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Release Tour & Book Review!! ~ The Hometown Dilemma by Julie Archer

In THE HOMETOWN DILEMMA by Julie Archer, when Jaime Harlow returns home in hopes of starting over, she is forced to rethink her plans, and an old friend from college, Wade Dempsy offers to help, leaving her second-guessing everything. Old times, new feelings – and one stormy night – are all they need to ignite the desires they never realized existed. Fans of The Lawton Ridge Series by Kennedy Fox will devour this must-read swoon-worthy, return to hometown romance from the Meet Cute Book Club Series. 

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Jaime

Who says you can’t go home?

Coming back to Abbott Ridge and starting over was my plan. But, just like everything in life, plans change. Especially when the interior design reality tv show I dreamed of being a part of gets canceled before filming even begins. Now I’m stuck without a job and forced to rethink how I’ll start my own company.

Insert, Wade Dempsey.

Owner of Dempsey’s bar, and one of my closest friends from college. He immediately offers me a temporary job working with him, like old times.

It’s an offer I can’t refuse. Oh, and did I mention that my new boss is even sexier than I remember?

Things between us are going great…until a call from New York presents me with a new offer that has me second guessing my stay in Abbott Ridge.

Wade

Home is where the heart is.

I’ve spent my whole life in Abbott Ridge, running in and out of my family’s bar until I was finally old enough to take over. Now I’m in charge, but it’s a struggle to keep the place from going under. I need fresh ideas to compete with all the fancy bars and clubs popping up downtown.

Insert, Jaime Harlow.

Having Jaime back behind my bar seems like a good place to start. She’s an inspiration and a breath of fresh air, in more ways than one.

Old times, new feelings – and one stormy night – are all we need to ignite the desires I never realized existed.

When New York calls for Jaime and the only future I’ve known goes up in flames, we find ourselves faced with a huge dilemma that threatens our new found relationship. Can we really make this work when right now it feels like we can’t even see eye to eye? There’s only one way to find out.

The Hometown Dilemma is a standalone, return to hometown romance that is part of the multi-author series, Meet Cute Book Club. Escape with this swoon-worthy collection of romances where meet-cutes don’t only happen between the pages of romance novels and members find their own happily ever afters.

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Happy Release Day!! ~ Not For You by Kathryn Shay (book release & review)

Title: Not For You
Series: The President’s Daughters #4
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: August 15, 2022

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Blurb:

While living in Italy, Andraya Manwaring isn’t looking for Prince Charming. Too bad she finds him in Ben Moretti, a man who’s lost too much in life to risk love again.

Andraya Manwaring lives in Casarina, an island of lush landscape, surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. She was drawn here after she graduated college, and was thrilled to be able to teach in the Marcello Schools, a renowned, innovative educational system. She anticipates a good year again, and getting to know the new staff, particularly the agricultural faculty’s Ben Moretti. She’s drawn to him, too.

Ben has lost everything he cared about. His family farm, which fell victim to drought, his way of life and a wife who abandoned him and his kids years ago. Now, he lives in the city, where he will teach agriculture and try to help his rebellious daughter adjust. So what if he’s attracted to the lovely Andraya Manwaring, who even shows interest in him? He has nothing to offer her but a lot of problems, and he won’t drag her down into his dysfunctional life.

But both circumstances and an undeniable attraction throw them together and he sees what a beautiful person Andraya is inside as well as outside. He gets close to her as they work together on integrating journals into his classes. Mistakenly, he spends time with her outside of school.

Andraya comes to really care about Ben. She’s also particularly interested in his twins. His son is a doll, but his daughter Meli has a big chip on her shoulder. Eventually, though, her tenacity in showing Meli she truly wants to help her, brings his daughter close too. They have fun together, spend time with each other’s family, and everybody’s happy.

This leads to Ben and Andraya falling in love. But when Meli learns of their relationship, all hell breaks loose. Ben and Andraya must end their relationship to save Meli. Her father, former President of the U.S. steps in and tries to help.

Can Meli ever believe Andraya’s interest in her wasn’t just to get to her father? They both lied for so long.

The outlook for their relationship is grim if his daughter doesn’t see the truth. If they could convince her of their honesty, they could be one happy family.

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In the Series:

Never My Love – available now

Lie With Me – available now

Be Mine Again – available now

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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LIVE!!!: Let It Be Love ~ A Mustang Prairie Romance

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Mustang Prairie Romance

Eric
Falling in love with a pop starlet has its drawbacks
Lack of privacy, for one
Gossip, for another
But falling in love with Kiki Ramirez was the best thing I’ve ever done
And the stupidest
One story planted by her agent and now I look like a fool
Played by the starlet
Looking like a simp for the world to see
But none of its true and I can’t defend my woman how I want
The urge to fight for her, to defend her is too strong
Even against the Hollywood machine working hard to keep us apart

Kiki
Falling in love with a civilian wasn’t part of the plan
I didn’t believe in love
Not for me and not for my life
But a small town mayor was the man who’d torn down my walls
Snuck past my defenses
And now with our future hanging in the balance its up to me to find a way to make it all work
A crazy agent
A ravenous paparazzi
And a pregnant belly I’m powerless to hide
I want Eric and the life I see for us
But how can I invite this madness into his quiet, small town life?

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Release Tour!!! ~ Escape Girl by Michelle Dayton

Emily Saturn’s world is spinning out of control. When she isn’t working on an impossible lawsuit, she’s trying to avoid her soon-to-be ex-husband, Bobby March. But Bobby is determined to prove to Emily that he can be the man she deserves and has a very creative plan to win her back. Fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne will love Escape Girl, a spicy second chance romance. 

“The love story itself is stirring and emotional, and Emily and Bobby’s second chance feels well-earned.”—Publishers Weekly review for Escape Girl

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Cover Reveal!! ~ The Forever Game by A.M. Williams

We are so excited to share the cover reveal for The Forever Game, by A.M. Williams,
the next book in the Meet Cute Book Club Series. Keep reading for more details about
this sexy, opposites attract, sports romance.

Title: The Forever Game
Author: A.M. Williams
Release Date: 7/14/2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Sports Romance, Opposites Attract


Daphne
Being born as a creative with zero athletic ability into a family of athletes means only one thing –
I’m the family outcast.
The one who no matter how successful I am, will never fit in.
That’s okay. I’m happy with my life. I’ve got my friends, good books to read, and my very own
tattoo studio where I get to live my own dreams.
Things are going just fine for me.
Then he shows up. The definition of tall, dark, and handsome. I don’t think I’ve ever been this
wildly attracted to someone at first glance.
There are a million reasons why things between the two of us would never work out.
But, the universe keeps throwing us together and Jameson seems hell-bent on proving me
wrong.

Jameson
I’m in town for one reason and one reason only: recover in the off season so I can go back next
year ready to dominate on the field.
After a brutal divorce and an even worse football season, I need to recoup and get my head in
the game.

What I don’t need is distractions.
That’s exactly what she is. She’s gorgeous, funny, and has curves in all the right places.
There’s just two small problems. I’m on the rebound and she’s the daughter of my mentor. Who
would even want to go there?
But, somehow we keep crossing paths and there’s something tempting about breaking through
all those stereotypes she has about guys like me.
Can we find a way to give in to what our hearts want and finally win the forever game?


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About A.M. Williams


A.M. Williams is just a simple girl from the south that found herself living in Germany for six
years, and now in Florida. When she’s not annoying her cat or reading, she’s spending time with
her husband and planning trips to the beach, which is now only an hour away. She’s a total
beach bum and would spend every day there if she could. She loves Cheerwine, sweet tea, and
North Carolina (eastern style) BBQ as well as crisp, German white wine at any time of day.


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About The Meet Cute Book Club Series

Escape with the Meet Cute Book Club where meet-cutes don’t only happen between the pages
of romance novels and members find their own happily ever afters.
Eight single women bound by their love of books take a monthly break from real life to lose
themselves in the chapters of romantic fiction. From friends to lovers to fake relationships and

more, each story features a brand new couple and their journey to find love from an amazing
lineup of authors including Louise Lennox, Tracy Broemmer, A.M. Williams, Mel Walker, RJ
Gray, Rebecca Wilder, Julie Archer, and Kate Stacy.
These eight standalone romances are packed with meet-cutes, heat, and of course a happily
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New Release & Book Review ~ Lie With Me by Kathryn Shay

Title: Lie With Me
Series: The President’s Daughters #2
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: April 5, 2022
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Blurb:

She’s too good to be true and he’s her worst nightmare…

Sasha Masters Manwaring, the youngest president’s daughter, is satisfied with the path she’s chosen: she lives in picturesque upstate New York, teaches dance, is close to her sisters and stays out of the public eye. But it’s love at first sight for Dan Lawson and when he sweeps her off her feet, there’s nothing she can do about it. Even if her feelings tell her something isn’t right about him.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1 

The phone shrilled into the darkness. Sasha startled awake. With shaky hands, she grabbed it from the nightstand. 

“H-hello.”

“Is this Sasha Masters, the owner of DanceWorks?” She’d chosen to use her mother’s last name for privacy when she moved to Rockford.

“It is.” She glanced at the clock. Three in the morning. This wasn’t going to be good.

“Lieutenant Liam Murray here, from The Rockford Fire Department. Your building caught fire, in the bakery. It’s contained on the first floor.”

“Is Mrs. Bruni hurt? Anybody?”

“Nobody’s hurt. But her shop is a mess with a shitlo—oops, sorry, a whole lotta water damage.”

“Oh, no.”

“She’s at the site, now. She gave us your contact information. There’s smoke damage in your studio but you’re one lucky dog. The sprinklers stopped the fire from reaching the second level.”

“Just so no one was hurt. I’ll be right there.”

“Thank you. Mrs. Bruni’s all alone.”

“I’ll hurry.”

Throwing on clothes, Sasha thought about calling her sister Hannah, but she was still recovering from her arm surgery and she’d want to come, too. Sasha could handle this by herself. 

She took a moment to breathe in and out deeply for calmness, then dashed out to the car. On the short drive she uttered the mantra, “No one’s hurt. No one’s hurt.”

Flashing red lights from police vehicles blocked off the entrance but they let her through. More red lights and the loud rumble of firetrucks greeted her as she arrived at the building and hurried out of the car. A man in tan-and-yellow gear approached her. “Ms. Masters?”

“Yes.”

“Liam Murray. I called you.” He angled his head. “Mrs. Bruni’s over there.”

“Can you tell me how the fire started first? And the extent of the damage?”

“Looks like an electrical outlet sparked in the bakery near the deep frier.”

“That’s terrible.”

“We got here fast and put it out with a special extinguisher. The flames did damage, but the water is the big culprit.”

“Did you explain this to her?”

“Uh-huh. She asked if she did anything wrong.”

“Aw. Poor woman. I’ll go over to her.”

The stalwart widow of a war veteran, Angela Bruni was slump-shouldered and pale. When she saw Sasha, she started to cry. “Cara. My shop.”

It was dark so Sasha couldn’t see inside. “Mi dispiace tanto.” Mrs. Bruni had been teaching her Italian so she knew the words for I’m sorry.

Dio mia. This is all I have left of Gus.” She and her husband started the bakery together. “That nice firefighter said it was not my fault.”

“Apparently the electrical outlet was old and sparked.”

Mrs. Bruni shook her head. “Your studio?”

“Smoke damage. Easier to clean up.” But water damage? That was huge.

“He said I can rebuild. But how?”

“The building’s insured. I promise, you’ll have your store back.” If Sasha had to pay extra for repairs herself. She owned the structure and was up to code on her inspections. This must have been a fluke.

Another woman approached them. “Angie, dear Angie, I’m so sorry.” Sasha had met Mrs. Bruni’s sister, who often helped out at the bakery.

They hugged then Mrs. Bruni said, “Coso posso fare, Millie.”

“We’ll figure out what we can do.” Mildred looked over her sister’s shoulder at Sasha. “There’ll be a way.”

“Excuse me.” Lt. Murray stood behind them. “Ms. Masters would you like to go up and see your studio? The private entrance staircase’s intact.”

“Thank you, Lieutenant.” She said to the women, “I’ll be right back.”

He handed her something. “I got some goggles from the truck and some gloves. Put them on. And don’t touch anything.”

He went ahead of her to the door. “I’m afraid we had to break your lock.”

“I’m glad you didn’t have to break down the door.”

They climbed the steep staircase and he opened the studio door. Immediately, she began to cough.

“We should go back.”

“No, I’ll be all right.” She pulled out a scarf she’d grabbed at home and covered her mouth and nose to dilute the acrid, putrid smell.  

The symptoms dwindled and her eyes adjusted. Everything was intact—the two dance barres, the set of mirrors. She saw the door was closed to the office so that might have helped to keep it cleaner. 

“We can’t stay, but I wanted you to know it’s just smoke damage.” When she didn’t respond, he went on, “There’ll be soot everywhere. But luckily no water damage. The alarm went off and we got here fast.”

“I had a layer of fireproof compounds and mortar laid between the floors when I remodeled upstairs.”

“Good thinking. Let’s go back to the street.”

Ironically, it was a lovely July night, with stars twinkling and the streetlights glowing. Too lovely, for what had happened here.

Sasha had a thought. “I forgot to ask how I go about cleaning all this up.”

“Call Pro Serve. They’ve worked with us a lot. You’ll have to wait to do anything inside, though, until the arson squad checks things out.”

“Arson? This could be arson?”

“Doesn’t seem like it to me, but for most commercial fires, the squad comes to make sure. I already told this to Mrs. Bruni.”

“Oh. My heart stopped there for a minute. But, again, thanks.” 

Sasha walked over to Mrs. Bruni, who now sat on one of the benches that lined the street. Mildred’s arm circled around the shoulders of her sister’s flowered house dress. Sasha joined them. As soon as she sat and took the old woman’s hand, she felt gutted by her pain. 

Sasha ignored it. She would be here for her friend.

#

Dan stood across the street on the sidewalk as he watched Sasha come out of the studio entrance with a fireman and head over to a bench. Amidst the noise of the trucks and officers shouting orders, Dan crossed to where she sat with Mrs. Bruni. Her curly brown hair was back in a ponytail and she wore a light purple workout suit. “Sasha, are you all right?”

“Danny? Um, physically, I’m fine. What are you doing here?”

“I have a small apartment down the street and heard the commotion outside my window.”

“I forgot where you lived.” 

“Mrs. Bruni, I’m so sorry about all this,” he said. 

The older woman stared at him with bruised eyes. He tried not to react but she was so sad even his hardened heart softened. “Danny. Thank you.”

“You two know each other?” Sasha asked.

“I go to the bakery almost every day.”

“You’re a nice boy,” she said squeezing his hand. 

Ha! He was anything but that.

“What can I do for you?” he asked Sasha

“We don’t know yet.” 

When Mrs. Bruni turned to her sister, Dan dropped down next to Sasha. Taking her hand would be too forward, so he made sure their hips and shoulders touched. Her face was ragged, her violet eyes turbulent, something else that elicited unwanted emotion from him. “This is so awful.”

“I know. You’re insured, aren’t you?”

“I am. But Mrs. Bruni has a high deductible. She won’t be able to cover all the repairs.”

“There must be something we can do.” He used we intentionally. 

“The town has to help.”

“I agree. How bad was your studio damaged?” 

“Smoke damage. The flames didn’t reach it so the sprinklers didn’t go off.”

“That’s good to hear. At least it didn’t burn.”

“I have to remember that.” She gave him a small smile. “I like that you’re so optimistic.”

Again, the foreign twist in his heart. Which he couldn’t afford. He’d come to Rockford to do a job and he certainly couldn’t develop feelings for his target. After all, he was planning to destroy her life as she knew it.

Sasha and Danny are smitten. Completely and totally smitten with one another, but President Manwaring’s youngest daughter has a sense about people and she senses that something isn’t right with Danny.

Before she finds out the story is okay, it moves forward and gives you all the details you need moving forward. Once she learns about Dan, the story picks up. It’s interesting and fun, even if Sasha was a bit unbelievable at times. I had a hard time connecting to her and even liking her, which is odd because everyone who meets her seems to love her.

In fact, I didn’t care for Danny/Dan all that much either, but I loved the sisters and the family and the way they loved each other with everything they had. It could be smothering at times but it was always with the best of intentions. They were the best part of the story.

The plot with Danny and his past was interesting and there were some nice misdirects tossed in, which I appreciated.

I love a good happy ending as much as any romance reader, but I’m surprised this couple got one. Pleasantly surprised, but still.

In the Series – Available Now:

Never My Love

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In the Series – PreOrder:

Be Mine Again
Not For You
Lost to Us

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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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Sales Blitz! ~ A 425 Madison – Unexpected Love Series by Lauren Helms

The Unexpected Love Series by Lauren Helms is a fast-paced, must-read contemporary romance featuring three couples and their charming and entertaining journey to happily ever after. Boyfriend Maintenance, Flawless Foundations, and Unexpected Expectations are on sale for a limited time. Grab your copies today and see why 425 Madison Ave is the perfect place to fall in love.

Series Blurb 

A series from the popular 425 Madison Ave series….

Unexpected Love at the fast-paced 425 Madison Ave apartment building is a must read contemporary romance series from Lauren Helms. Featuring three couples and their charming and entertaining journey to their happily ever after.

When disgraced high-society princess Emmy hires maintenance man, Jake as her fake boyfriend, will the lines blur the more time they spend together? Fall in love with Jake and Emmy in BOYFRIEND MAINTENANCE, a fake relationship romance.

When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Fall in love with Levi and Becca in FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS, a best friend’s sibling, marriage of convenience, with a touch of enemies to lovers romance.

When a little luck turns into something more unexpected, will it end up being too good to be true? Join Kevin and Lucy on a trip to Vegas they will never forget in UNEXPECTED EXPECTATIONS, a rags to riches romance.

After all, 425 Madison Ave is the perfect place to fall in love!

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Praise for Series 

“This story will make you smile, think, swoon, and it brings some heat and some crazy.” – Amazon Reviewer

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“This [series] was fast paced, and reiterated how much I want to move to 425 Madison immediately.” – Jennifer, The Power of Three Readers

Boyfriend Maintenance #1

Emmy King became a disgraced high-society princess when she walked away from her family’s money. Jake Harper is the sexy yet uninterested apartment building’s maintenance man. When the two agree to help each other out, they quickly realize the more time they spend together the more the lines get blurred. Fall in love with Jake and Emmy in Boyfriend Maintenance, a fake relationship romance.

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Born from money, Levi was destined to take over the family business. Becca has always had a crush on her bestie’s big brother, but she hadn’t planned on shaking things up. When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Fall in love with Levi and Becca in FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS, a best friend sibling romance.

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Unexpected Expectations #3

For Kevin Harper and Lucy Miller, what started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of them saw coming. When a little luck turns into something more unexpected, will it end up being too good to be true? Find out in UNEXPECTED EXPECTATIONS, a rags to riches romance.

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About Lauren Helms

Lauren Helms is a romance author her nerdy and flirty contemporary words. Lauren has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, Level Me Up. Several published novels later, Lauren created PR company, Indie Pen PR, to help other authors promote their books.

Lauren lives in Indianapolis, Indiana sharing her love of books and video games with her own Gamer Boy husband and three young kid nerds who will hopefully grow up to share the love of things that united Lauren and her husband on their own happily ever after.

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BOOK REVIEW!!! ~ The Sweetheart Deal by Miranda Liasson

Happy Release day to Miranda Liasson! The Sweetheart Deal is LIVE!

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Pastry chef Tessa Montgomery knows what everyone in the teeny town of Blossom Glen says about her. Spinster. Ice Queen. Such a shame. It’s enough to make a woman bake her troubles away, dreaming of Parisian delicacies while she makes bread at her mother’s struggling boulangerie. That is until Tessa’s mortal enemy—deliciously handsome (if arrogant) chef Leo Castorini, who owns the restaurant next door—proposes a business plan…to get married.

Leo knows that the Castorinis and the Montgomerys hate each other, but a marriage might just force these stubborn families to work together and blend their businesses for success. The deal is simple: Tessa and Leo marry, live together for six months, and then go their separate ways. Easy peasy.

It’s a sweetheart deal where everyone gets what they want—until feelings between the faux newlyweds start seriously complicating the mix. Have they discovered the perfect recipe for success…or is disaster on the way?

The Sweetheart Deal, for me, started off a little bit slow. I wasn’t a fan of anyone really at the beginning of the story. Both Tessa and Leo have very selfish parents who would rather see their businesses fail than give paying customers what they actually want, but expect their children to stick around until the business inevitably implodes.


That was my first thought during the first quarter of the story.


Once The Sweetheart Deal became more about the deal and the romance between Tessa & Leo, the story picked up and grabbed my interest. I liked their banter and the way they’d both kind of gotten the wrong impression of one another. It allowed for just the right amount of lack of communication to push the story along, while giving me a reason to root for this couple.


Overall the story was fun and an easy upbeat read.

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Fall in love with Athena, Tru & Chicago in Bared.

The city of Chicago, my home town, is just as prominent a character in this story as Tru, Athena, Indigo and Gwyn. The city is vibrant and alive, meaning so much to our hero and heroine, in different ways. Some might say it’s a love letter to the city where I grew up and learned to love what it means to live in or near a city like Chicago.

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My parents sent me away without a goodbye
They were good enough to release my big ass trust fund early to ease their guilt
I fled to the streets of Chicago, specifically Green Street
It was a place that changed my life forever
I met my family, Charlie & Indigo & Gwyn
My girls
The only place where I ever really belonged
Together we found our way, made lives for ourselves, forgot about the past
Together, we thrived

When we lost Charlie she made me promise that I would learn to trust again
Live again
Love again
I couldn’t lie to my dying best friend so I agreed, thinking I’d never have to do it
But Gwyn & Indigo didn’t forget
They made me live up to my word and that’s where Tru came in
He was tall, dark and gorgeous
And totally unexpected in every way
He made me do something I never thought I would do again,
Fall

Now I have to try not to f*ck it up before I lose him forever

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EXCERPT:

“I’m dying, Athena. There’s no getting around it now.” Charlie looked so frail lying in the private room, a stark contrast to how she was in life. Vibrant and tough, brash and ballsy. Even her voice had lost the steel that always ran through it.

“All this money we have and it’s not enough, what are the fuckin’ odds?” She huffed out an ironic laugh in typical Charlie fashion.

All of us, me and Charlie and Gwyn and Indigo made a fuck-ton of money to insulate ourselves from the type of shit that brought us together in the first place. And like Charlie said, even that money couldn’t save her now.

And it couldn’t save us from losing her. I couldn’t take this bit of info. Any news but this.

“It’s too soon, Charlie. I can’t say goodbye. Don’t ask me to.”

She coughed, her voice low and raspy. “I don’t have to ask you to do anything, death is inevitable, and it’s coming soon. Face it, Athena.”

“No, I won’t.” Charlie and the girls were the only family I had, and I was terrified that losing her might mean losing a piece of myself.

“You will, dammit.” The hard expression on her face was the only evidence she was as scared as we were. She patted the empty spot beside her. Her expression and voice softened. “Now come sit. Hold my hand.”

The show of vulnerability unraveled the last thread of my composure. Tough as balls Charlie needed her hand held. Holy shit, my best friend was dying. “Charlie, I won’t make it without you.”

Her smile was weak, her blond hair mostly gone, her big brown eyes still shining, at least a little. “You will. You have to because it’s my dying wish.”

I sucked in a breath and narrowed my gaze. When it was the sister of your heart talking about her death and your eyes were filled with tears that refused to fall, you had to listen. “That’s low, even for you Charlie.”

She laughed, the loud crowing laugh that always drew stares and rude comments, but none of it ever bothered her. “I’m completely fine with that. I want you to get out there and start living your life again. Learn to trust someone who isn’t me, Gwyn and Indigo.”

I didn’t need anyone but my girls. My sisters. They were the only family that counted.

“I trust people.” Kind of.

“Name two,” she insisted. Even on her death bed she was a stubborn bitch.

“I trust my staff to do what I expect and that’s hundreds of people, probably thousands.” Very few had let me down, which was why I expanded my business regularly opening more nightclubs all over the world. “I trust my doctors too,” I told her, arms crossed petulantly over my chest.

“I’m going to—”

Another coughing fit cut off Charlie’s words. They seemed to come more often lately, proof the cancer had spread from her lungs to the rest of her petite frame. A few sips of water cleared up the poison inside her enough to let her talk, so I filled a glass and handed it to her.

“Thanks. Now, as I was saying. I’m going to do something totally unfair right now but it’s only because I love you, Athena. You can hate me when I’m gone and commiserate with Indigo and Gwyn about what an evil bitch I am, but I’m still doing it.” She reached for my hand and held it as tight as she could, fingers ice cold like Lake Michigan in late December, skin thin and papery. I gave her a gentle squeeze, terrified I might break her frail bones. “You’re my sister, the closest thing to family I will ever have. And-” she leaned back, sucking in a few deep, labored breaths, smiling through the pain, “-you have to do this, because I’m dying.”

I rolled my eyes at her, determined to be bossy to the very end. I hated all of this, but I hated that she was leaving more than anything, which meant I would do what she asked. Because she asked. How could I not? It was Charlie. “What is it,” I asked, my sigh heavy and my tone full on annoyed.

Charlie flashed a triumphant grin. “Simple. Live. Forget about your parents and that stuck-up town you came from. Live your life. You’re smart, rich as hell, and beautiful. Do something other than grow your fortune. Go out there and do all the things  I can’t. Fall in love, get your heart broken, do something stupid, eat something outrageous. Live all the life that I will never get to.”

Her smile was small, like it took too much for her to perform that one simple act, but the defiant, unapologetic tone reminded me this was still my best friend.

Charlie.

Damn, what a low blow. She was right, it wasn’t fair to ask. “I live plenty. I’ve visited eight different cities this year, gone SCUBA diving and BASE jumping.” Just because I preferred my fun more controlled these days, didn’t mean I wasn’t living my life. I just did it on my terms.

“You do a lot of shit, Athena, that’s for sure. But you do it to avoid living and I’m not even sure you enjoy it.” She gripped my shoulder, forcing my gaze to hers.

I didn’t want to see the truth in her eyes. I was losing her and we both knew it.

“Just because some jackass tried to emotionally blackmail you and failed, doesn’t mean you have to be alone forever. Doesn’t mean that you can’t take risks anymore. You deserve to be happy. To love. To be loved. You deserve it, Athena Montgomery. You do.”

I let out a bitter laugh and shook my head. “You’re losing your edge if that’s the story you remember. I seem to recall my high school boyfriend threatened to kill himself if I didn’t get back together with him. I decided, screw that, I’m not going to let him emotionally blackmail me. Try another sucker. Only the joke was on me.” Trevor did kill himself and the whole town, my parents included, blamed me. Hell, I blamed me. I was an arrogant seventeen-year-old who thought I knew better and paid a cost nearly as steep as Trevor had.

Charlie, true to form, shrugged. “My way sounds better and anyway, his problems were his, just like your parents’ embarrassment and their actions afterwards, are on them. Fuck. Them. All. They have to live with their actions, not you Athena.”

She wheezed and I pushed the oxygen mask over her mouth and nose. All the signs of how sick she really was had been there and I just chose to willfully ignore them, assuming, or maybe I fooled myself into thinking she would get better. That some miracle cure would come out of nowhere when I didn’t even believe in miracles. She shoved the mask away. “Go. Live your life Athena. Live my life. If you don’t, my skinny, bald ass will haunt you forever.”

I laughed even though I didn’t want to. I laughed even though tears burned my cheeks. I laughed even as the cold hard reality settled deep in my heart. “That’s fine. I think I’m gonna have to insist that you haunt me because I’m not sure how I’m going to survive without you.”

Charlie, along with Gwyn and Indigo have been my family since I found myself seventeen and kicked out of my home, my town, and my family. All on the same day. I stopped at the first apartment building I found when the bus stopped in Chicago, Green St. Apartments, and put down six months’ rent. The next day I met Charlie and Gwyn.

“You will because you have to. Because you are the toughest, baddest bitch I have ever met. We are Green Street girls, tough and resilient with just the right amount of crazy to make life interesting. When you’re off, living your life, just think of me once in a while.”

“Like I could forget you, Char. Once you’ve puked up Apple Puckers together, you’re bonded for life and beyond.” I buried my head in her lap, feeling the frail legs she hadn’t used in far too long. I did something I haven’t since they ran me out of my hometown.

I cried.

I cried until my chest heaved, until I couldn’t breathe, until I was all out of tears. “I’ll do it, Charlie. I’ll live for both of us.” It was a promise I would do my damnedest to keep.

“I know you will. Love you, Athena.”

“Love you too, Charlie.”

Machines beeped and clicked, the gray skies outside were as ominous and foreboding as what was to come. The lights inside were yellow and gave us all Charlie’s sick pallor. Each of us tried to ignore what was coming, eating Lou Malnati’s cross-legged on her bed because Charlie said the greasy deep dish was the last smell she wanted to remember. None of us left the hospital for too long and it was like the old days, all of us crammed into one shoebox apartment talking late into the night.

Indigo, Gwyn, and I spent the last nineteen days of Charlie’s life in that hospital room, reliving the best and worst of the Green Street Girls.

NEW RELEASE & PRE-ORDER!!! ~ How Could I Forget by N.D. Jackson

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She was untouchable
Gorgeous. Bubbly. Kind.
And for one night, Kayla had been his.
One gloriously clumsy but heat filled night, she’d been his
To do whatever he pleased. Whatever pleased her.
And then in a flash, it was over.
Next came caps, gowns and graduation
Goodbye, forever.
And just when Dan had given up hope that he would ever seen her again,
He found her.
Two doors away.

He was the adorable geek with the magnificent eyes
Smart as hell. Shy. Quiet.
Four years of barely noticing her and then one night, Dan was hers
He was nervous, adorable really
And so curious sometimes a shiver stole through her just thinking about his gentle touch that night
But it was just one night, as far as he knows.
As for Kayla, she knows exactly where she was when her life changed forever
And it was her secret to keep until Dan showed up in Plentiful
And blew her life to pieces

Available February 20, 2020

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