Monthly Archive: August 2017

Release Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: A LITTLE LIKE DESTINY by Lisa Suzanne

My Review:

When you have a torn-between-two-lovers premise, you know you’re going to have to choose a hero to root for. In order to do that, one of those lovers needs to be the bad guy. And here is where problems emerge. The author needs to establish differences between the two men so that you can know which one deserves your loyalty.

The blurb for this book tells you what’s going to happen. Reese has been hung up on rock star Mark Ashton for ten years, so when the opportunity presents itself for her to spend one night with him, she takes it. She decides that they felt a big ole connection, and she convinces herself that she fell in love with him that night. Shortly afterward, she meets Brian, a successful entrepreneur, who turns out to be Mark’s brother. Brian is strong and reliable. He’s a good guy, and Reese convinces herself that she loves him, too.

It’s clear which one Lisa Suzanne thinks you ought to root for. Follow the path of Reese’s roommate if you have any questions. You probably won’t, though, because Suzanne lays down some heavy-handed hints as to a certain darkness that exists in one of these brothers. She drops enough foreshadowing that you know something really bad is going to be divulged that will make it super, SUPER clear that Reese is making the right decision when she picks the other brother.

Which she won’t do until the next book because this one ends on a cliffhanger.

Sigh.

Here’s the thing, though. Reese? She has got to be one of the STUPIDEST characters you have encountered in a book. She is 27 years old. TWENTY-SEVEN. And she’s hung up on a rock star. She thinks she loves this guy. Like, she for real spends the night with him and decides that she is in love because she shared some “deep” conversations with him. She can’t forget about him. I get that they had a night of hot sex and all, but the rest of it was difficult to buy into. I’ve loved Bruce Springsteen since I was fourteen. (That’s nearly 40 years ago, BTW.) If, when we were both single, I had the chance to rock the headboard with him, would I? HELL, YES. But would I have obsessed over it and convinced myself of some sort of lasting love? HELL, NO. Maybe when I was a teenager. But not when I was twenty-seven. GOOD GRIEF.

Here’s the other thing, though. I could not put this book down. For all of my dislike of Reese and for all of my eye-rolling frustration with her, I could not stop reading Suzanne’s story. I had to know what happened next, and I had to know the next dumb thing Reese would do. I worried that Suzanne was digging herself into a hole with one of the brothers, and I’m still concerned that she might have to make one of them heinous. Like I said, hints have been dropped. Lots of them.

I want to know your thoughts on this book, so please read it. Then come back and hit up the comments and let me know what you think. Did Reese annoy the ever loving mess out of you? Do you feel like Suzanne is telegraphing which one Reese will pick? Are you happy with her choice? Are you anxious to read the sequel?

I cannot wait to find out how Suzanne pulls all of this together. I just hope I like Reese a little more in the next book.

 

Title: A Little Like Destiny
Series: A Little Like Destiny #1
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: August 31, 2017
Blurb
Reserved and responsible Reese Brady refuses to miss her chance with bad boy rock star Mark Ashton. After one steamy night, she’s convinced the emotional connection they shared was just a figment of her imagination. After all, he’s a womanizer whose affairs are highly publicized. 

Reese strives to leave that night behind her after a handsome business mogul asks her to dinner. Her relationship with Brian Fox quickly escalates into something meaningful, but Reese never expects the secret that emerges when he finally invites her to his penthouse.

She fell in love with a rock star the last time she was there. How could she know she’d fall in love with his brother next?

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Author Bio

Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.  

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Cover Reveal: SURE THING by Jana Aston

Sure Thing
Jana Aston
Publication date: October 10th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A new STANDALONE romance from New York Times bestselling author Jana Aston

Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger?
No? I’m the only one?
Just kidding, I would never.
Ever.
Not usually.

But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere.
No job.
No apartment.
No boyfriend.

I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I? A reward for being good.
Sure, a new pair of shoes would be more appropriate, but Mr. Sexy Stranger is more appealing. And when he speaks—in that British accent—it’s a done deal. Every American woman has a hot British guy fantasy. Well, most do. I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s a fact.

Except…
You know that saying about best-laid plans?
Good, because I don’t either, but I assume they go awry.
Like my one night stand…

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Author Bio:

Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she’s ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.

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Release Blitz: COMING UP ROSES by L K Farlow

Title: Coming Up Roses
Series: Southern Roots #1
Author: LK Farlow 
Genre: NA Romance 
Release Date: August 30, 2017 

Myla Rose McGraw may be twenty, single, and pregnant, but she’s no damsel in distress. She doesn’t need a man. After all, her Grams taught her a thing or two about making lemonade out of life’s lemons.

Then she meets Cash Carson.

Reeling from a bad breakup, Cash has sworn off love. It led to nothing but pain and misery, and he’s determined to move forward alone.
Until a redheaded Southern beauty crashes into him. With her shopping cart. At the local Piggly Wiggly.

If love wasn’t for him, why did his heart beat a little faster every time Myla Rose sent that sweet smile his way?

He was no knight, and she didn’t need saving.

But damn if he didn’t want to try anyway.

COMING UP ROSES is a sweet, Southern fairy tale—with a twist.



 

LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She’s been writing stories and poems for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA—that’s Lower Alabama, y’all—with her amazing husband and three wonderful children. When she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching nature documentaries while she crochets or with her nose in a book. All Kate really wants in this life is her family happy, strong coffee, a good book and more Happily Ever After’s.


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Release Blitz & Giveaway: DR. NEURO by Max Monroe

DR. NEURO Release Blitz

My Review:

In this last book in their Luke’s Docuseries, Max Monroe bring you Nick Raines’ story.

You know Nick. The guy who abandoned Winnie when she was pregnant with their daughter Lexi? Yeah, that guy. When we last spent time with him, he came to Winnie, hat in hand, apologizing and begging forgiveness. Bending the knee, if you will. (HOLLA AT GAME OF THRONES FANS.)

After his pals Will (Dr. OB) and Scott (Dr. ER) were featured in their parts of both this book series and a reality show, it’s Nick’s turn. He’s all about redemption, though. He wants to prove to Winnie that he deserves time with Lexi, and he wants to prove his worth as a father.

Max Monroe spend time showing you what motivated Nick to leave Winnie and how he came to realize that it was a mistake. As for his love life, what time is there for that? He works long hours, and any time away from the office is spent with Lexi.

Charlotte comes calling, though, first in an attempt to woo him to join a practice in Los Angeles and then to woo him for more romantic reasons. She has her own back story, her own fears and motivations. Of course her fears are in conflict with Nick’s fears, and OF COURSE this causes issues in their relationship.

Max Monroe fans will not be disappointed by this book, especially if you, like I do, think Wes is the true stud of the Billionaire Bad Boys series. He pops in every now and then, but fear not. This book is mercifully devoid of Thatcher Kelly.

The sexy times are SCORCHING HOT. Nick may be a neurosurgeon, but his knowledge of the female body does not end with her head, let’s just say.

This is a quick, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes erotic book. It’s deliciously fun.

Blurb:

I’m Dr. Nick Raines.

Brain surgeon and notorious over-thinker, I take the analytical approach with everything, until I can determine the best, carefully calculated plan of action. It’s no shock the producers of the popular reality series The Doctor Is In have decided to call me Dr. Neurotic.

Besides my more than full-time job as Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, I’m a single dad and my number one priority is my daughter.

But life had plans to add another priority to my list.

Charlotte Hollis. Outspoken, impulsive, and beautiful, she’s everything I didn’t know I was craving.

She makes me wonder What if?

What if I don’t have to be alone for the rest of my life to give my little girl the father she deserves?

It’s a battle—my battle: Head vs. Heart.

Disclaimer:

The heroine of this novel just might threaten to slap you with a d*ck if you don’t like her…or if she doesn’t like you.

Disclaimer for the disclaimer: Theoretically, we support this. Physically, we do not. Direct all fictional lawsuits to Charlotte Hollis directly.

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Release Blitz & Review: MUSCLE MEMORY by Stylo Fantôme

My Review:

Stylo Fantôme does not just create characters. She takes the idea of a character and crafts it into someone who feels so real, so tangible that you cannot let go. You do not want to let go.

Jon Doherty wakes up in the hospital having survived a nightmarish fall. He has no memory of who he was before. All he has is this sort of phantom sense of something. Someone. He is a man with nothing–no history, no family. He does have the support of a social worker, who shepherds him through his frustrations and insecurities. He also has a budding romance with a woman named Katherine (although she prefers to be called Kitty), whom he meets through a volunteer gig.

Alternating with Jon’s present chapters are chapters set in his past, when he was Jayson. You learn about a relationship he was in that was, in many ways, toxic. Fantôme contrasts Jayson’s love affair with Jon’s, showing you the strengths and weaknesses of both. All along, this phantom sensation–this muscle memory–lurks in Jon. You wonder if he will remember Jayson.

You aren’t always sure you want him to.

It is easy to simplify Stylo Fantôme’s heroes as antiheroes. It is easy to look at Jon/Jayson and label him as broken and flawed. To do this, though, is to completely miss the point of this book. Yes, Jon is a man with an overwhelming amount of personal obstacles, both emotional and physical. He is wounded in every sense. Yet he’s also one of the strongest characters I’ve encountered. He has a will to survive that will impress you. He welcomes help, but he does not rely on it.

As this is a Stylo Fantôme book, you know to expect some scorching hot sexy times. She does not disappoint. Prepare to squeeze your thighs till they’re numb.

This review is purposefully vague because the less you know about this book going in, the better off you are. Enjoy it as it unfolds. Get to know Jon and Jayson and the people in his life. Cheer for him. Support him. Love him for all of his flaws and inadequacies.

I read this book several weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about its story and its characters. Fantôme made me think about soulmates, about my own muscle memories. When you read it, come on back and let me know how it affected you.

Because it will.

Title: Muscle Memory
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Blurb

Her lips, the way she feels, how she moves against me. Her voice when she laughs, her eyes when she cries. Her soul connected to mine, for better or for worse, for all eternity.

I don’t remember.

A blank face. Unrecognizable. The darkness and impenetrable fog, day after day after day. Who am I? And for that matter, who is she?

I can’t remember.

Two sides to the same coin – one wants to remember, and the other wants to stay forgotten. Which side will win? Can he trust his heart to bring him back to her? Or will she stay lost in the fog forever?

I might never remember.

Warning: features adult themes

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Author Bio
Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Review: THAT THING YOU DO by Kayti McGee

That Thing You Do

by Kayti McGee

Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
298 pages
Genre: romance; chick lit
4 / 5

My Review:

You know those people who swear they will NEVER fall in love, NEVER meet The One, and NEVER get married?

Kayti McGee has created just that person in Greta, a woman so determined to not give her heart away that she nearly destroys it.

The good news for Greta is that Jon, a popular DJ, is patient. He knows, from the minute he sees Greta at her sister Angie’s wedding, that she is The One. He also believes in love and marriage and all that stuff. Greta presents quite the challenge for him, but he is every bit as determined as she is.

When you’ve suffered through a string of dead-end relationships, the last thing you want to do is suffer through another one. Greta’s friends decide that Jon is the perfect guy for her, and they want her to date him. So she does the next best thing: she convinces Jon to pretend date. He’s all in, but then again, he doesn’t want to just pretend. He wants the real thing.

McGee uses a subplot involving Mina, the young girl for whom Greta nannies, something intended to show you (not to mention Greta herself) that she can give and receive love. A child shall lead her, as it were.

When you read a Kayti McGee book you know to expect quirky characters (check), humor (check), and some hot sexy times (CHECK). In her previous books, though, McGee relied a little too heavily on humor, sometimes going for the joke rather than the emotional resonance. That Thing You Do shows that her writing is maturing. She delivers heavy emotional punches without going for histrionics, and her humor is perfectly timed.

This is my favorite Kayti McGee book, and Jon is my favorite hero of hers. He’s a good guy who deserves to have Greta love him. Now if we can only convince her of that.

Blurb:

Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong man. But where, oh where, is Mr. Right?

In high school, Greta Steinburg and her two BFFs made a pact: none of them would get married unless they all approved the man in question. Since then, Greta has had her fair share of romantic ups and downs—but now, after her latest failed relationship, she is done. Greta announces that her days of dating are officially over, and she’s kissed the idea of happily-ever-after goodbye. . .

Of course her friends will hear none of it. Instead, they insist that Greta go out with Jon, the hottest new DJ who just happened to be at her sister’s wedding. To get her friends off her back, Greta proposes that they pretend to date. The only problem is, for every fake date they have—from feeding angry rhinos to crashing a kiddie roller-skating party—Jon wants a real one. Each time they get together, their attraction grows. . .and soon there’s no turning back. Could it be that true love requires a leap of faith—and that Jon is the one Greta’s been waiting for all along?

Kayti McGee’s That Thing You Do is a charmingly sexy novel about finding love in the least likely place.

 

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Excerpt:

Prologue

Greta was fifteen when she made the first pact, hud- dled under the old gazebo with Amy and Summer. Old enough to be considering the future, and making plans accordingly. Young enough to never seriously consider the ramifications of sticking to them. Even if some passing stranger had warned her what a hassle she was setting herself up for, she would have ignored it. They were all secure in themselves, in their foresight—and certainly knew better than to trust anyone over thirty, anyway.

The Sweetheart Dance had not gone well for the three of them, and so they had retreated to the sanctu- ary behind Greta’s house. Summer had pulled a stolen wine cooler out of her sequin-encrusted bag and was passing warm, sticky sips around. Amy’s earlier sobs had quieted to hiccups, hardly audible over the cool February rain.

“We could egg Tommy’s house if you wanted,” Greta offered, but the drizzle and their lethargy over- ruled it.

“Don’t even say that guy’s name.” That from Summer, who was visibly pleased to find the attention was finally off of her lack of date for the evening’s event—again.

“How could he do this to me? We’re in love!” Amy wiped fresh tears with the hem of her pink dress. They comforted her as best they could, the rest of them hav- ing yet to suffer their first teenage heartbreak. Greta suspected that Amy was enjoying her newfound world- liness, just the tiniest bit. But dumped in front of the whole school? The sheer humiliation her friend had endured made Greta shudder.

“It wasn’t Tommy’s idea, you know that.” Greta took another swig of the sugary drink. It was their favorite flavor, margarita. Years later, when they tasted real margaritas for the first time, they made another pact— never to speak of their wine cooler days.

“He shouldn’t have gone along with it, even if it was entirely Lindsey’s plan. He doesn’t care about either one of you. He just thought he had a better chance of getting past second base with her. Tommy is a grade- A asshole.” Summer had grabbed the bottle then and handed it to Amy, having recalled that women in Victo- rian novels often required a bracing drink of ladylike booze after a shock. Amy took the bottle gratefully.

“It didn’t matter what he thought he was getting out of it. Asking Amy to Sweetheart and then showing up with Lindsey instead was a heartless move. He’s heartless,” Greta repeated, fairly pleased with her assessment.

“He isn’t heartless, though! You should see some of the notes he writes me.” Amy fumbled in her clutch for a tissue. And one of the notes. She kept her favor- ites with her at all times.

The girls assured her that they had seen all of the notes, repeatedly, and that they had long suspected he was copying down lines from his mother’s romance novels. She was not inclined to believe it. It seemed that she was already making her plans to win Tommy back, and punish Lindsey in the process.

“It’s better to have loved and lost, though, isn’t it?” Summer had retrieved a second wine cooler and was feeling rather poetic. “At least you’ve been kissed.”

“Oh, I haven’t lost him. We are going to get back together, after a long and groveling apology. On my sweet sixteen, he’ll give me a promise ring. After be- ing crowned king and queen of prom, I’ll give him my virginity in a bed of rose petals. He’ll propose during Christmas break of our senior year at Golden Gate and we’re getting married before we start law school. We are going to get married!” Amy’s face was all but glowing by the time she’d recounted the familiar plans. She hadn’t gotten around to telling Tommy about them yet, but she wouldn’t have to. He would just know what to do, she’d reassured her friends.

“Marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” Greta re- minded them. During the moment they were silent, considering, they could hear her father yelling from the house, even over the pitter-pat of raindrops.

“But if you marry the right one, the one you’re meant to be with, it’s like heaven.” Greta had long since stopped rolling her eyes at Summer’s old-fashioned view of the world. She’d learn soon enough, so to tell her so in advance would have been mean. Amy agreed with Summer, of course.

“How do you even know, though? Like, doesn’t everyone think they are marrying the right one? Other- wise why would you say yes?” Greta asked. They pondered, the truth of her words settling over them like the fog they had grown so accustomed to in the Bay.

It was Amy who had the answer. She had all the answers to everything, as she loved to remind them.

“The people who know you best. They know better than you do, most of the time.” She set down the dregs of her bottle and clasped their hands. The picture was suddenly clear. Just like her friends knew her best. Her friends, who had been gently encouraging a break-up for the past whole entire month. “I’m not going to marry Tommy, am I? Because even though I’m com- pletely love-struck, you guys know it’s a bad idea to get back together with him. You tell me this stuff, even though I don’t want to hear it.” Resilience was another one of her self-described best qualities. The deep love she had felt for Tommy just moments before was al- ready starting to fade into a distant memory.

“That’s what sisters are for,” Summer reminded them. Despite no actual blood relationship, they had considered themselves sisters since meeting in Mrs. Fischer’s second grade class. That was one thing that never changed. It’s why they kept their promise, de- spite each of them cursing it at one time or another.

“My dad didn’t used to be like this. He used to be happy, when we were little. You really think my mom’s friends knew things would end up this way, with him throwing things and screaming and her too stupid to leave before he hits her?” Greta could feel her face set- ting so she didn’t tear up.

“I think he probably talked her out of having friends besides him a long time ago, G. Otherwise, yes, they’d be here now.” Even Summer understood the gravity of this conversation long enough to stop Austenizing. “My mom married the wrong guy too, obviously. By the time he walked out on us, he’d driven her friends off years before. Now the only friends she has are the guys she goes out with every freaking night of the week.”

“Statistically, arranged marriages are some of the most successful. If you take lust out of the equation, the people who know you best recommending a part- ner that suits you best is a pretty smart way to go.” Amy always used statistics, even though she knew her friends thought she made half of them up. She did, but they were one hundred percent too lazy to fact-check her, and that stat was real.

“That’s not very romantic, though.” Summer, of course. “What about love?”

“But I love you guys, and we aren’t romantic. Some- times just getting to know someone intimately leads to love,” Greta said, eyes cast down so no one would see her admit she still believed in love in any form, after watching her father burn things down so often.

“Seriously look at us, you guys. I got dumped in front of the whole school. Summer couldn’t find a date up to her standards, because Summer has never once found a date to be up to her standards. Greta, you’ve been going to every event we’ve been invited to since we were seven—with Michael.”

“What’s wrong with Michael?” she asked. Amy re- minded her that he was her first cousin, and certainly gay even if they lived in a state that condoned such re- lationships. Greta shrugged. It was a fair point.

“Honestly, I don’t think I would ever marry anyone you guys didn’t one hundred percent approve of.” Sum- mer met the girls’ eyes in turn. Amy, and then Greta had agreed with her, and felt secure in the decision. It was so obvious then. They were so lucky to have each other. They would never find anyone who understood them like they understood each other.

And so it came to pass that they found themselves huddling around a half bottle of cheap alcohol, spit- ting into it to make their pact both binding and dis- gusting. There, in rain-bedraggled semi-formal dresses in a backyard reading nook, they linked their pinkies and drank that hideous drink and swore the pact they would all end up regretting but never could quite take back. Because even when they thought they them- selves should be exempt, they were never really will- ing to give up veto power for their beloved best friends. So this is what they swore:

“We, the Sisterhood of the Valentine’s Day Gazebo, do solemnly swear that we’ll never get married with- out the agreement of all of us.” And as they giggled, newly pleased with themselves and passing the drink around, Greta’s dad was leaving forever.

About the Author:

I live in beautiful Kansas City Missouri, where everyone else loves the Royals as much as I do. When I’m busy procrastinating writing, I read a lot, watch all the murder shows, read some more, make soap, travel when I can, and drink wine while I read.

I’m represented by Rebecca Friedman because I am a lucky, lucky girl. Call her if you want me to do Iron Chef, otherwise just hit me up on FB at http://www.facebook.com/kaytimcgeeauthor, and keep being awesome.

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Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Review: HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL by Louise Bay

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Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay
Release Date: August 22nd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Hollywood Scandal, an all-new contemporary romance by Louise Bay is available NOW!!

 

My Review:

Matt Easton, he of Gary, Indiana, and a modeling portfolio, is a film star on the move. Whether that move is up or down, however, will be largely determined by whether or not he’s a good boy.

His agent decides that the best way to fix this is through a contractual relationship. His fans think he’s the adoring boyfriend, and, in the meantime, he stays away from booze and broads. The plan seems to be working because Matt is “in talks” with a big-time director to star in a film that could lead to a franchise.

Right now, though, he’s in a small Maine coastal town, filming his latest movie. He’s also renting a cottage next door to Lana Kelly, she of the hourglass figure and complete unawareness as to who he is.

When you are resolutely publicity-phobic and want nothing to do with your visage getting plastered on tabloids, perhaps dating a Hollywood stud is not the best thing. But Lana kind of digs Matt. She kind of thinks there is more to him than being a Hot Hollywood Hunk. And he really likes her. Like, likes her.

Louise Bay mines this premise for some scorching hot sexy times as well as some emotionally dense moments. You will understand Lana’s reluctance to get involved with Matt, just as you will understand Matt’s hot pursuit of her. You may not always approve of what Lana does–sometimes you will want to shout at her–but you will cheer her on.

One of the things that Bay does is show you how the artist in Matt is affected by the artist in Lana. You can see how this fundamental connection determines, in large part, the trajectory of their relationship. They are creators: he creates characters on film, she creates jewelry.

This is a fun, entertaining, Hot Romance Novel that you will enjoy.

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HE’S A HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR. SHE’S LITERALLY THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

One of Hollywood’s A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I’m going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one night stands.

Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.

She doesn’t recognize me, she’s never heard of Matt Easton and my million dollar smile doesn’t work on her.

Ego shredded, I know I should keep my distance, but when I realize she’s my neighbor I know I’m toast. There’s no way I can resist temptation when it’s ten yards away.

She has a mouth designed for pleasure and legs that will wrap perfectly around my waist.

She’s movie star beautiful and her body is made to be mine.

Getting Lana Kelly into my bed is harder than I’m used to. She’s not interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but I’m determined to convince her the best place in the world is on the red carpet, holding my hand.

I could have any woman in the world, but all I want is the girl next door.

A sexy, standalone romance.

Excerpt:

Matt Easton

“You have a boyfriend?”

She took another sip of wine and set it back on the table before she replied. “You’ve half asked that before.”

I chuckled. True. Not that I was going to act differently if she told me—either way I needed to keep my distance. I just wanted to meet the man who had managed to land this woman. “And I’m still coming up empty.” I glanced at the rise and fall of her creamy breasts, only barely covered by her camisole, and swallowed. Hard. I really should leave.

“See that?” she asked, pointing up over the ocean. “Lightning. And again.”

“Wow, that nearly cut the sky in half.”

Our eyes locked first in excited, shared understanding and then the connection transformed into something that had nothing to do with the lightning. She looked away first. I would have stayed, my eyes fixed on hers the whole night, if she hadn’t. “The air feels charged with something.”

“I don’t have a boyfriend,” she whispered.

It was an invitation, and not one I wanted to turn down. I wanted to touch her, see if her lips were as soft as they looked.

“I want to kiss you,” I said, shifting so that she, and not the storm, had all my attention.

The thunder rumbled again.

Despite the noise surrounding us, I could only focus on the sound of her breathing. My pulse jumped under my skin, at my neck, in my wrists, in my dick.

I really shouldn’t be doing this.

But it was just a kiss.

And she was so beautiful.

And then it would be over.

I slid my thumb over her bottom lip. “Look at me,” I said.

My gaze flickered down as her breasts rose with her breath. It took every ounce of control not to yank her cami down and put my mouth on that warm, soft, pliant flesh.

As I looked at her, our eyes locked, and this time heat passed back and forth between us, growing more scorching with each passing moment.

She wanted me to kiss her. Maybe even strip her naked on this deck and fuck her hard and long until I knew every part of her.

I groaned, blood rushing to my dick, and leaned in to press my lips softly on the corner of her mouth. Her breath was hot and heavy against my cheek. I dropped my hand to her ass and slid her onto my lap.

Wrapping my hands around her silky hair that smelled of the ocean, I pulled, tilting her head back and exposing her neck.

I’d been kidding myself to think this was just a kiss. I wasn’t sure if it was because it had been so long since I’d fucked someone new or whether it was the storm or just the way Lana looked at me, but my whole body reverberated with lust. I wanted to touch, hold, possess her.

I trailed my teeth along her jaw and she squirmed in my lap. I slid my palms up her thighs and lifted her so she was straddling me.

Just a kiss. Right.

I wanted her closer, so I wrapped my hand around the back of her neck and brought her mouth to mine in a fractured, desperate connection. With my other hand, I pushed her ass against me. The heat of her covered pussy against my erection made me groan. Sliding my tongue against the seam of her lips, I delved deeper. Fuck, I’d forgotten how hot making out could be. The stuff before the fucking. Before my reform, it had been all about release. All about seeing how fast I could have a woman’s mouth wrapped around my cock after making eye contact with her.

But not now. Not out here on the porch with Lana. All I could think about was how I couldn’t fuck her, how I’d never make it that far.

She smelled so damn good. Tasted even better.
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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful and Hopeful and the novella series’ The Empire State Series, What the Lightning Sees and Calling Me. The novels and together the series are stand-alone although there are some overlapping characters.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!


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Fixed Forever (Fixed Book #5)

His past was supposed to be behind them.

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Release Blitz: HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL by Louise Bay

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Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay
Release Date: August 22nd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Hollywood Scandal, an all-new contemporary romance by Louise Bay is LIVE!!

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HE’S A HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR. SHE’S LITERALLY THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

One of Hollywood’s A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I’m going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one night stands.

Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.

She doesn’t recognize me, she’s never heard of Matt Easton and my million dollar smile doesn’t work on her.

Ego shredded, I know I should keep my distance, but when I realize she’s my neighbor I know I’m toast. There’s no way I can resist temptation when it’s ten yards away.

She has a mouth designed for pleasure and legs that will wrap perfectly around my waist.

She’s movie star beautiful and her body is made to be mine.

Getting Lana Kelly into my bed is harder than I’m used to. She’s not interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but I’m determined to convince her the best place in the world is on the red carpet, holding my hand.

I could have any woman in the world, but all I want is the girl next door.

A sexy, standalone romance.

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USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful and Hopeful and the novella series’ The Empire State Series, What the Lightning Sees and Calling Me. The novels and together the series are stand-alone although there are some overlapping characters.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!


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Review Blitz: DRUNK DIAL by Penelope Ward

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My Review:

Two things you need to know before you dive into Drunk Diali:

  1. You will develop cravings for lunch truck sandwiches.
  2. You will want to belly dance. (Or, in my case, learn how to belly dance.)

One night after a few too many glasses of wine, Rana drunk dials the guy she’s loved since she was thirteen. She hasn’t seen him in YEARS. But this isn’t the time for rational thoughts. It’s the time to get a little drunky and make that call.

Landon, on the receiving end of Rana’s drunk dial, wants to keep up the conversation. So they get to know each other again after all those years. She’s a belly dancer in a Greek restaurant, and he has his own food truck business. They reminisce and reconnect. This, of course, leads to some sexy-type attraction, but with him in Los Angeles and her in Detroit, how can they act on those things?

On its surface, this looks like an angsty romance, but there is so much more to it than that. There is some comedy (Rana’s father made me laugh out loud), and there are some deliciously hot sexy times. Penelope Ward also adds a subplot involving adoption.

Penelope Ward adds a subplot involving adoption, which she uses to emphasize that we choose to love the ones we love. It’s an important message, one that Ward writes effectively. She also addresses the futility of making external changes to try and mask our internal struggles. I liked that particular point quite a bit.

I don’t want to say much more about this book because Penelope Ward delivers some surprises, both heartfelt and humorous. She also makes you wonder what might happen if you drunk dialed that certain someone who you can’t forget.

 

Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

 

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Mack Daddy:
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Neighbor Dearest:
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Stepbrother Dearest:
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RoomHate:
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Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Sins of Sevin:
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Jake Undone (Jake #1):
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Jake Understood (Jake #2):
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My Skylar
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Gemini:
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