Review – My Way Back To You by Claire Contreras

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Rowan Hawthorne, with all his flaws and past mistakes… his belief that love was a lie and that marriage was a sham… This Rowan that I had the pleasure to meet made me believe in family, that time can change hearts and minds and that a man can truly embrace his second chance and make the most of it. Amazing!

I waited for the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story with so much anticipation. These two had so much to resolve. Their love for each other, a contractual marriage, separation by an ocean. Then there was the even bigger secret… a positive result on a pregnancy test. They run into occasionally with Rowan getting updates on his lost love from his brother and Tessa getting bits and pieces as well. Four years pass and Tessa finds herself thrown right back into Rowan’s path when Hawthorne and Tessa’s position at Prim intersect. But Rowan Hawthorne is not the same close minded, stubborn man he was. Oh no. For Rowan, fatherhood and revelations change his outlook for his future. That future includes winning back the woman he lost and having the family that he longs for with his very soul.

Rowan and Tessa showed us what love, acceptance and endurance is. In Rowan I saw determination, cunning, and the pure joy of being first a friend and then a father. From Tessa I saw independence, momma bear protectiveness, and vulnerability. It was impossible to not get caught up in these two. They may have spent years a part but their love for each other only grew. Their chemistry only got hotter. The most important thing was that they each took the time to grow into who they were as individuals. They made me ridiculously happy!

This was such a satisfying conclusion! Emotional, twisty, intriguing. The secondary characters made me wish for more, namely Rowans’s brother Sam and Tessa’s brother Freddie. These two have much story to tell. This was an incredible read!

Well done, again, Claire! So well done!

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Love isn’t always about timing.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.

I admit I wasn’t ready.
I know you don’t want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.
Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.

Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .

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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

 

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Review – Robbie by Ella Frank

5 out of 5 stars
Another top read from Ella Frank. I was completely captivated from the very beginning. This book is steamy, angsty, and mind blowing; everything you expect from Ella.
Robbie has a serious crush on Julien but Julien is married to a Priest, a man he can’t stand. They both make a proposition that leaves Robbie utterly confused. It definitely isn’t an offer he can’t turn down.
The dynamics between these 3 will have you on the edge of your seat and turning pages at top speed. This is one book you don’t want miss.

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Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

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CONFESSION

If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

DRUNK-DIALING IS never a smart move. But drunk-dialing a married man? That is a monumentally stupid move.

That was the thought rolling around Robbie’s muddled brain as he stood with his best friend Elliot at the bar of CRUSH and tossed back his fourth Bitter Bitch. The conversation he was having with himself wasn’t a new one—or a welcome one, he thought as he swayed on his feet and kind of stumbled into the stool beside him. But forgetting his lonely life with alcohol and men who were all wrong for him seemed like an increasingly good way to cope tonight.

The hum and throb of the bass beat was rattling through him, but instead of feeling the pull he usually did to head out to the dance floor and have fun, tonight it seemed to be having the opposite effect. It was making him think really stupid thoughts.

“You’re so wasted, Bianchi,” Elliot said as he grabbed Robbie’s arm and guided him to the barstool. “What’s that? Your third shot? And how many margaritas did you have at dinner?”

Robbie held up two, then three fingers, and shrugged. “Who cares? Everyone had their New Year’s on Sunday. Tonight’s mine, and I want to celebrate.”

“If you celebrate any more, you aren’t gonna remember your first night out of the New Year.”

“Don’t care,” Robbie said, as he waved his hand through the air with flourish and leaned a little too much into the action. Luckily, Elliot was there to prop him up. “I wanna have fun tonight. Do something I shouldn’t.”

Elliot leaned his elbows back on the bar so he was facing the dance floor and said, “Why don’t you get out there and let someone do you instead? You look gorgeous tonight, darling.”

He’s right, I do look cute, Robbie thought.

In his skinny jeans and purple V-neck tee that was practically a second skin, Robbie had gone all out with smoky eyes and a new pink shade of gloss he’d bought a couple of days ago that tasted like—mmm, strawberries. He could totally hit the dance floor, find a willing man, and let him do all kinds of things. But that seemed so boring tonight, so normal, and so not what he wanted.

He wanted wild. He wanted adventure. He wanted danger. And when the two men he knew were both those things entered his mind, Robbie quickly shook his head, trying to shake them free.

Stop thinking about them, he ordered himself, but that was easier said than done. One of them was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen, and the other the most frustrating—and what was worse was that he couldn’t have either of them even if he wanted to. What was with everyone being fucking married all of a sudden? And to each other?

But oh the dreams he’d been having lately. The three of them, all sweaty and naked; they were enough to make him want to

No, no, no. That is the worst idea you could have, Robbie told himself. Drunk or sober.

Worst.

Idea.

Ever.

Plus, you don’t even like one of them. So stop obsessing over it.

“Earth to Robbie…” Elliot said, waving a hand, and Robbie shrugged.

“I don’t know. I’m just not in the mood.”

You’re not in the mood to grind all over a naked man? Okay, where the hell is my best friend and what did you do with him?” Elliot asked as he swept his black bangs out of his eyes.

“I don’t know.” Robbie slumped forward on the bar, dramatic as ever, and looked up at Elliot from under his lashes. “I think I’m in a state of mourning, El, and I don’t know how to get out of it.”

Elliot frowned. “Is this about Logan? I thought you were happy for him and Tate?”

“I am, but— Ugh. They just got engaged, and now all of a sudden, he’s married. Married.”

“I know, babe. But you knew it was coming.”

“Doesn’t make it any easier. Knowing there are two more beautiful men off the market forever due to a ring and a piece of paper is just depressing.”

“Two more men?” Elliot said, regarding him with a suspicious eye. “Who else do you know who’s hitched?”

Julien, Robbie instantly thought, as an image of the famous chef came to mind.

Julien “the Prick” Thornton. And this time, as Julien’s name ran through Robbie’s head, he made a point to roll the Jul over his tongue the way Julien had when he’d introduced himself that night at the bar. That’s right…Julien “I’m gay, gorgeous, and, oh yeah, married to your worst enemy” Thornton. He was hitched.

“No one,” Robbie said, and pouted. Then he swiveled on the stool to look out at the men gyrating all over one another. “You go and play for the both of us. I’m going to sit here and—”

“Ferment?”

“Okay that word is too big for my brain right now,” Robbie said, and winced. “Go and feel up the muscles and men for me. Someone should get some enjoyment out of them.”

Elliot pursed his lips. “I don’t know…”

“I’m just gonna sit here. Not going anywhere,” Robbie promised, crossing a finger over his chest.

“Your heart is on the other side, genius.”

Robbie switched sides and did it again. “I’m just gonna drown my sorrows so my body hurts tomorrow and will take my mind off my broken heart.”

“Aww, cheer up, Buttercup. Your Prince Charming will come to you one day soon.”

“Well, until then”—Robbie gestured for the bartender—“I’m going to drink myself into a deep slumber in the hopes that maybe he’ll come on me, or, you know, at least kiss me back to life.”

Elliot placed a hand on Robbie’s arm. “Do not go anywhere. I’ll be back for you.”

“I can’t feel my legs to move, so… I’ll stay. Like a good little boy.”

“Don’t know how good you are, but…” Elliot chuckled, then before he headed out to the dance floor, said, “Where’s your phone?”

Robbie dug into his pants pocket and pulled it free.

Elliot opened the contacts and scrolled down to his name, and then set it on the bar in front of Robbie. “You need me, call. Do not leave this seat.”

Robbie touched his fingertips to his temple in a sloppy salute and then hiccupped. “Yes, sir.”

“Okay. Be back for you soon.” Elliot then turned to the bartender and said, “No more after this for him.”

When the bartender nodded, Robbie’s mouth fell open. “Hello, you’re not my mother.”

“Lucky for you. She’d be spanking your ass right now, not to mention your sisters, and I’m sure you’d much rather have that done by a man who would then pound it afterward. I’ll be back.”

Robbie dismissed Elliot with a wave of his hand, and then took great interest in scrolling up and down his list of contacts, searching for someone to occupy his time. It wasn’t until he saw Julien’s number that he realized how drunk he was, because that was the only excuse he could think of as to why he hit call.

Well that, and: If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

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Review – Craft by Adriana Locke

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Mercy, mercy, MERCY! Why didn’t my history teacher in high school look and act like Lance Gibson? I assure you if Mr. Weatherford was anything at all like Lance more of us would have rolled into class at 8 AM in a better frame of mind. Same could be said for study hall. If the librarians looked and baked like Ms. Malarkey, maybe more of my guy friends would have actually picked up a book.

Lance Gibson is sexy, sinful and a braggert. At least with his family, he has plenty of stories of… conquests. Inside, though, Lance is a man with secrets, sadness and regrets. But Lance is also a man with heart who wants what is best for his students. He adores his family, especially his Nana. He’s funny, flirtatious and and has an affinity for… cupcakes with peanut butter icing. Plus if he gets to tease the gorgeous librarian who makes those cupcakes, even better. Mariah Malarkey knows that Lance is a player and only comes to her office during his break to get under her skin. They have done this little push and pull for a while and somehow he’s become the stuff that fantasties are made of.

A chance encounter changes everything for these two. Oh, does it ever!

These two are so much fun together. So much! I laughed with them. I cringed with them at their embarassing moments. They have such beautiful chemistry and steamy sex appeal. At the foundation of their relationship is a refreshing friendship. They simply GET each other. They have secrets and pains from the past that try to color the future. While Lance comes off as a playboy and prankster prince, at his core he’s such an amazingly sweet guy that it’s impossible not to fall for him. Mariah is sassy, stubborn and just plain fantastic! She’s been hurt, by family no less in the worst possible way. I cheered for her with all my heart because I so wanted to see her have the happiness that she so richly deserved.

Craft is swoony, angsty and powerful. Such a fun read! Adriana has written another wonderful family story that pulled me in and would not let go until I read the very last word. It is warm and full of emotion. It has its heartbreaks and tears, too, but when I sat down my kindle, I sighed the happiest of sighs. The Gibson series is small town living, family and love at its absolute best. Something tells me this series is only going to get better with each Gibson’s story that Adriana tells, and I cannot wait.

FANTASTIC, Adriana!

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They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

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Review – Hero by Lauren Rowe

6 stars but worth more!

6 stars but really more like 20. Lauren you a like a magical rainbow unicorn. I become more and more amazed with each release, even though every book you’ve written is absolute perfection! Just FYI, you will need tissues for happy cries and sad cries.

This story resonated so much. I absolutely adore Colby and Lydia. I usually find myself talking about the male main character, but Lydia is one strong bitch and I love her to pieces.

Now on to Colby. That man is the kind of man every girl she wishes she could find. What I absolutely loved with his character was that he was caring, loving, devoted, and protective without be an alpha. I know we all love our alphas, but I absolutely love characters like Colby.

Both Lydia and Colby have a tragic life story, and find each other at the right time, even though tragedy is what brought them together. Watching the love between these 2 makes my heart so happy. Plus, who doesn’t love a man who acceps your children? Can you say *swoon* #OvaryExplosion #LaurenRoweRocks

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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

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ally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever- patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. To find out about Lauren’s upcoming releases and giveaways, sign up for Lauren’s emails at http://www.LaurenRoweBooks.com. Lauren loves to hear from readers! Send Lauren an email from her website, say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by searching for @laurenrowebooks.

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Review – How to Date a Douchebag: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

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The Coaching Hours
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After you go gaga over the four bright and beautiful book covers of Sara Ney’s How to Date a Douchebag series, you’ll notice that each story is as UNIQUE as the color of its cover. Each How to Date a Douchebag story is STUNNING. Each How to Date a Douchebag story strikes like a match, lighting a fire inside you that you won’t want to extinguish as you BURN for the book. Each How to Date a Douchebag story is EVERYTHING!!!

The Coaching Hours is the last HURRAH! This How to Date a Douchebag book is IT!!! You can’t help but love these Douchebags. Sara Ney writes strong heroes and heroines who are as entertaining as they are endearing, and this series-ending story is no exception. The Coaching Hours is the tale of the Iowa wrestling coach’s beautiful and bright daughter and a bet that douchebags make to land her like a coveted prize.

Those douchebags need to learn a lesson. And I’m just the girl to teach them.

This is a story that slowly reveals itself, enshrouding the reader with a little mystery. The Coaching Hours keeps you swimming in a splash of suspense the whole time reading. The twists … just YES!!! A bit forbidden and full of angst, The Coaching Hours bursts with sexual tension that is simply DELICIOUS.

We’ve officially crossed an invisible line we can’t walk over.

This is the story of friends who become more.

A heart is racing but I’m not sure if it’s his or mine.

This is the story of the nice guy finally finishing first. You’ll be rooting for this prince to claim his princess at the end. You’ll SWOON hard for the hero who is hot with a hard body, is as protective as he is passionate, and as sweet as he is sexy. This alpha will make you MELT!!! This so-not-a douchebag but so ALPHA PERFECTION will make you fall in love with him so hard. I LOVED this hero who OWNED ME!!!

”I’m always content to just look at you.”

This hero and heroine are MAGICAL together! I felt their chemistry combust … so hot and heady! I felt their palpable connection. I felt the sensuality smoke through me. I FELT IT ALL!!!

This last How to Date a Douchebag book, The Coaching Hours, MELTED ME!!! Sara Ney delivers a relatable, tension-twisting and heart-hitting tale of unexpected love. The slow burn … the build-up … the delicious sexual tension … just so freaking HOT and HEADY! The Coaching Hours is a BANG-UP BOOK that bleeds the most delicious of drama and angst. This tale tortures with tension and touches with tenderness, and is DOWNRIGHT ADDICTING! I LOVED IT!

We’re playing with fire, and we both know it.

It’s the END … the Douchebags are DONE but I still can’t help but CRAVE MORE! I don’t want to let this humorous, heated, and heartfelt series go! Each tale I’ve fallen for so hard as I love all in different ways. These characters centered around a college wrestling team still feel like family and I’m not ready to bid them farewell. I already miss these Douchebags so much! I don’t want the How to Date a Douchebag series to be over. I’m not crying … you are!!!

”Even surrounded by people, I was alone because I wasn’t with you.”

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 slow burning stars

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THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.
Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.
Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.
And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

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Review – Memphis by Ginger Scott

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Memphis by Ginger Scott

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Lost souls find each other sometimes.

I’ve fallen in love with another fighter and it’s all because of new-to-me author, Ginger Scott! A master storyteller, Ginger Scott immediately ensnared me in her trap of words. Like a fighter on the mat, I was hit hard. MEMPHIS, this tender and thrilling tale, UNEQUIVOCALLY OWNED ME and was UTTERLY UNPUTDOWNABLE! I was CONSUMED by Memphis from the very first page, as every word made my HEART FLUTTER and my SOUL STIR.

Memphis, the man, oh where do I start?!? This man is gorgeous inside and out. Fire-hot and fearless. Memphis is so sexy … so stunning … so sweet … so WOW!!! I was under his spell. Memphis had my heart from the start. Memphis, the hero, is the ultimate champion of the heart … my heart … PURE PERFECTION!

There’s just something about the way he moves…like a ghost. Like a fighter.

Liz is as beautiful as she is bold but oh is she broken. I took a while to warm up to this sassy and closed-off heroine, but grew to adore her. Liz has been burned, her flame extinguished. Until Memphis ignites a fire that can’t help but burn between them…

I feel like the gladiator protecting the maiden from a storm.

The chemistry between this broken beauty and fierce fighter is COMBUSTIBLE. I felt their pull through the pages. This slow burn that enflamed.

”I want you because when I touch you I feel it in every square inch of my body.”

Electrifying, emotionally complex, and heart-hitting, Memphis is a CHAMPION of a read. This fighter romance is full of FIRE and FEELS but it’s so much MORE!!! Ginger Scott flawlessly turns hope to hopeless and merely existing or living to life in a story threaded by unexpected but unconditional love. Memphis is the story of lost souls finding each other. Memphis is blood that becomes bad and friends who become family. Memphis is survival after shattering. Memphis is EVERYTHING!!!

”I don’t think anyone else will fit you like I do, Liv … I know it because I don’t think anyone else will fit me either.”

Memphis BURNS with a PARALYZING INTENSITY felt EVERYWHERE! EMOTIONALLY EXPLOSIVE and BLISTERINGLY BEAUTIFUL, Memphis pounded its way into my heart. This raw, rush of a read made me FEEL SO ALIVE! I LOVED this fighter romance! Imperfectly perfect, Memphis was perfect for me.

I’ll fight for us.

4.5 heartwarming and heart-pounding ‘champion’ stars

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My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved. 

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney. 

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath. 

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life. 

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

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Review – One Too Many by Jade West

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I waited so very eagerly for this book to arrive. After Bait, I didn’t think I would ever be ready for another Jade West story. I stalked Jade everyday for updates. The blurb so fascinated me and her naughty teasers kept me on the edge of my seat. Just waiting for this taboo story to arrive. The premise so deliciously wicked – the answer to all your problems comes with an indecent proposal… one night with your beautiful wife. No holds barred but with one condition. You have to watch every single moment.

Jade certainly did not disappoint. Brett, Grace and Thomas’s story is so utterly twisted, so shocking and so fascinating that I was unable to put it down. I didn’t want to step away and miss one single moment with these characters. I expected smutty, sordid and sexy with this story. And yes, with this threesome that’s all there and then some. What took me completely by surprise and had me shaking my head was how complex Thomas Heath was, how solid Brett and Grace Foster were and how one proposition rocked their foundation, and how the past really can mold someone for good or bad.

There are some things that can truly spoil a great marriage. Sex and money… too little of one and not enough of the other most certainly will destroy what was once amazing. That was Brett and Grace. They threw everything they had into a dream and a hotel on the coast. They had big dreams for success and family only to watch as those dreams slowly but surely wash out with the tide. Bills piling up and their relationship strained to its breaking point, everything changes when a stranger checks into their modest little hotel on the coast.

Secret needs are revealed. Secret wants are unveiled. I watched this story develop and bloom with so much intensity and raw brutal honesty. It was breathtaking, exciting and thigh clenching. Hell, it was filthy, foul and eye opening. There is definite sexy attraction with these three. Chemistry and even a sense of camaraderie if it can be believed. Until that is gone and something else seeps in. Then something else happened. This book became a story of deeply held pain, regrets, and a chance at redemption.

Jade once again penned a beautifully written tale. Bold and daring. It left me gutted and sobbing, heated and fanning my face. I turned those pages until there was nothing left but an epilogue that only made me dare to hope for more later. This was amazing and so very well done!

FANTASTIC, Jade!

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From USA Today Bestselling Author, Jade West 

A filthy proposition.
Too much money to say no.
One dirty night in a stranger’s bed.

While my husband watches.

A full length contemporary romance novel.

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Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted. Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile. She lives in the Powys countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness. She has a zebra print living room, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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Review – Then There Was You by Claire Contreras

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This was stunning. This was Claire Contreras at her FINEST. As much as Rowan said that he did not bleed, my heart bled, broke and sighed for him and for Tessa. The twists and turns in this story had me on the craziest, most intense roller coaster of emotions. From overwhelming love, to white hot anger, to profound sadness… to the unbelievable ending that rocked me right off my feet and left my jaw hanging to the floor.

Rowan was born with his duty hanging over his head. He was raised and well groomed to know his place at the head of the family business, taught to forsake all things that could possibly make him happy… friends, fun, and yes, love. His responsibility to family would take him away from the girl that he couldn’t stop himself from wanting. Tessa knew in her heart that she belonged with Rowan. She wanted him as much he wanted her, but like Rowan she had responsibilities, too. Her dreams would lead her away from home to an Ivy League education but would destroy her own family in the process. Returning home from school with her family in ruins she wants nothing to do with Rowan but can’t seem to stay away from him, even though she hates him almost as much as she loves him. There’s no denying the chemistry between them, no putting off the inevitable reunion even if that reunion ends in heartache.

When his family gives Rowan an ultimatum, he has to decide between duty to his legacy and the love that will change his life. Decisions have consequences and the cliffhanger ending of this book is so ridiculously painful that it took my breath away, broke me and left me a sobbing mess, clamoring for the next book and sending messages to Claire to PLEASE hurry, hurry, hurry!

Then There Was You consumed me, left me in a daze hours after I had finished the last words. The secondary cast in this book are so much a part of the angst driving this story. The family business takes on a life of its own and I found myself resenting it. There were moments when I was so frustrated I was screaming at my kindle and moments when the romance and remembrance of sweet times past left me smiling. This story is brilliant, beautiful, ugly and bitter all at the same time.

And I want more.

Well done, Claire.

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”

I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.

“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”

“Hm.”

All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed. 

“I’ll be right out.” 

I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water. 

Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me. 

He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.

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Review – Unraveled by KM Neuhold

5 out of 5 stars

I was late to the game in discovering this series, but I am catching up. I can’t believe I have been missing out on such a fabulous series all this time. I am reading them all as fast as I can. I can’t seem to get enough. I fell in love immediately with Max and Clay.

Max and Clay have been best friends and roommates for years without realizing they were living with the love of their lives. They were there for each other in every way possible until one day they throw caution to the wind and sparks fly! They discover that what they have is real and true.

When Max finds out that his ex is moving across the country with his daughter, he is heartbroken. The only thing he can do to still see her regularly is uproot his life and move. The problem is Clay is not up for the move. They soon find themselves broken and lost. Can Clay muster up the courage to take a chance on love?? You have to read to find out.

Once again a phenomenal read by KM Neuhold. I can’t wait for more.

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My mind and body are full of chaos; the only time I can truly feel free is when my hands, arms, and legs are secured. Just because I want to be bound, able to give over my pleasure entirely to another person, doesn’t mean I want to be controlled, humiliated, or made to endure pain. I’m a successful, happy, confident adult man who wants a lover to tie him up. Why is that so scandalous? And why is it so difficult to find? It doesn’t help that I’ve developed a hopeless crush on my straight roommate. Maybe a fulfilling relationship isn’t in the cards for me.

Max:

I’m completely out of control of my life. My ex is trying to take my daughter away from me… again, my dream of owning my own motorcycle repair shop seems out of reach, and somehow, I find myself a thirty-two-year-old man who can’t afford to have a place without a roommate. So, it’s no huge surprise that the idea of being given complete control over someone’s body and pleasure is a major turn-on. I never had any inkling I might be into guys, until my best friend told me he likes to be tied up. Now I’m losing sleep, imagining him bound and begging for me. I can’t figure out if it’s just the kink or if it’s possible I’m falling for him.

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Every dish in the kitchen is piled on the table, while I stand on a chair to scrub the insides of the cabinets.

Maybe I can strip and re-stain the wood; that would look nice. Although, I doubt there’s any stripper or stain in the house, so I’d have to go to the hardware store. I glance at the clock on the stove. There probably aren’t any hardware stores open at three in the morning.

Something soft bounces off the back of my head, pulling me from my thoughts. I glance down to see what hit me, and I frown in confusion. I must be more tired than I thought because I can’t for the life of me figure out what a random sock is doing lying at my feet.

“What the hell?” I mutter, trying to suppress a yawn.

“I figured you must be a house elf on crack, so I was trying to set you free.”

I snort a laugh and glance over my shoulder to see Max standing behind me in nothing but a pair of pajama pants. I force myself not to let my gaze linger on his toned chest or his adorable, sleep rumpled hair.

“Very funny.” I roll my eyes and yawn before turning back to continue my task.

Strong hands grasp my waist and, before I know it, I’m being scooped up into Max’s arms and carried to my bedroom. I’m more excited than I have any right to be when Max lowers me onto my bed without so much as jostling me.

“Sleep,” he says with authority. I roll my eyes at him.

“I can’t sleep; that’s why I was cleaning.”

He sighs and looks down at me with a conflicted expression.

“What would help?”

A release— something to calm my mind for a few minutes.

“Nothing you can help me with,” I toss back with agitation. “What if I climb into bed with you—”

“Keep talking,” I encourage with a salacious grin.

“Dirty mind,” Max accuses with a chuckle. “What I was saying was, why don’t I climb into bed, and we can pull up something boring on your laptop. I bet that’ll help you fall asleep.”

He’s not wrong. It’s the only thing that helps some nights. And, truth be told, it’s more about the feeling of Max’s warmth beside me and the steady rhythm of his breath as he sleeps.

“Thank you.”

“Anytime,” Max assures me before grabbing my laptop off my desk and climbing into bed beside me.

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Review – Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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From the very beginning of this book, I knew that Harlen and Harmony were going to be so very special. I was so not disappointed at all in the love story between Nico’s little girl and the bearded bad ass. I was swept under from the very first page and found myself sighing and stupidly smiling as these turned their relationship from that of very best friends to a love that set the pages on fire.

Harmony is so different from all the previous Mayson girls. She’s a planner, a thinker… she’s practical and thrives best when she’s in control. I admired her strength and determination. We meet her when she has finished nursing school and wants to return home to work and be closer to her parents and family. She had met Harlen previously and was drawn to him. She took care of him and he was just as drawn to her. But he understood something so important – he had to build a solid foundation with Harmony or he would never have a chance to love her the way he wanted to.

The greatest love is most definitely built on the greatest friendship. Harlen is someone that I wanted to be friends with. He’s loyal, protective, so very caring. Quiet and steady in his own way. But alpha – definitely alpha. He fits into the Mayson clan like a hand fitting into a leather glove. Perfectly. When he decided that he wanted Harmony and that he was tired of waiting, Harlen stopped at nothing to make Harmony his. The girl never stood a chance when the BOOM came. It was awesome!

Oh, this book is classic ARR. Sassy, sexy, and sensual. The chemistry that Harlen and Harmony have is just as white hot as their friendship is unbreakable. It’s so heartwarming and so easy. The Mayson’s have such a strong bond. Family is everything to them. It’s so wonderful to feel that bond throughout the series. Each book only solidifies those ties that the Mayson’s have built.

This story was wonderful. Terrific pacing, an amazing love story. Seeing Nico and Sophie is always such a treat – they love their children so very much. Plus there’s that extra little tease at the end. Cobi can’t get here fast enough.

FANTASTIC, Aurora! BOOM!

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Harmony Mayson isn’t the kind of girl to take unnecessary risk, but after meeting Harlen MacCabe, she starts to wonder if maybe she should be. The more time she spends with the wild and free biker, the more she starts to crave the freedom he gives her… And even more, she starts to crave him.

Harlen lives his life on his own terms. After losing both his parents at an early age to a robbery gone bad, he knows how precious life is, and he’s determined to get as much out of it as he can. When he runs into the beautiful Harmonyand finds out she’s moving to town, he knows it’s time to take his shot. She thinks he only wants to be friends, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

What Harmony and Harlen don’t know is that their time might be cut short. Revenge is in the air, and someone won’t stop until a debt is settled.

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Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.

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