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Romance Book Review – Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert (MMF, Romance, Modern Re-Telling)

She was the face that launched a thousand ships,
The fierce beauty at the heart of Olympus,
And she was never ours to claim.

*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus that’s as sinful as it is sweet.*


In Olympus, you either have the power to rule…or you are ruled. Achilles Kallis may have been born with nothing, but as a child he vowed he would claw his way into the poisonous city’s inner circle. Now that a coveted role has opened to anyone with the strength to claim it, he and his partner, Patroclus Fotos, plan to compete and double their odds of winning.

Neither expect infamous beauty Helen Kasios to be part of the prize…or for the complicated fire that burns the moment she looks their way.

Zeus may have decided Helen is his to give to away, but she has her own plans. She enters into the competition as a middle finger to the meddling Thirteen rulers, effectively vying for her own hand in marriage. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather see her dead than lead the city. The only people she can trust are the ones she can’t keep her hands off—Achilles and Patroclus. But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield? 

At first I had mixed feelings about this story. It is a modern re-telling which appealed to me and even with the liberties it was fun and hot and exciting, taking familiar characters and modernizing them in the most delicious ways. It was fun and I was totally on board with the story of a competition to see who will become Ares.
There was plenty of steam in this story and I have to say, I didn’t mind at all. The heat and the competition were good but I guess I expected more.
Overall it was an enjoyable reading experience that makes me want to read the other books in the series.

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New Release & Book Review ~ Be Mine Again by Kathryn Shay

Title: Be Mine Again
Series: The President’s Daughters #3
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: June 7, 2022
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Blurb:

He rejected her for career gains years ago and now he wants her back…

The middle president’s daughter, Hannah Masters Manwaring, has built a sustainable life on a small plot of land in picturesque upstate New York. She either grows what she needs, or she swaps for it, and she can fix or make just about anything. Sure, she’d like to find a guy to spend her life with, but that’s low on her list of “things to do.” Besides, she’s independent as hell!

Special Agent Zeke Carter was a cocky bastard for years. He sacrificed everything, even love, to get ahead in the Secret Service. And he did succeed all the way up to guarding President James Manwaring during his last year in office. He hoped he could forget the woman he sacrificed for his career, but unfortunately, he didn’t. At forty, he’s faced with irrevocable choices again.

Eventually he comes to terms with what he has to do. He leaves the Secret Service and goes to Rockford to find Hannah. He tells her he wants her back, but she’s having none of it. She’ll never forgive him and orders him to leave town. But he stays in Rockford and causes havoc in her life.

Hannah isn’t buying Zeke’s transformation from alpha male to nice guy. And he keeps making things worse by being pushy with her. She loves him, but can she ever forget the soul-crunching pain he caused her?

If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her second chance with him.

If she does, and he hurts her, she won’t survive a second time.

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Be Mine Again is Hannah’s story. Hannah and Zeke used to date when he was a Secret Service Agent but he broke her heart in order to advance his career. Now he’s retired and he wants her back, which in my opinion made him a really unlikeable hero.

The thing I love about these Manwaring sisters is just how capable they are of forgiving the men they love, no matter how much or how big they messed up. Hannah gives a valiant effort against Zeke, who really didn’t deserve her, but ultimately she succumbs what the heart wants.

I wanted to like Zeke, he has everything a good sexy protective hero should, right down to the accent. But I just felt that Hannah was an afterthought for him. Now that he’s done with the Secret Service and his career is no longer an issue, we can be together and she’s supposed to jump for enjoy after the way he hurt her. It colored everything for me but I am a voracious romance reader and I know what I signed up for and I did enjoy the journey.

Hannah was great, a perfectly capable heroine with a bit of badass thrown in and she made the story for me. She’s like your good friend who is in love with a horrible guy but you want her to be happy so you root for her to get what she wants because you’ll be there when she doesn’t.

Oh and I am WAY too invested in what’s going on with the Manwaring parents!!!

In the Series:

Never My Love – available now
Lie With Me – available now
Not For You – preorder
Lost to Us – preorder

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Author Bio:

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction. One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Readers call her work heartwarming.

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Excerpt: 

Chapter 1

“Hey, Trouble,” she said to the goat who’d save Danny Larson’s life. “Want some company?”

The animal bleated her response.

Hannah set up a gravity chair under a shade tree next to the pen. Prince, her black lab, was leashed nearby and lying in the grass out of the hot August sun. 

She sat down and reclined back. Her body ached from all the chores she’d done today. Danny Larson, her former farmhand, was unable to help because he was recuperating from his injury. Aloud she said, “Because he was shot by a rogue firefighter in cahoots with the mob. I lead a crazy life.”

Prince barked at her words, then settled down to sleep.

Would her life, her family’s lives, ever return to normal? She thought about how her sister Sasha and Danny had been brought together by the incidents two weeks ago. They were getting married this Saturday. 

But would Hannah be able to participate if she didn’t have a farmhand to do chores? Was she going to have to ask the co-op for even more help and depend on neighbors again like had she injured her arm? Or just miss some of the pre-wedding events at the end of the week?

She didn’t know how long she’d been snoozing when she heard Prince bark again. Then, “I never reckoned I’d see Hannah Manwaring takin’ lazy naps in the afternoon.”

The husky voice made her eyes fly open. Slowly, she righted the chair so she was seated. She stared up at Zeke Carter in silence, at the man who broke her heart.

“Well, darlin’,” he added, his Southern accent thicker now, “I never expected I’d to see you speechless, either.”

Prince approached her, but stayed at her feet, remarkably subdued in a stranger’s presence. Hannah managed to stand; the man still towered over her. She folded her arms across her waist. “What the hell are you doing here, Zeke?”

“Now that’s a story.”

Dressed in navy pants and a navy silk T-shirt, his muscles and fit physique were on perfect display. His blond hair was a little longer, and those damn blue eyes were still the color of a lagoon. But he jammed his hands on his pockets, always a tell-tale sign he was nervous. Huh!

 “I’ve been thinkin’ about you, Hannah. I heard through the Secret Service grapevine what happened with the mob. How you could have been…hurt or worse.” His voice got hoarse on the last word.

“As you can see, I’m fine and dandy.” Her sarcastic tone was armor against him.

“You look real fine. Fifteen years put some weight on you.”

He used to worry that she was too skinny. And before she turned eighteen, he’d called her squirt. “That’s none of your business.”

His expression turned bleak. “I know. I gave up that right.”

“You did. And I’ve forgotten all about you.”

“Have you?”

“Yes. Go away. I won’t believe anything you say. What’s more, I don’t care.

“Han, I retired from the Secret Service.”

“What?”

“The last person I guarded got hooked into a scandal that made protecting her near impossible. And she was guilty to boot.”

“Senator Akins. I read about it online. I didn’t know you were guarding her.”

“I got twenty years in anyway, so it was time.”

It hadn’t been time when he ditched her after a year-long relationship. “I’m shocked. But truly, Zeke, I don’t care. Leave me alone.”

He glanced at his watch, a fancier one than what he used to wear. “I have an appointment in town in an hour. But I’d like to talk afterward.”

“Fuck talking. Just get out of here and don’t bother me again.”

“I will, until I meet with Rockford’s mayor today. Then I’ll be back.”

Don’t ask Hannah. Don’t ask. “Why are you meeting with her?”

“I’ve applied for a job as her part of her security.”

“You said you’d never do private protection.”

“I said a lot of things that turned out to be stupid. Really stupid.”

“I. Don’t. Care.”

“I’m comin’ back.”

“Why, Zeke?” She hated the pleading tone of her voice.

Her raised that sculpted chin. “Because I miss you, sweetheart. And I want you in my life again.” 

#

Zeke adjusted the gray sports coat he’d thrown on for this interview and took the chair offered. “Hello, Madam Mayor.”

“Hello, Mr. Carter.” 

Reagan Rothchild sat behind a huge oak desk and remained unsmiling. She was an attractive woman with auburn hair pulled back into a bun and understated makeup. “I’ve read your application. Have you checked the list of the responsibilities of a mayor of this size city? I sent it out to the applicants.”

“Yes, ma’am.” 

Her back was pin-straight. “I’ve been starting these interviews with questions from the candidates.” She arched a perfectly shaped brow. Zeke was used to noting everything about people. 

“Why do you need a bodyguard?”

“Vanessa Jordan, the last mayor who became our state senator, had some issues with harassment. Before she left office, she put into place money for Rockford’s mayor to employ bodyguards. And the mob activity in town was a big part of my decision. A kingpin was killed.” 

He waited. This wasn’t the whole story.

“Also, I’m the daughter of a very wealthy businessman. He’s had death threats.”

Her father headed a medical pharmaceutical company that has controversial practices. “Some say he’s cut-throat and indifferent to who he hurts.

“Some say that, yes.”

“Do you have any enemies?”

“Not enemies exactly. A reporter for the Rockford Sentinel seems to call me out a lot. He doesn’t like me or my policies.”

Now that was one thing Zeke didn’t know. But he’d done his homework. When Vanessa Jordan had left in the middle of her term to take a position of state senator, the person she picked to replace her had health issues and didn’t run for the permanent job. Ms. Rothchild did and was elected by a big margin.

“Go ahead and ask more questions.”

“Was your divorce amicable?”

“Yes. We just drifted apart.”

“What would be the scope of my responsibilities?”

“You’d guard me when I’m at work. I have a driver who takes me home and picks me up in the morning. I live at the mayor’s estate, which is well protected with electric gates.”

He frowned.

“Why the expression?”

“If I was in charge of your security, your bodyguard would pick you up and take you home then pick you up in the morning.”

“Really, why?”

“Those are particularly vulnerable times. Car accidents happen all the time. You need a driver who’s trained in evasive maneuvers.”

“And you have been, of course, in the Secret Service.”

“Yes, ma’am. And like that protection, you need a vehicle equipped with impenetrable tires, armored siding and bulletproof windows.”

“The windows on the mayor’s car are bulletproof. The other two we don’t have.”

“Easy job to put on tires and insert armored panels in the vehicle.”

“There’s no budget for that.”

He stared at her. She had family money coming out the wazoo. 

“But I’ll consider your suggestions. More questions.”

“How many people have you interviewed?”

“Three men and a woman.”

“Were they good?”

“Yes, all of them.”

“Did they make any comments about your car? About drivin’ you home and pickin’ you up?”

“No.”

He rattled off other things they should have queried.

“Only one asked about any of those.”

“Let me guess, the woman.”

The corners of a very lovely mouth turned up. “Yes.”

“How are you leaning?”

“I was leaning toward her. Until your application came across my desk.”

“Does she have Secret Service training and twenty years on the job like I do?”

“No, Mr. Carter. She doesn’t. She was a former police officer, though.”

He moved to the edge the chair. “I think you have an easy choice.”

“You’re very confident.”

“I wouldn’t want a bodyguard who isn’t. Would you?”

“No. Let me ask you a few more things. I don’t yet understand why you retired from the Secret Service.”

“There was a scandal involving my last protectee. It was a mess that I didn’t want to be in.”

“You left willingly?”

“Oh, yeah, I got a commendation from the President if you’d like to see it.”

“Yes, bring it in, but I’m sure you wouldn’t be telling me this if you weren’t above board.”

“Thanks, Ma’am

“Why do you want this job and not something in D.C.?”

Because Hannah’s here. “First off, I have friends here. And my parents are only three hours away. Second, I’ve had enough of Washington. Enough of the all-consuming life of an agent. Being dog-tired every night when I got home. No personal life to speak of. Too much scandal. A small town appealed to me and a job that isn’t twenty-four hours. Time off will have to be worked into the schedule.” He took in a breath before he told her something that could lose him this job. “I’m opening a security business in downtown Rockford. I already applied for my license and am going to look at a shop on Main Street to rent.”

Furrows marred her brow. “How will that affect my protection?”

“It shouldn’t. I have lots to do before the business can even open.”

“How long will you commit to me?”

“A year. I thought we’d reassess then.”

“I’ll have to think about it.”

He nodded. “Understandable. One more thing, you need a main bodyguard to be with you during your work days, then drive you home pick you up in the morning. You should hire a parttime person to be with you for evening commitments and on my days off, which I prefer to be weekends. Maybe the female job applicant would consider those duties.”

She watched him through shrewd hazel eyes. “All right, Mr. Carter, the job’s yours. If we can agree on one more thing.”

“What’s that?”

“If you want this position, you’ll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement saying anything I do, anywhere I go, and with whom, is confidential. And before you agree, know that I’ll sue you if you break it.”

“I’ll sign that. First, I have integrity, so I wouldn’t go back on my word. And I was very good keeping information about the U.S. president and his family to myself. So you should feel secure after I sign it.” 

She picked up papers in front of her. “Here’s the agreement. Take it to a lawyer if you want, but have it signed when we next meet before you start on Monday.”

“Then it’s time to call me Zeke.”

“Call me Reagan.”

#

After he left, Hannah couldn’t get Zeke out of her mind. And it was way too hot in late August to go running; even a walk outside wouldn’t cut it. Instead, she brought Prince inside and settled him on the porch, then headed down the steps to her basement where it was blessedly cool. Half of space had been converted to a canning and freezing operation and a spot to pasteurize Trouble’s milk. She by-passed the refrigerators, the sink, the small stove and several counters and made her way to the far corner where she’d set up a treadmill. Hannah had to stay in shape, and she used the machine especially during the winter for aerobic exercise. She’d developed plenty of muscles and strength working the land in the other three seasons.

She hopped on. Began to walk slowly. Accelerated wisely. When she reached her top pace, she let her mind wander to what had happened between her and Zeke in the past…

Hannah walked into her apartment after finishing a wicked day at the construction site where she was interning. She glanced at the clock across the room. Zeke was due here in fifteen minutes. She darted to the shower, soaped up quickly, and was dry enough to dress, though her hair was still wet when he came inside. He set his key on the table.

“Hi, darlin’.” She loved when he called her that. She crossed to him on bare feet, went up on tiptoes to kiss him. He still smelled like shaving cream.

But he eased her back. 

She frowned. “What’s wrong?”

“Let’s sit.”

“We usually go in there…” she angled her head to the bedroom “…as soon as you can get here.” Their time together was precious.

She could tell he wanted to but he said, “No.” He crossed the room and dropped down on the couch. Held out his hand. “Come’re, babe.”

She sat beside him. 

The fact that he took deep breath didn’t ease the fear curdling in her belly. “I’m sorry, Han, but we have to cut this off.”

“This as in?”

“Our relationship. It’s gone on too long, anyway.”

“Only a year.”

“It should never have happened.”

“So you said 365 days ago.” 

One night, when the senior agent guarding her was called in for something, he’d stepped up and driven Hanna home from work. On a lark, went inside with her. 

“I gave into my feelings against my better judgement when you turned eighteen.”

“I know that’s true. But after a year? You should be over those qualms by now.”

“I was…until yesterday.”

“What happened yesterday?” 

“The head of the Secret Service called me in.”

“Oh, my God, does he know?”

“No. He wanted to go over my performance.”

“Zeke, spit it out. This is killing me.”

“He offered me another position. It’s not much of an advance, but it puts me in line for the PPD. I have to work my way up through the VPPD but I could guard your father in his last year. He wants me to start in the program now.” 

She sat there staring at him. Then, “Why do we have to breakup? We can go on like this and you can advance.”

“First, it’s not fair to you, to hide here like we’ve been doin’.”

“I went into this with open-eyes, Zeke.”

“Did you? You were only seventeen when you started flirting with me.”

“Old enough to know what I wanted. When I turned eighteen, I moved out of the White House and got this place so we could be together. I don’t mind hiding our relationship now, if we can eventually go out in the open.”

“Things have changed. I have to concentrate on my job.”

“You’ve been doing that.”

He angled his body more toward her. “How do you see our relationship shaking out, Hannah?”

“I was hoping for a future with you. You said you wanted that, too.”

“Not anymore. If we reveal what we’ve been doing, there’ll be a scandal. And scandals won’t get me to the PPD, especially with your father. That’s always been my goal.”

“I know. That was okay by me.”

“Look, this is a done deal, honey. We have to be over.”

She swallowed hard, and felt her eyes moisten. “You don’t want me anymore?” She hated that she sounded like a love-sick puppy. 

He stared hard at her. “No.”

She shook her head. “You’re lying. I can see it in your eyes. Please, don’t do this to us. I love you. I can make this work for us.”

He shook his head and stood. “Goodbye, Hannah. You’ll have a good life without me…”

The timer she set on the treadmill went off, startling her out of the memory. As she slowed down, she thought of the aftermath of his announcement. The crying, the gut-sick hurting, the immobility of it all. It was her sisters who got her through a funk so deep it scared her.

“No way I’m giving you another chance to devastate me, Zeke Carter. No way.”

Cover Reveal!!! ~ The Jane Thing by Tracy Broemmer

We are so excited to share the cover reveal for The Jane Thing, by Tracy Broemmer, the next book in the Meet Cute Book Club Series. Keep reading for more details about this sexy, best friend’s sibling romance.

Title: The Jane Thing
Author: Tracy Broemmer
Release Date: 6/30/2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Best Friend’s Sibling, Enemies to Lovers

When my best friend asks me to put her brother up at my place for a while, I’m totally on board. After all, I practically grew up in Chloe and Gideon’s house, so I used to kind of know him. Those childhood memories don’t compare to the real Gideon Reece when he shows up ready to be my temporary roommate. He’s grown into a smoking hot guy complete with tattoos, rakish-looking hair, and a face that looks like art. Too bad he’s a pompous jerk.

My sister’s best friend is going to drive me crazy before my stay here is over. She’s prettier than I remember, but she’s all sunshine and chatter, like she thinks we’re going to be besties while I’m here. Spoiler alert: we’re not. I’m here to secure a job and find a place to live, and in the meantime, I have no interest in palling around with Skye Stafford.

Then why did I kiss her? Probably the same reason I can’t get her off my mind. She’s completely different from any woman I’ve ever known, and to my regret, I can’t get enough of her. I have to keep my hands to myself, because I’d never forgive myself if I came between Chloe and Skye.


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Book Tour & Review ~ Into the Sunset by S.L. Sterling

Into the Sunset by S.L. Sterling

Title: Into the Sunset
Author: S.L Sterling
Release: May 10, 2022
Genre: Second Chance Romance
Cover Design: Thunderstruck Cover Design
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Blurb:


Ben
I know why I lost her. I was too serious, I was too practical. I was too busy thinking I knew
what she wanted without asking her.
Over time, this wore on her. All she wanted was to be heard. She wanted someone to
support her big exciting ideas, I was supposed to do that, but I shut them down. No wonder
she handed me my ring back and left town. No wonder she married someone else, leaving
me with memories of sunsets at the beach and the future I had planned for us.
I went on and built my life without her. My father and I opened the second division of
Sunset Builders in Las Vegas, and to my surprise, I stayed busy, almost busy enough not to
notice the loneliness. That was until one day I was called to do a quick bathroom and
kitchen remodel for a woman who lived on Las Vegas Boulevard. I shouldn’t of gone, I
should have sent one of my men because when I arrived, and the door opened, every
memory I’d had of Jessica came flooding back.
If I’d learned anything in her absence it was that anything worth doing was worth being
done well, and anything worth having was worth fighting for. I just hoped she’d give me a
second chance.
Jessica
Ben had always been right to keep me grounded. I should’ve listened because the falls didn’t
hurt as bad that way.
I wanted a bigger life, in a bigger brighter place. I never appreciated the beauty of living in a
small town with a huge support system. Instead, I left town without so much as a goodbye,
chasing a silly dream.
I married the man who promised me the sun, moon, and the stars, but delivered blinding
blows. I spent years hiding in the dark so that no one would see my bruised face. Most days,
I thought I’d die before I escaped the nightmare. I dreamed of running, it was my only way
out. Then I got news my grandfather had passed. He left me money and a gorgeous condo in Vegas. I had a plan. I would upgrade the condo, sell it, and fade away into the sunset, all
while my husband was gone on a business trip.
Little did I know that Ben would show up on my doorstep. He swore we could make our
dreams real, but this time I was the grounded one. I could only see how we would never
work. I’d made too many mistakes and love was terrifying.


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Into the Sunset book review, S.L. Sterling
3.5 stars/martinis for this second chance romance

It took me a while to figure out how I felt about Into the Sunset when I finished reading it. I didn’t really like either of the main characters. Jessica had every right to leave but she was as guilty of not voicing her concerns and wants and needs as Ben was of not asking. Besides, they were very young and needed some time apart.

At least Jessica lived her life, regardless of the quality of that life instead of just holing up and becoming a bitter workaholic. I always love a second chance romance but the truth is that I didn’t feel a connection between Ben & Jessica, certainly not one that made me want their happy ending. Over the course of the story I did root for them but I never really felt like they deserved it or had earned it.

Overall Into the Sunset was a good read. I really loved the friendship between Jessica and Kate, and I loved how fiercely protective Ben’s sister was when it came to his former flame. She’s a fierce one and added some much needed spunk to the story.

Praise:


5 Star Reviews – “This book was absolutely amazing my heart was broken 💔 I cried but
then I was smiling and sighing … absolutely gorgeous couldn’t recommend enough!”
5 Star Review – “I loved this book. I was in such a book hangover and this was such an easy
read, just what I needed.”
5 Star Review – “Angsty , heartbreaking, heartfelt, emotionally charged , captivating ,
intriguing, off the charts chemistry, witty banter , humor , angst , page turner….”

Author Bio:
S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.
An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel
“It Was Always You” was born.
When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time
with family and friends and of course reading.


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$.99 Southern Summer Romance ~ Sweet Tea & Tattoo Ink by N.D. Jackson

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About:

Dixie Covington is a redheaded spitfire with a sultry southern drawl. She loves her family, her small piece of the world and her art. But what Dixie desires more than anything is the freedom to fall in love with a man of her own choosing. So when her parents announce her engagement to a man she’s not even dating, Dixie and her closest friends pack their bags and head to The Big Easy for summer of fun and who knows what else.

Taz Nicorescu is another born and bred in New Orleans artist. With his exotic good looks and skills with a tattoo gun, he has no trouble finding female companionship when he wants it. Taz loves his life just the way it is, living with his best friend and running his well known Ink by Taz tattoo shop. He couldn’t have known a simple neighborly request would change everything he thought he knew about love and attraction.

What starts out as summer romance just might be true love!

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N.D. Jackson spends her days wandering the streets of whatever European city she and her husband are visiting, creating new characters and new lives for her novels. Though a native Chicagoan she now lives in Romania and longs for the days she could fill her passport with stamps from Germany, Amsterdam, France, Austria and all the other places she’s been.

Since she picked up her first book at the age of 7, not a day goes by she doesn’t read a page or chapter. Or finish a whole book. Her first novel, Conflict of Interest was published in 2014 at the ripe old age of she’s not telling and she had been entertaining readers with tales of love and romance ever since.

When she isn’t reading or writing, N.D. can be found indulging in her love of all things true crime, perfecting new vegan cuisine and seeing with the world with her bearded husband!

She lives for Foo Fighters, 90’s grunge, curry, Nina Simone & Adele, politics traveling, all things French, any Asian noodle dish you sit in front of her and…cocktails.

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New Release & Book Review!! ~ Meet Me At Midnight by Melissa Toppen

Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Melissa Toppen
Release: April 29, 2022
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60470884-meet-me-at-midnight

Blurb:

Meet me at midnight– whispered words from drunken lips.
Lips that I had spent years wanting to kiss.
Lips that I had dreamt about night after night, waking to wonder what if.
What if he noticed me?
What if he wanted me?
What if
But I quickly learned some things are better left to wonder. 
Especially where Levi Mills is concerned.
He didn’t just steal my innocence that night. 
He broke every part of me.
Dismantled me from the inside out until there was nothing left of the girl I used to be. 
Years passed. Moments faded into the background. Until eventually he became nothing more than a distant memory- a dream that almost didn’t seem real. 
But then suddenly he’s there, standing in front of me again like he never left. And in that one heartbeat, in that one breath, I relive it all over again. Every touch. Every word. Like frozen snippets of time suspended in front of my eyes.
And then he smiles that all too familiar smile, meet me at midnight moving soundlessly across his lips.

Melissa Toppen’s Meet Me At Midnight is a good read. The thing I loved most about this story is the fun cast of characters. Olive’s best friends, Josie & Lizzie were great and meddlesome but their lifelong friendship and sense of sisterhood really helped push the story forward. The details of the friendship and their lives really helped build out Olive & Levi’s world in Warren, RI.

I am a sucker for a good second chance romance and I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of this story. Just about.

Except Levi.

Yeah sure he’s hot and smoldering and that’s fine but I just didn’t like him at all. He was selfish and in my eyes he never redeemed himself. The only reason he got what he wanted was because Olive wanted him, not that he did anything to deserve it throughout the story. I wanted him to turn around and I even rooted for him…until the office incident.

I’m happy that Olive got what she wanted. For now.

Aside from Levi’s unworthiness I really enjoyed Meet Me At Midnight.

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Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. 

Melissa resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

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Book Release & Review ~ Mixed Up with a Marine: A Small Town Second Chance Military Romance by Kait Nolan

BLURB:

Can a Marine turned baker and a jaded contractor find their way to a second chance?

Braxton Whitmore needs a change. After leaving the Marines, he’s free to build a new life. But is he gonna be a baker? Really? When his buddy inherits a decrepit bar and proposes they partner up to turn it into a bakery, Brax figures why not? Until his ex comes walking in.

Mia Whitmore has built a new life for herself, far from the heartbreak and secrets that tore her marriage apart. The last thing she expects is for her estranged husband to be business partners with her latest client. Or for Brax to think they’re already divorced.

As they’re forced into proximity on the renovation, truths come to light, and Brax and Mia get a second chance. But when past secrets become present danger, Brax puts everything on the line to protect the woman who’s always held his heart.

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This is Mia & Brax’s story and after reading their background story, Rescued By a Bad Boy I was really looking forward to see how they got their happy ending.

This is not your usual Kait Nolan romance, not at all, but it such a fun story. A good story that sucks you right in from the beginning. Mia and Brax grew up together in foster care and they formed a bond, a close and loving bond that was torn apart by Mia’s inability to trust and forces outside both of their control. Devastated, Brax joined the Marines and got on with his life.

Mostly.

After serving is country he ends up in the same town as Mia and their re-introduction does not go well. At first. But this is a bit of a romantic suspense so events happen to bring them together, events beyond their undeniable attraction and bond. Knowing what they went through and how much they’d loved in their younger days, it was a wonderful journey to go on with them.

So much happens in Mixed Up with a Marine that I’m almost at a loss about what to say. There’s action, there’s steam and there’s a lot of brotherhood which gave the story the perfect amount of fun to counteract the seriousness of Mia and Brax’s life before the book, and the parts that follow them into the present.

There was a lot of hurt to work through and they did it, and thankfully it didn’t take them forever to get there. I loved this story and I can’t wait to see what Wyatt gets up to in the next story.

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BOOK REVIEW!!! ~ Love to Hate You by Whitley Cox

Title: Love to Hate You
Author: Whitley Cox
Release Date: March 12, 2022
Genre: enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, best friend’s brother, road trip, forced proximity, romantic comedy, high heat, erotic romance
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Blurb: 

She needs arm candy, he needs her insurance, but first, they need to drive across the country without killing each other.

Eli

Since the first day of kindergarten, I have hated Alexandra Hartford.

And twenty-something years later that hasn’t changed.

But she has.

She’s still a tomboy with a chip on her shoulder, but now she’s a hot tomboy with a chip on her tattooed shoulder who can fight like a badass.

I’d still rather have a bath with fire ants than spend ten days in a car with her, but she has something I need.

Once the deal is done, we can go our separate ways.

That is … if I want to.

Alex

Eli Evans is my nemesis.

He blames me for his sister’s death, our parents’ divorces, and probably global warming, too.

Why on Earth would I help him?

Because he’s as easy on the eyes as he is the bane of my existence and I need a hot date to a wedding in San Diego.

Can we drive across the country without me leaving him at a truck stop somewhere? I doubt it.

But, I’m willing to try.

Ten days in a car, a wedding, and a marriage of convenience, then I’m done with him forever.

Right?

Love to Hate You is an enemies to lovers romance and holy cow are these two enemies when this story begins. Eli and Alex have known each other–a term I use loosely–since they were in kindergarten. She was best friends with his twin sister and he was her bully, her tormentor.

They were hardcore enemies who found themselves living in the same small Maine town years after their lives were blown apart by tragedy and circumstances.

The story itself is mostly entertaining.
Mostly.

My major problem is that I just could not warm up to Eli. I understand where his misdirected anger came from, but those first few chapters just soured me on him and I never recovered from what he said about Alex. I just couldn’t. Not sorry.

But they make a deal which I won’t spoil for you except to say it’s a fake relationship/marriage of convenience which mostly takes place on a road trip. I appreciated the growth shown by both throughout the trip and the heat between them was HOLY SMOKES OFF THE CHARTS!! Together, they burn up the sheets and my kindle.

The story itself was good even if I didn’t like Eli all the way to the very end. I loved Alex though. She was scarred and tough and brilliant and managed to find ways to navigate her pain that were healthy and positive. She is exactly the kind of heroine you can and want to root for, and I did. She wanted Eli and I wanted her to get what she wanted, it’s as simple as that.

Good read, meh hero and awesome heroine.

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New Release!! ~ Love to Hate You by Whitley Cox

Title: Love to Hate You
Author: Whitley Cox
Release Date: March 12, 2022
Genre: enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, best friend’s brother, road trip, forced proximity, romantic comedy, high heat, erotic romance
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Blurb: 

She needs arm candy, he needs her insurance, but first, they need to drive across the country without killing each other.

Eli

Since the first day of kindergarten, I have hated Alexandra Hartford.

And twenty-something years later that hasn’t changed.

But she has.

She’s still a tomboy with a chip on her shoulder, but now she’s a hot tomboy with a chip on her tattooed shoulder who can fight like a badass.

I’d still rather have a bath with fire ants than spend ten days in a car with her, but she has something I need.

Once the deal is done, we can go our separate ways.

That is … if I want to.

Alex

Eli Evans is my nemesis.

He blames me for his sister’s death, our parents’ divorces, and probably global warming, too.

Why on Earth would I help him?

Because he’s as easy on the eyes as he is the bane of my existence and I need a hot date to a wedding in San Diego.

Can we drive across the country without me leaving him at a truck stop somewhere? I doubt it.

But, I’m willing to try.

Ten days in a car, a wedding, and a marriage of convenience, then I’m done with him forever.

Right?

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Excerpt:

The sound of the curtain in her changing room being pulled open echoed into my changing room, so I made sure my dick wasn’t visible, then pulled back my own curtain. 

Jamie was zipping up Alexandra’s dress—the royal blue bandage strapless one—but she whipped around to face me when Jamie was finished. 

Her eyes widened, pupils dilated, nostrils flared. It was a primal reaction that I would have to be an idiot to miss. 

I had a primal reaction of my own—in my pants. 

“Holy fuck,” I breathed. 

She glanced away, but the smile that lifted one side of her mouth was dead sexy. 

“You’re getting that one,” I said. 

She smoothed her hands down the sides, turned on one foot, and glanced at herself in the mirror. “Yeah, I like it, too.”

“You can’t wear those two together, though,” Jamie said. “The blues are too close in color, but not close enough. If you know what I mean?”

Alexandra and I nodded. 

“He should just wear a dress shirt and maybe dark gray pants when you wear that dress.”

“I have dark gray pants in the room,” I said, hooking a thumb toward my changing room and a stack of pants on the bench.

I stepped out and away from my room to get a better look at myself in the mirror outside the changing rooms. “What do you think?”

“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Jamie said. “Doesn’t even look like you’ll need tailoring.”

Alexandra nodded. “Looks good.” I caught her checking out my ass and grinned, but when she saw me see her, her eyes whipped up to the ceiling as if a flock of geese had just flown overhead. 

“You guys got any brown wingtips?” I asked, focusing my gaze on Jamie. 

He nodded. “Sure do. Size?”

I glanced back at Alexandra and smiled as I said, “Thirteen.” 

I did not miss the flare of her eyes or the way they drifted down to the front of my pants. 

“Eyes up here, lady,” I said, catching her gaze back in the mirror. 

Startled, she ditched the surprised look and went with a glare before returning to her changing room and dramatically pulling the curtain closed again. 

“What is the dynamic of your relationship?” Jamie asked, glancing back and forth between me and the closed changing room curtain. 

“She’s my fiancée,” I said chipperly. “But she’d rather not be.”

Short Quotes: 

1 – Tomorrow, I would be embarking on the greatest challenge of my life. Ten straight days in a vehicle with my enemy—who was now frustratingly gorgeous and also technically my fiancé.

This was going to be my Everest. 

I only hoped that I could make it to the top without losing a limb to frostbite or pushing my climbing partner off the side of a mountain. 

2 – “We’re on vacation. If you want two pies, get two pies. No regrets on this trip, right?”

3 – “All set,” he said, zipping up the tent and standing in front of me. “Now for the fire.” I stood there like a complete tool, watching him transform into this sexy, rugged mountain man. Okay, maybe that was a bit of a stretch, but his ability to just take charge and handle any situation that came to him was seriously hot. He’d also located a flannel shirt in his bag, and although a little wrinkled, it was just adding to this lumberjack, camping-man image he was personifying nicely. My mouth was dry. My panties were not.

4 – His words and the way he spoke were doing things to me. I wanted to open the door and drag him into the shower, take his mouth and let him do anything and everything he wanted to my body so long as he kept talking to me the way he was now.

5 – “How drunk are you?”

“Drunk enough to have a lot of dirty thoughts parading around in my head. Sober enough that you wouldn’t be taking advantage—and to know with immense certainty that we’d regret not doing this in the morning.”

“We’d regret not doing this?”

6 – There was nothing I could do but take. He had me helpless against the door as he mercilessly pounded up and into me, over and over again. His mouth found the other nipple, and he sucked hard enough a gasp snagged at the back of my throat. I tilted my head against the door and moaned. 

Every thrust had his pelvic bone grazing my clit. Every thrust had me seeing stars. Every thrust catapulted me closer to another sweet, glorious release. 

He lifted his head from my breast and took my mouth again, his tongue pushing possessively inside. 

7 – Did there need to be a winner, or could I hand out gold medals to every part of his body that made me feel this good?

Of course, I could. I made the rules here. This was my award ceremony. Gold stars, blue ribbons, and gigantic trophies to his tongue, cock, and fingers

Praise for the novel: 

“There was certainly some emotional moments in Love to Hate You and a few times where I was on the edge of my seat whilst reading. This book is a little gem and one I thoroughly enjoyed.” 

– Erin Lewis (Goodreads Review)

“Their story is intense and poignant at times but it also has a lighter side to it as well. The authors words draw you into a storyline that holds hard and fast to your heart. Love to Hate You is an exceptional love story.” 

– Kylee (Goodreads Review)

“The sexy times between them are nothing to sneeze at either: hot, steamy, sensual and drool-worthy. This book made me laugh one moment and cry the next.” 

– Silke (Goodreads Review)

“An irresistible blend of emotion, angst, drama, heat, heart and humor was super enjoyable and made this book a true delight to read.” 

– Gladys (Goodreads Review)

About the Author:

A Canadian West Coast baby born and raised, Whitley is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have two beautiful daughters and a fluffy dog. She spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes, and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes.

A lover of all things decadent; wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of everyday life into her stories. With single dads, firefighters, Navy SEALs, mommy wars, body issues, threesomes, bondage and role-playing, Whitley’s books have all the funny and fabulously filthy words you could hope for.

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BOOK REVIEW ~ Sparkle (Enigma Models INC Book 2) by Alyne Hart

About:

I walked away from the one girl I’ve ever really loved. The most painful thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never been good enough for her, and keeping my distance is hard. But it has to be done. For her. For me. For us.

She’s everything I’ve ever wanted. Miley and her sunshine sparkle. When I close my eyes, I can still see her spinning beneath the stars, laughing and eating cotton candy. It’s the only thing that keeps me going.

When I come back a better man, healing from my own personal hell…the only question is…is she mine? Or is she his?

Sparkle (Enigma Models INC, Book 2)

Miley and Kellan are back and this time…well this time is even better than the first go round! The first book, Glitter, was a wild ride of emotions, highs and lows, happiness and sadness, breakups and makeups and a wicked love triangle. Glitter was like your first rush of love and lust, hot and fast and out of control.

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