Review – Malcolm by Jade Sinner

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Malcolm – The Meeting by Jade Sinner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you need a quick fix when reading, especially if you are a busy mama or have a demanding job. You need a tale that is going to tempt you to read further but one that you can quickly gobble up in one sitting. You need a story by the dynamic duo of authors, Jade Sinner, which will heat you up but hit your heart along the way. Malcolm, the latest sensation by Jade Sinner, is a sexy and spellbinding story filled with swoon.

From beginning to end, I was beguiled by this book that is pure Jade Sinner BUT BETTER. Even if this story were a full-length novel, I would not have been able to put this intoxicating and intense story down. Malcolm not only burned my body but stormed my soul, hitting my heart where my emotions were engulfed in this short story, pulling at every part of me.

Beautiful brunette and blue-eyed Amanda ‘Mandy’ Wells is lamenting on her life, the life she lost a few years ago when a tragedy took her husband, leaving Mandy alone to raise her baby. Robbed of joy, Mandy focuses on her boy.

The heartache Mandy has endured by age 25 resonated pain that poured into me where I could not stop the waterworks that fell. 

“It’s been so long since I’ve thrown caution to the wind and let myself go. One night of abandoned, reckless fun. How difficult would that be to do?”

Pressured by her best friend and mother, Mandy agrees to a blind date at a bar. A blind date who she can’t find, but instead found the gorgeous dark-haired and blue-eyed Malcolm Peppernick, a former hockey player with a body built for sin.

“There’s something about her…I want to know more. I’m wanting to know her like I’ve never wanted to know anyone…There’s a pull—a magnetic force—drawing me closer to her.”

The immediate chemistry catches both Mandy and Malcolm off guard, both are at war, wanting to put their past lives to rest but unsure how to recover.

“Our lips unite. I capture hers, tasting her shiny gloss as we kiss…wanting more…This beautiful lady is the power and energy I hadn’t realized I was missing.”

Mandy must decide if she’s going to throw caution to the wind and start to finally live again.

“As heat and wetness flood my core, I contemplate how I went from nun to slut in the matter of forty minutes.”

“This is one night.”

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One night. One night that feels like fate fell on her lap. Can Mandy lose the reigns of the past long enough to spend one hot night with a stranger or will guilt eat her alive? Fate and the past both are at war…only one will win. 

“You said you want one night. One night doesn’t end with a kiss. It begins with one.”

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A short story with soul and steam, Malcolm is packed with perfection. Tender and touching yet tantalizing, this tale is pure addiction! I was wholeheartedly hooked! Hook. Line. Sinker. My soul sunk into this story along with my heart.

Malcolm is different than the other creations by this author duo in that it hits you with even more heart than heat in what is Jade Sinner’s BEST BOOK YET! Malcolm is so much more than a short sexy and sugary sweet story. Malcolm’s messages are as heart-hitting as the story itself: Live life to its fullest and don’t let it pass you by even if it means brushing yourself off and starting over again.

Like a fine wine with age, Jade Sinner’s books get better and better. Each tale is more terrific than the last. Jade Sinner’s short, sweet, and sexy stories have become my addiction and oh was I achingly addicted to Malcolm. Jade Sinner’s stories have quickly become my go-to fast fixes. It’s impressive to see their stories morph into something amazing. Something better. Something beautiful. Something you need to read like Malcolm.

★★★★4.5 sweet, sexy, and soul-shooting stars

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“One night doesn’t end with a kiss. It begins with one.”

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One night to remember.
That is what I allow myself. One night for fun, for passion, but not for love.
I have a man in my life, one I adore. He’s five years old and all the man I have time for.
Fate took away his daddy. What would happen if I allowed fate another chance, one night, one meeting?

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Blind dates are disasters. If I weren’t helping the friend of a friend, I wouldn’t go.
After all, the Pep my friend knew is gone. No longer the hockey star known for his pep on the ice and in the sack, I have a new life, and a new career—a new passion.
When the blind date is a bust, could one chance meeting change everything?

Read this fun, touching, predictable, short, hot, and steamy book and learn how one meeting can lead to so much more! Malcolm: The Meeting is a standalone with a guaranteed HEA. Don’t miss your next bookgasm.

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Review – Hard to Fall by Marquita Valentine

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Hard to Fall by Marquita Valentine

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly? ~Erin Hansen

I decided to leap blindly into Hard to Fall, the fourth story in the Take the Fall series by Marquita Valentine. Sometimes you just have to take that jump in life and in books. So I jumped, free-falling into Hard to Fall. I had not read any other stories in this series or any of this author’s books. Oh did I fall hard for Hard to Fall, a spellbinding and sexy story of love against the odds that hijacked my heart with a hero who made me swoon.

From the very first page, I sank into this story, submerging myself where I quickly became spellbound. The sweet, small town setting and vibe brought me back to my time living in a little North Carolina town. This Southern gal now living in Europe was transported back into the South where Hard to Fall felt a bit like coming home.

Coming home also meant politics. Growing up in the D.C. suburbs of Virginia, I could not help but live and breathe politics—whether I wanted to or not. I share a dislike of politics just like the hero in this story; his was part of his family where mine was part of my roots.

“It’s our family business that comes first… Walkers are career politicians. Have been since the Revolutionary War…and I f**king hate it.”

Hayden Walker with his dark blond hair, blue eyes, tall, and muscular body is the definition of hot. Speaking of hot, Hayden is a fire captain, every woman’s fantasy. A hardworking and hard-partying fire captain who doesn’t want to follow in his senator father’s political footsteps though it has been Hayden’s destiny since day one. Hayden feels hopeless and that feeling hits me, where I want to tell him to run for the hills and never cave into the cut-throat career of politics that can eat you alive.

“I know this is my duty. I know it is what’s expected of me, but I have a job, a career, but none of it matters to anyone but me.”

One distraction from Hayden’s political calling is the wedding of his best friend Hunter in Mexico, a much-needed getaway that comes at the right time for Hayden. A time to let loose and party before the reigns are tightened and the political noose is around his neck. Oh does Hayden party hard, so hard that a la Hangover style, he wakes up the next day in a blur though the beautiful woman he spots the next morning looks oddly familiar.

Saylor Dean, a beautiful brunette with brown eyes and curves in all the right places is the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and absentee father of a Senator and runs an animal shelter. Her heart is as big as her brown eyes.

“Some might call me a lonely little rich girl with first world problems. I disagree with that descriptor, well, the lonely part anyway.”

Saylor may have gone to see her best friend, Evangeline, get married in Mexico but had no idea that she too would become a bride. One tonight together in Mexico was forgettable for Hayden but unforgettable for Saylor.

“Our night together was nothing but a fluke. Worse, it was forgettable. I am forgettable. Easily disregarded.”

I wanted to reach though the pages and hug Saylor and life her low self-esteem that had my heart breaking. Hayden can’t help but be attracted to his the best friend of his best friend’s wife; a woman who keeps crossing his path. A woman who he has no clue is his wife. Saylor is unique and Hayden can’t stop pursuing her.

“I like the beat of your drum.”

Hayden has never felt anything for a woman before beyond a physical attraction. Saylor is special; she is a spark of light in his darkened world that feels hopeless.

“You make me feel like…things can get better for me. Like my own ray of sunshine.”

His father has increased the political pressure, giving Hayden the choice of landing a bride in 45 days to help the Senator’s campaign or run for the second vacant senator position himself. Little does he know he is already married.

“My reprieve from a life of politics is quickly coming to a close.”

The chemistry between Saylor and Hayden is like fireworks, sparking with passion and promise.

“He gently grabs my chin, forcing me to acknowledge he’s there. With incite tenderness, he kisses me and I tremble.”

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The past parades through Hayden and Saylor like a tornado, threatening to destroy everything and everyone in its path. Secrets and scandals await their debut. In the dirty world of politics, love may never stand a chance.

“I finally matter to someone…If I tell him the truth, I could lose that…I would lose that. He won’t look at me in the same way again.”

Politics is often fake but everything about this politically-powered romance felt raw and real. I could not help but feel every word I read in Hard to Fall, a tender and touching romance full of twists and turns that tugged at my heartstrings. The hero in Hard to Fall, Hayden, stole my swoon as he was utter perfection in the lethal mix of sexy alpha with a huge heart. The small town setting in the South brought more sugar to an already sweet romance. The surprise scandals with this tale’s twists and turns kept the reader guessing and wanting more.

Hard to Fall was my first book by Marquita Valentine and oh did I fall hard in love! I FELT ALL OF THE SWOON. This story quickly wrapped itself around my heart and never let go.

★★★★ ‘hard not to fall in love’ stars

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As a hardworking, hard-partying firefighter, Hayden Walker values his career and his freedom. But as the eldest son of a U.S. senator, he agreed long ago to follow in his father’s footsteps and run for office, and that means settling down and marrying the picture-perfect wife. Hayden just isn’t ready for that sort of commitment . . . not with women like beautiful, curvy Saylor Dean—the naughty bridesmaid he recognizes the morning after his buddy’s wedding—tempting Hayden to stay single forever.
 
The unwanted love child of a well-known politician, Saylor has always felt isolated and alone, her only solace the animal shelter she runs in Forrestville. Then she meets Hayden at her best friend’s wedding. During their impulsive and unforgettable night together, Saylor feels desired like never before—only to wake up and find that Hayden doesn’t remember his drunken proposal, or their hasty marriage, or her. But when the truth comes out, Saylor finds it’s a lot harder to fall out of love than in love.

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Review – Bold Beautiful Love by Angel Payne

 

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In every review that I have completed for Angel Payne’s Cimarron Series, I have always made a point to let her know how much I enjoy – no, ADORE – my trips to Arcadia. I can say that the series is paradise on the pages. As I finished Bold Beautiful Love and closed the book on Cassian and Mishella’s whirlwind romance I sent the following message to Angel:

“Red, you know I love everything that I have read from you. You are ridiculously talented and I couldn’t be more happy to know your work. And I cannot believe I’m going to say this… I love this Temptation spin off more than the original series! OMG! Cassian Court… There are NO WORDS for this man. He’s perfection. And Ella? I adore her. Just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!”

Bold Beautiful Love starts with Mishella’s return to her homeland after a catastrophic terrorist attack. With her home in ruins, Ella must also face even bigger obstacles – dangers at court, a long time friendship left in tatters, defending and believing in the man who has changed her heart and given her a love unlike any she has ever known. The greed and ultimate betrayal of family…

The romance in this book… this ENTIRE Temptation Court series. I have never sighed so much, swooned so much. Cassian Court is in a class all of his own. He’s solid in his love for Mishella. He is determined to have her – all of her. He’s a man on a mission to save his beautiful woman from the despicable people that she calls family and have her see herself for all that she is. Having fallen for more than one of Angel’s leading men, I can honestly say that Cassian Court took my breath away. I want him all to myself. Watching Mishella transform from a brow beaten, sad servant to a triumphant, strong woman? Amazing! She made my heart soar. To see her embrace her love and to stand on her own two feet under Cassian’s care made this book the perfect ending to a series that should be read by everyone reading this review!

Bold Beautiful Love has twists and turns that stun. A cast of characters that made me as angry as they did happy. While I bragged on the romance, don’t believe this book wasn’t sexy. Oh no! Cassian may be a romantic but he’s a dirty dominant with a flair for naughty talk in fluent Arcadian. It made my toes tingle. Oh, Cassian Court…

This is a must read! The entire Temptation Court series is an absolute MUST READ! Fantastic, Angel!

5 Bold Beautiful Stars!

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Cassian Court and Mishella Santelle’s love story comes to an emotional climax…

Bold fate…
Cassian Court—powerful, beautiful, sensual—is the man who has changed Mishella Santelle’s life with the world’s most unconventional business contract—and captured her heart with a destiny neither of them can deny.

But passion comes with a price. They’ve both had to confront demons, banish ghosts, face fears, and dig to the deepest truths of their souls—hells that have been worth it for the promise of finding their heaven.

Until fate delivers them a crushing new blow.

Beautiful disaster…
When crisis strikes the Mediterranean island of Arcadia, Mishella is summoned back home—and unsure how to reconcile the woman she has become with the girl she is still perceived as. Things go from difficult to devastating when Arcadian court politics rev into high gear, setting up Cassian as the Judas responsible for the island’s devastation.

A love demanding everything…
Now, Mishella is issued an ultimatum: her country or her lover? The choice agonizes as much as the truths it exposes, the trust it tests—and puts Cassian and Mishella through their most brutal crucible yet.

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Review – Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Let me share this whole new world with you.” ~Aladdin

Our lives may not always be fairy tales, but we can experience them in books every day. We can feel the fantasy; we can live the dream. Who doesn’t want to be a princess? Emma Chase whisks you into a better-than-Cinderella fairy tale in Royally Screwed where you feel that fantasy as you dive into one delicious dream. Alluring and all-consuming, Royally Screwed is a modern day rags-to-riches romance with a sexy Prince and the perfect blend of heat, humor, and heart.

Feeling like a Disney Princess, I dove into the delicious Royally Screwed where I wanted to take my time, sprinkling myself into this dream like fairy dust, where I could bask in the glow of wonder. Now for the reality: I devoured Royally Screwed with a deep hunger like an addict, ignoring everything and everyone, not wanting to surface for air. I could not sink fast enough into this story that quickly became my crack, captivating and claiming all of me. Royally Screwed instantly thrust me into a royal kingdom with one panty-melting and passionate Prince where I wanted to be his Cinderella.

Prince Nicholas Pembrook of Wessco is tall, blue-eyed, dark-haired, and handsome with a delicious body and dirty-talking mouth.

“What do you like to do in your spare time?”

“I enjoy rock climbing, driving as fast as I can without crashing, flying, good scotch, B-movies, and a scathingly passive-aggressive verbal exchange with the Queen…and I like to f**k. Which is probably the answer my fans would rather hear. The Palace, however, would lose their ever-loving minds if I had said that.”

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His Royal Hotness indeed. The Prince’s inner thoughts were icing on the cake.

While Nicholas enjoys the royal perks, he is not a fan of his princely duties and wants to live as a real guy for once. According to the Queen, this hot and hilarious Prince doesn’t take those duties seriously. To save the kingdom from further embarrassment and worldwide mockery, the Queen decided that the Prince must find his Princess from a list of suitable royalty of course.

“The Queen has me by the balls—and I’m going to have to bleach my brain for even completing that thought—but besides that, I still have time.”

With only six months to find a bride, the Prince does what only a royally hot alpha who hates his royally ridiculous responsibilities can do: Run off to New York City to embark on one last adventure, far away from his princely duties, before he is forced into a wedding he doesn’t want. Little does Nicholas count on was his adventure being one where a beautiful waitress hurls a pie at his face after an offer he thought she wouldn’t refuse, and it’s a fixation at first sight.

“I’ve been told my cock is a gift from God. You should test that opinion tonight. You know…for religion.”

HOLY. HOT. That line may be cheesy but it fans the flame, heating me into molten lava.

Beautiful Olivia Hammond is struggling financially to help keep her family afloat in a bakery serving her famous pies. One Prince wants to devour her like pie and Olivia doesn’t have time for a distraction, no matter how tempting he is or how scrumptious he looks.

“I feel like a James Bond martini—shaken—but also stirred.”

The Prince is a determined man who has always taken what he wants. What or who he wants is Olivia, the gal with the sassy mouth and lush lips that he wants to taste. His raunchy and racy humor along with his charm is slowly seducing Olivia.

“Possessively. Boldly. Like he owns me. And in this moment he does. Holy f**k. Does he know how to kiss. I think I have an orgasm of the mouth. A mouth-gasm. And it’s amazing.”

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Combine the seductive charm and heated humor with one passionate and soul-shattering kiss and Olivia falls into the rabbit hole, completely smitten by the oh-so-persuasive Prince.

Somehow, perhaps halfway through Royally Screwed, my laughing and lusting was overcome by swooning as this story penetrated my heart, piercing it like Cupid’s arrow. Hook. Line. Sinker. I was royally smitten and my heart was royally sunk.

“I smile—and I know it’s radiant. Because that’s how I feel. Right now—in his arms. Lit from the inside, like a luminous shooting start that won’t ever dim.”

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The Prince moves from seducer to seduced as Olivia’s power over him is like that of no other woman. She is the first to see the man behind the mirror…the real Nicholas.

“She looks into my eyes and I’m lost. Wrecked. Owned.”

Olivia has the Prince under her spell, and he wants to remain spellbound. Olivia doesn’t want to end the best thing that’s ever happened to her, the man who is more than just a Prince. The man who is sweet, sexy, funny, and amazing who has stolen her heart.

“…I see him clearly. It’s the face of a fallen angel. A fallen angel with secrets in his eyes.”

Prince Nicholas’ duty is to marry a noble bride, not a commoner. If only the law allowed him to marry Olivia, the woman who has quickly captured his heart but one who must be a temporary fix because duty calls.

“I should’ve left her alone. I should’ve walked away the moment I started to feel…everything. I had no business trying to keep her. It will forever be the cruelest thing I’ve ever done.”

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Secrets, lies, and an unyielding Queen equate to one royal mess. Nicholas is royally screwed.

“We can’t change who we are—not a queen, a prince, or a girl from New York. Like he told me once…royalty is forever.”

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Royally Screwed is royally incredible, one unputdownable and unforgettable tale! I fell fast and hard for Prince Nicholas, one of my new best book boyfriends and amazing alphas. I fell fast and hard for the secondary characters, Prince Henry the little brother, and Franny, Olivia’s new royal friend whose lady balls were sky high. I fell fast and hard for Royally Screwed, an immensely intoxicating and incredible modern day Cinderella story. I FELL FAST AND HARD FOR IT ALL!.

This book is bloody brilliant! Royally Screwed blew me away as one of best books I’ve read this year and ever! I did not expect this story to twist and turn itself around me where I FELT ALL THE FEELS. I laughed and lusted, and then cried happy and sad tears. Royally Screwed brought the heat and humor, but also a heap of heart coupled with courage and hope where I could not help but FALL IN UTTER LOVE with this rom-com that is SO MUCH MORE.

I don’t know why I waited so long to meet Emma Chase’s masterpieces, but I was a fool to procrastinate. This author is one of my new favorites: those who BRING IT ALL to their work, where their imaginations, humor, and hearts are poured into every beautiful and brilliant word. These go-to authors write books that aren’t simply stories but escapes from reality, adventures where you free-fall so hard that you don’t to surface for air.

Emma Chase sprinkled fairy dust on the pages of Royally Screwed, an enchanting and entertaining story of epic love, a gem so beautiful and bright. Royally Screwed is pure magic, penned and painted to perfection, a movie playing while reading. I had laughs in my gut, love in my heart and stars in my eyes. The story that’s an ace in a sea of cards, I can’t wait to get Royally Screwed again as my fairy tale was over too soon.

★★★★★ 5 royally good stars

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SYNOPSIS

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

EXCERPT

“I have a plan.”

We’re in the library of the suite. Nicholas is behind the desk, his hair falling still damp over his forehead from a recent shower, while James and Tommy stand near the windows.

“Take off your clothes,” I say, dropping a stuffed backpack at my feet.

He stands, giving me a curious, dimple-flashing smile that makes my stomach tingle.

“I like this plan.”

He pulls his shirt over his head—and at the sight of that gorgeous chest and ripped abs, I have to close my mouth to stop the flow of drool.

“Should I send the lads to their room?” he asks.

    I toss him a Beastie Boys T-shirt and ripped jeans from the backpack. “They can stay—I’ll get to them in a second.”

Nicholas puts on the outfit, his disguise for the day. I hold up a thick gold chain with a dangling cross, and he dips his head so I can loop it over his neck. Then I squirt gel into my hand and reach up on tiptoes to rub it through his hair—mussing it at the top and slicking the sides.

Perfect.

“Do you know how to drive a motorcycle?”

“Yes.”

“Excellent.” I pull a helmet with a full, tinted face shield out of the backpack and hold it up. “Marty’s bike is downstairs. He said to tell you: break it, you bought…a Ducati.”

Logan steps into the room from where he was stationed just outside the door, lifting his hand, like a traffic cop. “Hold on, now—”

Nicholas takes the helmet. “It’ll be fine, Logan.”

“And,” I say cautiously, turning to the three big, strong, probably-have-a-license-to-kill boys. “I want Nicholas and me to go on this outing alone. You guys stay here.”

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph.” Tommy says.

James makes the sign of the cross.

Logan takes another route. “No fuckin’ way. Not possible.”

But the look on Nicholas’s face says it’s definitely possible.

“No,” Logan insists again, his voice straining with a faint hint of desperation.

    “I have an itinerary.” I take the sealed envelope out of the backpack and hand it to Logan. “I wrote everything down for you, just in case—exactly where we’ll be, every minute.” When he starts to tear it open I put my hand on his. “You can’t open it until after we’re gone—it’ll ruin the surprise. But I promise it will be all right. I swear on my life.”

My eyes drift from Logan to Nicholas. “Trust me.”

And I want him to—so much. I want to do this for him, give him something he hasn’t had. Something he’ll remember always: freedom.

Nicholas looks at the helmet, then at Logan. “What’s the worst that could happen?”

“Ah…you could get assassinated and the three of us will hang for treason.”

“Don’t be silly,” Nicholas scoffs. “We haven’t hung anyone in years.” He smacks Logan’s back. “It’d be the firing squad.”

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Review – The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

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The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best relationships begin as friendships.

Sometimes you need more spice and sizzle when devouring a book. Other times you want that sweet story that makes you gush at the great love resonating throughout the read. Lauren Blakely went a bit rogue on The Sexy One—penning it in a dual POV, pumping it with more passion, and sweetening this story with more sugary goodness than her previous romances—and I LOVED EVERY MAGICAL MINUTE!!!

It didn’t take me but a few pages to realize that this romance from the lovely Lauren Blakely was different. Different in a sweet sigh sort of way. Different in a fluttery butterfly way. Different in THE BEST WAY.

Ahhh…The Sexy One. Don’t let this story’s name fool you; there is so much more sweetness than sexiness buried beneath The Sexy One. Subtly sexy and sugary sweet, The Sexy One is a good old-fashioned love story with a forbidden twist.

Simon Travers, a single and super sexy dad, develops a friendship with his little lady’s beautiful nanny, Abby. That friendship is full of sparks that are ready to ignite into a firestorm. This book was ready to go boom.

“If you look up ‘hot single dad’ in the dictionary, you’d find his picture…He’s the prize in the available dad sweepstakes.”

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Oh did Simon make me melt into a pool of goo from head to toe. Six feet three inches of hotness with broad shoulders, prize abs, facial stubble, dark blond hair, and crystal blue eyes made for one panty-melting piece of perfection. Add that hotness to the sexy and sweet single dad and I was DONE. DONE!

“For a bonus prize, add in that he’s an amazing father. That’s some sexy kryptonite right there.”

HOLY SWOON! I’ve succumbed to Simon and I haven’t even hit 5% into the story. This man is already everything and he hasn’t even opened his mouth yet.

Simon can’t help but be attracted to his nanny whose personality is as beautiful as her looks. Abby is a breath of fresh air and sunshine all wrapped into one pretty package. I LOVED SIMON. I LOVED ABBY. I wanted a love connection between these two beautiful people.

“Insta-lust. It’s morphed into a lot more than lust in all this time she’s spent in my home, with my family, with my kid. Admiration. Fondness. The real deal.”

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Temptation is tough. So tough that temptation turns into a kiss, a scorching and sweet kiss, a kiss that can’t become more.

“I slant my mouth to hers. Our lips touch, and it’s like a world that was ordinary has now turned extraordinary…My entire body is alive…I’m lost in a kiss I barely saw coming, one I’m powerless to stop.”

Abby is affected by that kiss, the one that rocked her world, just like Simon.

“This man isn’t just turning me on. He’s turning me into a woman who wants only to be taken.”

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The passion poured from the pages as the chemistry crashed down on this couple. Simon is smitten. Though a relationship with his little girl’s nanny, his employee, is out. Forbidden.

“I might have stepped over a line yesterday, but that doesn’t give me permission to do it again. That’s the thing about lines. We make them, we break them, and we keep them. This is a line I need to maintain.”

The Sexy One is a tender friends-to-lovers tale that touched me HARD. I was quickly captivated and claimed. The Sexy One has THE CLICK—that connection to the characters and everything about the story from inside out—where I could not help but fall fast and furiously in INSTA-LOVE.

What I LOVE about Lauren Blakely’s books is that they aren’t just sets of series; they are family that are so perfectly and lovingly linked that they feel familiar. Reading each story with subtle ties to previous tales feels like coming home to characters who have carved out a piece of my heart. Characters who feel close. Characters who I love like family. Characters who feel like more.

Not the usual fire-hot and funny Lauren Blakely book that I’ve come to love in these last few interwoven series, The Sexy One is sweetness and smolder and MORE. SO MUCH MORE. So spellbinding. So swoon-filled. So sugary good. The Sexy One is a slow burn, a story that seduced me slowly and sensually in THE BEST WAY.

The perfect recipe for romance, this story is sheer brilliance from beginning to end. A breath of fresh air. The Sexy One is a ride to ROMANCE HEAVEN. I can’t help but ache for more of this blissful book as I’m not quite done swooning.

★★★★★ seductive, sexy, and huge heart-filled stars

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From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She’s the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits… But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.

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The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more… can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

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Review – The Promise by Melody Grace

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The Promise by Melody Grace

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first time you fall in love, it changes you forever. No matter how hard you try, that feeling never goes away. ~Nicholas Sparks

Books are like love; we get lost in them. We feel them. We experience them. The Promise by Melody Grace crashed into me unexpectedly, casting me under its spell, where I could do nothing but succumb to this story that shattered my soul and hijacked my heart from beginning to end.

From the beginning, I knew that this was unlike any other Melody Grace book I’ve ever read; it was way better. I knew that this story with its simple title would not be simple at all. The Promise…so much meaning in two little words. So much hope. So much potential. Simple-sounding but significant words.

The Promise took me prisoner from page one, immersing me, as I was intoxicated by the beauty and brilliance of words that rivaled those in a Nicholas Sparks novel. My emotions entangled around me, engulfing every part of me where I felt powerless to stop the feelings that threatened to flow.

A 19-year-old girl, Claire Fortune, promised her dying best friend that she would complete her bestie’s bucket list. A bucket list that would take Claire out of her Texas hometown into unchartered territory, Boston, a big city for a small town girl. A new adventure. A new life.

“I half-expected this new adventure to be a dream that would dissolve with every yawning breath, and when it didn’t, I treasured it all over again.”

This bucket list was so out of the reserved Claire’s comfort zone but one she would see through until completion. A bucket list that altered Claire’s world. A bucket list that meant everything.

Sometimes love comes along when you least expect and changes you forever.

“I wasn’t looking for a man to walk through the door and change my life. I wasn’t that girl at all. But that’s not how this story goes.”

Claire didn’t expect to check off finding a man who would change her life, an item not on her bucket list, but one that was an unexpected surprise.

“I wanted something I’d never wanted before, with a fierce hunger that took the wind from my lungs.”

A gorgeous guy named Theo, a poet with a huge heart, walked into Claire’s life, shifting their worlds forever.

“We were gravity, we were the earth’s orbit, inexorably drawn together.”

Love is built on trust, so delicately woven that once broken, may break the already fragile love. Once lost, love is the greatest hit to the heart of all.

“I thought I knew what it was to love and lose, to feel that wretched agony split your world apart, the jagged edged of an empty forever taunting with every raw, ragged breath…and then I lost Theo too. It was over. It was all my fault.”

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I lost myself in The Promise, vanishing into this life-altering story, spellbound, as it seized every part of me: body, heart, and soul. The Promise hit my heart and shattered my soul where my emotions bled for this book. I was melded to every word. I smiled all the smiles. I cried all the tears. I felt all the feels. I FELT EVERYTHING.

Melody Grace poured her heart, blood, sweat, and tears into her most brilliant and best book yet, a perfectly poignant romance that remains for a lifetime like that epic love. The Promise is a story that is so much more than those two simple words. The Promise is taking that leap and living life to the fullest. The Promise is love against the odds. The Promise is happiness, hope, and heartbreak in a book bathed in beautiful words. The Promise is EVERYTHING.

Enjoy the little moments in life, for some day you will look back and realize they were the big things. Every day is a new beginning. A chance to love. A chance to live. A chance to dream. A chance to do! We live through our actions. We live through our memories. Sometimes we live through stories.

I lived and loved through The Promise, a breathtakingly beautiful and broken love story by Melody Grace, where I was wrecked in the worst and best way. I fell in deep and devotional love with The Promise. I gave my soul to this story—as if I had a choice—for it to be sucked in and stolen from me. I gave my heart to The Promise, this tender and touching tale, where it was massacred yet melted. I lost myself in The Promise where I may forever remain.

★★★★★ ‘but worth more’ perfectly poignant ‘full of promise’ stars

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“Promise me one thing. Promise me you’ll live.”

Claire Fortune arrives in Boston with an old notebook and her best friend’s dying wish – to finish the scribbled bucket list that Hope didn’t have time to complete. Moment by moment, Claire builds a life she never dreamed of – until Theo walks into the coffee-shop one crisp September afternoon, and her careful plans scatter on the winds.

Sometimes a chance meeting can change a life forever.
Sometimes fate knows exactly what we need.

Perfect for fans of ‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘The Promise’ brings together two people searching for a love that can overcome tragedy. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that challenges us to live – and love – every day as if it were our last.

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Review – Honor by Jay Crownover

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Honor by Jay Crownover

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The devil is not as black as he is painted.”

Jay Crownover painted her latest story at the Point, Honor, in black and red with maybe a hint of white to represent the darkness that often eclipsed the light. I thought I was prepared for the battle this book would bestow on me, but nothing could have primed me for Honor, Jay Crownover’s blackest book ever. No pep talk or words of wisdom would have helped me walk through the pits of hell where the devil reigned, praying for a sliver of light. All I could do was dive in and silently pray for mercy on my emotions, hoping they would stay at bay.

I wanted to rush through this riveting read, soaking up all of the ‘Crownover Crack.’ My emotions engulfed like flames, making me read in smaller doses. Some of these doses delivered darts of darkness that made me pull away to try to catch my rapidly beating heart. Honor swiftly sunk my soul, where it drowned in the dark in hopes to see light. Honor was my enchantment. My escape. My EVERYTHING.

The Introduction warned me, willing those feels to stand down. The Prologue prepared me for this battle, a book I knew would wreck me…and oh did it tear me apart. This battle was dark and deadly, one forged from the depths of hell, but one where I had to survive. This dark devil’s tale became my demise and I wanted to fight by his side. I knew Nassir’s story would be the hardest to digest and the longest from which to heal, but a story perhaps more worthy than those of the others who paraded the Point.

“I wasn’t just part of a war…I was the war.”

Nassir Gates, the beautiful man who is the power of the Point, had already waged a war in his past life that made the Point look like a playground. This brave boy went to war alone with no one by his side, not even his family.

“There was an army of one, and the war he fought was for survival and self-preservation.”

I wanted to hug the boy who was robbed of his childhood. I could not help but break and bleed for the man forced to become the monster…all that he’s even known. Until one woman lends him a lifeline, a sliver of light in the depths of darkness. A life with lost meaning, Honor is Nassir’s reason to live.

“She was so much more than freedom. She was Honor.”

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Nassir’s salvation and soul rest in Honor, a virtue and savior. Beautiful and vibrant Keelyn ‘Key’ Foster danced her way through Nassir’s club and into his heart, giving him a reason to care…a reason to live…for the first time ever. She left him once the devil revealed a glimpse of an angel, fleeing from her past. It’s time for the devil to pay his dues and take what’s taunted him and holds a piece of him: Honor.

“My devil wasn’t going to push me…he was going to do what devils did best. He was going to tempt me.”

Oh what a temptation Nassir Gates was from outside in. Golden skin and bronze eyes, dark hair, and a body made of perfection with a dominance that made me melt. This monster if made into superhero would be the Punisher, half villain and half hero, as Nassir walks a fine line between good and evil. Key did not stand a chance against this dashing devil.

“I was made to stand out not to blend in, and I was going back to the Point ready to shine.”

Of course, Nassir doesn’t stand a chance against Key either as she is the only one to unlock his frozen heart. Beauty, brains, and bravery in spades, Key is Nassir’s equal in every way. She is her own warrior. Both are a match made in heaven forged in hell.

“You are so deep inside of me I feel like I’m missing pieces of myself when you aren’t around.”

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The devil melted me, even making me swoon. The heart I tried to freeze to stay strong in this story shattered so many times.

“He kissed like he did everything else, with finesse, with skill, with demand and force.”

His beautiful battle warrior wills him to fight as she doesn’t want to want Nassir, but can’t help the power and passion that permeate between them. This devil plays dirty to collect his dues, needing the Key to his heart.

“I’m not giving you my heart.”

“You don’t have to give it to me, because I’m going to take it one way or another.”

One dark angel…one mixed devil…one team…one war. Tragedy strikes, blood is shed, and war wages on the Point where lives are altered forever. The past may be the most dangerous weapon of all.

“When you make your home in hell, you want to have the devil in your corner.”

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Oh did this devil dancing on the city of doom demolish every part of me. Honor dipped me into the darkness, dangling my emotions off a cliff, where I could not help but fall. I FELL HARD for Honor, a story that shook my soul with a force I did not see coming, but one that engulfed every emotion like a raging inferno. Honor BLEW ME AWAY!!!

Honor hit my heart hard, wrecking it—wrecking me—in the best way. Haunting, heartbreaking, and heroic, Honor is a must-read romance that rages among the ashes in an epic story of the hardest-fought love ever. HONOR WAS EVERYTHING!!!

Only Jay Crownover can make you fall in love with the devil and follow him to the pits of hell. Oh did I want this dashing devil in my corner, Nassir, my dark knight. I fell so deeply in love with a villain who—hidden beneath the mask—was a hero with a heart. Jay Crownover’s writing reaches inside deeply, grabs your heart, holding it in its hands, and then both hits and hugs it so hard. With each story Jay Crownover writes, I fall deeper into her spell that I’ve dubbed ‘Crownover Crack’ since meeting this author’s first masterpiece, Rule, years ago.

Those devastatingly beautiful books that authors pen like paint to a canvas, so vivid and valuable…THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT STEAL MY SOUL AND OWN ME FOR LIFE. Jay Crownover is one of those wondrous writers of brilliant books that break you, bind you, and brandish themselves to you forever. It’s that ‘Crownover Crack’ that hits me harder each time, where I’m rendered with the worst yet best emotional hangovers. My ride through heaven and hell was a huge honor, one I’d do again in a heartbeat.

5 ‘but worth 10’ heart-hitting and honor-filled stars

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Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one front and center.

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              I was in the Point for less than a day when I got word that the man that ran the streets wanted to see me. I like to lay low. I liked to blend in, but here it didn’t see like that was an option. Instead of desert sand, the battleground here was asphalt and concrete, and as soon as my presence was known, it was as if this place recognized the fight lying dormant inside of me. This city called to it. I don’t know why I instantly felt like I fit, but I did. So I went to see the man in charge, fully expecting to offer him the last of my cash in order to gain a foothold in the desolate kingdom. I was a survivor. I could do without money for a little bit. No man was more resourceful than I was.

              I walked into a disgustingly gaudy strip club, offended by its crass ugliness. I was expecting to meet the ruler of the land, state my intentions, and let him know I would bow to no man here or anywhere else ever again. I was expecting a shakedown and maybe some strong-arming since I was obviously foreign and undocumented. I was technically legal since my mother had been an American citizen before she fell in love with an extremist, but I hadn’t really existed on paper since she handed me over to killers and radicals when I was just a kid. Mossad didn’t want me to be anything other than their trained attack dog, so they hadn’t offered up any proof of identity for me during my time at the end of their string. What I wasn’t expecting was that my cause, my reason, my purpose for living, and my something to believe in would be dancing nearly naked on a horrifically ugly stage, looking like she was going to cry at any second. She was so much more than freedom.

              She was Honor.

              She was beautiful, young, innocent, and so obviously resigned to her fate. It pulled at a heart I was stunned to find I still had buried somewhere deep underneath the brutal history that filled up the inside of me. It was the first time I felt it beat, and the pulse of its yearning scared and electrified me in equal measure.

              I started to move toward her like all those invisible gods I spent my life killing for were leading me directly to her when suddenly a man twice her age and triple her size leaped from his seat next to the stage and hurled himself up onto the platform directly at the girl. In the blink of an eye he was on top of her, rough hands all over her naked flesh. I heard her scream. I saw her long limbs flail and thrash under him. A red haze filled my vision and I forgot all about staying quiet and laying low. I forgot all about being a ghost, and realized that I could channel the fight that had been forged into my very soul, the fight that was slumbering restlessly inside me at that moment, into protecting something so innocent. She woke the fight up and she kept it alive.

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Review – Elicit by M. Never

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As I came to the end of Elicit, hating with all of my heart to see that last page pop up on my Kindle, there were two words that came to mind to describe Jett Fox. Two simple words to sum up this character’s power, charisma, drive and determination. Two words that even as I think of this book, Jett and London’s painful pasts and their triumphant future, I have to say the words with a smile and a sigh….

Absolute perfection.

This love story with so many twists and turns, heartbreaks, and a soul shaking connection did not fail to disappoint. It was the story that I had been waiting for, and it was well worth the wait. Some may say that it is a bit of a rehash of Owned. There is some mention of the events of the first book of Decadence After Dark, but this is all Jett and London.

London came to Mansion and to Jett broken, lost and hollow. Believing with all her heart that she was nothing and no one… an empty shell to be used for sex, pleasure and pain. But not her own. London’s story is so heartbreaking, so painful… breathing in her story destroyed my heart. All of this is true. Still her story is so hopeful because of Jett. From the moment he opened the door to Mansion and there stood London, Jett knew that his life would be hers. He knew that he would do anything and everything to heal her heart, know her mind and capture her soul. This beautiful robin would be his.

Even knowing he would have to share her body with others, including with his best friend. Even knowing that they both had secrets, some of them deadly, Jett was determined to have London. He had grown up with women. He knew how to hamdle them, how to touch them, how to mold them in his own image. He would use everything he had to have her. I sat back, amazed and captivated. This man so enraptured me with his dominance, his tenderness and his love for one who had never known it. But when London caught on fire and began to feel her own power, I cheered loudly and proudly for her.

This story is so very twisty and full of dark moments. Things popped up that I never saw coming. The chemistry between Jett and London… I swear my kindle was on fire. The romance between them is sigh worthy. An amazing secondary cast that make this book so much deeper and richer. The bonds between Jett and his girls made me envious. The loyalty Jett displays to Kayne goes far beyond the bonds of friendship. These two were brothers in every sense of the word.

Elicit is a collection of beautifully written words that evoked raw open feelings. It’s an angsty, gut clenching emotional roller coaster, and I personally am sorry that the ride has ended.

Absolute perfection, M. Very, very well done.

5 Amazingly high flying stars!

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“You don’t know what he’s capable of.”

“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

Jett Fox has been surrounded by women his entire life. He knows what makes them tick, how to make them feel beautiful, and how to work their feminine wiles to his advantage. Honing sexuality is in his blood.

It’s his gift.

Jett is accustomed to women eating out of the palm of his hand, but when a tall, mysterious, redheaded goddess strolls into Mansion – his domain – the eccentric Dom finds himself enamored. She becomes an obsession in his dark, secretive, and dangerous underworld – a world that appears one way on the outside but is entirely different within.

Forced to maintain the ruse at all costs, he’ll walk a treacherous line between allegiance and lust, deliberately deceiving the one woman who means anything to him.

But the mysterious redhead has secrets of her own – secrets inlaid so deep they could threaten to tear both their hearts, and worlds, and livelihoods apart.

You’ve been claimed by Kayne…seduced by Juice… now it’s time to live Elicitly with Jett.

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Review – Going Down Fast by Carly Phillips

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Carly Phillips is back with the next story in her Billionaire Bad Boys series. And what an amazing second chance love story it is! So full of twists and turns and an unrequited romance that has faced lies, jealousy and heartbreaking loss. Lucas and Maxie’s love story is as sigh worthy as it is frustrating… sexy and sinful.

Lucas Monroe and Maxie Sullivan have known each other for years. Always friends. JUST friends… and both always wanted more but were too afraid to reach for more. She knew that she could always depend on Lucas. He was always her strength – her place of safety. Lucas had his own demons. He was a skinny nerd who was never good enough for his parents no matter how brilliant he was. He could never measure up to his brother, Keith – the golden child, the sports hero… the bully who did everything possible to make Lucas miserable. Even going so far as to use lies to marry the girl that Lucas has always loved.

The years and marriage are not kind to Maxie. A cheating drunk of a husband. An unbearable loss. Then death of the marriage in more ways than one. With no money and no place to go, Maxie turns to the one man that she has always depended on, the man she has always loved – the brother that has always been off limits. But things have changed. She has changed, but has Lucas? Is he still the playboy that she knows him to be? Lucas has vowed to always be by Maxie’s side. To keep her safe and protected. But it’s time to face the truth – he loves Maxie and he wants her. He’s no longer the skinny nerd being bullied by his brother and his friends. What Lucas Monroe wants, he gets. And Lucas wants Maxie.

A romance built on long time frendship is so much fun to watch blossom. These two have loved each other since they were teenagers but their timing never seemed right. Petty jealousies from outside sources and danger from even shadier dealings all work together to keep these two apart. But oh, the moment that Lucas and Maxie give in – amazing! They have so many insecurities to face, so many obstacles from their past to overcome but the steam coming from these two can run a locomotive! Lucas is so alpha, so dynamic and protective. It doesn’t hurt that he has a dirty mouth and knows how to use it! Maxie is stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. I loved her spunk, her guts and tireless determination. I couldn’t help but root for them to have it all!

Beautifully twisted and amazingly well done! A great second chance love story for a tech geek turned billionaire bad boy and his fantastic damsel in distress. Fantastic, Carly! Absolutely wonderful!

One more billionaire bad boy to go.

5 Long time in the making Stars!

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A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Lucas Monroe dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire and tech world God. He can have any woman he desires in his bed, but the only woman he’s ever wanted is off limits and always has been. When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straits, the only man she can turn to is the one she’s always secretly loved: her childhood best friend.  Can they trust their hearts and make a future, or will their complicated pasts stand in the way?

This bad boy is going down fast …

And going down fast has never felt so right.

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Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.

Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.

As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.

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BBB Best Books of September 2016

The Bookalicious Babes Blog (BBB) Team read a ton of books this past month so our list is our biggest yet!!! BBB picked its TOP 5-STAR ROMANCE READS for September! It was not an easy choice as there has been so much book awesomeness this Summer and Fall where BBB has fallen in love with so many amazing authors’ stories.  

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BBB’s top picks are all ranked 5 stars and are not listed in any particular order. Click on the books below to purchase!

THE PROTECTOR — JODI ELLEN MALPAS

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

SILVER — K.A. LINDE

Stacia Palmer had one goal in life: to become an NFL quarterback’s wife. For the past three years, she’s seduced her way through the university’s football line-up. But when she finally has a quarterback fresh off the draft, Stacia experiences a shocking change of heart. One that sends her back to the place she never thought she’d return to.

Vegas. Once there, she finds that no one believes her. Least of all Pace Larson, her sexy on-again off-again ex who has never quite gotten over her leaving him for someone else. Of course, he’s now the starting quarterback and determined to claim her as his prize.

PLAYBOY PILOT — PENELOPE WARD & VI KEELAND

Money or love? Which would you choose?

You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it’s an easy decision. For me, it’s not. Did I mention it’s a lot of money? A hell of a lot. I needed to go far away to think it through.

As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation. Then, he left. I thought I’d never see him again. But fate had other plans.

Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

CALL ME — GILLIAN JONES

Some know me as Chanel69.
But to my friends and family, I’m simply Ellie Hughes.
A university student who’s in desperate need of money. A lot of money, and fast. I’m about to start a new job.

Three nights a week I’ll be the star in your late night fantasies.

When he calls, I feel an instant connection. Over time, he becomes my regular, my friend, and my confidant. The problem is…he seems familiar…I think I know who he is.

And if I’m right, how will he react when he discovers that I’m Chanel69?

WELL HUNG — LAUREN BLAKELY


Here’s what you need to know about me — I’m well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh. Even better if he’s loyal and hard-working. That’s me.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits…

Hey, I’m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas…

F*CKER — AMO JONES

Ryker Oakley only cared about three things during school —fighting, his band, and getting laid. When he took it upon himself to ‘babysit’ Bryleigh Munroe, he didn’t expect her to be so much trouble, and he sure as shit wasn’t prepared for how fast she would grow on him. Fast-forward to eight years later, his band—Twisted Transistor—is the most successful rock group known to mankind.

Bryleigh Munroe was a popular girl at school, but because her father was a politically powerful man in the San Diego region, the boys either swore away from her or were trying too hard to get with her. She wanted one night. Quick and dirty. No strings. Only she didn’t expect Ryker Oakley to flip the script on her without her even realizing.

WOLF PREY — NINA WEST

Forced to leave Alaska to run the family farm while her father recovers from a tragic accident, Abbi heads home knowing she has the one thing she wants most again –Henry’s affections. She’s determined to not let anyone get in the way of that again.

But love for Abbi has never been easy.

With an overbearing mother who believes she has the right to approve who her daughter loves, a childhood ex-boyfriend who will do anything to win her back, and a wealthy, handsome boyfriend who always gets what he wants, Abbi soon realizes she may have to make some impossible choices.

DIRTY TALK — S.L. SCOTT

I fell madly in love at first sight with Jane Lewis. The girl with bright green eyes, a pretty smile, and great ass owned my heart. I thought she was happy with the status quo, but ten years later, I foolishly let her go. Despite dating other women, no one compares to my first love. We are meant to be together, and I’m going to try my damnedest to convince her of that.

Luke Anders tricked me. The deal was sealed before I knew he was behind it. We agreed to be just friends. Simple. Easy. But it’s not just the weather that’s hot in Texas. I was a fool to think I could resist him. He knows how to work his charms and those kissable lips, that great jaw, and biceps. We are here to work, but he has become downright distracting. 

STROKED LONG — MEGHAN QUINN

From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.

Yet there’s more.
Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.
I’m enamored. He’s captured me.

How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?

JUST FRIENDS — MONICA MURPHY

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times―and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

WILDER — REBECCA YARROS

I’m Paxton Wilder–Motocross phenom with more tattoos than scars. I’ve never seen a stunt I couldn’t pull off–Or a girl I can’t get off. Until she walks in.

My new tutor is sexy, smart, more stubborn than I am, and one hundred percent off limits. That’s right–the only rule this semester is Don’t Touch the Tutor. For the first time in my life, I want someone I can’t have. She’s the girl who obeys every rule. I’m the guy who breaks them.

Our biggest risk is falling for each other,  but I live for risk…

UNSTABLE — S.E. HALL

After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.
But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her. 

Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life. Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door. 

And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.

CHASE THE SUN — CHRISTINA LEE & NYRAE DAWN

Jamie Tolland has only ever known his small Oregon town. He feels obligated to stay…but when a situation presents itself in the form of a vintage sports car, he jumps on the chance to not only repair it, but also drive it to its new owner in LA. Conner Murphy left Oregon years ago to make his life in West Hollywood…never settling on one job or girl for too long. When he inherits his late uncle’s classic Chevelle, he’s more than happy to let his childhood friend Jamie help.

Jamie and Conner are as different as night and day. Even after years of living apart, they still have a blast together—but now it’s mixed with an undeniable spark of attraction. As Jamie’s time in LA comes to an end, and the more they struggle to get on the same page about their feelings, the more Jamie realizes that trying to tie Conner down is as futile as capturing the sun.

DIVINE REDEMPTION — ROSE HUDSON

I showed Erin the darkest parts of me, and she stayed. We were supposed to start our new life—my Beauty and me. But in one breath, faster than a hairpin trigger… she’s gone.

With unquenchable vengeance, my stepmother brought back a past I thought I’d escaped. She has Erin in her grasp, and the police can’t save her. The FBI can’t save her. Only I can. I’ve never had to fight against the grip of the past because I’ve never had a reason—I’ve never loved. But my love for Erin has given me purpose. The fear of losing her is my reason for redemption.

In this story of a life for a life, how many lives can be saved? How many lives will be lost?

POSSESSION — HELEN HARDT

Jade Roberts’s love for Talon Steel is the real deal, and she’s more determined than ever to help him come to grips with whatever is haunting him. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history.

Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. The road is icy and treacherous, but if he perseveres and comes out whole on the other side, he’ll finally be worthy of Jade’s love.

The untamed passion between the two still blazes, but as the horrors of Talon’s past resurface, Jade and Talon aren’t safe…

ALL THE BROKEN PIECES — ANNA PAIGE

How far would you be willing to go for someone you love?

For Lauren Caldwell, the answer was: as far as necessary. She had done what she had to do to protect the one person who meant the most to her in the world—her uncle. She wasn’t proud of herself, but in the end, she had protected him just as he’d always protected her. A year later, a year of being ostracized in the small Virginia town she called home, she found herself helplessly watching her worst nightmare unfold.

Brant Matthews never wanted to fall in love again; he had worked diligently to avoid emotional entanglements at all costs. He knew what it was to lose the one you loved, to fail them so irrevocably that the entire trajectory of your life shifted. But seeing the broken look in Lauren’s crystal-blue eyes, feeling that old pain flare anew and knowing from experience exactly how much she was hurting… he never stood a chance. She had him, whether she was ready to accept that or not. He would die for her or kill for her.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS — TESS HUNTER,  A.K.A., PEPPER WINTERS

I don’t want to touch it.
I really, really don’t.
He’s egotistical, crass, and my patient’s owner–which makes him totally off limits.
Yep, that’s right. He owns the wiener I’m currently working on.
His bossy commands switched to a cocky smirk.
He gave me permission to do something I promised myself I would never ever do.
I can touch it.
If I want…

FIGHTING TO BE FREE — KIRSTY MOSELEY

All his life, people have told Jamie Cole that he was born bad. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. But that doesn’t matter now. Because after a lifetime of demons, Jamie has finally found an angel.

Ellie Pearce learned the hard way that boys can’t be trusted. But the night she meets Jamie, something shifts. He’s different: brooding, a bit dark, determined to change. The connection they share is intense, compelling. Ellie tries to resist, but with each breathtaking kiss, she can’t help falling deeper.

Things between Ellie and Jamie are perfect-and perfection can’t last.

FIGHTING DEMON — WINTER TRAVERS

A shared past that no one knew about until Demon and Paige’s worlds collide again.

Demon and Paige both made mistakes eight years ago, tearing apart the love they had for each other.

Now, Demon has Paige in his sights again, and he isn’t going to let her go. But things aren’t always what they seem.

Could Demon and Paige be over before they even start again, or will the past fade, making room for the ending they’ve always wanted?

ROAD TO DESTINY — JANI KAY

Life couldn’t be more perfect.
With the woman I love and twins on the way, I’m a happy man.

But the strange thing about life? Nothing stays the same for long. Bad things happen when least expected, throwing the club and my life into chaos. This time I could lose everything that matters to me. My world ripped apart and turned on its axis.

Only I can’t allow what Jade and I have to be destroyed. I’ll lay everything on the line, fighting until my last breath because life is worthless without her. Jade is my reason for breathing. This time the fight is not for survival, it’s for love.

EMPIRE — KATHY COOPMAN

We’ve loved. We’ve lost. We are hated.

Our Empire is crumbling right before my eyes. No one can be trusted for reasons that are consuming me, controlling me and ripping me away from my family.

This new family who has taken over the streets of New York has taken someone away from us. We will not let them take anymore. The only way to stop them is to sacrifice one of us.

I’m loved. I’m lost. I hate.

THE SILENT WATERS — BRITTAINY CHERRY

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises. Of moments.

CHANDLER — LAURELIN PAIGE

I’m good in a boardroom, but I’m better in the bedroom. Much better. I can charm the skirt off any woman in one encounter. I’ll even give her an orgasm before I put her in a cab. Or three. No more or she’ll start making plans for the future and I’m not into that.

Or I wasn’t until Genevieve Fasbender. She’s the first woman in five years that I want to spend the whole night with. And she’s the first woman who’s told me I’m not what she wants in a lover, even after multiple O’s. She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her.

But I’m up for the challenge. Genevieve Fasbender will never know what’s coming.     

BRETT — KYLIE WALKER

He was a one night stand that I wanted to last a lifetime. The tattoos, shaggy hair and massive shoulders were enough to make me quiver at the knees. He touched me, every part of me.

We’d known each other for one night and he’d been inside of me more times than I could count…and now-5 years later, it appeared he’d done pretty damn well for himself. Quarterback for one of the best teams in the biz…the sight of him was enough to make me wet in places I thought I’d forgotten.

Now he’s my patient. F*ck! My career is going to be damned!

DARKEST BEFORE DAWN — STEVIE COLE

Sixty-four days in captivity. Sixty-four days to lose yourself—or find yourself.

I’m Ava Donovan. I was abducted at the age of nineteen. I’m told I’m a survivor, but the truth is, I only survived because he saved me. Even when he kept me locked in that room—he saved me.

Constantly wondering when and how you will die, that does something to you. To your mind. But what do you do when it does something to your heart? What do you do when the man holding you captive seems just as broken as you are, when his mere presence becomes a comfort you crave—when you love him even though you shouldn’t?

DISCLAIM — PAM GODWIN

Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city. She will stop at nothing to end them. Even if that means becoming a slave again. Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do.

She’s prepared for every complication. Except him. The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart. Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy. Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her? Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?

SCANDAL — HJ BELLUS

I followed their rules. Married the right man with the perfect last name. Made the best wife and partner for, Zack Blackwell, on his triumphant trial to the Senate.

My reward…
lost my best friends.
watched myself dissolve in front of the mirror.
hidden bruises, broken bones, and a crushed soul.

I’ve ran and know there will be punishments, but there’s no way I can get this bone set in the hospital. Zack will be exposed. In a sick and twisted way I can’t hurt him. It’s all part of the Scandal.

JUNKIE — HEATHER C LEIGH

I’m a heroin addict. A junkie. A whore. I’ll do anything to get my next fix. Anything.

Including walking right onto the property of Austin’s most ruthless and feared drug lord to beg for some H. I don’t know his name, only that people call him Boss. Oh, and that he won’t think twice to put a bullet in my head.

But like I said, I’ll do anything to get my next fix. Even if it costs me my life. Or changes it forever.

AMORE — BELLA JEWEL

I’m just a normal girl.
Or so you would think.
I’ve never thought of myself as anything different.
Until I met him.
He doesn’t think I’m normal.
He thinks I’m special.
Special enough to be in his life.
Special enough to enter his world.
Special enough for his bed.
Rafael Lencioni. Dangerous. Beautiful. Terrifying.
My story is the one that’s never told.

RESCUED — FELICE STEVENS

When Jason Mallory’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he’s too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he’s hidden deep inside for years.

RETRIEVAL — ALY MARTINEZ

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

JAGGER HEATHER C. LEIGH

I sell drugs. Heroin to be specific. And I’m fucking good at my job. Enough to fight my way to the top, controlling all of Austin’s supply.

So what if I had to kill the previous boss to do it. I do what has to be done. Never cared about consequences because I never had anything to lose. Until I met Miri. My doll. She’s my weakness and somehow, my enemies found out about her.

If they hurt her, they will regret the day they ever heard my name. Boss. They call me Boss for a reason. What I say goes, including the price on the heads of anyone who dares to fuck with what belongs to me.

LOCKED ELLA FRANK & BROOKE BLAINE

Sorry, ladies—and fellas—Hollywood’s hottest action star, Ace Locke, is officially off the market!

The man on Locke’s arm has been identified as Dylan Prescott, the sexy new “it” model currently featured in the latest Calvin Klein ads. Sources tell TNZ the men met on the set of Locke’s upcoming action film Insurrection 2, and that “they only have eyes for each other.” This is the first public gay relationship for Locke, who came out a year ago, and there has been much speculation on who would finally be the one to catch his eye.

BOLD BEAUTIFUL LOVE — ANGEL PAYNE

Bold fate…
Cassian Court—powerful, beautiful, sensual—is the man who has changed Mishella Santelle’s life with the world’s most unconventional business contract—and captured her heart with a destiny neither of them can deny.

But passion comes with a price. They’ve both had to confront demons, banish ghosts, face fears, and dig to the deepest truths of their souls—hells that have been worth it for the promise of finding their heaven.

Until fate delivers them a crushing new blow.

TORRID AFFAIR — CALLIE ANDERSON

I’m f*cked.
The life I have lived for the past ten years is built solely on lies and secrets.
But I can’t help myself.
I’m in love with two different men. And one of them is my brother-in-law.
He’s my drug. My fire. My addiction.
But he’s married to my best friend. And I’m married to my husband.
I’m not ashamed. I have no guilt.
None.
I’m not only f*cked. I’m a f*cked up person.
This is the story of how I ruined my life.
And the life of the one I love most.

PRETTY STOLEN DOLLS — KER DUKEY & K. WEBSTER

Have you ever had to make a decision that haunts you every single day for the rest of your life…the life you stole back?
I have.
I ran for my survival, rocks and twigs cutting into the soles of my feet, my lungs burning and screaming for rest, every muscle tensed and fighting along with me for existence.
I left her.
I ran, ran, ran—from Benny and his lone, pretty little doll—until I couldn’t remember where to find them again.
I’m sorry.

CAPTIVATE ME — RYAN MICHELE

The Ravage MC is a family. Always has been, always will be. But life took them all on a different path, a path where they suffered loss, betrayal, and heartache.

Now it all comes down to this moment: a day of reckoning. After all, now they know the cause of all the turmoil their lives have become. And only one thing is on their minds: vengeance.

As with everything else, revenge comes at a price. And sometimes, the cost is far greater than one can bear. Can they live with their choices and the consequences? Or will the entire club feel more pain and loss?

OBSESSION — ANN MAYBURN

All my life, I’ve only wanted one thing: someone to love me and someone who will let me love them in return. I thought I would never find a man who could feed my craving for constant attention–and then I met Leo. He fills the void inside of me, haunts my dreams, and does things to me in bed that are so good, they’re probably illegal. I can only pray I don’t scare him off once he figures out just how needy I really am.

…The moment I saw Hannah, I knew she was mine. We were bound together by fate, our paths crossing first as children, then as adults, each time marking me. There is only one way to ensure Hannah’s absolute devotion, and I hope that she doesn’t hate me forever when she finds out that not only have I brainwashed her into loving me, but that I don’t feel an ounce of guilt about doing it. She’s mine, only mine, and I’m keeping her forever.

THE PLAYBOOK — KELLY ELLIOTT

My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order.

Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs.

The ups? Endless women to f*ck.

The downs? The politics that came with the job.

From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.

The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.

ENDLESS OBSESSION — ALEX GRAYSON

I’ve silently watched her for a year, staying hidden in the shadows, biding my time. She may know me as two different men, but she doesn’t have a clue what I’ve done. She unknowingly became mine the moment my eyes touched her beauty.

I’ve stayed away, but I’m tired of watching her from afar. It’s time Poppy finds out just who I am and what I’m willing to do to take what’s mine. She may hate me when she finds out the lengths I’ve gone to with the things I’ve done, but she has no choice but to accept it. She will be my wife. She will mother my children. I will claim every part of her heart, body, and soul. Anything else is unacceptable.

Poppy Lexington has become my endless obsession. I will become her uncontrollable addiction.

MAD SEA — K. WEBSTER

Motorcycles and the ocean are my only loves.
Until Hali.
Every Sunday, I exchange my mancard for a punch on my pink frozen yogurt card.
Just to see her.
This is what stalkers do, you see.
I’ll do whatever it takes to catch one tiny glimpse of her bright smile—a smile she shines upon me, even if only for a few brief moments—to light up my usually dark, lonely world.
Hello, my name is Madden Finn.
And I’m in love with a girl who doesn’t even know my name.

A PLAYER FOR A PRINCESS — TIA LOUISE

Zelda Wilder is on the run, this time from the ruthless assassins who’ve decided she knows too much to live.

“Playboy Prince” MacCallum Lockwood Tate isn’t about to let the beautiful player who stole his heart get away–if only he could decide whether he wants to save her or strangle her for her dangerous choices.

After tracking her down to a casino in St. Croix, Cal follows Zee back to Tortola where he intends to keep her safe. One problem: Zelda’s criminal liaisons are two steps ahead of her.

Lives are threatened, and all of the players’ skills are tested in this plot to capture a killer and save a princess.

ROMAN CRAZY — ALICE CLAYTON & NINA BOCCI

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds–and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man–the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage…

SEX MACHINE — MARIE FORCE

He’s good for one thing and one thing only—and she wants it bad.

Honey Carmichael has never had a decent orgasm, and she’s out to change that with the one man in town known for his superior skill between the sheets.

Blake Dempsey is happy to help Honey with her “problem” as long as she knows he’s only interested in sex. His heart was broken when his high school girlfriend was killed in the car he was driving, and he has nothing to offer other than more orgasms than Honey can handle.

Which is just fine with her—until fantastic orgasms aren’t enough anymore for either of them and unexpected feelings turn hot sex into messy entanglement—and that most definitely wasn’t in the plans.

But you know what they say about plans…