Review  – Break of Day by Andie Christopher 



This book was everything I hoped for and more.  Two strangers running from their problems,  run right into each other.  They don’t want to like each other,  but fate inevitably had other plans. 
They fight the pull but lose completely. They decide maybe this unexpected twist of fate is worth the fun they could have since its only temporary. It gets hot and steamy,  angsty,  and will ultimately fill your heart to bursting. 

When they head their separate ways,  they have to question what the right decision is because like it or not,  they have a baby on the way.  You will be on the edge of your seat til the end. 

Title: Break of Day

Author: Andie J. Christopher

Series: One Night in South Beach #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Sept 12, 2017

Length: 62,000 words

Blurb:
One Mistake

Carla Hernandez needs to drop off the glamorous Miami grid. Her aunt’s house in Havana seems the perfect place to get over being dumped by her fiancé—and figure out why she keeps messing up her life. But photojournalist Jonah Kane’s unexpected presence is one sizzling mistake she’s hungry to make.  

 

 One Temptation

Jonah thought his favorite Cuban refuge would help him get some badly-needed peace. Still, he’s ridden out way worse than the tropical storm trapping him with Carla. And he’s going to handle this spoiled little princess on his own dominant, seductive terms just until the storm is over. Too bad this sexy wild card only makes him only want more. And more . . .

 

No Restraints 

Now Carla’s back home—but not quite alone. When her baby is born, she’s going to raise it on her own, no matter how much she still burns for Jonah. But Jonah can’t get over her irrepressible spirit or the passion they shared. And trying to walk away is only making things too hot to resist . . .

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Excerpt:
Carla’s skin was melting. Her cotton romper clung to her melty mess of a body in the heat of August in Cuba. Rivers of mascara ran down her face, and she would shank someone for an afternoon in air-conditioning with a stack of fashion magazines.

I just thought being with a redheaded Cuban girl would be more exciting.

Her ex-fiancé’s words echoed in her head for the millionth time since he dumped her and asked for the ring back. She hadn’t thought an accountant’s wife needed to be exciting, but what the fuck did she know about anything anymore?

She smiled at the driver, probably a guy from Tia Lola’s street. He’d picked her up at the airport to bring her to the family home. Lola’s house was a couple of blocks off the stately, crumbling facades along the Malecón. When he’d put her bag in the trunk, she’d tipped him with American money; she’d seen her father do it the last time they’d visited. She clutched her shoulder bag, remembering exactly how much money she had in there. She didn’t usually carry around thousands of dollars in cash.

When the car had pulled up to her aunt’s house, she tried to give the driver more money. In a few words of rapid Spanish, he refused her and smiled. She grabbed her suitcase out of the trunk, took a deep breath, and walked up to the door.

Even though the exterior needed a whole mess of masonry work, the colonial mansion was still impressive. Carla wasn’t sure how it had stayed in the family. She knew that her father’s aunt ran a casa particulare. She rented out some of the bedrooms to tourists for more money than anyone in Cuba could afford, but she wasn’t sure how that was enough to keep the place up—especially since Americans hadn’t been able to come here for fun for almost half a century.

That was changing, and Carla was here to help turn her aunt’s house into a boutique hotel so that her tia could retire and so that her family’s home could sustain itself.

When she knocked, she was expecting her sixty-something-year-old great aunt to open the massive, carved, wooden door. Instead, a giant stood on the threshold. A bare-chested giant with biceps the size of her head. Her mouth popped open—and went dry to be perfectly honest. She made the mistake of looking down, hoping for more clothing. What she found were thighs, just massive thighs, encased in black boxer briefs.

She was going to find her words, eventually. Right now, she just needed a minute. Her clothes felt even stickier on her body, her makeup more melty, and before she humiliated herself by muttering something like thiiiighs, she looked up at his face. That didn’t make the humidity situation with respect to her panties any better because he had the most perfect face. And the most perfect smirk to go with the most perfect face she’d ever seen. And to go along with the perfect brown skin and the—gah—muscles. The only thing not perfect about him was the scar that bisected one of his dark eyebrows and the furrow between said eyebrows.

“Seen enough, princess?” The giant’s voice resonated to her very marrow, and she nearly shivered with the desire to climb him like a tree. She barely registered that he spoke English with an American accent. She didn’t even take exception to the fact that he’d called her “princess.” That should hit a sore spot, but she wasn’t about to let it. Now that she was single, she needed to store this kind of thing up for her spank-bank.

But she knew it was probably better if she said something sooner or later. Before that drool started from the corner of her mouth and after memorizing the pattern of his chest hair. “Who are you?”

“Who the fuck are you?” He reared back a bit and seemed to pull air with him. That’s the only way she could explain following him into the foyer, pushing past his big body without spending too much time trying to cop a feel. Indeed, who the fuck was she, trying to cop a feel of an angry giant? It might be time to admit that she was beyond needing spank-bank material and right in the neighborhood of need-to-get-laid-right-now.

“Where’s Tia Lola?”

“You mean Señora Hernandez?”

“Do you ever answer questions without questions?”

“Only when I get my questions answered, princess.”

“Stop calling me that.”

“Answer my questions.”

She’d had about enough of his bullshit, but she surmised that the best way to get her questions answered was to give him what he wanted. “Okay. No, I haven’t seen enough because I’ve been sleeping with the same guy for three years, and he doesn’t look nearly as good as you in boxer briefs. Or at least he didn’t before he dumped me.” It felt so good to say exactly what was on her mind. With Geoff, she’d always had to watch her words. She took a breath, and continued while he still looked taken aback. “I’m Carla Hernandez. Lola Hernandez is my father’s aunt. I’m here to bring her—something.” She felt like a drug dealer carrying around this much money, but it was impossible to transfer American money to Lola’s bank account in Cuba.  She didn’t want to say money, because while the giant appeared to be benevolent and had certainly made himself at home here, she couldn’t be sure. “Now, who are you?”

“Jonah Kane.” Of course he had to have a name that sounded like he looked. He appeared to be wearing boulders under his skin. Of course his name would be hard, like rock. “I’m here working on a book, and I’m renting a room here.”

“You’re a writer?” she asked, surprised. “I know some writers have crazy rituals to make sure things get done, but leaving the U.S. just to get away from reliable Internet seems extreme.”

“I’m a photojournalist.”

That piqued her interest, but it seemed past due for him to put his pants on. For one thing, his body was going to give her a heatstroke-related seizure if she was exposed to it any longer. He was so hot it was starting to make her mad. For another thing, she could feel his judgmental glare and didn’t like the way he said princess—it was an insult disguised as an endearment, and she didn’t need that.

“Can you please go put some pants on?”

He leaned one hand on the bannister of the stairway leading to the bedrooms, with a sexy, cocky half-smile on his face. “Why? I thought you were getting a great show?”

Carla wasn’t going to rise to the bait of a jerk like that. She’d grown up with two of them—both her father and brother were a handful—so she just pointed upstairs. “Pants now, unbearable ego later.”

* * * *

Jonah stomped up the stairs, still cranky from his rude awakening. Mrs. Hernandez had told him her niece was coming for a visit. He wasn’t sure what he’d been expecting, but it wasn’t the woman who’d showed up at the door.

He’d perked right up when she gave him a slow once over, worrying that he’d have an inconvenient hard-on, one that he couldn’t control, for the first time in years. She wasn’t his usual type. His last girlfriend—if you could call her that—had been a foreign service officer in Kenya. Shannon spoke multiple languages and could handle a bit of rough in the bedroom—hell, she’d loved a bit of rough. Ultimately, the only place they were compatible was in bed, but she was the kind of woman he’d end up with.

Carla Hernandez was a pretty little pixie sprite who reeked of privilege. He wasn’t a big shopper, but it didn’t take a genius to guess that her outfit probably cost more than all the furniture in his New York apartment. She showed up from the U.S. in an all-white little suit thingy—like the kind toddlers wore. If that didn’t say idiotic rich girl, he wasn’t sure what did.

If he’d started in on any of the things he wanted to try with her—pushed her up against the wall and shut up her throaty little cock tease of a voice with his mouth—he’d probably ruin her clothes and maybe crack a rib.

No, the freckled redhead was not his type, but she’d managed to get under his skin in about ten seconds flat, and he hated that. He’d negotiated his way out of getting kidnapped by a terrorist group, and he was having dirty sex fantasies about a woman who would balk at the first hint of a spanking. Maybe he wasn’t being fair, but his gut told him that Carla was trouble, that it would be best to stay away. That pert, upturned nose combined with the deep smoky voice might make her sexy as hell, but he didn’t have time for a regular girl, much less a princess like her. Make him put on pants. He should have dropped his boxer briefs just to see what she’d have done. He smiled at the idea of shocking her.

When he got back downstairs, she was sitting on one of the old, falling-apart chairs in the room that Lola insisted on serving her tea in every afternoon, even though Jonah preferred beer. But, every afternoon he was there. He sat his ass down anyway and drank tea from the chipped service Lola had inherited from her grandmother.

Carla looked fresh and unconcerned as she pressed the cuff of her shorts flat with her fingertip, as if she was ensuring they were still straight. Like a nervous tick. She’d said she was here to give her aunt something, but she hadn’t said what that something was. He’d grown fond of Lola, and he didn’t want anyone taking advantage of her, including her own family.

“What are you really doing here?” His voice was overly harsh, and she jumped. He was usually careful about how he used his voice and his size, which wasn’t necessarily an asset in his line of work. Not many subjects forgot that he was there when he took up so much space.

“I don’t see how that’s any of your business.” She might not see it, but that didn’t matter. He wasn’t about to let any avaricious relatives get at a woman who’d treated him like a son during the months he’d been in Havana. “But, if you must know, I’m here because Lola needs help updating this place.”

Jonah looked around. He could see that, but he still didn’t trust that Carla wasn’t scheming to get this place out from under Lola and ship her great aunt off to some retirement home/purgatory until the woman kicked it. Jonah didn’t trust women with perfectly pleated white shorts or prissy-ass attitudes.

He sat down on the chair opposite her and it creaked in protest. “Doesn’t seem like it needs much updating to me.”

Carla brushed a large strand of red hair off of her face and behind her shoulder, revealing a swath of milky, freckled skin that make him think of summer. Innocence. When he looked up at her face, her plush lips were twisted into a suppressed smile. She’d caught him checking her out. And now she’d be on some power trip about how he wanted her—which, of course, he didn’t.

“It does need updating if she wants to turn this place into a successful B&B once tourism travel completely opens up.”

“She’s never said anything about wanting to do that.” Jonah pulled on his earlobe. “I think this place is charming as is. It’s a historical landmark. You’re probably wanting to tear out everything nice about the place and put in a one-hundred-thousand-dollar bathroom.”

She grimaced. “That’s mighty presumptuous of you. And, like I said, this isn’t any of your business.” She got up on her feet then. Her high heel echoed against the bright, mosaic stone floor.  “Where’s my aunt?”

“Great aunt.”

“I’m well aware of our relationship to each other. Where is she?”

“She’s at the park, playing checkers with her friends. She usually comes back around four and makes tea.”

She mumbled, “I hope she has rum for the tea.” She hefted her carry-on and roller bag and walked out of the room.

He had to fight himself to keep from grabbing her bag and carrying it up the stairs for her. And then he had to fight his hard-on again when she turned around. She might be lean, but her ass was to die for. His heart picked up at the thought of palming it, and an image of her mouth, wide with the shock of taking him inside as he grabbed both half-globes, took him over for a split second. Not even her grumbling something about being a gentleman stopped him from thinking about what she’d look like naked and wanting him.

He did not have time for this shit. 


USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and wore a lot of Esprit.

Although, she set aside writing fiction for a while, her love of romance novels stayed with her through college, law school, and multiple cross-country moves. During one long East Coast winter, she decided writing a book would be a good excuse to avoid braving the elements. It was love at first write. Her heroes are dirty-talking alphas, and her heroines traded Esprit for Free People. (None of them would turn down a Campari, though.)

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub | Instagram | Pinterest

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Audio Tour w/ Review  –  Live Wire by Cristin Harber

Wow that short book packed one hell of a punch. I also admit I haven’t read any of the Titan books but still absolutely loved this book. Its like a full length novel packed into 100 pages. I even read the last chapter with blurry vision from the happy tears. Steamy, action packed goodness is what you will find. I especially recommend for those of you that want a follow up on your favorite couples from the Titan series. I also reviewed the audio version and it was spectacular. You are really able to feel sucked into the story. Great job as always Cristin. 

About LIVE WIRE by Cristin Harber

Titan Group is expanding. New recruits mean Jared Westin has potential new hires to scrutinize. What he didn’t expect was his very pregnant wife Sugar to finagle her way onto the surveillance team as the prospects were assessed.

Her involvement in the simple observation goes dangerously wrong. She and best friend Lexi Black stumble into a problem with Russian mobsters. Sugar is forced to draw on her old ATF tricks, but weeks from her due date, she has no choice but to team up with Bishop O’Kane, a potential-new recruit and Parker Black, Lexi’s hacker husband, who must go undercover.

This is special ops novella is packed with high-stakes crime and intrigue, a baby story for Boss Man, and two steamy romances for two of Titan’s favorite couples.

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He was the last man in the world she wanted to see. But he might be the only one who could save her.

Ten years ago, Matt Girard did something he shouldn’t have. When sweet Evangeline Baker offered him her virginity, he took it. Then he left town and he’s never looked back.

Until now. His future as a black ops soldier with the Hostile Operations Team is in jeopardy, and he’s come home for a few days before going back to face the consequences of a mission gone wrong.

Matt still makes Evie’s heart pound, but she wants nothing to do with him. She’s had enough of men who lie and promise things they don’t deliver. But when her sister goes missing and her ex-boyfriend turns up dead, she’s in need of Matt’s special military skills.

With time running out, Matt will put everything on the line to protect Evie and find her sister. Even if it means sacrificing all he’s worked for with HOT. Sometimes, the reward is worth the price. Especially when it’s the one woman he can’t forget.

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The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces – and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their countries, their militaries, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise….

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily ever afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the life of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him – The Gravediggers – and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL – the man who left his team to die – and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.

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Born in the blood of Sierra Leone’s Civil War, enslaved, then sold to the US as an orphan, Base Branch operative Sloan Harris is emotionally dead and driven by vengeance. With no soul to give, her body becomes the bargaining chip to infiltrate a warlord’s inner circle. The man called the Devil killed her family and helped destroy a region.

As son of the warlord, Baine Kendrick will happily use Sloan’s body if it expedites his father’s demise. Yet, he is wholly unprepared for the possessive and protective emotions she provokes. Maybe it’s the flashes of memory…two forgotten children drawing in the dirt beneath the boabab tree…but he fears there is more at stake than his life.

In the Devil’s den with Baine by her side, Sloan braves certain death and discovers a spirit for living.

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The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.

Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.

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Navy SEAL Boone Rudman and his friends want to create a sustainable community that can be replicated anywhere in the world. But they need land, so when Martin Fulsom, leader of the Fulsom Foundation, offers them Westfield, a ranch in Montana, they agree to Fulsom’s condition that they document their progress on a reality television show.

Building the community will be hard enough, but Boone’s got another problem. Fulsom expects families to make up the population of the new town. Now Boone’s got to find a wife fast, before he loses his funding and his dream. So when he arrives at Westfield to find it already occupied by the startlingly beautiful, strangely attired Riley Eaton, he wonders if fate itself has provided him with an answer.

Riley Eaton is done with traffic jams and 24/7 workweeks. She loves Jane Austen’s novels, and she knows she’s not the only woman longing for a simpler, more beautiful life. When she discovers her friends are in the same frame of mind, she throws caution to the wind and invites them to Westfield, the ranch her uncle inherited long ago but has never lived in. Equipped with a key and a standing invitation to stay there whenever she likes, she gathers her friends, drives to Chance Creek, and gives up all things 21st century in order to open a Jane Austen-style bed-and-breakfast. She knows her absentee uncle will be thrilled with a new stream of income, and Westfield is perfect for Regency living, with its wide lawns, extensive gardens, and large ballroom. But when sexy, stubborn Boone shows up with plans to build a hyper-modern sustainable community on the ranch, it’s clear her Regency paradise is over before it even began.

Now Boone has 30 days to marry Riley or lose the ranch to developers, and Riley has three weeks to prepare for the bed-and-breakfast’s first guests or face bankruptcy. Can they overcome their prejudices to help each other? Or will their pride destroy both their futures?

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Review – Play On by Samantha Young

 

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Play On by Samantha Young

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here I sit with my head still stuck in the clouds, stuck in a story that stole me away to another world. I’m still floating on Cloud Nine. Tears are still etched in my eyes, a soulful mix of swoon and sorrow. The feels won’t stop flowing. My soul is still stripped bare from this book. My heart still beats for a book that lifted me up from my everyday life and thrust me to another life across the pond…another world in Scotland. I’m still basking in the beauty of a book that held my heart hostage: PLAY ON by Samantha Young, a romance perfectly synched to my soul with a constant beat of the heart.

Samantha Young’s writing SUCKS YOU IN and makes you stay. Play On captivated me from the start. I was UNEQUIVOCALLY CONSUMED by this romance that penetrated every part of me. Play On is an MESMERIZING and MEANINGFUL MASTERPIECE, one I SAVORED like a fine wine, cherishing each drop. Play On, so HEARTFELT and HEADY, was MY DRUG and I was thoroughly ADDICTED. I WAS ALL IN…body…heart…soul…EVERYTHING!!!

Samantha Young crafted a PERFECTLY IMPERFECT hero and heroine with strength in spades, characters with whom I fell in fast love and ones that instantly claimed my heart. Both Nora and Aidan are beautiful inside out. This hero and heroine are beautifully broken but so perfect for each other, two broken halves that make a whole, so raw that they felt real.

Beautiful Nora O’Brien at a young age has had a tough life…to hell and back. A warrior woman, Nora forges on, gaining strength after each battle life bestows upon her. I greatly adored and admired this heroine!

Nora has been burned and is not looking for a relationship, but sometimes fate has other plans.

And I saw it. What I’d been trying so hard not to see. I saw that he wanted me … like I wanted him.

Aidan Lennox is tall, dark, and utterly handsome. He is a player, a music producer who travels the world with no time for relationships. I LOVED this complex alpha! 

“What am I to you?”

“You? You’re everything.”

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These words were EVERYTHING, so beautiful that I melted all over inside. I SWOONED so hard! I felt ALL OF THE FEELS!

Nora and Aidan don’t make sense together but like a moth drawn to a flame, they are drawn to one another. Two broken souls searching for solace. Two broken hearts longing to become whole. Two beautiful souls connected by feels and fate.

“Why are you fighting this when you want it?”

“Because—” His mouth crushed down on mine, silencing me.

The chemistry between Nora and Aidan is combustible and unstoppable! I felt the hero and heroines’ pull through the pages, a magnetic attraction. 

“I don’t have stubble burn on my cheeks, do I?”

“No. But you’ll most certainly have it between your thighs by tomorrow morning.”

HOLY HOT!!! Aidan’s magical mouth with heated words made me wanton! I was on FIRE along with the hero and heroine! 

Aidan Lennox was going to leave me in pieces.

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Play On POSSESSED every part of me, penetrating straight to the heart! The push and pull…the angst that bled had me ON EDGE—so ENTANGLED IN EMOTIONS—where I felt everything this hero and heroine did. I felt the unparalleled intensity and intimacy of this romance with the quick rise and fall of my chest, the way my breaths bated, my pulse pounded, and my heart beat out of its chest. 

“If you’re to be mine, I need you to be mine, because all of me is yours.”

Play On is a book that is HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Play On’s powerful and poignant words SHREDDED MY SOUL—where I felt stripped bare—as my emotions belonged to this beautiful book from beginning to end. This love story woven in fate and feels struck me so hard as it held my fragile heart in its hands, shattering it to pieces, and then sewing it back together so many times. I BROKE IN THE BEST BEST WAY!

A union of the heart, mind, and soul, Play On is PERFECTION…Samantha Young’s best work yet!!! The beauty of Samantha Young’s writing shines through this book, so full of life, love, and loss. Play On is a love story but SO MUCH MORE; it’s a story of self-discovery, unbridled strength, fate, and hard fought and forever love.

PLAY ON…oh did this STUNNING STORY play me like a beautiful harp—a MOVING MELODY that moved me so much that I still feel every word…every character…every sensation…EVERYTHING!!! This is a love story with so much heart and soul that you’re guaranteed to feel ALL OF THE FEELS!!! I dare you not to feel every word as this romance—so POWERFUL and POIGNANT—plays you in the best way. I FELL IN LOVE…SO MUCH LOVE…OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!💜

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“Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the messiest.”

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 heartbreakingly beautiful stars

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Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow, in each other, they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He’s determined to be at war with her. And she has absolutely no idea why.

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Review – Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

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Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before I began this story, I had to say…Gasp! My name is Karen and I’ve never met the Filthy Beautiful Lies series by Kendall Ryan. Let’s put it this way: I’ve only met Kendall’s rom-coms so I really had no idea to expect from this other delicious side of Kendall.

I dove into Dirty Little Secret, a story about as far away from a rom-com as you could get, and relished my dive into dark territory. I closed out my world and opened up the Dirty Little Secret world where I quickly fell captive to words that made me their prisoner from the first page.

My first thought after inhaling the Prologue:

WHOA!!! Is this the same author who writes those fun and flirty romances?!? I like the dark and dirtier writer Kendall even better. Dark and dirty romance writing fits Kendall Ryan like a glove: oh so perfectly.

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From the first page, Dirty Little Secret is a RUSH, a fervor of smolder and smoothness that strikes hard. Pulse-pounding, breath-bating, mind-mesmerizing, heart-hitting, and soul-searing, this STORY STOLE EVERY SENSE and SEDUCED EVERY OUNCE OF ME. Dirty Little Secret pounds hard with a paralyzing intensity, a HEADY and HOT hit of adrenaline straight to the core that POSSESSES ALL THE WAY!!!

With a burst of fate, a hero and heroine collide, embarking on an intensely captivating cat-and-mouse game that is molten-hot and messy.

All ALPHA Gavin Kingsley is gorgeous, commanding, controlled, and oh-so-sexy. He has an animal magnetism that radiates pure power. I did not want to like this mysterious man, but I could not help but fall hard and fast for this bad boy…scorching HOT in every way. Gavin is a god who will OWN EVERY OUNCE OF YOU!!!

Gavin wasn’t a fantasy. He was a nightmare.

Gavin lives for control that is tested when he collides with a beautiful librarian. I LOVED this smart, sexy, and sassy gal who is done being meek and ready to be bold. 

“You want a man to take control, to make you feel wanted, and you want to feel pleasure like you’ve never imagined.”

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Gavin is both sinner and saint, and I could not get enough of this delicious man!!! He exudes sex and sin. I MELTED at his touch through his dominant words. 

“Ride my fingers. Make yourself come.”

This story is SMOLDER and SIN, and I couldn’t SOAK IN THESE SEDUCTIVE WORDS enough. My thighs could not help but clench. My body could not help but blaze. My heart could not help but bleed for this broken and beautiful man. Gavin’s sinfully sexy spell bound me to him where I was helpless to let go.

“Do I frighten you?” he asked, amused.

“Of course not,” I lied.

“Good, because you terrify me, he murmured.”

The connection between this hero and heroine is INTENSE where I felt it through my bones—a shiver through me—a bond with strength in spades. Fire fused with fate. The push and pull had me panting…wanting…needing more. 

If he’d asked, I would have given it to him. Everything.

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I was ON EDGE, the energy coursed through me like lighting, fast and furiously. I was POSSESSED. Dirty Little Secret was the predator and I was the prey. Being owned never felt so good!!!

“I never promised you a happy ending.”

Heart-stopping sexy meets seductive suspense in Dirty Little Secret… Kendall Ryan’s BEST BOOK YET!!! Dirty Little Secret is an edge-of-your seat EXPERIENCE, one I could not devour fast enough!!! Kendall Ryan has seriously WOWED ME with her words!!! The plot is possessive and powerful with an invigorating storyline of twists and turns. The characters are captivating with a strong hero and heroine who are combustible together. The writing is intense and incredible, flowing with a heady mix of feels and fire. This romance is SHEER BRILLIANCE from beginning to end!!!

Dirty Little Secret is DELICIOUSLY DOMINANT and SINFULLY SEXY!!! Oh did Dirty Little Secret dominate me!!! This book blazes the body and seduces the senses with an UNPARALLELED INTENSITY felt everywhere. You can’t help but REVEL in the PASSION and POWER that flows from Dirty Little Secret. I can still feel this Dirty Little Secret whispering to me, caressing me everywhere. Dirty Little Secret UNRAVELED ME, this firestorm in words my FUEL. I can’t wait to feel more!!!

I knew this wouldn’t be casual, knew I wouldn’t walk away from this in one piece.

💋💋💋💋💋 sinfully sexy and seductive kisses

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The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 30th.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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SUGAR by Mandi Beck

Sugar by Mandi Beck

Cover to cover, Sugar by Mandi Beck is PURE, ROMANCE PERFECTION! I am IN LOVE with this whole story, with every single page and every word penned. 

Mandi is an author, to me, that is ALWAYS, worth waiting for. She DELIVERS. EVERY single time! This novel was another hit! I devoured it, from beginning to end. 

Beau & Addy are A-MAZING! A couple that lit me up from the inside out with their intense connection and sizzling, flirty banter. I swooned SO, SO HARD! I just loved them. 

In a month that is heavy with releases, Sugar is one you definitely DO NOT want to miss!


***SUGAR IS A FULL LENGTH STANDALONE ROMANCE*** 

Country’s hottest bad boy. 

That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson. 

She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her. 

I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be. 


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Review  – Tate by Ella Frank 



6 stars

HOLY HELL!!!  This book gave me all the feels.  At one point, my heart stopped beating  and cracker in half.  This is probably the most emotional book in this series.  As always,  Ella delivers nothing but pure perfection. I can’t really say much more than to tell you that you need to set aside a day dedicated to this book because you won’t be putting it down once you start. Writing anymore than this could give away the story and I absolutely refuse to take all that emotions from other readers.  Just know that you will be completely consumed by Tate and Logan all over again. 


“The Temptation Series by Ella Frank was proof that if we open our minds and our hearts to love without boundaries, the result is nothing less than extraordinary.”

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Tate, the sexy new installment in The Temptation Series by Ella Frank is LIVE!!!

Tate (Temptation #5) by Ella Frank

Publishing Date: September 12th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

William Tate Morrison – The man who came into my life and turned my entire world—and me—on its ass.

Logan Mitchell has always been a man with a plan.

One for work. One for his relationship. And one for his life. Which is exactly the way he liked it—until recently.

Now with words like marriage and weddings floating around his head, Logan’s plans have suddenly changed course, and where they want him to go has him feeling somewhat distracted.

Tate Morrison knows Logan better than anybody else—or so he thinks. So when his lawyer is finding it hard to sleep at night, he chalks it up to the craziness that has recently descended on their lives.

Never in a million years would he guess what’s really on Logan’s mind.

Tate is the fifth book in the Temptation Series, and the next chapter in the lives of the two men we have all come to know and love.

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Review – Second Chances Anthology: One Night by J. Kenner

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Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection by J. Kenner

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you need a quick fix when reading, words you can inhale with lightning speed. 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 may need a test drive into new author territory before jumping behind the wheel or you may need more from your favorite author. Anotholgies like Second Chances by the Romance Writers of America are the perfect places to test drive authors’ words before you thrust full throttle into their books.

Part of this sensational second-chance romance anthology is One Night by J. Kenner. There is nothing I love more than a second-chance love story!!! Second-chance romances like One Night are SPECIAL because that past intimacy is MEANINGFUL. One Night, this short second-chance romance, was my KRYPTONITE!


One amazing, unforgettable, perfect night. And then I’d walked away.

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J. Kenner brought me so close inside the heroine’s head that Penny felt real, as if I were there with her too. Beautiful Penny had the best one-night stand ever with a gorgeous guy who rocked her world. They shared more than sex; they shared something special. It was a night that felt like fate. One night was all Penny thought she wanted with Blake….until a chance meeting becomes more.

“Forgotten you?”

He moves in again, and the air between us crackles from the electricity we’re generating. He strokes my cheek, and that erotic sensation steals my breath.

“Baby, I remember everything.”

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In one night…
I DEVOURED One Night, downing it like a smooth shot of whiskey. Oh did I LOVE this DELECTABLE and DREAMY QUICKIE!

In one night…
I was THOROUGHLY SEDUCED by the SCORCHING and SCINTILLATING One Night.

In one night…
I fell in fast love with a hero and heroine who quickly captivated me and made their world mine.

In one night…
One Night UNEQUIVOCALLY OWNED ME.

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One Night is INSTANT INTOXICATION, a tale that dazzles fast and furiously. I was SEDUCED with supersonic speed. Packed with promise and potent heat while spliced with sexual innuendos and sensuality, One Night is a short shot of steam fused with feels. Only a masterful writer like J. Kenner can write a taste of romance where you’re left both satisfied and wanting more! This second-chance love story may be short but it SATISFIES ALL THE WAY!

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Do you believe in second chances?

Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today’s hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times best-selling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.

And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her hero and heroine’s search for the impossible.

With characters who find love through tough situations, in elegant 1800s ballrooms, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

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Marilyn Brant
Kerri Carpenter
CiCi Coughlin
Cassandra Dean
Tina Ferraro
Renee Luke
Ariella Moon
Brandi Willis Schreiber
Lizzie Shane
Sharon Sobel
Damon Suede
Tara Wyatt

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Review – Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige

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Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

Here I sit two days after reading Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige, SMITTEN, as I am still flying high from this whirlwind of a romance that was my HIGH. Alluring. Arousing. Addicting. Dirty Filthy Rich Love is one INTOXICATING DRUG!!! A splash of suspense, sky-high smolder, a sprinkle of sweetness and swoon, a little angst, and some thrills and chills make up this PERFECT ROMANCE: Dirty Filthy Rich Love. This HEADY HIT was MY perfect romance.

Laurelin Paige wrote the perfect mix of dominant alpha paired with fierce heroine in Dirty Filthy Rich Love, a love story that SEDUCES and SCORCHES like a powerful and passionate kiss. This is a tale that twists around you where you’re fully IMMERSED and highly INTOXICATED. This is a story that steals your mind, body, and soul. There is no other way to read this SINFULLY GOOD romance except to do a deep dive, sinking in until you can only feel the words. You have to go ALL THE WAY IN!!!

Oh Donovan ‘Kiss-Me-Now’ Kincaid…where do I begin?!? There are heroes in romances and then there is Donovan Kincaid: the ULTIMATE HERO who is PURE HEART-POUNDING PERFECTION!!! Donovan is the best mix of dark knight meets super hero, sinner and saint, an insanely hot and intense ALL ALPHA, and the sweet-sigh-inducing PROTECTOR! I couldn’t love his hero hard enough!

Beautiful Sabrina Lind is as smart as she is sexy. This heroine in strength in spades and she won’t let others walk over her. 

“You hold the cards right now, Sabrina,” he said, his nose almost touching mine. “But don’t begin to think I’ve forgotten who’s in charge.”

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Sabrina now wields the most power. I loved how she relished and ruled her new role.

“You wanted to know what you are.”

“Okay.”

“What you are is mine.”

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SWEET SIGH!!! Donovan POSSESSED every part of me!!! His dominating words were a shot of heat straight to my thighs…so alpha and so HOT!!! The chemistry between Donovan and Sabrina is combustible, so electric that it’s a pull neither can fight…so ENTHRALLING! This hero and heroine are MAGICAL together! 

“There are still a thousand ways I intend to make you come, and another hundred thousand I haven’t thought of yet.”

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I could not devour Donovan’s dirty and dominant words fast enough…SO INCREDIBLY HOT!!! 

His taste was the best drug, his lips so firm and familiar, it was like going to church.

This story reveals everything in this series’ enticing end. It’s time to lay all cards on the table and uncover secrets and sin so the truth can set this hero and heroine free. Dirty Filthy Rich Love spreads itself wide open and bares it all in one captivating cat and mouse game that must finally end. 

I couldn’t see inside him, but I could feel. He was making me feel everything he felt, and it was raw and jagged and dirty and hard.

Dirty. Filthy. Rich. Love. They all collide in one tantalizing tale that may be a fairytale after all. Dirty Filthy Rich Love is as SOULFUL as it is SCORCHING, so full of heart and the hottest of heat. I was thoroughly SEDUCED by this scintillating story that is simply FLAWLESS!!! Dirty Filthy Rich Love, and its Dirty Duet series, is now one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE ROMANCES! I LOVED this brilliant book and series so hard!

Laurelin Paige has done it again and written a book that rendered me BREATHLESS and nearly brought me to my knees!!! This wonderful writer is a master at letting readers take a deep dive in characters’ heads, telling their secrets but keeping a sliver of mystery that lingers like a pending storm. With scenes that make you blaze and blush, Laurelin Paige brings you from reader to wanton woman in a frenzied flash. This author writes the most alpha of alphas, so deliciously dominant and dirty! I never thought I’d meet a Laurelin Paige hero as alpha as Hudson, but Donovan delivers it all: the sexy, the swoon, and the seduction!

Deliciously dirty, heart-stopping sexy, and soul-swooning, Dirty Filthy Rich Love DOMINATES. ALL. THE. WAY!!! I could not devour this sinfully sexy romance fast enough. My mind is still stuck in this tale, wrapped up in this mastery of words that wielded themselves straight to my heart like a sword. I am UTTERLY ADDICTED to this scintillating story and series that OWNED ME…so incredibly good! Unwavering. Unputdownable. Unforgettable. Dirty Filthy Rich Love still OWNS every ounce of me.

“I always wanted to be in your world.”

“You are my world.”

💋💋💋💋💋💋 scorching, scintillating, and soulful kisses

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I’ve discovered Donovan Kincaid’s secret.

It’s dirty and filthy and rich – as dirty and filthy and rich as he is – and it haunts me as much as he ever did.

Even after knowing what I know now, I still want to talk to him, to touch him. But there’s an ocean between us, and I’m not sure it can be crossed with something as easy as a phone call or a plane ride.

Yet I’m willing to try.

He doesn’t know this yet, but this time I’m the one with the power. And maybe – just maybe – if the air were cleared and all our secrets bared, there could still be a chance for us.

And this dirty, filthy thing between us might end up being love after all.

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Review  – Penthouse Player by Tara Leigh 



Wow!!  Tara just wowed me with this forbidden office romance. The heat sizzled my kindle and the back and forth between characters kept me well engaged. This is definitely not a book you can read in bits.  It will have you reading through til the end. 
A chance meeting at a social event brings them together,  but when she finds out exactly who he is,  she is running faster than a cheetah. She is dumbstruck that he is the very man she will be working for. 
She tries to resist him at every turn but he keeps pushing  and pushing  until she eventually gives in.  What scandal will come of this relationship is the question. 
This is a definite must read.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more to come from Tara Leigh. 

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Title: Penthouse Player

Author: Tara Leigh

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, SWERVE

Series: Billionaire Bosses #1

Genres: Romance

Word Count: 80K

Format: Digital

ISBN: 9781250138507

Synopsis:

Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a

stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.

For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.

Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?

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Excerpt #1

My eyes skipped over a blonde in a red dress, and then quickly returned. I hadn’t realized I’d started walking towards her until a waiter nearly spilled my drink. She was gorgeous. And when she tipped her head back to laugh at something the man beside her said, I decided that word was entirely inadequate. Stunning was much more apt. Exquisitely stunning, actually. Her creamy skin was flawless. And she was tall. I looked down, or at least she appeared tall with the five-inch stilettos on her feet. When her open-mouthed laugh faded into a generous smile, her wide eyes met mine. If she’d been an investment, she would have been labeled high risk, high reward, with a warning—Don’t buy if you can’t afford to lose.

Her lips closed around the edge of the glass in her hands, our stare unbroken. Her eyes were the bright shade of freshly cut, well-tended grass. And after she took a sip, white wine by the looks of it, she didn’t look away. Her open appraisal was a lure, and I took the bait. She could have been a model on a billboard in Times Square, or in the GQ magazine I subscribed to but never had the time to read. I know I should’ve turned away. This girl was clearly trouble with capital T, something I needed as much as a hole in my head.

After doing well with the first fifty million I’d been able to raise, I was just about to open my fund up to new investors. I didn’t have any official commitments yet, but I had no doubt my fund was about to grow to at least $500 million. I had a lot to consider, and a ton of work to do. This was the most important time in my career and I couldn’t afford to fuck it up by becoming a lovesick fool over some girl, exquisitely stunning or not.

I stopped in my tracks, maybe ten feet away, although I couldn’t tear my eyes from her face. She was young. Maybe too young? But then she smiled again. And not just any smile. This one wasn’t polite, or friendly, or casual in any way. No, her smile was so bright it heated the drink in my hands and blinded me from seeing anyone else in the room. Her curved lips were an invitation I couldn’t resist. Even though I knew I should.

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“Obviously, something needs to happen between us. Soon. Preferably tonight, actually.”

Endorphins ping-ponged through my body like the ball in an old-fashioned arcade game. I’d tried to deny the chemistry between us, then suggested we ignore it. But to hell with that. It just wasn’t possible. I found my voice. “Someplace with a bed, or a couch.” I shrugged. “At least a rug, maybe a table.”

Tristan chuckled, attempting to finger-comb his hair into place. “Last time I checked, my apartment had all four.”

“Good. We can’t be seen in public together. At least not outside of the office.”

“About that. Bettencourt has more than one hedge fund you can work on. I’ll set you up with another portfolio manager or have you assigned to marketing or research, whatever you want.”

I shook my head. That wasn’t what I wanted at all. “No. Please don’t. Your strategy is the one I feel most closely aligned with. I applied to Bettencourt, hoping I’d have the opportunity to work on the Millennial Fund. This doesn’t have to be an either/or situation.” Taking a breath, I debated whether or not I should even verbalize the thoughts racing through my mind. Spit it out, already. I forced words through my mouth in a rush. “Let’s just have sex tonight and get it out of our system. Then we can pretend it never happened and focus on work.”

An aristocratic eyebrow arched upwards. “You think that’s all going to take? One fuck and we won’t ever need to do it again?”

I grinned at Tristan’s outraged expression. He even wore indignation well. “Okay, fine. Maybe we’ll have to do it more than once. But I just started here, and I intend to come out on the other side of this internship with a job offer. And I want it because I’ve proved myself on the Bettencourt trading floor, not in you bedroom. No one can know about us.”

Tristan scowled. “Is there someone else? Maybe not a boyfriend, just a friends-with-benefits kind of thing? You seem pretty eager to keep us in the dark.”

It’s what I know. “Don’t be ridiculous.”

Tristan tucked in his shirt, adjusted his sleeves. Skepticism darkened his eyes. “Casual sex, no strings attached. That’s what you want?”

“I’m not exactly the next Mrs. Bettencourt, Tristan. I highly doubt your socialite stepmother would approve of me.”

“Why?” Tristan seemed less than eager to take my words at face value. “Because you want to do more with your life than plan overpriced parties with bad food and watered-down drinks?”

I looked down, a blush coloring my cheeks. If he knew that even my own mother wouldn’t be seen in public with me, he would feel differently. “Something like that.”

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Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie. 

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Review – Lucky Number Eleven by Adriana Locke

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Branch Best has turned my whole world upside down! I sent Adriana so many PMs and Gifs while I was reading this amazing book I think she’s going to block me. I just couldn’t help myself! This book and Branch evoked so many emotions for me. From his cocky swagger to his swooning romantic moments and all that sexiness in between, Number Eleven just made me happy! I hated to see this one end. I wanted to keep turning the pages for more of this forbidden romance.

Layla James Miller has had it with athletes. She claims she is done after she is blindsided by her breakup with a star quarterback. She’s determined to find solace in her work, her family and her friends. A trip to the family lake house was supposed to clear her mind, give her clarity and focus so she can face the reality of being single and ready to mingle. She never expected a weekend of solitude to change her life forever. She never planned on Branch Best entering her orbit and tilting the axis so much that north is south and east is west.

Branch Lucky Best was the one of the best in football. Known for his talents on and off the field, he never had known more peace, more rest or more fun than the weekend he spends with Layla in Linton. The problem? She’s off limits. Totally forbidden fruit no matter how beautiful, how down to earth or how good she is. She’s the protected little sister of his very best friend and teammate, Finn. He was warned by Finn to stay away. His reputation as a love ’em and love ’em guy only makes the situation that much worse. But the chemistry and instant attraction between Branch and Layla won’t be denied. What’s wonderful to see between these two is the genuine like they have for each other. They may burn the sheets but more importantly, they are friends and what better way to build a love relationship than to be friends first? They need that bond, that like for each other, because together they have to face a rather unforeseen obstacle.

Truly one of the most awesome things in an Adriana Locke story are the secondary characters. They almost always steal the spotlight or make themselves so integral to the plot that without them there would be no story. Everyone wants a best girlfriend like Poppy. Her mouth is foul. She’s sexy, sassy and so incredibly loyal. Her football analogies had me in tears I laughed so hard! She’s not in any way afraid to tell it like it is or put Finn Miller in his place. Finn is the big brother that every girl wants. A fierce protector, loving and absolutely devoted to his sister’s happiness. I’m excited to see Finn and Poppy get their own story!

Lucky Number Eleven was perfection! So funny, steamy with a side sweet. Angsty and just amazingly good! One confident and absolutely charming wide receiver finally brought to his knees by a beautiful woman who is simply being herself. No over the top designer clothes, ill intentions or a womanizer set on bedding the hottest athlete. I cannot stop saying how much I enjoyed my time in Linton. I finished it a few days ago, and I am still smiling. This was FANTASTIC! One of Addy’s best!

Great job, lady!

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People say not to believe the things you read in magazines, but you know what? Most things you’ve heard about me are probably true.

I totally banged the reporter in the locker room after the championship game last year.

Those pictures in Expose from last summer? Those were not modified.

I’m also not really six-foot tall. (But let’s keep that between us.)

Now, I know you’re wondering about that last Expose headline—the one about me and my teammate (and ex-best friend) Finn Miller’s sister, Layla James. That one is a little more complicated.

Here’s the thing: I’ve played football my whole life. If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to adjust when the game changes. And if there’s one thing I always do, it’s find a way to win.

Granted, the stakes are higher. The playbook has changed. There’s more on the line than (another) MVP title. But guess what hasn’t changed? Me. I’m still Branch “Lucky” Best and I’m not about to fumble this one.

Grab a seat and a subscription to Expose. I’m about to make some headlines. (Again.)

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“One question,” Poppy interjects, looking at Branch. “What position are you?”

“I typically like the bottom so I can watch—oomph,” he says, getting another elbow from Finn. “Wide receiver. Why?”

Looking at Poppy, I can’t help but laugh as her eyes light up.

“You got a problem with wide receivers?” Branch asks.

“You do,” Finn interjects, giving me a narrowed glare. “They aren’t any better than quarterbacks.”

Branch looks from me, to Finn, and back to me. “Why do we not like quarterbacks?”

“My sister was dating Callum Worthington.”

“No shit?” His face puckers like he just bit into a lemon. “How in the hell did that cocksucker end up with you?”

“He didn’t. We’re not together anymore.”

Branch’s eyes heat, the look causing my pulse to quicken. “I’m not a bit sorry to hear that.”

“You better forget you heard any of that,” Finn warns. “This is my sister, Branch. Not a cheerleader or reporter or some chick from a dating app. Got it?”

“Finn, relax,” I say, shoving a swallow past the lump in my throat. “I appreciate the big brother spiel, but I can handle myself.”

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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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