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Review Blitz: MISTER TONIGHT by Kendall Ryan is available now. (6/20/2018)

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a standalone romance about a swoony single dad and the new neighbor he falls for.

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was THAT girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth with her two best friends—the ones who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I meant the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, and handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like French fries, so there’s that.

He took me home and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life, well until it came to a screeching, and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking:

“What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now…… or so I thought.

Come to find out the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

 

REVIEW:

SOOO freaking CUTE!!! The blurb got me giggling the whole time.  It’s Kate 30th birthday celebration and she was looking for Mister Tonight.  Hunter – a tall, dark, handsome, business suit-wearing sexy man fit the bill.  Kate got her wish – she was having the hottest birthday sex ever … until they were interrupted by Hunter’s little sleepy daughter.  OMG! I can’t even J😊  Kate bolted out the door in two seconds flat thanking GOD that it was a one-night stand and she never had to face Hunter again, right? Well, the next day Kate moved into her new apartment… lo and behold she met her new landlord – Hunter. 😊

I like the slow burn chemistry between Hunter and Kate.  Kate and Hunter’s relationship developed slowly after that one awkward night.  Kate is a commitment phobe but I also think she is taking things slow out of respect for Hunter and his daughter.  The attraction they have for each other is undeniable.  So, with the two seeing each other every day it’s hard for either one to resist the temptation.  Eventually, Kate and Hunter agree to enjoyi a good time together with no expectations.  I like Kate’s personality sassy, independent, carefree.  I adore Hunter and his little girl.  Single dad, sweet, gorgeous, swoony.  Mister Tonight is such a feel-good romance.  Two people who find love when they least expect it.

Kendall Ryan delivered another sweet, hilarious, sexy, swoony, fantastic love story.  Fast-paced and entertaining with the perfect mixture if heat and humor.  I can’t get enough of this author.  Her stories always light me up and put a huge smile on my face 🙂  A must summer read!!!

 

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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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Happy Release Day – Double Down by Alessandra Torre is LIVE!!! (6/18/2018)

 

Double Down

By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

 

Synopsis

 

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him. 

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way. 

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death. 

 

REVIEW:

After a jaw dropping cliffhanger at the end of book one I was dying for book two and Alessandra did not disappoint.  What a crazy intense, shocking conclusion to the All In duet.  Double Down pretty much double dose on the steamy, passionate romance between Dario and Bell. The sizzling chemistry and the heated sex scenes are off the chart hot!!! Alessandra got this down!!!

All the action, drama, suspense, twists and turns continue with this book which kept me on the edge of my seat and glued to the kindle until the end.  The plot is quite mind-blowing with murder, kidnap, secrets, deceit, betrayal – very unique.

Love the epilogue – lots of “I love you” but I want more.  Maybe an extended epilogue / novella is in the near future?

All In duet is a romantic suspense genre – gritty, thrilling, fast-paced, combined with the author’s excellent storytelling and superb writing = one fascinating read!

 

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

 

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Review: LOVING IRISH by KATY REGNERY. (6/18/2018)

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5 STARS

OMG! This story – bawled my eyes out … happy tears and the biggest smile on my face at the end. There went my sleep last night but so WORTH IT!

“Bright love of my heart.”

“I love you.”

“Ah, and that there’s her downfall, poor lass: loving Irish.”

“Silly man, loving Irish is her greatest treasure.”

This is the third book of the Summerhaven series about Ian Haven and Hallie.  The love story is an emotional one which I did not expect at all.  Ian and Hallie met when they were teenagers.  Hallie attended summer camp at the Summerhaven for three years.  The last summer before her 18th birthday they secretly dated and fell deeply in love.  Ian and Hallie knew they were meant to be with each other for life.  On the eve before Hallie turns 18 she had big plans to finally give herself to Ian but her plans got deterred.  The next day Hallie found Ian in the barn drunk with another girl. Hallie was devastated.  Ian and Hallie’s life forever changed after that fateful night. Ten years later, Hallie found herself back at Summerhaven divorced, broke, with a child, hoping for a fresh start at a place that held so many memories.  What she did not plan is to come face to face with her first and only love Ian.  Ian had a hard go with life after Hallie left without a trace 10 years prior.  He is a recovering alcoholic, still working on healing and rebuilding a new life.  Ian needs to find peace, to make amends with the people he loves – the most important person of all, Hallie.  Can Ian and Hallie forgive themselves and each other for past mistakes and rekindle the love they once had?

“There will still be moments … sometimes, when my doubts get the better of me.  But I promise to come to you when they do.  I promise never just to leave you without a word … without fighting for us first.”

I think this one might be my favorite of the series.  The love story completely captivated my heart – emotional, romantic, heart-warming.  I love the tender way Ian treats Hallie as if she was his Queen and Jenny was his princess.  Ian is a such a loving and caring man.  Despite Hallie’s anger toward Ian, he does not give up.  He is patient, kind and his love and devotion for Hallie and her adorable daughter is truly unconditional.  Hallie’s heart has been broken twice.  She is hurt and can no longer trust men.  So many times, I prayed that Hallie would give in and be friendlier with Ian but I understand Hallie’s fear of being hurt again.  It will take time for Hallie’s heart to heal so she can give Ian a second chance because he is truly a gentle heart who deserves happiness.  THEY BOTH deserve LOVE and HAPPINESS!!!

“Mo chroi, I would do anything for you.  That’s how it is when you love someone.”

Loving Irish is a heartfelt chance romance.  I like the puppy love but I love the older, genuine, matured version of Ian and Hallie. This is more than a love story, it’s about healing, acceptance, forgiveness, fate, and second chances at life.  Brilliant writing as always.  I am so glad we will get another short story Catching Irish featuring Tate and Finian. Really, I desperately don’t want this series to end EVER!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!!!

 

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Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan. (6/10/2018)

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“I am here to save you.”

HOLY SQUEEZZZE! MY HEART ❤ This is yet another EPIC love story from Mia Sheridan.

So, what is this story about?  The synopsis below said it all … so I won’t repeat myself.

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

Seriously! I cannot get enough from this author.  Callen and Jessie’s story is sort of a modern fairytale – a broken prince who befriended and protected his princess, then disappeared.  A decade later destiny brought them together again.  This time Callen is the one needing rescuing from his own demons.  Callen has grown into a sex God.  A famous music composer who is spiraling down a dark path.  Jessie is beautiful and driven.  She is living out her dream in Paris like she always wanted.  Jessie always wondered why Callen left her behind without a word after the special friendship they shared.  Time did not change Jessie’s feelings for Callen but she is reluctant to put her heart on the line again.  Can Callen and Jessie rekindle the magic they once had?

“Life was more than words.  It was laughter and love, faith and joy.  And mostly, it was the deep peace that came from living life fiercely and without regret.”

More than words is a sweet childhood puppy love / second chance romance.  The road to HEA is not without struggles and heartbreaks.  This story is about forgiveness, redemption, fate and finding love when you least expect it.  Mia’s elegant writing always draws me deep into the plot… I almost feel like I am existing in the story right along with the characters.  Callen and Jessie both have their own demons, secrets, and troubles to overcome.  I am not going to lie. The hero is a bit of a man-whore, one who does not quite know what he wants – meaningless sex and partying.  Jessie remains innocent, waiting for her prince charming.  Callen knows Jessie is THE ONE for him however doesn’t think he deserves her love.  Jessie wants to give Callen a second chance but her not so stellar upbringing makes it difficult to trust others.  I can literally feel their struggle but I think it’s the characters’ vulnerability, flaws, and how they grow and persevere that make them real and relatable.  This book definitely pulled at all my heart strings.  It’s got all the feels – sweet and innocent, heartbreak and redemption, hopes, dreams, courage and a happily ever after.  By the time I finished the epilogue I was a blubbering mess.  What I adore about this author’s book is that every story comes with a special meaning and message, one that captivated you and stays rooted in your mind long after the last page is turned.  You will see … nothing is as it seems and people will only choose to show you what they want you to see.

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.  But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”

This author is timeless and forever one of my favorites.  I can’t recommend this book enough to all of you – Unique, unforgettable, and simply exquisite.

“To never being too old to learn new things.” —- AMEN!

 

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Review: Even Money (All In Duet # 1) by Alessandra Torre. (6/3/2018)

Even Money

 

 

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love.

*This is book 1 in a duet. The second book, Double Down, will release on June 18th or 25th.

 

5 STARS!!!

OMG! Alessandra Torre surprised the heck out of me with this book.  I did not expect this kind of genre from her.  I love all her stories and this one is a gem.  Bell is a cocktail waitress at The House – fun, carefree, sassy, single and ready to mingle with no string attached.  Dario is an uber powerful casino mogul who owns half of Vegas.  Dario is all broody and alpha.  He gets what he wants and he wants Bell.  One gaze across the room and their lives forever changed.  Bell should have run for the hill but instead she moved closer to the fire.  There is no denying the pulls and the incredible chemistry they have toward each other.  And so … let the chase begins.

I love everything about this book – suspenseful, passionate, sexy.  I love the depths of each characters, the slow burns, the forbidden romance, and the intriguing storyline.  This book got me totally hook from the beginning until the end with all the twists and turns.  I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting for what is going to happen next.  But then the ending – Holly Mother of all cliffhangers.  OMG!!!! I need book two now.  I think it’s going to be EPIC!!!

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Release Day Launch / Review: Lauren Blakely’s PART-TIME LOVER. (6/1/2018)

 

 

PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction…

What do you get when you mix a charming British hero, a temporary marriage of convenience, and a smart & sassy heroine? PART-TIME LOVER, the brand new, standalone rom-com from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Get your copy of PART-TIME LOVER now!

 

 

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I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression. When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.

Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…

***

Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.

But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…

But our ending was one I never saw coming.

 

REVIEW:

WHOA! True to Lauren’s style, she delivered another sweet, passionate, fun, sexy second chance romance.  Elise and Christian’s story started out in the past when they first met (very peculiar way).  A year later, they ran into each other again in the city of love Paris.  It’s destiny, right?

Elise is a bit jaded with love.  Nowadays, she enjoys life and having fun with no strings attached.  I love her personality – carefree, fun, wicked.  Christian is quite charming and swoon worthy – British hero – yes please!  Christian also has been hurt in the past and is in no hurry for commitment relationship.  For both of them, part-time casual lover arrangement is all they need.  But one phone call from Christian brother changed everything.  Christian has produce a bride soon … Their part-time arrangement turn permanent and eventually love got in the way.  It was beautiful watching Elise and Christian evolves, trust each other, taking chances, and fall in love again.  This book is quite simply gorgeous.  Heartwarming, sweet, sexy, romantic, unique.  I enjoyed all the hilarious banters, the picturesque settings, the slow-burn.  The writing is superb.  Devoured in one sitting.  Highly recommended this beautiful summer romance.

 

EXCERPT:

~Christian~

A year ago

I stroll up the hilly yard toward my house, passing my brother, Erik, who stands close to the porch. “Did you scare them all away? Admit it—they cringed in terror, scary movie—style.”

I slash an arm through the air. “Whole boatload of them. Tears, shrieks of horror. Wailing.”

He cringes dramatically.

“Toss me a towel, will you? Or do you want to continue to admire your more fit and handsome younger brother?”

Erik scoffs and throws the towel over the porch railing, away from me.

I shrug. “I’ll just go inside, and you can check out my arse.”

“You can count on me never ever checking out your arse.”

I grab the handle on the sliding-glass door and head inside to one of my homes. You can’t beat a home on the water. But then, a flat in Paris is hard for me to say no to as well. Good thing I get to have both.

I grab the pair of boxer briefs I left on the couch and tug them on as Erik follows me inside.

“Seriously. How did it go?”

“Exceptionally well. I landed a date tonight.”

“Bastard. You’re not supposed to get dates when you flash the tourists, and especially not when your beloved brother is only in town with you for a few days.” Most of the time Erik’s in London, where we were raised.

“Jealous much?” I ask, heading for the fridge and pouring a glass of cold water.

Erik flexes a bicep, then another, posing like he’s Mr. Olympia. “I’ve scored plenty of dates with this fabulous physique. Just none lately.”

“That would be because you’re married, you tosser.”

He flashes a dimpled grin. He’s so ridiculously in love with his wife, it’s nearly disgusting. He could be the poster child for man-who-falls-arse-over-elbow-for-a-woman. That’s something I can’t say for all the men in my family.

“I’m like Grandfather, happy as a clam.”

I furrow my brow. “How does anyone know clams are happy? Is there a study on clam happiness? We all assume they’re rays of sunshine, but how do we know?”

He scratches his chin. “Good question.”

“I bet they aren’t happy at all. I bet they feel nothing. Is that what happiness should feel like? Nothing?”

He sighs. “Aren’t you philosophical today?”

“Maybe. It happens every now and then.” I take a drink of the water. “But what can you do? Sometimes deep thoughts stray into my brain, and I can’t help it.”

“Best to get them out of your head if you have a date tonight.”

“Perhaps she likes thinkers,” I suggest.

“So who is she? Did you exchange numbers on the dock? Or did you, I don’t know, play charades with your appendages swinging in the breeze?”

“Yes. I can do Morse code with my dick.”

“Such a useful skill,” he deadpans.

“We did it the old-fashioned way. Picked a spot to meet and a time.”

He raises his chin. “And why her? Of all the ladies on all the tours you’ve ever flashed, you haven’t asked one out before. Not that you’ve told me about anyway.”

I let my brain rewind to the petite brunette with the big sunglasses who ogled me unabashedly from the side of the boat. She was pretty, that much I could tell even from fifty feet away.

But pretty alone isn’t enough. Pretty is a dime a dozen. I’ve dated women who aren’t pretty, but are witty, clever, and keep me on my toes. I like those traits just as much. Perhaps more. But I’m not opposed to pretty either.

Obviously.

“She was bold. She called out bravo. She said it louder than anyone ever has.”

“So she knows how to read your Morse code.”

“She’s welcome to read Morse code on me anytime. Come to think of it, she can even treat me like I’m fruit at the market.”

Erik laughs. “In some countries, they don’t let you touch fruit at the market.”

I gesture to my body, from my chest down to my legs. “In the fine country of Christian Land, it’s highly encouraged for the bold brunettes to touch the fruit.”

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“Characters that are as bold and carefree as they are vulnerable and introspective, banter that’s rife with wit, humor, and innuendo, and a teasing, agonizingly slow-building romance make Part-Time Lover a gripping love story. From start to finish, Part-Time Lover will have you laughing and swooning and falling in love with love.” -Yvette, Nose Stuck in a Book

 

 

 

 

“Jam-packed with Blakely’s keen attention to detail, her fabulous sense of humor and a sexy, sweet, consuming romance, Part-Time Lover was a heart-fluttering, full of hope joy to read.” -Red Cheeks Reads

 

“…a beautiful, compelling, alluring story of opening up your heart again to love and all the possibilities of it.” –Bookish Aurora

 

 

 

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 95 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she’ll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

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THE DARKEST SUNRISE by Aly Martinez is available now!!! (5/29/2018)

Today we are part of a promo tour for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez. It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited or you can purchase it for 99 cents for a limited time.

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My rating:  6 heart-wrenching STARS!!!


“Just a little company in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”

Oh, hell no!!! I need the Brightest Sunset ASAP. OMG! Someone bring me alcohol quick. This story is absolutely amazing and not for the faint hearted by any means. I am reeling from the mind-blowing discovery at the end of book which was a cliff hanger. I am telling you right now this book is a must read and one of my favorite reads this year. Obviously, I don’t know the ending yet but book one is a definite 6 stars. You will need tissues and alcohol to calm your nerves.

“You have no idea what you’re talking about. We don’t share an inferno, Porter. You wouldn’t last a day in my flames.”

To be honest, I had no clue what I was in for after reading the blurb. I sensed that the story would be a bit emotional and intense but nothing prepared me for the heart wrenching feelings I had at the end. It was like my heart was breaking right alongside these two characters. There isn’t much I can say without spoiling the plot.
Here is the gist of the story … Charlotte is a renowned pulmonologist. Ten years ago, Charlotte’s son went missing while she helped another woman save her child. Charlotte was devastated but that did not deter her from becoming a doctor and continuing to help others. But Charlotte has not been living but rather hiding in the darkness filled with self-blame and guilt. She cannot let go. Porter is a single dad to two adorable children. One has a terrible lung disease which prevents him from having a normal childhood. What Porter needs is a great doctor who can possibly save his child. Porter has one important mission and that is to convince Charlotte to accept his baby as a patient … Unfortunately, the last thing Charlotte wants is coming into contact with children who remind her of what she had lost.


“I hope like hell you don’t ever come to me the way you did tonight. But, if you do, I’ll always be there. Door open. Light switch poised. Darkness waiting.”

The ending is a cliffhanger but I knew that going in. The book ended with a HUGE twist. God, I did not see it coming … I don’t know about everyone else but honest to God I NEVER CONNECTED THE DOTS. Actually, I am very frightened going into the second book – I know it is going to be an unbelievably difficult road ahead for all involved.

“I know the darkness, Charlotte. I don’t know why it lives inside you, but now, you know why it lives in me.”

As I said before this storyline is beyond intense but there are a lot of laughing out loud and light-hearted moments thanks to all the witty banters between Charlotte and her leading man Potter. But for the most part their story made me cry. I can feel deep in my heart the characters’ emotional anguish and the torment of the past they can’t escape. The characters are brilliant – Potter is a saint the way he looks after his children and at the same time supporting Charlotte. She is shattered beyond repair while he is breaking apart little by little inside. Charlotte is trying to be strong but everyone has their breaking point. They both deserve someone who can really see them. Aly Martinez has out done herself with this book – an extraordinary story of love, loss, grief, survival, and hope. As for forgiveness and finding the light beyond, I guess we will have to read The Brightest Sunset to find out.

I don’t know what else to tell you – this is MUST READ this year!

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

 

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1) 

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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Porter: Did you make it home safely?

Me: I did. I just got into bed actually.

Porter: Funny you should mention that…how do you feel about tacos?

Me: In bed?

Porter: What? No! We’ve been on two dates. Do I look easy to you?

Me: You just said “Funny you should mention that…how do you feel about tacos?” After I said I just got into bed.

Porter: Ohhhh…see I thought you said, “I just got a burrito actually.”

Me: Uh…I typed it. I didn’t say it.

Porter: Fine! I didn’t have a good transition from bed to see if you wanted to go have tacos with me tomorrow. 

I laughed and rolled to my side, kicking the covers off to combat the new warmth coursing through my veins. 

Me: I don’t know. If you count the Spring Fling, that’s like four dates in two days.

Porter: I know. You can’t get enough of me. Don’t worry. I find it endearing.

Me: Well, that’s a relief.

Porter: Okay. Okay. You don’t need to beg. Yes, I’ll have tacos with you tomorrow at noon. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who can get us reservations at Taco Bell.

I smiled so wide I feared it would split my face.

Me: I knew dating a restaurateur would have its perks.

Porter: What can I say? I’m quite a catch. Now, say yes to lunch.

Me: Why are you always trying to force me into having meals with you?

Porter: Because if I left our dates up to you, we’d be eating tacos in bed. That’s at least a sixth-date kind of activity. Slow down there, Mills.

My laugh echoed off the bare walls of my bedroom. Closing my eyes, I sucked in a breath and sank deep into my bed.

Me: You’re right. My mind was clearly in the Mexican gutter. My deepest heartfelt apologies.

Porter: Forgiven. Listen, I just got a text from my guy who knows a guy who knows a guy and unfortunately Taco Bell is fully booked for tomorrow. However, he was able to get us a table for two at Antojitos.

Antojitos wasn’t your average restaurant—it was an experience. The whole place was decorated like a quaint road in Mexico, and waiters wandered around dressed as street vendors offering a plethora of authentic Mexican fare. Every day, the menu was different, but people raved about it. It was always delicious. They didn’t take reservations, so there was usually a line wrapped around the block.

Me: That’s not fair. You can’t tease a girl with Taco Bell and then try to use Antojitos as a sad second choice.

Porter: I know. I know. And to make it up to you, I’d be willing to eat your tacos in bed on our FIFTH date.

Porter: Also…I JUST realized how filthy that sounded. I swear I didn’t mean it like that.

I barked a laugh and paused my fingers over my keyboard when I saw the text bubble pop up. He was typing again.

Porter: I mean…unless you did. In which case, we can do tacos in bed any time you’d like.

Porter: Unless you were talking about real tacos, in which case the crumbs sound like a nightmare.

Porter: Actually, can you do me a favor and delete the last four messages from me without reading them? M’kay thanks.

Tears—actual tears—were in my eyes. I was laughing that hard.

Porter: Christ. Why aren’t you responding now?

Me: Because it’s more fun to watch you sweat.

Porter: Are you laughing?

Me: Yep.

Porter: That makes it almost worth the embarrassment.

Yeah. Okay. We were talking about eating tacos in bed (which was only slightly less horrifying than sitting on the same side of the booth), but I’ll be damned if that warmth didn’t fill me again. 

Me: Antojitos sounds amazing. I have to swing by my office in the morning, so I’ll meet you there at noon.

Porter: Sounds good. Sleep tight.

Me: You too.

I sighed all dreamy-like and started to put my phone down on the nightstand, but the text bubble showed up again. I waited. And waited some more. Boring holes into my phone for at least three minutes until finally his message appeared.

Porter: Confession: I wish I would have kissed you tonight.

My heart stopped and my stomach dipped as I read it three times before finding the courage to reply.

Me: You did.

Porter: No. Not like that. I’m talking about one where you’d spend the rest of your night touching your bruised lips, and I’d spend the rest of mine desperately trying to memorize the way you tasted.

My whole body came alive with a hum, from the tips of my fingers to my peaked nipples and everything in between. The sweet ache of arousal. I threw my head back against the pillow and stared up at the ceiling. I’d been with men over the years. After all, sex was just as much about biology as it was about emotion. But, when the orgasm faded, so did my interest in the other person. Looking back on those encounters, I remembered the release—the brief moments when I’d allowed myself to let go and actually feel something with another person. But not once in ten years had I remembered being kissed. I’m positive it had happened, but it hadn’t been enough to trigger a memory.

Yet there I was, staring at a text describing a kiss that hadn’t happened, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I’d never forget it.

Me: Confession: I wish you would have done that too.

Porter: Tomorrow, Charlotte.

It was a promise.

One I had every intention of letting him keep.

 

 

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“Love can grow in the darkness”

Holly hell! Aly Martinez is an absolute genius with duets. After reading Retrieval and Transfer. I loved it so much I thought, “whoa how is she going top that?” Guest what, she did it again – this duet is stunning guys. Highly emotional and heart pounding with anticipation, my stomach sinks every time the tide turns for the worse and my heart sings for moments of reprieve and happiness. My nerves are shot and I was literally exhausted when the last page was turned.

This book brings out all the feels – some funny parts make me smile, some panty dropping passionate scenes. Mostly though, this story is full of drama and angst — a roller coaster of life’s ups and downs and adversity. What happened here in the plot is not all that uncommon – a kid got caught in the middle of an adult’s immaturity and childish games. I don’t pretend to understand the pain of losing a child. Emotions run high for all parties involved: fear, grief, and guilt, but in the end the innocent child suffers.

Just like the first book – every single character is complicated. Charlotte is an amazing human and mother. She tried to make the best decisions but it’s difficult for her because she has been told she is a shitty parent for so long she believed it. Porter is the most sensible one. God, I love him. He always knows the right thing to say and he is the most mature and level headed out of the bunch. It wrecked me to see Porter hurt, broken-hearted and in pain. Even in the most difficult times he still thinks of Charlotte and is protective of her. He is my HERO. Brady is a total douche character. So many times, I want to punch him in the throat, that MF-er. He seems to be sweet to his wife but the way he treated Charlotte and Potter was just vile and unforgivable. I totally understand where he is coming from. He is angry and wants to blame someone but Christ, it wasn’t Charlotte’s fault. It was no one’s fault but the mental Catherine. Brady loves his son but he’s got a funny way of showing it. I can’t make any excuse for his behavior. Brady sort of redeemed himself at the end a little but in my opinion the damage was done.

This story is a must read. We can all learn a big lesson from this. Nowadays, there are so many broken families and nasty child custody battles – no one suffers more than the innocent children. What adults don’t get is that to the eyes of a child, their parent is always going to be their parent. They don’t divorce their mother or father. The parent is always important to them no matter what everyone else thinks. So, be a “Potter” – put your ugly feelings aside, come together, and do right by them.

“I’d like to spend a lifetime with you. In the darkness. In the light. And everywhere in between. Forever.”

Aly Martinez has out done herself with this book – an extraordinary story of love, loss, grief, survival, hope, forgiveness, and finding the light beyond. No doubt, this story is intense but it’s also a romance – an emotional, passionate one with a happily ever after. Nonetheless, it is a difficult process to get there. Trust me though, it is so worth it!!!! I can’t wait to see what Ms. Aly Martinez comes up with next – such an amazingly talented author – ALWAYS A MUST READ FOR ME!!!

 

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

 

 

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Blog / Review Tour: Laura Kaye’s FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING is LIVE!!! (5/26/2018)

 

From New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes the first standalone title in her brand, new Warrior Fight Club series, FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING. Join the Warrior Fight Club world today!

 

 

Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.

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Wow you guys.  This was quite an emotional, heartbreaking second chance/friend-to-lover romance.  Kristina and Noah were childhood friends. Noah joined the military and after a few tours of duty he came back a changed man.  He was injured but the damage is way deeper than just Noah’s outside appearance.  Noah has a hard time coping what/who he lost.  He pushed everyone away including his closest families and friends.  It was heartbreaking to see he suffers through headaches and painful flashbacks all awhile trying to function and live a normal life.  I adore Kristina – the woman is fierce.  She has so much patience.  As hard as Noah was pushing everyone she would not allow Noah to fade into the darkness.  She is sweet, kind, caring, and stood by Noah through all the ups and downs.  She really loves Noah just the way he is but ultimately it is Noah’s fight.  This story is about Noah’s journey, how he learns to cope with his demons in order to win back his life and the woman he loves.

I am a fan of Laura Kaye – she is quite a versatile writer.  Fighting for everything is a first book in a brand-new series and I am loving it.  Raw, emotional, heartbreaking, intense love story.  A story of friendship, perseverance, healing and unconditional love.

 

 

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“I’m no good right now, Kristina,” Noah said in a low voice.

She shook her head. “That’s not true. You’ve been through something horrible. And you’re still recovering. Still hurting. That’s all understandable—”

“I am fucked in the head. You saw it yourself. Twice,” he said, his voice suddenly loud, bitter. Under her hands, his muscles tensed.

“You are not fucked in the head,” she said, anger and determination gathering deep in her belly. Not anger at Noah, but irrational anger for him. She hated that things had happened to him that left him feeling this way. So out of control, so sad, so unlike himself. “Sure, you have things you’re dealing with. And you will get a handle on them—”

“No,” he said, shaking her off and pacing in the narrow space behind the door. “You don’t understand. I’m…” Noah’s hands squeezed into fists at his sides. “…so goddamned angry. All the time. It feels like I could tear the world to pieces. And I want to.” He whirled on her. “Because the perfection of everything around me makes me feel so much more wrecked inside that I can barely breathe.”

 Oh, God.

Tears pricked at the backs of her eyes, but she wouldn’t let them fall. She wouldn’t let herself fall apart. Not now. Not in front of him. Not when Noah needed to lean on her so damn badly. “The world around you is not perfect, Noah. It’s an illusion. And you are not wrecked—”

“I am.” He got right up in her face.

Kristina held her ground. “You’re not—”

“I am!”

“Noah—”

He grabbed her by the arms, not so much that it hurt, but with enough force that it surprised her. “Here’s your proof. I want to fuck you, Kristina. I want to bury myself in you and stay there forever. Just lose myself in you until I don’t know who I am anymore. I’ve been fantasizing about it, dreaming about it, imagining it. Having you is all I can fucking think about. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

Noah’s words unleashed a flash fire in Kristina’s blood. Her heart tripped into a sprint. Her breathing shallowed out. Heat roared across her skin. One heartbeat. Two. And Kristina knew what she had to do.

Acting on instinct, she pulled out of Noah’s grip and stepped backward. Away from his confession. Away from him.

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Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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May 21st

Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt

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Books of My Heart – Review & Excerpt

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Release Day – REBEL HEART by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland. (5/24/2018)

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.

 

 

REVIEW

JUST AMAZING!!!  What a perfect ending to this duet.  I love Gia and Rush story.  Rebel Heir ended with a huge jaw dropping cliffhanger I was dying for book 2.  Gia found out she is pregnant but she has no way of contacting the baby daddy.  At the end of book 1, Gia finally came face to face with said daddy, and it’s not exactly good news for neither Gia and her budding love affair with Rush.  I like that this second book focus solely on Rush and Gia, how their romantic relationship develops given the untoward new event.  Everything was definitely a roller coaster of ups and downs.  Rush struggles with accept Gia and the potential connection that he might have with the baby daddy in the future.

I adore Rush.  He is a tough alpha, flawed but has a huge heart.  Rush is sweet, loyal, and caring.  Even though Rush is conflicted with accepting Gia and her unborn baby, he is still super protective and always making sure Gia is well taking care of.  Totally swoon-worthy hero!!!

I also like Gia – she is a strong heroine.  Gia moved to the Hamptons to work in the summer and hoping to find her writing muse.  It was not part of the plan to meet Rush and fall in love let alone getting pregnant.  But Gia is determined to hang in, work hard and provide for her baby knowing she might be on her own.

I enjoy the high dose of slow burn, the angst, steamy romance, the drama in this book.  Gia and Rush’s relationship is frustrating at times but overall this is a heartwarming, emotional, sexy, thrilling and entertaining read.  This duet is as expected – well written!!!  Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland is quite a fantastic pair!!!!

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How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd.  A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter.  My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Blog Tour / Review: WORTH THE RISK by K. Bromberg is available now!!! (5/21/2018)

WorthTheRiskSBPRBTBanner“Bromberg is a master at turning up the heat.”

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Worth the Risk, an all-new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected, from New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg, is LIVE!

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Synopsis

This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.

It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.

But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?

Unfortunately he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen.

But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles.

But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life.  But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life.

And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?

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But by the time I reach her, my blood boils with irrationality spurred on by too much alcohol.“Can I have a moment?” I ask as I walk up to her and grab her elbow, pushing her down the darkened hallway.“What is your problem?” She hisses as she fights me every step of the way.

We get looks. I get looks. I don’t care because all I keep seeing is Vince’s hands on her arm. His eyes on her tits. His bullshit game I can spot a mile away.

I find the closest door down the hallway leading to the bathrooms, and it opens. I push her through it, barely noticing that it’s an office of sorts before the door is shut, her back is up against it, and my mouth is covering hers.

Take.

Goddammit. That’s my only thought as I fit my lips to hers and take out my anger on her mouth with tongue and teeth and every fucking lick and nip in between.

“What—”

“I’m so pissed at you.”

It’s all I say. It’s the only chance I give her to come up for air before my lips are back on hers. Before my tongue wars with hers. Before my body admits it would beg, borrow, and steal in order to taste every other part of her.

Groan.

I swallow the tiny sound she makes in our kiss as my hands hold her neck still and my lips wage an all-out assault. She hesitates—just a split second—before she reacts. Before her body bows into me, and her mouth argues back.

Fist.

Her hand in my shirt. Her other hand at the back of my neck as our bodies meet—pressed knee to chest. Her perfume in my nose. Her hair tickling my cheeks. The feel of her tits against my chest.

Give.

I can’t get enough.

I’m mad at her.

I want her.

I don’t want to want her.

Christ, do I want her.

“Gray.” A murmured protest.

I tear my lips from hers, shove off the door I have her pressed against, and stride to the other side of the room.

“You are . . . you just . . .” It’s as if I can barely breathe. Christ, I’m mad at you.”

She stands there, lips parted, chest heaving, and golden brown curls messed from my hands, but her eyes look hurt. A hurt I don’t want to see but can’t deny.

“Why?”

“You did this,” I accuse as I try to manage the anger that’s waging a war against my desire.

“Did what?” Her eyes narrow. Her hand goes to press against her chest.

“Made me want you.”

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Grayson: I’ve been thinking about you all day.

I look down at the text and smile before turning my attention back to Rissa and our plans for how we’re going to end this round of voting and move on to the top five.

“So, I think we close it out and then maybe take the next week and announce one of the finalists each day. Give little tidbits about each of them, make readers like them more, just have fun with it.”

My phone beeps again with another text, and I bite back the new grin trying to form on my lips. Rissa only huffs, eyeing my phone with annoyance. “Sorry, let me turn my ringer off.”

And then I have to feign nonchalance when I look down at my phone and find another text.

Grayson: My dick is rock hard, and it’s you I’m imagining. It’s in my hand when I’d rather it be in your mouth with my fingers in your pussy, working you into a frenzy.

“Is everything okay?” Rissa asks, making me realize I must have made a noise when I read the text. “You look startled.”

I glance back at the text again and shake my head while every part of my body comes to life. “Yeah, it’s, uh, fine.”

“Your ringer.” Her brows are lifted as she glances to my phone and then back to me.

My finger?” I squeak, thinking she saw the phone screen.

“Ringer. Sound on your phone.”

“Oh, yes . . . sorry.” Flustered, I fumble with my cell, and before I can even switch it off, another text alert pings.

Grayson: I want to bend you over and watch as my cock slides in and out of you.

“So back to next week . . .”

“Yes,” I swallow over the desire lodged in every place it should be and try not to glance at my phone as it vibrates again.

“Are you good with that plan?” Rissa asks as I shift in my seat to abate the sudden ache burning brighter than bright.

“Yes. Sure. I think that sounds like a great plan.”

Grayson: I want my cock buried so deep that you feel every damn inch of me.

“Are you sure you’re okay?”

“Yeah, why?” My voice breaks like a prepubescent teenager.

Grayson: I want you to come so hard you have to bite the pillow.

“You look a little flushed. Are you coming down with something?”

Grayson: You always have a choice. Isn’t that what you said to me once? Make a choice, Sidney. Isn’t it time to head to lunch?

“I mean, yeah, maybe.” I pull at my collar some. “Maybe that’s why I feel so flushed all of a sudden.”

Grayson: Meet me on the backside of The Cottages. Room Six. Fifteen minutes.

“Either that,” she says as she stands and heads to the door, only turning back to give me a wink, “or you’re guilty as hell. Maybe you should go take care of that itch texting you . . . or take some Tylenol. Whichever one it is, I think you should take the afternoon off.”

Grayson: Choose me.

“Oh.” It’s the only thing I can think to say because my brain is otherwise occupied imagining Grayson following through on his promises.

“And, Sid?”

“Yeah?”

“I sure hope he’s every bit worth breaking the rules.” She winks. “It’s about damn time. Your secret is safe with me.”

REVIEW

 

WHOA!!!! I did not expect this one to be packed with all angsts and feels. My stomach was literally in knots from the beginning until almost the end of the book. LOVED IT!!!! A perfect story of taking chances and finding love when you are least expected.

Grayson is a rescue helicopter pilot and a single dad to an adorable little boy. Grayson is a true hero, brave – he is not afraid of taking risks if there is a chance he can save someone’s life. The only risk he is not willing to take EVER is – LOVE. Grayson was suspended from flying due to one of those “risk” he took which did not ended well (not at all his fault). Grayson was sent to a desk job waiting investigation. In the meantime, his two brothers thought it was a great idea to enter Grayson in a HOT DAD contest for a local magazine (without Grayson’s consent of course)

Sidney is a big city kind of girl – single and ready to mingle but not ready to settle down. She has big dreams of becoming editor-in-chief for one of her family’s fashion magazine. But Sidney screwed up big time (also not completely her fault). Her dad was furious. He decided to send Sidney to Sunnyville to work on the Modern Family, in particular Hot Dad of the Year assignment. Sidney’s future editor-in-chief position depends on whether she is successful with this project. Let me tell you it will not be easy. How is Sidney going to convince Grayson to stay in the competition? What happened when Sidney showed up at Grayson’s door steps and he recognized her from the past – a spoiled brat that he despised. Can people change? Grayson also has some demons to exorcise. He was burned in a worst way and may never be ready to risk his heart for anyone. The question is – is Sidney worth the risk?

Ok so the hero – single dad, hometown hero, sexy, alpha, but unavailable – YES please! His little boy – ADORABLE! The parenting part is absolutely hilarious – so real and relatable. The heroine came from a well to do family but she is hard working with big dreams. She is feisty, sexy, beautiful and irresistible. The chemistry between Sidney and Grayson is so freaking sizzling hotness – full of angsts, sexual tension and a large dose of passion. Worth the risk is a heartwarming, beautiful romance. Emotional and absolutely addicting. I adore Grayson’s little boy – he is so sweet, innocent, totally melted my heart. The secondary characters are amazing as well especially Rissa and the Malone’s family. I love everything about this book the relatable characters, the romance, the feels, the brilliant plot, and the flawless writing. I seriously could not put it down – devoured in one sitting.

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K. Bromberg Author PhotoNew 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.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She is currently working on her Everyday Heroes trilogy. This series consists of three complete standalone novels—Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit (late spring 2018)—and is about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them.

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