Review – Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine 

Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, “What if you fly?” ~Erin Hanson

When you’re still SMILING after a story is over, you know it’s a GEM, so brilliant and bright. I crown all of the jewels to Marquita Valentine for one royally incredible Royal Affair, a story that shines like GOLD! Royal Affair CAUGHT ME, CLAIMED ME, and CROWNED ME in BOOK BLISS!!!

The first line of this fairy tale thrust me into this story with a force that made me FEEL!!! I knew from one mere line that Royal Affair would extract every emotion from me…and that it did! This fairy tale dared me to DREAM as Royal Affair made my SOUL SOAR to the sky, every feel flying HIGH!!!

Have you ever been locked up in your own world that you feel like there’s no way out?

A princess, this beautiful bird in a gilded cage, called to me…making me FEEL for her. I HAD to know her story, one I wanted to savor but one I needed swiftly. I wanted to take my time, sprinkling myself into this dream like fairy dust, where I could bask into the glow of wonder. The reality is that, with desperate need of knowledge, I DEVOURED this fairy tale full of fire works…so hungry for every word.

Charlotte Sinclair is the forgotten princess to her twin sister, the queen. Sick of being the royal wallflower, the beautiful bird in a gilded cage, Charlotte is going to finally have fun…live on the edge.

She had no idea that edge would entail an enemy who tried to destroy her royal family. An enemy who is gorgeous. An enemy who makes her weak at her knees.

Our gazes collide and my world crumbles beneath me.

This book is BEAUTY IN WORDS!

Brooks Walker, sex on a stick with a body of a chiseled god, will nearly do anything to expose the truth from the famous…including getting very close to his sources and subjects. Brooks nearly destroyed the Sinclair once with the truth, and will expose them again without qualms.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this attracted to prey before, and that’s exactly what she is.

I want to hate this cocky, callous, and calculating man…but can’t help but be utterly intrigued by the bold Brooks.

The wallflower becomes a blooming rose, bold and beautiful. Brooks and Charlotte are both predator and prey, a pendulum that swings both ways.

Brooks touches my face as his lips whisper over mine. I tip up my chin, wanting more…of everything.

That KISS!!! Ahhhh!!! That kiss was penetrating, a mix of passion and power that made me feel it too.

Charlotte and Brooks embark on a royal affair…free and easy…or so they thought.

“But I’m a princess.”

“And I’m the man who commands you.”

The man who betrayed Charlotte is now the one with whom she’s besotted. This brilliant book BESOTTED ME, as every word held onto my heart. The push and pull from this princess and rogue was INTOXICATING, the angst my adrenaline that fueled this fairy tale. I LOVED every fire-filled moment!

Lines are crossed. Secrets are exposed. Two empires, one of a royal family and one of a media mogul, may go down in flames where Charlotte, Brooks, and those they love will get burned.

With its subtle humor and sarcasm, off-the-charts chemistry, passion, smolder, strength, sweetness, swoon, soul, and sooo much heart, Royal Affair was EVERYTHING!!! Royal Affair royally exceeded my expectations!!! I did not expect this story to twist and turn itself around me where I FELT ALL THE FEELS. I did not expect to CRY sad tears along with my happy ones. I did not expect to swoon, but oh did I SWOON IN SPADES!

I LOVED this sweet and smoldering story that’s as endearing as it is explosive…my GUILTY PLEASURE! Royal Affairpounds with passion and explodes with emotion, hijacking and hitting the heart so hard! A rush of a roller coaster of a romance, Royal Affair rocked my world! I could not help but FALL IN UTTER LOVE with this fierce and feel-worthy fairy tale of a wallflower-turned-wild flower princess and a callous-turned-caring rogue.

Royal Affair was my heat…my heart…my HEAVEN. Royal Affair is a MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!!! This tender and thrilling tale is my new Marquita Valentine favorite! With a SWEET SIGH and permanent smile etched on my face, I’m still floating on Cloud Nine where I feel like Cinderella, royally hitched to this fairy tale forever.

“Why did you want to set me free?”

“Because no one should live their life up in a tower, no matter how royal it is.”

★★★★★ enchanting and explosive stars

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A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal.

Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North Carolina. But Brooks has never been afraid to get his hands dirty—until he meets a royal wallflower at a charity ball who makes him reconsider everything. Is Brooks feeling guilty because he knows all the sordid details of her family’s history? Or because he’s putting their relationship first, before his journalistic integrity?

As the “spare” twin, Princess Charlotte has always been the responsible one. So when her sister finally agrees to fulfill her duty as queen, Charlotte gives herself permission to break a few rules by flirting with the very off-limits CEO of Walker Media. Brooks is the worst sort of man to start an affair with, but Charlotte just can’t help it. The trouble is, since she’s no good at playing games, soon she’s tiara over heels in love. And when Brooks comes clean, Charlotte must decide whether his confession is worth a royal pardon.

“I see.” He kisses me again, tenderly. Sweetly. It’s so confusing that I turn my face away from his.

“What do you see?”

“That you’ve been neglected more than I thought.”

“I don’t want your pity.”

He nuzzles the side of my neck, his mouth going lower and lower. “The last thing I feel for you is pity. Show me how you feel, Princess. Take my cock and put it where you want it the most—your hands, your pussy, your mouth … your ass.”

“You are so naughty,” I gasp, and he laughs.

“I came prepared for that, too,” he says in a low voice. “Up to you, though. Everything we do tonight is up to you.”

“Then I want to do this.” Guiding the head of his cock into me, I pause and say, “You’re very big.”

“All the better to fuck you with,” he says, but for some reason, he pulls out. “A real cock is a million times better than a magic wand.” He winks at me, and I want to sink into the mattress. Leaning over, he grabs something above my head before looking at me again. “What?”

I scowl harder at him, even though I’m very pleased he remembered protection when I didn’t.

Gosh, Charlotte, could you be any more idiotic?

“Don’t quote fairy tales to me.”

He drops his head beside my ear and whispers, “You love fairy tales, sweetheart.”

“But you did some creative talking and added a vibrator to it!”

“I can always go home.” After tearing open the package, he rolls the condom down his hard length. He strokes himself, his big hand wrapped around his large cock. My core pulses and throbs in anticipation.

Mesmerized, I lick my lips. “No.”


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Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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Review – The House Mate by Kendall Ryan 

The House Mate by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*** An ARC was exchanged for an honest review. ***

The best relationships begin as friendships.

I have a huge SMILE on my face as I bask in the glow of the best BOOK BLISS rendered by Kendall Ryan! The House Mate is ROMANCE MAGIC! Flawless and fabulous! The House Mate is a sweet, sexy, swoon-filled friends-to-lovers meets employee-boss romance that leaves you melting for more.

The House Mate hijacked me where I was glued to this brilliant book. This story SEDUCED ME with sugary sweetness and I could not help but SURRENDER! The forbidden element screamed EXCITEMENT as this book BOOMED with pleasurable angst!

The first line of this addicting story SOLD ME!!! Hook. Line. Sinker. I sank into the story so deeply and never came up for air.

“In thirty-four years, I hadn’t found a woman yet who could handle me.”

I quickly thought about the 101 ways I’d handle this hotness.

Max Alexander, a single and super sexy dad, develops a friendship with his little lady’s beautiful and new nanny, Addison. Addison is a breath of fresh air and sunshine all wrapped into one pretty package, a beautiful distraction Max doesn’t need.

“I stared at her, wondering if she could see my heart beating out of my chest.”

Max made me MELT into a pool of goo from head to toe. Tall, dark, and handsome with muscles and ink, and a sweet and dirty mouth made for one MALE MASTERPIECE. Add that hotness to a doting dad and I was DONE. DONE! This super sweet and sexy single dad made me SMOLDER and SWOON so much!!!

Max is Addison’s boss and her job is on the line if she crosses the friendship line, a friendship full of sparks and ready to ignite into a firestorm.

“Whenever I looked at him it felt like I couldn’t breathe.”

Oh my SIGH! This story with swoon in spades was my UNDOING! I LOVED this love story!

Temptation is tough. So tough. That temptation turns into a kiss, a scorching and sweet kiss.

“I lunged at her, sweeping her into my arms and crushing my mouth to hers…Feeling her lips in mine, the sweet mint of her breath, the heat of her skin, it was all complete perfection.”

One kiss that rocked Max and Addison’s world. One kiss that can never happen again. An employee-boss relationship is out. Forbidden. More could ruin everything.

This book BOOMS with angst, The House Mate so forbidden and fabulous!

“I had a good thing here, and I wasn’t about to blow it over a crush.”

This story SEDUCED ME, The House Mate with its lethal combo of sweetness, smolder, and swoon. I REVELED in this romance; its smooth flow, sweetness and smolder UNRAVELED ME. I felt butterflies fluttering in my belly. I sighed from all of the swoon-filled moments. I smiled nearly the whole time reading. I was SWEPT under the spell of The House Mate, helpless to do anything except FEEL this fairy tale.

The House Mate is a tender friends-to-lovers tale that touched me HARD. A laugh-out-loud funny meets endearing tale is impossible not to ADORE! I CRUSHED on The House Mate so much! This dreamy tale is a new favorite by Kendall Ryan, a must-read romance with a destination of Cloud Nine! ❤️

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 dreamy and delicious stars

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What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.
Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.

His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.

The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions? 

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Review – The Player by K. Bromberg

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The Player by K. Bromberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. ~Babe Ruth

Sitting in the stands watching your favorite baseball team play is a high that dives off the diamond straight to you as the energy engulfs the air. The fans are engaged and intently watching the players with baseball greats in tight pants an added bonus. Adrenaline courses through your veins as you hope your team wins. You can’t help but feel alive. The Player by K. Bromberg made me feel alive! Pulse-pounding and passionate, The Player penetrates the heart like a fastball, soaring straight to the soul!

When your heart is still racing and your pulse is pounding after you finish a book, it’s the highest of highs…the best feeling ever!!! I rode the highest of highs with The Player. This story SPARKED TO LIFE, and oh did I feel every flame…every tremor…every word…EVERYTHING! Easton and Scout together were EVERYTHING! The Player was EVERYTHING!!!

The Player held my heart soon after I turned the first page, never letting go…I never let go. This baseball book instantly catapulted itself into my heart and mind with a force I was powerless to stop. The Player ASSAULTED me, its angst was my adrenaline and ache; its pendulum of fire and ice was my passion; and its power was my power too. This soul-searing story struck me like a fast ball, fast and furiously. The Player was all fired up and ready to ignite all of the feels where I could not help but feel every one.

The Player — so powerful and passionate —POSSESSED me. I could not devour this heart-stopping sexy and strong story fast enough. The baseball meets romance plot is powerful, Easton and Scout were combustible together — so raw and real — and Bromberg’s writing is off-the-charts incredible, flowing with a heady mix of feels and fire. My feels were on fire, engulfed in emotions that were flames, blazing with a dual dose of heady heat and heart.

The dedication made me smile.
The dedication is as powerful and poignant as the book.
The dedication is personal, a glimpse into the real woman behind the author…not K. Bromberg but Kristy.
The dedication is EVERYTHING!!!

Not even ten percent in and this story was already 5 stars. INSTANT LOVE!!! K. Bromberg quickly hit this baseball book out of the park, and the game had barely begun. I KNEW that, being a sports romance addict, The Player would be a huge hit but I did not expect my heart to be hit the hardest. I did not expect to NEED The Player so very much. This raw and riveting romance was my oxygen to breathe, as I NEEDED The Player, pure power and passion in words.

Easton Wylder is a baseball god. A legend on and off the field. Smokin’ hot. A player with a heart of gold. A super star who has to defy the odds of playing baseball again after a big injury.

Scout Dalton is beautiful, brave, and bold. A female in a man’s world of baseball. A ball-buster in a ball game-focused world. A healer as a physical therapist who has to live up to a legend.

Scout is partnered with Easton, her new patient. Fire and ice. Open and closed. Hero and heroine.

“If you’re going to bust my chops, Wilder, you should know that I can give as good as I get.”

Like the rest of K. Bromberg’s heroines, Scout is strength in spades with quick wit. I LOVED this sassy spitfire of a heroine! Scout batted virtual balls with the player, a battle of banter that was charged with electricity….so enticing and entertaining. Words were FIRE, burning through the pages. 

“I’m a hard girl to please.”

Patient blends with player. 

“A demanding woman indeed,” he murmurs before giving me that tender type of kiss that reverberates to your toes and then all the way back up until it slams into your belly.

Lines are blurred…maybe crossed.

Oh the heat that SMOLDERS from this story! 

“Good thing I’ve got a big bat and know how to use it.”

There may be no going back now…

“I think I got to you. I think when you close your eyes, you think about me. I think you don’t want to, but you do, because God knows I think about you, Scout.”

The push and pull of The Player was the sweetest ache.

I SWOONED, as Easton’s words MELTED ME like molten lava. Easton and Scout have combustible chemistry paired with passion that’s difficult to ignore…a fight neither will win. The push and pull. The fire and ice. One or both may crash and burn. This game may end in a shut-out where only one player comes out on top.

This baseball romance has heart…ALL of the HEART. The Player touched my heart so many times that I lost count.The passion bleeds through the pages, each word a drop that oozed to life. My tears fell hard and fast like baseballs, as these characters’ pain became mine. I felt every word penetrate through me, pounding every emotion: smiles, swoon, and tears…I FELT IT ALL!

The Player hits hard like a fast ball, feels soaring all of the way across the bases! K. Bromberg takes you on the diamond, in the locker room, so close to this baseball game that you’re part of this baseball team too. You can’t help but surrender to this sports story—baseball meets romance—as emotions entangle around every word like a mitt to a baseball.

There is one constant in K. Bromberg’s books: Live life to the fullest. Take a chance…a risk. Make every moment matter. This book and all of K. Bromberg’s other masterpieces matter.

I went into The Player expecting a sizzling sports romance with a few feels. What I received was ALL OF THE FEELS and so much more. The Player is perseverance. The Player is power. The Player is passion. The Player is a punch to the heart. The Player is K. Bromberg’s poignant words wrapped around a baseball story woven in love. The Player is PURE PERFECTION. The Player has ALL OF THE SPARK…ALL OF HEART…ALL OF THE SOUL. All of MY heart. All of MY soul.

K. Bromberg brought her A-game out to play in The Player, a grand-slam of a baseball romance that hits the heart and slays the soul. I LOVED The Player so much! A 2017 super star, The Player is the best baseball romance I’ve ever met! A MUST-READ ROMANCE!!! This baseball-meets-romance book—an ACE—is in the big leagues! I’m not ready for this game to be over. 

“I’ve played on grass my whole life, Scout. There’s no need for me to see what’s out there when it’s green beneath my feet.”

★★★★★ ‘heart-hitting’ home runs


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Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?




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


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

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

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

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Bookalicious Babes Blog Exclusive Cover Reveal – Forever Love by J. Lum

Bookalicious Babes Blog is proud to present the cover of debut author J. Lum’s upcoming release Forever Love!


FOREVER LOVE by Author J. Lum
Forever Series Book 1
Cover Designer and Photographer: Cassy Roop / Pink Ink Design
Cover Model: BT Urruela
Release Date: To Be Announced



To appreciate the sun, you have to withstand the storm.

Free-spirited, poetic Casey Loughlin has had her fair share of rain, and she always manages to see the silver lining.  During her teenage years, when she met Toby Cordona, she learned everything she ever needed to learn about love and loss–all in one year.  

When Toby lost Casey, everything changed for him.  The once caring and endearing boy, with dreams and hopes of his own, became the cold, broken, money-hungry man he swore he’d never be.  Now with Casey back in his life, it’s up to her to show Toby that the second time around, love can still hurt, but it’s worth every painful prick.

Will Toby weather the storm, and embrace a second chance, with the woman he’s always loved?

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Review – Where Good Girls Go To Die by Holly Renee

Where Good Girls Go To Die by Holly Renee 

Holy crap. That was EPIC. Omg. Just WOAH MAMA! I’m not even kidding Where Good Girls Go To Die is one book I will not forget easily! Started and finished in 3.5hrs. Purely owned by one SPECTACULAR read. My gosh. GAH! Just WOW.

This book has been sat on my kindle for a week now, that STUNNING cover staring at me, demanding I read. So I did.. firstly that opening chapter is PHENOMENAL. I mean that is how you open a book. I was sucked right in and I just knew this book would overtake every part of me. 

As the book rolls on I was only pulled in deeper. The feels in this book are just OFF THE CHARTS. Honestly, my heart pounded and skin tingled the whole way through. The delicious tension, that push and pull that I ADORE in my books hit all my spots, kicking off an addiction that I chased through to the end.

Parker and Livy are EVERYTHING. Their love story wasn’t a perfect happy, sappy romance novel, no way… Instead, it was complicated, intense, filled with lies, heartbreak, and secrets. It was brutal and raw and downright dangerous. It was love and hate all rolled into one. It was passion and devotion. It was beautiful in its own right. They burned me, from the inside out. They poured themselves into me stealing my breath, my heart and my soul. Both written superbly, I easily connected to both Parker and Livy. I felt everything they did. I loved them. I want more of them.
“When we heard the door shut again, she finally released a deep, shuddering breath, and it was as if I could feel it filling my own lungs. It was the deepest breath I had taken since she stole it so many years ago.” <– Words like this make up this incredible story. Words that are so fluent and flawless. So powerful. Holly well and truly owned me with her words.

Where Good Girls Go To Die by Holly Renee is easily going to be a top read of 2017 for me! It was my dream book. The sort I crave, devour and LOVE for all time. I only have 5 stars but mannnnn, it deserves sooo many more. Bravo Holly Renee. Bra-fuckin-vo.

It was a bad idea from the beginning. 

He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable. 

But I didn’t care. 

I had loved him for as long as I could remember. 

He was worth the risk. He was worth everything. 

But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me. 

So I ran. 

Four years later, I never expected to see him again. 

He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever. 

He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile. 

Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die. 

Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.

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Review – Just Like That by Nicola Rendell 

Just Like That by Nicola Rendell

*praise hands* ← totally the position I’m in. Because after finishing Just Like That, bar getting down on my knees in front of Nicola and thanking her for writing this book, which can’t happen since we have an ocean separating us, the praise hands will have to do. I’m IN AWE guys. Just Like That is Nicola’s best book to date. Her best writing. Her best story. Her best characters. Everything. THE BEST. I just. GAH! This book is raw, captivating, utterly addictive and just full of feels and swoon. 

A signature sign, I’ve come to realise, when reading Nicola’s work, is how funny she is. That easy, laid back kinda funny. That funny, that’s relatable and sincere. That funny that leaves you breathless because a one liner hits at the most PERFECT time. Or that crazy situation the characters find themselves in, is so true to life it makes you howl. Literally, SO many times in this book I laughed out loud or lost it with uncontrollable giggles. Everything was just so infectious, a book that can make you smile as big as I did while reading is a total winner!!!

The real winners of this book though have to be Russ and Penny. First off. HOLY HOT DAMN. Nicola writes her scenes so, SO, well. With just the perfect amount of heat and passion, the connection between Russ and Penny was other worldly. 

Secondly, Penny! Omg, what a darling. LITERALLY. She was so cute, sassy, adorable and hilarious! 

Thirdly, last but not least, RUSS MACKLIN. OH MY GOSH! This man. Where can I find one. Honestly? Because he was freaking PER-FECT. I just, don’t have the right words to describe him. I mean, he’s really spectacular. An Intense, hot, dirty ALPHA. But also a gentlemen. And SWOON should be his middle name because it’s all I did over him. I just couldn’t get enough. 
I actually never wanted this book to end. Ever. This is romantic comedy at its finest people. Littered with just the right amount of emotion to add that extra little spark to the characters and the depth to the story. I’m amazed at how Nicola’s writing just goes from strength to strength. Amazed at it all. 

If you want a book that’s refreshing, funny, packed with crazy heat and passionate love then look no further than Just Like That by Nicola Rendell.

“I bet I can untangle you.”

At an airport baggage claim, Penny Darling looks up from her knotted mess of ear buds to find the sexiest hunk of man she’s ever seen. He’s got a military haircut, a scar through his eyebrow, and he’s rocking a pastel pink dress shirt like only a real man can. But Penny is on a man-free diet so she leaves the airport without succumbing to his delicious double-entendres…or his dreamy dimples.

PI Russ Macklin can’t take his eyes off Penny. As she sashays out of the airport with hips swaying and curls bouncing, he suspects they may share more than just sweltering chemistry. That suitcase she’s rolling along behind her? It looks a lot like his.

Because it is.

When he tracks her down, he holds her bag hostage in exchange for a date. Their night begins with margaritas and ends in urgent care, and Russ proves that Cosmo’s theory about a very particular type of orgasm was oh-so-wrong.

In Penny, Russ finds a small-town sweetheart with a very naughty side. For the first time ever, he’s thinking about picket fences. Penny finds in Russ a loving, caring man who understands the power of massaging showerheads.

But Russ is only in Port Flamingo for a week. They agree it’ll be a fling and nothing more. Because really, they can’t fall ass-over-teakettle in love just like that…

Can they?

Dual POV. No cheating. 

Featuring a big drooly dog named Guppy.

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Review- Tortured by Nicole Williams

My rating is 6 out of 5 stars

6 stars. Nicole consistently delivers books that grip your soul and pull you into the story, feeling all the emotions of the characters. This book was gut- wrenching, mind blowing greatness. Brecken has snagged a huge place in my heart and is one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. After reading this story, it’s no surprise that Nicole is one of my top 3 favorite authors ever. 

Second chance romance is one of my absolute favorite genres. This book was absolutely perfect in the way it was written and sucked you into every page. Add in a war hero, and I’m in. Who doesn’t love a soldier? 

When Brecken returns home only to find that his woman is not only married, but she married a monster. He is determined to keep her safe no matter what the cause. Even if he never gets her back, he will always be in the wings waiting and watching, always the protector.

There are twists and turns in this story so there is no way I’m writing a review that includes any part of the plot. I’m just here to let you know that you DO NOT want to pass this book by.

When he left for a twelve-month deployment, she knew it would feel like forever before they saw each other again. She didn’t realize how right she was.

When Lance Corporal Brecken Connolly gets taken as a POW, Camryn hopes for the best but steels herself for the worst. In the end, steel was what she needed to survive when he didn’t. She moves on the only way she knows how—gilding herself in more steel.

Years go by.

She builds a new life.

She leaves the old one behind.

Until one day, she sees the face of a ghost on the news. Brecken seems to have risen from the dead, but she knows she can’t perform the same miracle for herself. While Brecken was held in a torture camp for the past five years, she’s been trapped in her own kind of prison. One she can’t be freed from.  

The man she mourned comes back to join the living, but the girl he wanted to spend his life with isn’t the same woman he comes back for. Brecken isn’t the same person either. The past five years have changed them both. While he’s determined to put the pieces back together, she’s resolved to let hers rot where they shattered.

Broken or not, Brecken wants her back. He’ll do anything to achieve that. Even if it means going against the warden of Camryn’s personal prison—her husband.

“It’s been six years. Everything’s changed. I have. You have.” My eyes lifted. “Why? Why are you trying to win me back?”
He exhaled, his lips parting. “I’m going to win you back.”
When his hand slid around the bend of my waist, winding behind my back, I jerked. His touch was different tonight, hungry, determined. My head clouded, blocking out reason or letting it surface to the top, one or the other.
“I married him,” I whispered even as my hand found his chest.
“But you belong to me.”
My eyes closed as he bowed me against him. I wasn’t sure how two bodies that had been as broken as ours could be so strong when joined. “How do you know?”
“I can see it in your eyes. Every time you look at me.” His other hand lifted to my chin, tipping it until our eyes connected. His brow rose slowly, like I was proving his point right that very moment.
“That’s a confident statement.” My voice shook, but my body felt steady. Unwavering.
“It’s the truth.”
My chest was moving so hard, it brushed his with every breath. What was I doing? Where had I found myself? The man holding me had died only to be resurrected six years later. It was too late, but it wasn’t over.
No matter what, Brecken Connolly and I would never be over.
“Twenty-six days,” I said slowly. “That’s all I have to give you. That’s all I have to give. Four weeks. Once he’s back, you know the way it has to be.”
His face broke, but his hold didn’t budge. “It’s not enough.”
My fingers curled into his shirt, looking for some way to hold on to him. “I know.”
His other arm suddenly looped around me and he lifted me off the ground, his grip going around my backside when my legs tied around him. “But a fucking eternity wouldn’t be enough either, so it’ll just have to do.”
He carried me through the sand and up the stairs of the cabin, then he propped me against the wall so he could open the screen door. Something slipped out of my mouth when he flexed his hips into mine.
“Told you it wasn’t a morning issue,” he whispered in my ear, but I could hear the smile in his voice. “Just a Camryn one.”
He made the same motion with his hips, applying a little more friction this time, causing a louder sound to echo from my lungs.
Opening the screen door as silently as he could, he carried me inside.
“You can set me down, you know?” I whispered.
“I know,” he said, his arms tying tighter. Once all of the lights were off, the cabin closed up for the night, he padded down the hall.
“You know where you’re going?”
His head nodded beside mine. “I’ve always known.”
My hands went behind his neck. His skin was warm and familiar. “And where’s that?”
He exhaled against my skin as he closed the bedroom door. “Toward you.”
He set me down once he’d untied my legs from around his waist, and he took a few steps back. He stared at me for a moment then reached for the lamp on the dresser.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Turning on the lights.”
I watched him flip on another. “Why?”
“Because I want to see you. Because I want to watch your face as I move inside you. Because I want to see your skin flush when I make you come.” He flipped on one more light, then all of his attention turned to me. “Because I want to see everything.”
My heart took off as I imagined being intimate with him with every light in the room on. My body wasn’t the same one he’d left. It had carried a burden; it bore the scars of a shattered soul and a broken body. “I don’t want you to see me. Not like that. In the dark, you can imagine the way I was before.”
When I reached for the closest lamp to switch it off, he stopped me. “I don’t want to imagine.” His hand curled around mine, guiding it away from the lamp. “I want the real thing. I want the real you.”
“You’ve seen my body. You know what I look like beneath all of this.” I motioned at the fresh clothes hanging off of me, covering me from my wrists to my ankles to my neck.
“When I look at you, I see beauty and strength, and the one person in the world who gives me a reason to live and a reason to die.” He drew me to him, his face creased in lines of concentration. “That’s what I see when I look at you.”

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Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list.
Neither was he.

Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.

Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.

He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.

There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.

Even if I might want him. Just a little…

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.

She’s another story.

Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.

I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.

Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.

Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.

If only I didn’t want her.


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“I still don’t understand why you have those vulgar cocktail names.”
I raised my eyebrow. I knew her bar was called Dirty, but I thought that was just because she could make a mean martini.

Her cheeks flushed light pink. It was barely noticeable through her tanned skin. “Because it’s different,” she replied. “It gets people talking, and that brings business. Not to mention that three-quarters of my menu is original, and people love that.”

“Yes, but what’s that new one you just added?”

Ryan grinned. “The Slutwhisperer.”

I smirked. I couldn’t fucking help it.

“It’s a horrible word,” Alexandra sniffed.

“I’d like a slutwhisperer.” Raven and Ryan’s grandfather shuffled out onto the porch. “Do you think it would spice up my life?”

“Maybe,” Raven answered. “But I’d wait until the reunion is over. You know Great-Aunt Maria gets rowdy after a drink or two. It’s probably best not to give her an opening, Grandpa.”

He grumbled something as he settled into his chair. Something that sounded an awful lot like “Fuck that shit,” and made Raven choke on her laughter.

“You have a cocktail called The Slutwhisperer?” I asked her, hiding my smile behind my glass of water. “Where did you come up with that?”

She tapped her finger against her temple and reached for her own water. “That’s probably one of the best names. Although, some of the others are pretty epic.”

“Now, I feel the need to come and find them out.”

“Imagine my bar is a church and you’re a demon,” she said. “I’ll be holding the matches.”

“She isn’t kidding,” Ryan muttered.

“Do you still do that screwdriver twist one?” Their grandpa asked.

“Reg,” Alexandra groaned.

“You know the one,” he continued, oblivious to her discomfort. “With the orange juice.”

Raven cleared her throat and looked down at the table. “You mean the Dirty Screw, Grandpa.”

“Yes!” He thumped the table with his fist. “I’m coming for breakfast. I need a Dirty Screw.”

“What the hell is a Dirty Screw?” I looked at Raven.

She glanced over at her mom, biting the inside of her cheek and fighting a smile. “Exactly what it sounds like.”

“If I order one, how happy will it make me?”

“Not very. I’ll probably throw it over you.”

“I’ll take my chances.”



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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

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Review – Mister Moneybags by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Mister Moneybags by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

When you begin a Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland collaboration you should totally ensure that you have NOTHING to do. Nothing to disturb you. Because these two have an uncanny way of dragging readers SO, SO deep into a story and NEVER LETTING GO. 

Since the very first collaboration “Cocky Bastard” I have loved Penelope and Vi working together. Each and every book they release always lands itself as a top favourite of mine. I get swept away, literally transported to another world. A world where I can just laugh out loud, swoon, feel and love. 

With Mister Moneybags I pretty much fell in love by 10%. I mean you can forget butterflies. I had bald eagles take flight in my tummy!! I’m talking BAT SHIT CRAZY bald eagles. The kind that cause the BEST tummy fizzles and flips. I was easily captivated, my heart pounded and my skin tingled. Everything in me lit up and I knew I was reading a WINNER. 

Bianca & Dex are infectious. Their story genius. I have to give Penelope & Vi such a big shout out here for how they played out the relationship, I daren’t say too much so not to spoil anything but I felt the EXACT SAME things as Bianca did with her heroes and I knew who he was all along! It was incredibly easy to get sucked into our characters in Mister Moneybags. Incredibly easy to fall in love with them. They oozed chemistry. The simmering underlying tension between them was electrifying. 

There is no doubt in my mind that Dex is my FAVE Ward & Keeland hero. I just felt like I was floating THE WHOLE TIME. High. Addicted. Overtaken. From him, his words, his craziness and his passion. EVERY DAMN THING. 
Mister Moneybags is charming, captivating, all consuming. A stunning masterpiece and a top, TOP read of 2017.

A new standalone from New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. 

I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot. 

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men. 

Only, both men were me. 

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?

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

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Review – Anchor Me by J. Kenner

Anchor Me

Anchor Me by J. Kenner

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

Over three years ago, I met Julie Kenner’s Stark series, and I’ve been enamored with this incredible author’s words ever since. The seductive, steamy, sweet, and suspenseful Stark trilogy by J. Kenner that started with Release Me spun into a series of stories that own me for life. Damien and Nikki are back, and their love is stronger than ever!!!

The latest full Stark series novel, Anchor Me, is FLAWLESS and PHENOMENAL!!! This tale takes Nikki and Damien’s saga full circle. Scorching, sweet, and soul-searing, Anchor Me is the ultimate love story that stands the test of time and tribulation. THE TRUEST LOVE!

Excited to be reunited with my favorite J. Kenner couple and series, I sank myself into Anchor Me and was glued to this story—never surfacing for air—until the end. Thoroughly captivated and claimed, I clamored for more. I WAS ALL IN!!!

Anchor Me is the perfect continuation of original trilogy. This story is sprinkled with déjà vu moments that were a mix of UTTERLY DREAMY, DOWNRIGHT TERRIFYING, and INSANELY SATISFYING moments…so PERFECT…so RIGHT. The Starks stamped themselves all over me, imprinting me with their endless love, imprinting me with every obstacle they faced, imprinting me with every emotion, imprinting me everywhere.

There is no greater love story than that of Damien and Nikki Stark. Their devotion is UNPARALLELED and EVERLASTING…true love at its finest. Damien and Nikki are, hands down, one of my all-time favorite romance couples!!! I LOVE them sooo much!

I see a love so fierce it has the power to melt me, and I revel in its power to soothe.

It didn’t take long before my body was on fire and my emotions were fine-tuned with everything Nikki and Damien. Sinfully sexy Damien treats Nikki like a goddess, worshiping her inside and out. She is his princess and he is her prince, and Damien continues to rescue Nikki. He is the light to her dark, and Damien gives Nikki the world…his world. 

“Let it go, baby. Let the tide take you. I’ll be your tether. I’ll always pull you back home.”

I melted as these beautiful words showed just how powerful Nikki and Damien’s bond is, a forever love. Anchor Me is TENDERNESS…TRUE LOVE…and oh how I LOVED THEE. Oh how I love their devotion!!! Damien and Nikki’s chemistry is magnetic, as their bodies are attuned to each other so closely that they are one. One heartbeat for long-lasting love. 

I’m gasping, my hands fisted in the sheets, lost in this sensation of being so completely connected with him.

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Anchor Me MELTED ME, as I turned to molten lava from sweet and seductive words that turned me into a pile of mush. I was so lost in these words that made me succumb to their power; their poignancy was EVERTHING. 

There’s a gulf between us. A small one, maybe, but it’s there. And I don’t know how to cross it. But I need to.

Anchor Me is the perfect continuation of this spellbinding, smoldering, suspenseful, and scintillating saga. Light-hearted moments balance the heavier or more serious ones, brining the perfect balance of tough and tenderness to Anchor Me. Nikki and Damien’s relationship is put to the ultimate test in this saga as ghosts from the past haunt and taint this couple, veiled threats that are terrorizing.

This is a story of strength in spades, and Damien and Nikki are stronger than ever! Together, they are fierce. One battle….one team….one forever…MY FOREVER.

Anchor Me grasped my heart and soul, as I sank so hard into this spellbinding story. I WAS SO ENRAPTURED with this beautiful and brilliant book! Anchor Me…yes this story did so much. I was tethered to this thrilling and tender tale, this testament to love.

I LOVED being wrapped up in this romance, and could entangle myself in the Stark family FOREVER! This series burns my body and slams into my soul with every single story. I will never get enough of Damien and Nikki’s life where I’m so eternally connected and consumed!!!

The Stark Trilogy is a forever favorite series, and a TOP 2017 READ!!! I’m still breathless, basking in the glow of this brilliant and beautiful book! Anchor Me was everything I’d hoped for and more! I’ll always be anchored to this spectacular series and STILL NEED MORE!

“I’m right beside you, and I promise you, sweetheart, I’m not going anywhere.”

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★★★★★  forever ‘anchored to me’ stars


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FROM NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR J. KENNER comes the highly anticipated fourth novel in the fast-paced series including Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and his beloved wife Nikki Fairchild Stark, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

It’s a new chapter in the life of Nikki and Damien Stark …

Though shadows still haunt us, and ghosts from our past continue to threaten our happiness, my life with Damien is nothing short of perfection. He is my heart and my soul. My past and my future. He is the man who holds me together, and his love fuels my days and enchants my nights.

But when tragedy and challenge from both inside and outside the sanctity of our marriage begins to chip away at our happiness, I am forced to realize that even a perfect life can begin to crack. And if Damien and I are going to win this new battle, it will take all of our strength and love …


I look out the window at the beautifully manicured yards that line the wide street down which I am traveling in the sumptuous luxury of a classic Rolls Royce Phantom. A car so sleek and magical that I can’t help but feel like a princess in a royal coach.

The road is shaded by parallel rows of massive oaks, their branches arcing over the street toward their counterparts to form a leafy canopy. Morning light fights its way between the leaves, creating golden beams in which dust sparkles and dances as if to a celebratory melody, adding to the illusion that we are moving through a fairy tale world.

All in all, it’s a picture-perfect moment.

Except it’s not. Not really. Or at least not to me.

Because as far as I’m concerned, this is no children’s story.

This is Dallas. This is the neighborhood where I grew up. And that means that this isn’t a fairy tale. It’s a nightmare.

The branches aren’t stunning—they’re grasping. Reaching out to snare me. To hold me tight. To trap me.

The canopy doesn’t mark a royal corridor leading to a castle. It leads to a cell. And it’s not The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies that fills the air. It is a requiem for the dead.

The world outside the car is lined with traps, and if I’m not careful, I’ll be sucked in. Destroyed by the darkness that hides behind the false facades of these stately houses. Surrounded not by a bright children’s tale, but by a horror movie, lured in by the promise of beauty and then trapped forever and slowly destroyed, ripped to pieces by the monsters in the dark.

Breathe, I tell myself. You can do this. You just have to remember to breathe.

“Nikki. Nikki.”

Damien’s voice startles me back to reality, and I jerk upright, calling upon perfect posture to ward off the ghosts of my memories.

His tone is soft, profoundly gentle, but when I glance toward him, I see that his eyes have dipped to my lap.

For a moment, I’m confused, then I realize that I’ve inched up my skirt, and my fingertip is slowly tracing the violent scar that mars my inner thigh. A souvenir of the deep, ugly wound that I inflicted upon myself a decade ago when I was desperate to find a way to release all the pent-up anger and fear and pain that swirled inside me like a phalanx of demons.

I yank my hand away, then turn to look out the window, feeling oddly, stupidly ashamed.

He says nothing, but the car moves to the curb and then rolls to a stop. A moment later, Damien’s fingers twine with mine. I hold tight, drawing strength, and when I shift to look at him more directly, I see worry etched in the hard angles of that perfect face and reflected in those exceptional, dual-colored eyes.

Worry, yes. But it is the rest of what I see that takes my breath away. Understanding. Support. Respect.

Most of all, I see a love so fierce it has the power to melt me, and I revel in its power to soothe.

He is the biggest miracle of my life, and there are moments when I still can’t believe that he is mine.

Damien Stark. My husband, my lover, my best friend. A man who commands an empire with a firm, controlling hand. Who takes orders from no one, and yet today is playing chauffeur so that he can stand beside me while I confront my past.



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Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.

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JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.





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