didn’t ask her to go with him to the next city in his NFL career. But now…he was just a man who might be cheating on his wife. His perfectly styled, and beautiful actress wife. It was time to get her spy on, I mean, he means nothing to her so why not expose him? She would get her revenge and a nice paycheck out of it. What could go wrong?
Colin. That’s what could go wrong. He complicated things. She didn’t understand why Jessie’s best friend was even talking to her. He knew who she was. Kind of. Sort of. He was really into the spy games and she didn’t get it. Maybe he was bored. Maybe he liked teasing her about her spying ways. Either way…he was trouble and she was already in enough with it. But he did have information and good hair. Jessie was trying to catch up with her and she didn’t want to go there but it was all part of the job, right? Right.
Ok. That’s it. I will say that I didn’t think I would finish this book in one day, I mean it happens a lot but not on the weekends. No quiet for the mom and all but it happened. Thank God because I did not want to put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Who was going to fall for who. Who was going to make me swoon next. Who was going to piss me off next. Who was going to get me hot and bothered next. I had to know. It was like a drug, I tell ya. I fell hard, you guys. For two men. Two fictional men. Two fictional men who are very different. Oh, man…you just have to read it to feel what I feel for this men.
Overall…I am a total book boyfriend whore. I want them both. They made me laugh, swoon, get hot and bothered, laugh so more, and swoon even harder. And I can’t forget about the ladies. Blaire is strong, sassy, silly, and loves her whiskey. Isla, well, she is totally kicks ass.
P.S. Trust RVD!
Quotes:
“To the Batmobile!”
His face was innocent, his body wicked.
“Your friend needs a muzzle.”
“Tried it once, he actually liked it, shocker.” Jessie winked, and then he made his way toward us.

 

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About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 New York Times bestselling author known for regency romances, contemporary romances, and her love of coffee and Swedish fish. Rachel’s also recently inked a deal for her Wingmen Inc. series—The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Matchmaker’s Replacement—to be made into movies.

 

A fan of The Bachelor and the Seattle Seahawks (not necessarily in that order), Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, a super cute toddler son who keeps her on her toes, and two boxers. Make sure you check out her site, www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com, and follow her on Twitter (@RachVD).

 

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Release Day Blitz 5 Heart Reviews – Dirty Exes, Rachel Van Dyken

June 5, 2018 By

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Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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They’re serving up some red-hot revenge. A sizzling series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken.

Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?

Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.

Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.

Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.

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Kara's Review

I love it when my favorite authors write a new series. Especially Rachel Van Dyken. Dirty Exes is the first book in the Liar’s, Inc. series. And I feel like I could write this review just using quotes from the book. I was highlighting like a mad woman, giggling, sighing, cursing, swooning and making side eyes. Dirty Exes has two leading men and one heroine, but it’s not really a love triangle. It’s not cheating like you think. Just read it, trust me. Blaire is Ian’s sister (swoon), and she and her best friend Isla, have both been cheated on and left broken, so they started a PI company called Dirty Exes. They catch cheating spouses. They are good at it. They feel happy when they help uncover the lying cheaters. Until their new client is Jessie Beckett. A man Blaire dated years ago. He was perfect for her. He’s the one who got away. She always wondered ‘what if’ and compared every man to Jessie. She can still do her job, right? Even though she has feelings for the supposed cheater? Yes, and no. But a sexy as hell bartender, aka Jessie’s best friend Colin, wants to help. There’s a long history of friendship, but Colin wants to actually help Jessie. Being attracted to and wanting Blaire more than air wasn’t in the cards. But he can’t stop himself. He and his sexy abs, sweet mouth, the hair, oh God, the hair, and perfect…everything are going to convince Blaire to take a chance on him. But Jessie. Blaire still thinks she wants him even though he might be cheating. What’s a girl to do? Take a chance on a new, fun, sexy man or try to see what she was missing with the old, sexy one? Jessie’s kisses were what dreams were made of. Would it still be that way? Not gonna lie, this story gave me anxiety! I wanted to know what was going to happen. Who was that? What did they say? She did what? There was so much juicy stuff I could barely contain my emotions! I had a favorite from the very beginning and I might have sqeeeeeeed at the end! Rachel knows what she’s doing guys. She’s never let us down before!  Overall, I loved every word. Colin is just everything. Blaire is fun and hopeful. Isla is the perfect best friend and Jessie is funny, sexy and needs more laughs in his life! I can’t wait for Dangerous Exes!!

 

She’s the type who would stay, I’d want her to stay. Because women like that were the ones you kept forever.

 

His kiss was more of a plunder, a hunt for treasure, a search-and-rescue mission with his tongue that made me beg to get lost gain so I could have another taste.

 

His face was innocent, his body wicked. He was epitome of every woman’s fantasy. From his full, sinful lips to his rock-hard body.

 

“Blaire?”

“Yup?”

“Did you hear anything I just said? Should I give my ass  and you a minute alone?”

YES! “No.”

 

Sandra's Review

Dirty Exes is the first book in the Liars, Inc. series by one of favorite authors, Rachel Van Dyken. If you follow my reviews then you might know that if I am not a fan of reading the synopsis if I have read the author’s books before. With that said, I had no idea what this book was about when I started it this morning. I do however always read the synopsis before I write my reviews so I don’t spoil anything. This one summed it up perfectly so I will make the summary short.
Blaire hates cheaters. She was married to one. She now exposes them with her best friend, Isla. The other half of Dirty Exes, their PI firm. Two creative women being the lying two-timers down. Men. Women. They found them. Nothing really surprised her anymore except her next target. Her ex. The one who she never forgot. The man who made her weak in the knees with his kiss. The one who she was falling for before he was traded. The one who didn’t ask her to go with him to the next city in his NFL career. But now…he was just a man who might be cheating on his wife. His perfectly styled, and beautiful actress wife. It was time to get her spy on, I mean, he means nothing to her so why not expose him? She would get her revenge and a nice paycheck out of it. What could go wrong?
Colin. That’s what could go wrong. He complicated things. She didn’t understand why Jessie’s best friend was even talking to her. He knew who she was. Kind of. Sort of. He was really into the spy games and she didn’t get it. Maybe he was bored. Maybe he liked teasing her about her spying ways. Either way…he was trouble and she was already in enough with it. But he did have information and good hair. Jessie was trying to catch up with her and she didn’t want to go there but it was all part of the job, right? Right.
Ok. That’s it. I will say that I didn’t think I would finish this book in one day, I mean it happens a lot but not on the weekends. No quiet for the mom and all but it happened. Thank God because I did not want to put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Who was going to fall for who. Who was going to make me swoon next. Who was going to piss me off next. Who was going to get me hot and bothered next. I had to know. It was like a drug, I tell ya. I fell hard, you guys. For two men. Two fictional men. Two fictional men who are very different. Oh, man…you just have to read it to feel what I feel for this men.
Overall…I am a total book boyfriend whore. I want them both. They made me laugh, swoon, get hot and bothered, laugh so more, and swoon even harder. And I can’t forget about the ladies. Blaire is strong, sassy, silly, and loves her whiskey. Isla, well, she is totally kicks ass.
P.S. Trust RVD!
Quotes:
“To the Batmobile!”
His face was innocent, his body wicked.
“Your friend needs a muzzle.”
“Tried it once, he actually liked it, shocker.” Jessie winked, and then he made his way toward us.

 

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Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RVDGR
Rachel’s Rockin’ Readers: http://bit.ly/RachelsRockinReaders

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