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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW: WALLFLOWERS: DOUBLE TROUBLE (Wallflowers #2) by CP Smith

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WALLFLOWERS: DOUBLE TROUBLE
 

Series: Wallflowers #2

Author: CP Smith 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 21, 2017  

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Synopsis

“ ’Tis better to never have loved and lost than to live with the regret of your stupidity.” ~ Sienna Miller, Wallflower

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case, Wallflowers to behave. Then again . . .

Sienna Miller spent her whole life being the odd woman out. Shunned and misunderstood by her family, she finally has a chance for a new start thanks to Calla and Poppy, her Wallflower sisters. Now all she needs is a Prince Charming.

Bo Strawn is a cop with a troubled past. He’s stubborn and set in his ways until a certain Wallflower shakes up his life for good. Bo’s finally got a shot at happily ever after. That is, he’s got a shot if he can solve a mystery surrounding the Wallflowers and keep his headstrong woman off the back of a horse.

Rated mature for language and sexual content.

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Remember when I said that Wallflowers: Three of a Kind was Perfect?! Well, with Double Trouble C.P. Smith managed to top that up, because Bo and Sienna’s story was BEYOND perfect!

This book, like the first one, is so much more than a couple’s love story. Wallflowers truly is journey, and I couldn’t adore these three couples – yes, we all know how that cat and mouse thing is going to go with Nate and Poppy – and the whole universe any more. I’m completely and utterly addicted and devour every word C.P. Smith writes, but these girls and their men take it so a whole new level.

Bo (who I’m claiming as my own, btw) and Sienna, with their broken pasts proved that love can indeed overcome everything, given how they healed one another with the help of their family at heart, the rest of the gang. In the meanwhile there was an enticing mystery, that hooked us in, even more, and plenty of funny shenanigans the girls managed to get themselves into, sorry, that managed to find them.LOL

The suspense, the discovery and all the puzzle pieces flowed perfectly and realistically.

And I’ll stop my praising here because you really NEED to read this! One sexy HOT Alpha, one sassy and sweet ‘wallflower’ and plenty of suspense, and off the charts chemistry within the whole group, need I say more?! Oh, yes, and be prepared, because like me, you’ll be begging CP for Nate and Poppy’s story! I know I did! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

With no words spoken, love spilled between those sheets and healed us both, wrapping us in a cocoon that neither time nor space could weaken. For the first time in either of our lives, we were finally home.
Finally secure.
Finally loved for who we were.

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CP Smith lives in Oklahoma with her husband and five children. She loves football, reading, and card games. Writing for her is about escape. She writes what she loves to read, and leaves the rest to those with better imaginations.

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW: ONLY HIS by Madison Rose (Natasha Madison & Aurora Rose Reynolds)

ONLY HIS

Series: Standalone

Author:  Madison Rose (Natasha Madison & Aurora Rose Reynolds) 

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: July 21, 2017

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Synopsis

I had no idea he was a sought after movie star and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. I thought he was only mine, until one picture turned my life upside down.

She can fight it all she wants, but I knew the moment we met that she’d be mine, and I’m never giving her up.

I tried to deny it, but in the end I know I’m Only His.

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*fanning myself here*

WOW, that sure was a delightfully smutty read! These two authors combined have brought the heat up with this delicious, sexy and sweet short story!

“I’ll promise you the world if I never have to see you shed one more tear.”

Liam and Emma’s story was lightning fast paced, as most of our beloved smutty books, with the exception that here we are placed when Liam’s identity comes to light, around three months into their relationship, which I wanted so see more of. How they got to where they were now. I also wish his manwhorish past, (SPOILER ALERT) specially him having been involved with a married woman (END OF SPOILER ALERT) would have been less in our face – though no OW drama, just OM, not an ex, issues, which I appreciated. This story is completely safe, but I really wanted some of my – and Emma’s – questions and doubts answered. Yes, it’s a very sort story, but I wanted things tied up a bit better.
That being said, I could put it down and devoured it in one sitting, and for those of you searching for a novella filled with sexy – ok, SMOKING HOT – times between the MCs, then, don’t waste another second and GO GET this book as soon as it’s live! *yes, the fanning continues, lol*

“Come, baby. Come on my fingers so I can fuck you with my cock. I’m so hard for you. I almost came on your pussy while you slept. I played with my cock while you were sleeping while I looked at your wet pussy begging for me to fuck it.”

OTT Obsessed ALPHA, made to render you to a drooling and hot flashed mess, a sweet and innocent heroine, that can’t resist his *clears throat* appeals! A insta-love formula guaranteed to satisfy all you pervy readers, like yours truly, out there!

I’d said with was a more than successful debut collaboration, and I can’t wait for Dalton and his damsel in distress story! Love a good recluse/hermit Alpha! <3 <3 <3 <3

“I’m not sharing you with the world. You’re mine and only mine. I’ve given them me. They can’t fucking have you.”

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MADISON ROSE IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN….

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

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REVIEW TOUR: KISS MY BOOTS (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

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KISS MY BOOTS

Series: Coming Home #2

Author: Harper Sloan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 18th, 2017

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In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

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Since Lost Rider come out I’ve been looking forward to know all about the rest of the Davis brothers, so I could get my hands – or eyes, lol – fast enough on this one!

Kiss My Boots was an emotional and sexy second chance story where we see Tate Montgomery and Quinn Davis trying to find their path back together, after nine years of separation.

He taught me trust.
He showed me love.
Then he gave me pain.

Before starting the book, and after reading about Quinn’s ‘take no prisoners’ and ‘Hell-raiser’ attitude in the first book, I really thought Tate would have a grovel of epic proportions in his future, not only towards his woman, but also her overprotective siblings. Well, color me blind, because Harper Sloan totally turned the table on us, with Tate’s confession and explanation of all the reasons for which he had to stay away from the one he thought to be his whole future.

That invisible connection only two people meant to be together have was snappin’ back in place and pullin’ all that slack out of the rope.”

His early explanation, along with the entire characters enlightenment, made, in my opinion, a bittersweet change to the story. Yes, it was undoubtably refreshing that us as readers don’t have to go the whole book wondering, or even Quinn herself, but it stole the thunder of a potentially emotional confrontation, and dynamic that would give us an extra kick to their love story. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this early development, but my wandering mind questions if I would have liked it even more if it came further on. Guess we’ll never know, lol… One thing I can say, I loved his honesty, and willfulness to lay all cards on the table and fight for his love.

God, I miss her.
Missed her since the day I left and haven’t stopped since.

Tate really was an amazing main male character. Swoon-worthy and devoted, smoking hot with a delicious dirty taking, and absolutely head over heels for his hell-raising cowgirl. Yes, I understood his situation for the clean break up, but it could have been another way to do it without the disappearing act that shattered Quinn’s heart. So no one was more surprised than him, to see that he didn’t have to fight so hard for her love, but I adored he was prepared to grovel with the best of them.

“Accordin’ to her, we’re gettin’ to know the adults we’ve become. You ask me, though, I’m just showin’ the only woman I have ever loved and will ever love that we’re the same people we’ve always been.”

I’ve never loved anyone else, Quinn, never and that’s somethin’ that won’t ever change.

Yep, if you follow my reviews, you already know my dislike of the use of expression ‘always loved you, and never stop loving you’ when we are discussing a separation were there have been others. It’s a second chance but I don’t want to think ‘if you never stopped loving’ why did you sleep with others. I just don’t want to feel the emotions cheappened by the constant declaration of endless love, much less if deep down you hope one day, and that was the case apparently, according to his thoughts, to be back to fight for that love, when in fact you ended up sleeping with others. You know how anal I am about these things, so picky b!tch’s rant over! LOL

“No one woulda thought we would get a second chance, Tate. Not even us. That’s how much of a lost cause we were,”

Nonetheless, if that was hadn’t been so confirmed, and evident, even by the OW drama, I have no doubt I would have rated the book higher, because from the moment Tate step foot in Pine Oaks, his actions were perfection (ok, maybe I would have preferred he was the one confronting the crazy, lol, though I totally get why Harper wrote it that way)! And like you see above, they basically had no hope – she, even more than him – to ever get back together. They never expected Fate worked to their favor!

We’ll make new memories while uncovering the old.
Who wants perfect? Not me. I want real.

Quinn, the ‘Hell Raiser’ sure lived up to her nickname – though like I said, was even hoping for more, where Tate was concerned – in her badass attitude, specially when put together with her BFF, Leighton. Man those two were hilarious!

“Seriously, do you get what this means for me?!”
“Uh, that he might not need to lubricate the speculum before your exam?”

These secondary characters were incredible, and I can’t express how amazing it was to get even more of Maverick and Leighton’s story here. I can express how much I loved to see their HEA on the making, and their weeding scene made me teary with how touching it was! 

OMG, and now, the only remaining Davis, is the man I’ve been craving to know more about. My favorite of the siblings, Clayton!You know how much I love a silent and broody type! I’m dying to read his book, I need his story STAT! <3 <3 <3 <3 

I know know we are right where we need to be. Where we’re meant to be.
Together, forever.

I’d always thought home was a place, but he’s right: our home is right here, in each other’s arms.

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 Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys! 

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Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW: STAY CLOSE (For You #1) by Alexa Riley

 

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Series: For You #1

Author: Alexa Riley 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 17, 2017

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A former Russian mafia soldier is hired to protect a friend’s young daughter, but he knows he’ll do more than keep her safe–he’ll make her his. Forever.

If she were to simply whisper my name, I would be at her feet, begging to touch what I shouldn’t, taste what doesn’t belong to me, run my hands along the sweet innocence she taunts me with.

Penelope Justice is eighteen, old enough to graduate high school but—according to her parents—not old enough to live without 24/7 security. Practice has made her an expert at ditching her bodyguards. One look at Ivan and she never wants to run again.

I’ve been hired to protect her.

I can’t help but think that perhaps someone should have protected her from me.

Ivan steals the breath right out of her lungs, something no boy has ever done. Then again, he’s far from a boy. This man, this man who looks like he could kill someone with the flick of a wrist, is everything. He is her future.

I can’t let her go and I won’t give her up. I’ve done bad things in my life, and I don’t deserve her. But I can’t do the honorable thing.

I’ve never been noble, and I’m not starting now.

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Yay!!!! We all wanted more of the For Her world, right?! Well, we got our wish, with this For You series, featuring the For Her babies, that aren’t babies any longer!
And what a better way to start than with the ‘heart’ of the Captain and Paige’s family – who I was so excited to got one more glimpse of, they get better and better, and even more kickass! -, one of their twin girls, Penelope!
Stay Close was all that sugary sweet smuttiness and Ivan and Penelope were the perfect match in every way, she truly was everything sweet and soft that he thought his hard and broken would never have, but longed for. I loved his hidden fragility and the tenderness in which Penny lightened his world! Love at first sight at its finest!
Now bring on Pandora’s story!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

“If you want me, krasotu, I will forever be yours.” He says it so simply, as if I can have ownership over him. He leans into my hand.
“I want you,” I tell him. “All of you.”

“I know that I’ve never experienced love before and that the feelings I have now for you are unlike anything I’ve felt before. My soul was bound to yours the first time we touched. If that is love, then I love you, Penelope. But it feels like more than that. More than one word.”

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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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REVIEW BLITZ: THE CATCH (The Player #2) by K. Bromberg

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THE CATCH

Series: The Player #2

Author: K. Bromberg

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 29th, 2017

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After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

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5 ‘Clear Mind, Full Heart’ Stars

What a fantastic, emotional and steaming HOT, roller coaster ride full of twists and turns! 
Just when I thought K. Bromberg had shown us her best with The Player, here she goes blowing that all up, and reaching the top of writing awesomeness with this conclusion of Easton and Scout’s story!

The Catch brings us exactly to the point where The Player left of, and one major clusterfuck of a situation. No, I will not reveal anything about it, given this is a completely SPOILER FREE review (which believe me it’s hard like hell), but I’ll just say these two are put through the ringer and their relationship put to the test on more then one occasion.

I can blame her all I want, but I did this. I knew some day it would happen. That my secret would ruin something I loved.

About how I blamed her because it was so much easier than telling her the truth.

I loved how much Scout’s character develop and grew in this installment. Yes, I still loved Easton – best book boyfriend material right here, even with his issues – , but these woman showed an incredible transition and confident in their love and Easton himself. 

He fought for me. To gain my trust. To make me want more with him. To make me see not everyone leaves. To ensure I fell in love with him.
And now it’s my turn to earn that back from him.

Scout truly was fantastic and showed unbelievable strength and unquestionable love, not only for Easton, but for all her loved ones. Easton was her focus point though, and how could it not?! That man… Sigh…

He kisses me with a passion I’ve never felt before. It’s soft and sweet but there’s so much more to it. 

It’s a hello.
It’s a goodbye.
It’s an apology.
It’s a declaration.
And I do the only thing I’ve ever been able to do when it comes to Easton. I acquiesce. I give him everything I have. Every piece of me. Every part of my heart.
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It’s like in this sudden madness, I’ve found calm.
I’ve found him.

What did I say? Swoon… Even with all the curveballs thrown his way Easton’s love and devotion for Scout always spoke louder, and I adored how Ms. Bromberg managed to create such incredible plot, truly full of twist and turns, without resorting to the very worn out and easily aggravating artifices of OW and OM drama. Major points, in my opinion, for the production of absolutely in depth characters and storyline, where loyalty was undoubtedly unwavering! Utterly brilliant! Easton and Scout are each other’s rock and lifeline.

“I want to drown in you tonight, Scout. I want to forget the world, forget what’s going to happen tomorrow, and drown in everything about you, starting now.”

While on The Player, we have an introduction to the characters and their lives, as well as the blossoming of their relationship, and love in a slow paced story, on The Catch we have their love, and each other’s strength as base for a fast paced, full steam ahead – in more ways then one, lol – tale, full of challenges and with an incredible dynamic with one constant no matter what: Scout and Easton, the team.

“I love you.”
 And right there—three simple fucking words and I’m a dead man. A total goner to this woman who is a mess of contradictions and who unexpectedly stole my heart along the way.

Without revealing to much, my heart ached for these two, but specially Easton, and I think that is one of the things that made me love him even more. Even with all the adversities, and sometimes wanting to smack him upside the head – come on, we all know men can be an ass sometimes – , there was this moments, where he showed his fragile heart and his love for Scout shone so bright, and the most swoon worthy of ways, that is no wonder way that girl was such a goner.

I’ve never met anyone like you, Scout. You challenge me. You make me laugh. You encourage me. But more than anything you get me.

The duet is, in reality, a story of love in all its forms and shapes, where family has an huge roll, and we can see it clearly but these incredible words of wisdom, each of their parents transmitted to them. First, Easton’s mother to him, and them Scout’s father to his daughter. 

“There will come a day, son, when someone will love the parts of you that no one else knows how to love. That’s when you know they’re the one for you.”

“Clear mind. Full heart, Scouty-girl. Never forget that.”
 “Never.”

Though something tells me they had reached their same conclusion on their own. And to say Easton and Scout connected perfectly, and truly belonged together in every way, is an understatement. We had every single emotion on this book, from hilarious funny – omg, that Romeu scene – to deeply emotional, and heartfelt, passing through some of the sexiest, smoking hot sex scenes. Ok, hot is not big enough word. These two were SCORCHING!

She yelps and jumps into my arms. Legs around my waist. Kiss on my lips. God, this woman is going to be my welcome undoing.

It was utterly and undoubtedly the PERFECT closure for the duet, and that beautiful and heartwarming Epilogue proves it. Well, it seems I now have a new fav by the author, and can’t wait to know what she will give us next!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

“I promised him I would, Scout. I want all of those things for you. The flowers in your hair, the mud on your toes, the stubbornness that puts me in my place, the sweet, the sexy, and everything in between. The first time we went to my place, you stuck a bookmark in my heart and then you ran away. And I think it’s the perfect time to move to the next chapter and start a life together. I love you, Scout Dalton. I love the parts of you no one else knew how to love just as you do me.”

 

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

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, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media or sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all her latest releases and sales HERE

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW: THE CATCH (The Player #2) by K. Bromberg

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THE CATCH

Series: The Player #2

Author: K. Bromberg

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 29th, 2017

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After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

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5 ‘Clear Mind, Full Heart’ Stars

What a fantastic, emotional and steaming HOT, roller coaster ride full of twists and turns! 
Just when I thought K. Bromberg had shown us her best with The Player, here she goes blowing that up, and reaching the top of writing awesomeness with this conclusion of Easton and Scout’s story! It was utterly and undoubtedly the PERFECT closure for the duet, and that beautiful and heartwarming Epilogue proves it. Well, it seems I now have a new fav by the author, and can’t wait to know what she will give us next!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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

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, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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THE BEARD MADE ME DO IT

Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #5

Author: Lani Lynn Vale

Genre: MC Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2017

Cover Model: Jacob Wilson

Photographer: Furious Fotog

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He’s only a friend.

Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the one girl, above all others, that he thought had his back.

Sixteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul.

Lucky for him he has a son to take care of, a full-time job that demands every single second of the day, and not a single moment to spare for the likes of a woman that won’t stand up for him when he needs her the most.

He’s only a friend.

The words had slipped out of Ellen’s mouth, and before she could recall them or better yet, explain, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him.

She tries to find her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person, no matter how much she tries, can fill the void that he left in his wake.

Time heals all wounds. Or at least that is how the saying goes.

It’s a crock of crap, though.

Sixteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it’s as if not a single day has passed.

Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she’s still just as much in love with him today as she was all those years ago.

The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself.

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“Why the hell are you out here and not in your fucking room doing that?”  I asked my sixteen-year-old son, Linc.

Linc looked up from his homework, and shrugged.

The problem with Linc doing his homework out here meant that he had the TV blaring, his phone on some stupid Vine video, and his pencil tapping a million miles an hour while he hummed to some random song that only he could hear.

He was also nearly naked.  Had been for the majority of his life.

He ignored me as if I hadn’t said a word.

“Seriously,” I said to him. “What makes you think it’s okay to sit here in your underwear with the fuckin’ front window wide ass open?  There are people in this neighborhood that I’d rather not egg our shit. Not to mention you don’t pay the fuckin’ electric bill and it’s cold as fuck out.”

Linc snorted.

“They’d have to be able to walk close to our cars, and since most of them are old geezers, I don’t see that happening.” He countered. “What’s got up your ass?”

I grunted, walking to the kitchen to grab a beer.  It’d been a long fucking day, and I had to go back to work and do it all over again tomorrow.

I was a welder for a pipeline, and my job was exhaustingly hard work that I fucking loved.  I made a whack, and payed for my bills, but to do that I had to work long hours.  Nearly eighty hours a week.

“Someone called for you today. A woman.”

“What was her name?”  I asked, scanning the contents of the refrigerator for something to eat. “Did you eat all the leftover pizza?”

Linc and I had pizza a lot.  Anything that was fast, and came out of a box, was our go-to menu item seeing as neither one of us really knew how to cook. Lunchables. Macaroni. Hamburger Helper when we were feeling adventurous.

“Ellen?”  Linc guessed.  “I wrote it down on the pad next to the phone.

The name ‘Ellen’ wasn’t common, but it was still impossible for a girl from my past—almost fourteen years ago to be exact—to come back and haunt me some two thousand odd miles away from where I first met her.

“What did she want?”  I asked. “And you never answered me on the pizza.”

“That was gone last night about three in the morning.”  Linc chuckled unrepentantly.  “And I wrote it all down on the note.”

I closed the fridge and moved across the small space to the counter next to the landline that I wasn’t sure why we still had, and stared at the pad of paper with two words on it.

Club party.

“Can I go?”

I looked up to find Linc, the boy that was spitting image of me.

Six feet one, and likely to grow even more since the pediatrician said he’d likely reach my height if not more.  Jet black hair with a slight wave to it, exactly like mine.

Hell, he even had a beard, exactly like me.  Though, his was much more trimmed and kempt due to the school he was attending informing him if it wasn’t done just so, he’d have to shave it or leave the school.

We’d had to fight for the beard, so if he wanted to keep it, he’d damn well follow their rules or I’d make him shave it off myself.

His body mass was the only thing he didn’t have yet that resembled me. He was much skinnier, and definitely on the verge of getting some bulk, just like I had been at seventeen. But he didn’t have it yet. He was still in that in between stage that showed the promise of what he might one day be.

Me, I was six foot four, two hundred and fifty pounds of solid muscle, and had a six pack that was derived from days and days of hard work and sweat on the pipeline. I had a beard that was on the verge of being too bushy, but I’d literally lost all desire to impress anyone a long fucking time ago.

I was me.  I wasn’t going to change, even though some would like me to.

“I’ll have to ask if it’s kid friendly…” I laughed when my son gave me a face that clearly said what he thought about me saying ‘kid friendly.’

My kid wasn’t a kid. He couldn’t be when he was raised by me.

I’d done my best, but I’d been more like a brother than a parent. We were seventeen years apart in age, and there wasn’t a day that went by that I did the whole parenting thing correctly.

He had to grow up faster than most. By the age of ten, I was leaving him at home for extended periods of time because I’d been switched to a different shift that equaled me not getting home from work until a little after nine o’clock.

By the age of twelve, he was spending almost the entire night alone every other day because my shifts were switched again.

By fifteen, we didn’t even pass each other for the entire day at times.

Now, at sixteen, I had a better paying position. One that equaled me working days, though they were long and just as tiring—if not more tiring—as my previous job.  Being peoples’ boss was the pits.  Dealing with peoples’ bullshit was even worse.

“You took me to the last one.”

I grinned.  “That’s right. I did.”

“I can’t believe you’re prospecting. I’m so fuckin’ excited.”

I just shook my head.

My kid rolled his eyes at me and got up, walking toward me with a paper in his hand.  “Read this and make sure it looks good.”

I grabbed the paper and read it, my heart tightening slightly when I read the words on the paper.

“You think I’m a superhero?” I asked quietly, my eyes flicking up to my son’s where he was leaning against the wall.

Linc looked at me, really looked at me, and nodded.

“Yeah, dad. I think you’re a fucking superhero.” He grated out. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be here right now, now would I? My paper was on someone who inspires me to be a better person. That’s you, bitch.”

I grabbed my man-child into a headlock and brought him in close to me, then pressed a kiss to the top of his head before taking him down to the ground and tickling him like I used to do when he was six.

“Get out of here, kid. Let me read. You get your shit picked up outside or it’ll get stolen.”

My kid left, luckily putting pants on before he walked outside to pick up his football gear, leaving me to read a paper that was enough to bring a grown man to tears.

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“The want, the need, the passion, the drama and ohhhh THE HAWT ALPHA MC MALE, and look he is on the cover of this book!!! lol Goodness this book gave me the feels and I would love for this book to go on and on…lol” – iScream Books

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Jessie and Ellen’s story is here, and with it, Lani Lynn Vale gives us, yet again, another absolutely kickass ride into this favorite series of mine. And what a ride it was, one that started fourteen years prior and never left these two heart or mind…

And like any good ride, these one isn’t without some bumps and tricky turns, and the very first one – well, not really considering their past – was when Jessie James, at the time, prospect for The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC, walking into a club party and sees the woman he left fourteen years ago, the woman he never forgot, in the arms of one of his club members.

And now that I had a better paying job that allowed me the time and ability to actually put forth the effort to become one of them, I wouldn’t be fucking it up now.
Even if the woman that still held my heart had her arm around some other man.
A man who was a fully patched member of The Dixie Wardens MC—the very same MC I was trying to become a member of, that is if I didn’t want to kill myself by the time the process was over.

Well, that sure threw a wrench into his well thought out plans. Ellen was just as shocked, if not more than him, so much so that she could no longer continue dating Sean. After all, he didn’t own her heart. That, she had long ago given to Jessie, which had broken it into pieces.

So you see, we have all the ingredients – as much clusterfuck as they seem, lol – for a incredible story, and that’s what we got, because it was evident to everyone, even poor Sean at the time, that these two belong together. What others had no idea was that they had a past, and feelings that easily resurfaced and could no longer stay hidden.

I was a fucking fool in love. Had been for fourteen years and would be for the next fourteen.

“I love you, Jessie,” the whispered words, barely audible, had my hand clenching on her thigh.
There were those words again.
I bent down, examined Ellen’s sleeping face for signs that she was awake, and whispered back, “I love you, too. Always have, always will.”

Once they – and specially Jessie, because man, talk about pushing away! – got their act together, it was easy for them to get back and reveal all those feelings, and love. And here lies my main, PERSONAL, issue with the story, his constant declarations of endless love, which I normally would swoon over and eat all up and crave for more,(SPOILER ALERT) but after being revealed that he still slept with OW during that time ( which as you well know I’m not a fan by principal, but could totally live with since Ellen did too), these declarations felt kind of empty for me, because come on, he never, not once stopped loving her, but managed to still have sex with other women, even if only two, for release. I would be ok with that, absolutely, but please don’t say you never ever stopped loving her during those fourteen years.(END OF SPOILER ALERT) It’s your second chance, a new start, so if you tried to move on, don’t repeatedly mention you never stopped loving the other. Yes, a tiny detail, and you guys know I’m a picky and detailed oriented bitch, but one tiny snipping in those declarations, and I’m sure I would have love the book even more. Because how could I not? Hello, Lani writes and I devour!!! LOL

Let me take a minute here to praise this universe of loyal men, true brothers, and their awesome women, Lani has given us time and again, and specially these well thought out secondary characters, like it’s the case of Linc, Jessie’s son, who I LOVED too! He was amazing and my heart totally went out to him, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Lani will gives his story in one of her future books. He was such a big part of this story, for obvious reasons, but I can’t wait to see his as a man – which we get a glimpse of in the amazing Epilogue.

There were, at least, a few things in life that were constant. My love for Linc, and my want for other things.
Things that included a certain brown-haired beauty that was never far from my mind.

The Beard Made Me Do It had every single element that Lani Lynn Vale spectacularly delivers, a lot of emotional, romantic, suspense, LOL funny, and über steamy moments, that I can never get enough of, and makes me giddy, and craving even more every time I reach the end. I’m so glad that she is the otherworldly writer that she is, that she provides us one of this bundles of deliciousness per month, which I can’t thank enough! The sure brighten me every single month!  Talk about super woman author skills! And next, I can’t be it’s almost here and I can say: THE GHOST IS COMING!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

“I love you.” A smile overtook my face, and I lifted my arm, running my hand from his wrist to come to a rest on his bearded face.
“I love you more.”

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I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

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EASY NIGHT

Series: The Boudreaux #6

Author: Kristen Proby

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 27, 2017

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Photography: Sarah Eirew

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From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes a steamy and passionate friends-to-lovers romance—EASY NIGHTS! The sixth standalone title in the Boudreaux Series, Savannah and Ben’s highly anticipated story is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!

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The Boudreaux Series—Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

No one said change was easy…

Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.

But some things never change…

Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and Krav Maga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.

Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time…

Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose.

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“Van.”

I spin at the sound of Ben’s voice, and silently cringe. I look horrible. I’m sweating like an ice cold drink without a coaster, and the clothes I wear here are skin tight, making it easier to move.

“You’re not usually here at this time,” I say and dab a towel on my face. “What’s up?”

“I had a meeting with another instructor,” he says with a smile. “Thought I’d say hi.”

“Hi.” I smile and readjust my ponytail. It’s much smaller now, but I can still pull it back. “How was your day?”

“Busy,” he replies and surprises me by letting his eyes travel up and down my body. “I like the new hair. You look great.”

“I’m a mess.” I chuckle and hook my towel around my shoulders. “You, however, do look great.”

That’s a fucking understatement. He’s in cargo shorts and a black tank top, showing off his tattoos and his muscles.

Good lord, the muscles.

“Can I show you a few things?” he asks, breaking my concentration on his muscles.

“Sure,” I frown as I follow him back into the empty classroom. “Am I doing something wrong?”

“No, I just want to go over some form things.” He leads me to the center of the room and stands behind me, looking into my eyes through the mirror.

Oh God. This is way sexier than it probably should be.

“Assume the stance.”

I follow his directions and work very hard to not react to his strong hands on my sides as he walks me through punches, kicks, and better ways to keep my center of gravity.

“You’re small,” he murmurs and pushes my legs just a little closer together. “I want you to keep your feet just a little closer together. You’ll have better balance.”

I nod. “It feels better.”

He smiles at me. I can’t keep my eyes off of him in the mirror. The way he moves, his facial expressions.

Ben has always been attractive to me, but holy shit, did he get hotter? Or was I just too broken before to see it?

Because holy shit, he’s hot.

“Van?”

“Yeah?”

“I just asked you to do the spin/elbow move.”

“Oh.” I bite my lip and will myself to stop ogling his arms.

“Are you okay?”

“Of course.” I do as he asks and spin, attempting to ram my elbow in his nose, the way I’ve been taught, but he blocks and sends me onto my ass. “Damn it.”

“You’re not spinning quickly enough.”

“I’m as clumsy as they get,” I remind him. “If I spin too fast, I’ll fall on my ass. I’ll be helping my attacker more than anything.”

“It’ll actually feel easier,” he says, helping me to my feet. “You can do this. I’ve seen it.”

“You’re taller than anyone else I’ve ever sparred with.”

“Good,” he says and narrows his eyes. “Chances are, if you ever have to defend yourself, your attacker won’t be shorter than you.”

“True.” I nod thoughtfully.

“But if you’re still not comfortable doing this with me, that’s fine. I can make suggestions for Shelly to work on next week.”

“I’m okay,” I reply, and am surprised to realize that it’s true. It wasn’t long ago that I couldn’t stand for any man to touch me, not even my brothers. But I don’t mind so much now.

In fact, I’m utterly shocked to realize that his touch is turning me on. I don’t remember the last time I had sexual thoughts toward a man. Even Ben. Which was one more thing that made me sad.

But hello, long lost hormones.

 

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I can’t believe Van and Ben’s story is finally here! After wanting this book since the very beginning of the series, now it’s here, it revealed to be a bittersweet event, because it simultaneously makes me crazy happy that we finally got these two’s story, but sad because it also marks the ending of one of my all time favorite series and family, the Boudreaux. Oh, well, that just made me enjoy it that much more, and savour every single word.

 Easy Nights is a emotional, hopeful and romantic tale, with plenty of steam, from friends to lovers. But what surprised me was that this book was as much about healing, and personal growth, as it was a romantic novel.

I’m here, I’m alive, and I don’t look like I’m going to break at any moment.

It finally feels like that chapter is closed, and I’m ready to see what the next one brings.

Two years have passed since that horrific night where Savannah’s abusive husband raped, beat and tried to murder her – event not retold, we just know from the previous books’ info -, but she survived, and now divorced and feeling that she’s finally healed, she decides it’s time for a new chapter in her life.

Just so it happens this new attitude is exactly what breaks Ben’s resolution to stay away from her. Knowing he has the support of her brothers, and that Van is finally in a good place, and ready to start anew, even her sassiness and flirty spirit are back, proves to be too much, and he decides he can’t take it any more, pretending just being friends and lays all cards in the table.

“This is what I want,” he whispers. “You are what I want, Savannah.”

Well, and I, like their family, have to say: It’s about time!!! LOL

Since his feelings are more than reciprocated, given both have been trying to ignore and deny their attraction since their youth, it was only nature that their relationship developed at the speed light, and they very soon expressed their love and feelings. 

“You’re amazing, Savannah.” He presses his lips ever so gently to the soft skin below my ear. “You’re the most fantastic person I’ve ever known in my life, and I love you so much my body aches with it.”

‘Friends to lovers’ and ‘best-friend with little sister’ normally are very tricky tropes for me to fully enjoy, given my personal pet-peeves, specially because normally the main characters already saw the other with other people, or proclaimed to have always loved (or been IN love) with the respective other since forever, but then go against it and sleep with others. I can honestly say this was beautifully solved and exposed here, because although they had always been attracted in some way, and loved each other in a caring way, they never claimed to have been ‘in love’, nor were other people rubbed in each others face, and the references to their sexual past are almost non existent in the book. I was so happy with that, but what truly blew my mind was the way Kristen Proby, via Mallory explained perfectly why now was the time they were meant to be together. I adored this…

“And I feel stupid, like I should have known Ben was the one for me all along.”
“He wasn’t the one for you yet,” Mallory says quietly. “People fit differently in our lives at different times. You weren’t meant to be with him until now, because you weren’t the person you are until now.”
“I believe that,” I say slowly. “And I wonder if we’d dated a decade ago, if it would have stuck. We were both young, and like Mallory said, different people. The chemistry was always there, at least on my part. From what he’s told me, he felt it then, too. But would we have really fallen in love? I’m not so sure. And if we had fallen in love, the odds of it surviving through college are probably smaller.”

Isn’t that the most perfect way to see this trope?! So incredibly thought out and exposed!

Even Ben’s himself reveals the same understanding. This says it all,

“You’re a special woman, Savannah Boudreaux. I’ve known that since we were young. I don’t feel like the time we didn’t have together was wasted because it made us both into who we are today, and without that, we might not be together now.”

Of course that now that Van and Ben thought all her trauma and horrid past where finally behind her and their HEA was just within reach, someone decides to try to steal that peace and destroy all they built together, and all the healing she finally obtained.

“Then why do I still have that horrible dream?”
 “Because the past is always with us, even when we think we’ve moved on. There’s something, even if it’s in your subconscious, that’s still afraid of him.”

I’ll not reveal any more because I want you to enjoy the ride as much as I did. Van’s ‘rebirth’  is as much part of the book as is the romance between them, and I understand that was the objective, to show her strength and it’s possible to survive something like it happened to her and still obtain your very own HEA, but, in my view that kind of stole a bit of the focus and emotion on their relationship on itself. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of passion there, and sexy times, but after so much expectation since the very first book, I was hoping to feel even more chemistry and emotion. Maybe that was me, but at times I felt Ben was far to contained, when I thought he would be more Alpha. I know he was unbelievably understanding of her situation, and for that he showed more restrain, to protect and take care of her, but I wanted more emotion, even more passion between the couple! Nonetheless, Easy Nights was an amazing cherry on top of this EXTRAORDINARY series. That epilogue sure was the perfect closure, and I confess I shed a tear or two, with how beautifully is written.

 And now I’m sad because it seems I’m saying goodbye to some of my loved ones – which they after all – and this spectacular New Orleans setting. I hope this isn’t the last Kristen gives us of this universe.

I miss the Boudreaux already… Uhmmm, guess it’s time for a reread! 😉 <3 <3 <3 <3

“Don’t you ever fucking forget what you are to me,” he says. His blue eyes are on fire and on mine.
 “What am I?” I ask and watch in fascination as his eyes darken. His jaw tightens. His grip on my ass digs in just enough to sting.
It’s fucking delicious.
 “You’re everything.” He kisses me, his lips much gentler than the rest of him. “You are the beginning and the end of me, Savannah. I don’t work without you.”
“You’re my everything too,” I reply.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: ALL I AM (This Man #3.5) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Series: This Man #3.5

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 18, 2016

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I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong . . .

I don’t need a relationship.
I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it—no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy . . . well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life—my real life. That I’m a daddy to an adorable little girl.
My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. And once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?

 

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‘What do you want, Raya?’

She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’

‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.

With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.

We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily. Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.

‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.

 

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What a better way to celebrate – for those celebrating – Father’s Day than with Super Dad himself, Drew Davies?! Well, I’ll tell you, All I Am is an deliciously hot way to spend a couple of hours and will leave wanting even more from Jodi Ellen Malpas’ This Man series!

I can’t express how excited I was when Jodi first announced she was releasing this novella, since, like most of you who have read The lord of the Manor trilogy, I always craved more and more of this fantastic universe. And that’s exactly what JEM gave us!

Eight years after the end of This Man Confessed, Drew, that we know as the most broody and introvert of the hot trio of friends, is now a single parent – thanks to Cora’s devious and revolting shenanigans – of an adorable little girl, the good that came of of something awful. 

Georgia is the center of his universe, his everything, and he wants nothing else apart from the occasional and detached liaisons at his usual sex club. And that is exactly where he meets Raya, the woman who’s going to push his world out of kilter, and make his question all this stone written resolutions.

For the first time I can remember, I’m envious of my friends’ contentment. Both Jesse and Sam are still head over heels, eight years later. I honestly never thought they would find women who could handle them. And now it’s just me. It never bothered me before now.

But don’t think it was an easy ride, which surprised me due to the length of story. Raya has major hung-ups of her own,very valid ones I’d say, and both struggle with this insane lust and magnetism. They both have complicated situations and pasts, but for me, Drew’s pushing away, along with some other details and actions in their story, kind of put me off, and stole from my full enjoyment. Don’t get me wrong, I still devoured it, like everything JEM writes, but Drew’s almost to the end resistance to Arya’s importance and giving into his feelings took far too long and dominated the novella. That being sad, revisiting all the gang and seeing Jesse in all his Alpha hotness was priceless. Drew should have listen to the man! He got his woman and his HEA, so he knows what he’s talking about, lol!

“What?” he questions. Jesse’s eyes roll dramatically, his big chest expanding under his Ralph Lauren shirt on an inhale. “You practically trampled a guy.” He toasts me with his glass. “That’s a fucking huge red flag, mate.”

 I stare at my bottle moodily. “He was a cock.” Sam and Jesse both laugh. “I’m glad you two are finding this amusing.” I’m in fucking bits here. 

Sam’s palm lands on my good shoulder. “It happens to the best of us, my man. I have fucking battle wounds from the cat-and-mouse games Kate had me playing, and worst of all I didn’t even realize I was fucking playing. Women do that. Make you lose your sense and perspective.”

 OMG, and the scene of the three men with Georgia was the best!!! I’ll not spoil it for you, but really it was a major highlight and put a huge smile on my face! 

Jodi gave us yet another amazingly well written story, with complex characters in Drew and Raya, and a speedy emotional roller coaster that you MUST read! Even if you haven’t read the original trilogy – what are you waiting for??? – you can still fully enjoy and understand this book, and for those who read, I’m sure you’re already digging into it, because hello… Jesse Ward! But if you aren’t here’s your chance. Believe me, you will not want to miss this über sexy, emotional and funny novella! Now, counting down the days for The Forbidden! <3 <3 <3 <3

“Georgia asked me if I loved you. And you know what? I do. What else could explain this madness?”


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About the Author

British talent Jodi Ellen Malpas sold hundreds of thousands of e-books of her passionately erotic trilogy This Man before landing a major US publishing deal and sailing straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers chart in a few short months. Success quickly followed in the UK, with thousands of readers falling head-over-heels for the devastatingly handsome Lord of the Manor Jesse Ward and his feisty counterpart, Ava O’Shea, as all three books became major Sunday Times bestsellers. This was followed by further success with her second series One Night, which introduced the irresistibly enigmatic M.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and, mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. 

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REVIEW & EXCERPT TOUR: TOO CLOSE TO CALL (Romancing The Clarksons #3.5) by Tessa Bailey

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TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Series: Romancing The Clarksons #3.5

Author: Tessa Bailey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

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From New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey comes TOO CLOSE TO CALL, a novella in her Romancing the Clarksons Series published by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy today!

 

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All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Sutton, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.

 

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“Bree.” Her blood snapped with electricity at the sound of her name, said in that low drawl. Kyler stepped to the forefront of the crowd. The green eyes that still graced her dreams zeroed in, raking over her like they couldn’t help it.

Heaven above, four years looked incredible on him. Extra inches had been added everywhere. His height. The athletic breadth of his shoulders. The corded biceps that tested the stitching of his T-shirt sleeves. Even his thighs, which were wrapped up in faded denim, were exploding with muscle; thighs she’d spent a good portion of her youth perched on since Kyler never allowed her to sit anywhere but his lap, no matter where they were or whether it was appropriate. “Hello.”

“Hello,” she whispered. “You’re in town.”

His slow nod was so familiar a ripple moved through her. “Here for the week. Can I get you that coffee?”

“No.” She flushed over her own abruptness. “I meant to say, I can’t stay. I’m going to be late for an appointment.”

“Fine. I’ll walk you out.”

His expression dared her to say no. Challenged her. And for the first time since Kyler left, sexual awareness danced in her middle, sending a swift tremble down the length of her legs. Because her body hadn’t forgotten what often lay on the other side of those challenges. “Fine,” she breathed. “Suit yourself.”

For all his sexual energy, Kyler was a gentleman, straight down to the soles of his feet. So Bree wasn’t one bit surprised when his long gait ate up the distance between them. He reached over her head to push open the glass door, sending his scent crashing into her senses, the combination so familiar, Bree’s nipples tightened until she winced. Grassy fields and Nautica Blue aftershave.

Their gazes clashed, but Bree couldn’t decide if he’d worn the scent on purpose. His steady eyes gave nothing away. Before hers could betray her curiosity, Bree turned and passed through the door Kyler held open. And hell if it wasn’t the longest walk in history, his presence behind her looming larger than a mountain. Every eyeball in the diner was sure to be on them and the attention made Bree twitchy, her fingers yanking on the strings of her hoodie.

She needed to get this reunion over with as soon as possible. Being around Kyler would only make her wonder what might have been. That kind of thinking was pointless. Destructive.

Back in high school, the writing had been on the wall when it came to Kyler. Everyone knew he’d been destined for greatness. That he would shake off Bloomfield and put his name in the history books. She’d been selfish to stay with him for so long, absorbing his love and attention, all the while knowing she’d wave good-bye to him someday. The decision was a painful one, but it had been made and now she would stick to it.

 

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Tessa Bailey complete and utterly blew my mind with Too Close To Call. Talk about the PERFECT second chance romance! With Kyler and Bree’s story, Ms. Bailey proved how a novella could pack a whole world of feelings, that normally we relate to a full length novel. Too Close to Call was the perfect emotional and sexy punch to add to this already amazing series. So much so, that it became my favorite of the Romancing The Clarkson series!

We met Kyler in Too Hard to Forget – but fear not, if you haven’t read the previous one, you can still enjoy and understand the whole plot – where we got a glimpse of his broken heart, and the love he still had for Bree, his high school sweetheart.

Truth be told, she was so much more than that. So, when Kyler comes to a pillar moment in his professional career, he realizes he needs Bree to really live.

Bree didn’t want to break Kyler’s – and her – heart, four years prior, but she couldn’t leave her hometown and family behind, for a very valid reason, to follow their dreams. So, she had to break them up, and stay behind, setting Kyler free to pursue him football career. She thought time would heal them both, but a love like that can’t be forgotten. 

Fast forwarding four years, after Kyler’s big revelation, he decides to go get his girl, and he won’t take no for answer, and won’t leave his hometown without her.

No one spoke, moved, smiled, smelled like her.

“And you were the exception. Not the other way around. That’s why I brought flowers and shook your daddy’s hand at the door. I knew there’d never be another Bree Justice.”

I have to say Kyler went straight to my top 3 fav Tessa Bailey heroes! This man, even in is young age is EVERYTHING!!! I’m talking full on swoon-worthy, panty-melting, heart-thumping, sigh-inducing male material here. No wonder Bree never even though of moving on. With a man like this, who could forget?

Jesus, he loved her. Couldn’t she see it? That he would never love another woman as long as they both lived?

No other woman had ever elicited the smallest percentage of his body’s reaction to Bree. Not ever. No one ever would, either, because his heart was connected to every part of him. His heart knew what it wanted and it wouldn’t waver.

“Bree,” he croaked, pressure pushing inward on his skull. “Fuck, Bree. I almost died from missing you.”
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”

See what I meant? Perfect male character! And all this loyalty and devotion, coupled with the most delicious and smoking hot package, Bree didn’t stand a chance to deny him.

Kyler had so many ledges, cuts, and bulges of muscle, Bree had the urge to strap on a harness and scale him like a rock climbing wall.

But even so, Bree’s fears and doubt remained the same, even after this time apart, so Tyler knew he had to use every single weapon in his arsenal to be able to convince Bree to give them another chance. He wouldn’t accept no for an answer, when it came to their life together.

“I’ve loved you as far back as my memory reaches. I will never fucking stop. I came to town for one damn reason, Bree. So I could leave here with my wife. You.”

Of course with a palpable, scorchingly HOT chemistry and magnetism like their, there wasn’t much Bree could deny. She was unable to resist it or Kyler filthy-talking mouth, that, FYI, it should come with a warning. Yes, we are talking about Tessa Bailey here, the ‘Queen of Dirty Talking’, but seriously, O…M…G!!!!!

“Had to find a different spot every week because we’d wear the grass down to nothing. From fucking on top of it. Wouldn’t we, Bree?”

“We never did this quietly, did we?”
 Kyler’s voice sounded just as unnatural as hers when he responded. “A man can’t stay silent when he’s wrapped up in something so tight.”

“What other mercies can I earn from you today?” Kyler rasped. “If you’ve already forgotten how I beg for that mercy, my tongue is dying to show you.”

And these are just three examples, because believe me, I feel like I highlighted most of the book, either due to his wicked mouth or his heartfelt declarations! I seriously recommend this book to every romance reader out there. I couldn’t have loved it any more, and I can say it, with how particular I am with second chance stories, that I wouldn’t change a single word. It was written perfection! In this short read we go through all the feels and all the emotions, and by the end you’ll be guaranteed to have a warm heart, a delicious tingling throughout your body and a happy buzz that will no soon leave. Now I’m more than ready for Belmont and Sage’s story, Too Beautiful to Break. Can’t wait!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

“What about what you want?”
 “I want us,” he rasped. “I’ll build everything else around that. That has been my plan since age thirteen. It just got delayed.”

Commitment was in the way they looked at one another. Not a damn thing, especially some days apart, could test their bond. It was airtight.

ARC kindly provided by the author via InkSlinger PR for an honest review

 

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Tessa Bailey’s TOO CLOSE TO CALL – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

June 14th

All Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

For the Love of Bookends – Review

Gi’s Spot Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Naughty Girls and Their Books – Review & Excerpt

That’s What I’m Talking About – Review & Excerpt

Whatever You Can Still Betray – Excerpt

June 15th

Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt

Happily Ever After Book Reviews – Review

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

JordansBookReviews – Excerpt

Literary Misfit – Excerpt

Mama Likes to Read Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

June 16th

Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

TBQ’s Book Palace – Review

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

June 17th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Booklovers For Life – Review & Excerpt

Caroline Jane Reads – Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

Mary @ USA Today’s Happy Ever After – Review

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

June 18th

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review

Drunk On a Book – Review & Excerpt

Love Notes Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Excerpt

June19th

A Taste of Sin – Excerpt

Bobo’s Book Bank – Review & Excerpt

Bookishly Yours – Review

Coffee Books Life – Review & Excerpt

I’m A Book Shark – Excerpt

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

June 20th

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review

Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt

Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

Vi3tbabe – Review & Excerpt

June 21st

Alpha Book Club – Review

Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions – Excerpt

Feel the Book – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Kimmy Loves to Read – Review & Excerpt

Literary Gossip – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Review

June 22nd

A small girl, her man and her books – Review & Excerpt

kimberlyfaye reads – Review

Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review & Excerpt

Nightbird Novels – Review

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Pretty Sassy Cool – Review & Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

The BookWhisperer – Review

June 23rd

ageordielass honest blog on reviews – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Pink Lace & Silver Buckles Book Blog – Review

Those Crazy Book Chicks – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

In the Series

 

Romancing the Clarksons Series

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TOO HOT TO HANDLE (Romancing The Clarksons #1)

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TOO WILD TO TAME (Romancing The Clarksons #2)

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TOO HARD TO FORGET (Romancing The Clarksons #3)

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Coming Soon

TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK (Romancing The Clarksons #4)

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About the Author

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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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