Monday, July 16, 2018

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan *~*~*~*~*~*~* Release Day Blitz & Review

 


    


A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. 

She says she needs some help ... in the bedroom.

Come again? No, really come again.

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton. 

She's my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people's taxes is fun. And I like ... none of that stuff. She's obsessed with her cat and reads novels I'll never understand, and yet we just click. There's no one I'd rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours Netflix. She's my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.

Of course I'll help her. There's no one better for the job. 

I've been there for her through everything, why should this be any different? 

But what happens when she's ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?
    




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I Heart Books Review 

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Friends to Lovers, what could go wrong...

What happens when you take a strong and successful woman who has always focused on her goals - graduating, getting a job, getting ahead at work - and then try and compare sexual skills?   For our leading lady she comes up short.  So in this hilarious and hot comedy about getting the right sexual exploration training, she recruits her best friend.  I loved all the witty and snarky back and forth in this story.  Not only between the two main characters, but all the friends too.  And now a bit about the story...

Keaton is at her best friends bachelorette party and when the entertainment shows up it isn't the stripper you might be expecting.  Instead it is a class in giving the perfect blow job.  Unfortunately Keaton's less than stellar sex ed has her thinking it is spa day and immediately announces cucumber are better for eating then slices on the eyes and takes a big bite out of the vegetable.  What follows only makes Keaton decide more exploration is needed.  But with who? where should she start?  When a text comes in later than night from her best friend Slate she decides he will be the perfect instructor.  It may be her drunk self brave enough to ask, but will she actually go thru with it?

Favorite passage: "Don't worry, Keaton.  I doubt you'll make anyone's dick fall off ... Well, not unless you bite down that is." 


    



A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras Subscribe to Newletter Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page   


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Virtue & Vengeance

Virtue & Vengeance Virtue & Vengeance by Tabatha Vargo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the first murder the rest come easy...

Continuation of Vanilla and Vice (warning this gives some clues as to what happens in book one, but no spoilers for book two), where the sex addict falls off the wagon when he meets his right hand in charge casino's virginal niece. Not only does he fall he crashes hard and almost loses it. Fast paced, witty, romantic, and suspenseful. And now a bit about the story...

What was Eden thinking, oh yeah... it wasn't really he brain in charge ;) When she finally gets the courage up to face Zander again, her past comes hurtling back. She finds again, but doesn't get far. Still Zander can tell something is up. Note just to be patient and wait her out. He must keep her safe Kennedy would kill him if anything happened to Eden. Maybe it would just be best if he left his angel, after all he is the worst devil ever...

Favorite passage: “I think you should go, Zander, now before you walk out with one less testicle than you arrived with.” Her eyes sparked.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Richer Than Sin (Sin Trilogy #1) by Meghan March *~*~*~*~*~* Cover Reveal

   

        


 

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a brand new saga of forbidden love and second chances.   A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends. Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes. I didn’t know or care what her name was. Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man. She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day. Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable. I’ll never be done with her.

       


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A New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. Sign up for Meghan's newsletter and receive exclusive content that she saves for her subscribers: http://meghanmarch.com/subscribe To get the inside scoop on a daily basis, search Meghan March's Runaway Readers on Facebook and join the fun.

Bad Habits by Staci Hart *~*~*~*~*~* Boxed Set Release & Review

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Six best friends. Three love stories. One big city. Countless laughs.

The Bad Habits Boxed Set, a must read collection from Staci Hart is LIVE!

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WITH A TWIST
West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more. Until they do. And that realization changes everything.

CHASER
Everyone knows you should never say never. Cooper never saw Maggie coming--she was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. Maggie never expected to find her fiancĂ© banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.

LAST CALL
Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned with Rose, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him. The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.

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Who has babies? Who's getting married? Who has a horrible pun battle, and who tosses their cookies? Find out in this exclusive 30,000 word novella that follows the Habits crew through their very own happy endings.

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Bad Habits Box Set by Staci Hart
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this series by Staci Hart! You can find my reviews for each of the three books below all three were five stars!!

With a Twist (Bad Habits #1) 
Spinning and spinning...

Is how the room will feel as you read this story of ballet, literature, and liquor!! What a great start to the series, you can see little bits and pieces here and there of the next books. Six friends in New York City, a brother and sister, two sisters, and two more make up the group. They are direct, mostly honest, and I can't wait to read more! And now a bit about the story...

Lily and West have been friends forever. Lily has been lusting after Blane for what seems like forever. But he just isn't cutting it. It has been such a disappointment. West has a friend with benefits arrangement with Christine. Of course they aren't close friends since non of the others have ever heard of her. When West overheard a conversation at a party that puts the end to that little arrangement. Now to spin onto the next party and see what twists the liquor has in store...

Favorite passages:
- At least he’s pretty.
- “When you look behind the curtain after dreaming about something for that long, there’s a lot of room for disappointment. You never find exactly what you were looking for.” 
- I’d rather have been curled up in a vat of sardines or a hamper full of dirty jock straps.
- “Okay, sometimes I have a plan. So, first — drink that because wasting alcohol is unacceptable.” She pointed to my whiskey.
- “Baby, I’ll eat Brussels sprouts for you.” She chuckled. “That’s true love, right there.”


(Bad Habits #2) 
She can run, but can she getaway....

Oooh I loved the second installment of the Bad Habits series... though I'm not sure our characters really do have them... This second story centers around Maggie and her mystery man, Cooper aka her brother's best friend. We do get insights to the other characters too, but we learn the most about Maggie and Copper. And now a bit about the story...

What could be so bad about a billionaire wanting to date you? For Maggie, Cooper is dangerous. He has a reputation as a manwhore, he never takes anything serious, and she just got out of an awful relationship. But all those things make him great for a no strings secret hookup. Only one problem, he doesn't want it to end and their secret is slowly escaping. 

Favorite passages:
- calling West overprotective was like calling a great white shark ‘cuddly.’
- The stylist will have all the clothes, so just show up in whatever. Naked, then. Got it. I’m sure the photographer will be pleased. Really, though. Try to keep your pants on. No promises.
- “Always thinking with your Mini Cooper, aren’t you?”
- Never mind speak of the devil — I couldn’t even think of him or he’d appear.
- “But it’s not so sad as someone dying.” “That doesn’t mean you’re not grieving. You’re mourning the relationship. It’s the future you constructed that died, and in the end, you still lost someone you love.”


(Bad Habits #3) 
One final chance...

Last Call picks up after over half of the habits gang is paired up. Leaving Patrick and Rose to smolder at each other. You'll find laughs as Rose tries to date, broken lamps when she stops dating, and sadness as life threatens to pull it all apart. And now a bit about the story...

Fear is a dangerous thing when it comes to love. Patrick had a loveless childhood, escaped but found the wrong crowd before he ended up at Tonic and with the Habits group. Anyhow, he loves Rose, but he doesn't want to lose her so he leaves her. Rose loves him, but he left and then paraded another woman into her bar. Now they are dancing around each other. What will happen when they are forced to live together???

Favorite passages:
- But perfect didn’t exist. It was a lesson I’d learned long, long before.
- “So,” she started, overly cheery, “how mad are you? On a scale of one to homicide?”


About the Author

AuthorPicsStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan *~*~*~*~*~*~* Excerpt Reveal & Pre-Order



A best-friends-to lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. After a rather uncomfortable ladies’ night involving a cucumber-wielding instructor with judgy eyes, I’m forced to admit my weaknesses. Rather than point blame at my lack of a sex life, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. As a junior executive who’s clawed her way up the corporate ladder, failure is not in my vocabulary. Confident and bold in other areas of my life, I have to admit it’s time to up my bedroom game. Asking my friend Slate Cruz is really the only option. Slate is like a walking billboard for sex. The man gets more ass than a toilet seat. There’s no way I’ll want more from this playboy than a little inspiration to revive my inner sex kitten. Except, what happens if I do?  

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“I can’t believe I struck out every single time,” Keaton says with a whine. “I tried all night and not one goddamn penis wanted me to touch it. God, my fucking feet hurt so bad.” I loop my arm around her waist, partially to comfort her and partially to hold her up as we stagger down the sidewalk to her apartment. It’s almost two in the morning, and the streets are deserted. Only the predawn stars are watching over us. “Don’t think of it as striking out. Think of it as . . .” I wave my hand, searching for a positive spin. “Being selective. You just didn’t meet a good match, and it’s better to go home alone than with the wrong guy.” She growls loudly in frustration. “I’m notlooking for a friggin’ husband; I’m just trying to get laid! There’s no point in being picky. Face it, Slate, it’s not me who has the high standards here. Guys just don’t like me. End of story.” I stop in my tracks. “That’s not true.” She sways in my arms to face me with tipsy defiance. “Really? Because literally everything that happened tonight says different.” “So you had one bad night? Big deal. Plenty of guys like you.” “Prove it,” she insists, her eyes brimming with need and wounded pride. Her body is so warm, her scent so sweet, and it all feels perfectly natural to just lean in and . . . Our lips meet. She squeaks in surprise, but before I can pull away and apologize, she kisses me back. Hard. Her hot, soft mouth crushes against mine, opening with an intense hunger, her tongue demanding entrance, and I can’t help devouring her right back. I couldn’t stop, even if I wanted to. Why the hell haven’t I done this before? What have I been missing out on all these years? All my reservations and doubts are swept away in a wave of desire. No overthinking, no self-doubt, just chemistry. Pure, primal instinct. Our tongues touch and my heart rate triples because, holy fuck . . . I’m kissing my best friend. And, fuck me, I really, really like it. We break the kiss, both flushed and breathing a little harder, a powerful new tension buzzing between us. Goddamn . . . just that one moment of contact was enough to send every drop of blood traveling from my brain straight to my dick. Keaton’s never given me wood, not even once. Okay, that’s a lie. There was this one time that she rubbed my shoulders and her boob brushed my arm by accident, but that was just biology. That’s all that was. “That was . . .” I pause. It should have felt weird, like kissing my sister. I’ve always had a strictly platonic relationship with Keaton. But I can’t lie. It was perfect. Like a textbook-perfect kiss, chemistry and attraction, and just the right amount of tongue. And I want to do it again as soon as possible. “Yeah,” Keaton murmurs. Her gaze has darkened. She licks her lips and glances up at her apartment building. “Want to come inside?”      



A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras Subscribe to Newletter Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page   



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Virtue and Vengeance by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea *~*~*~*~* Release Blitz & Giveaway




Title: Virtue and Vengeance
Series: Empire Sevens Series #2
Authors: Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2018



Blurb

A recovering sex addict should never be faced with such temptation. But there she was, working in my casino and teasing me to the edge of insanity.
Thanks to her, I did the one thing I swore I wouldn’t do.
I relapsed.
Falling off the wagon and so deeply into her I thought I might never find my way back to sanity. Everything is different with Eden, and I’ll do anything to keep her. Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked my entire life for.







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Vanilla and Vice by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Will she do ANYTHING to avoid becoming a Vegas vagabond??

This story based mostly in the Empire Sevens resort and casino in Las Vegas is one of starting from nothing and surviving. But what will you do to live - steal, nudity, sex, murder???? Story unfolds brilliantly in front of your eyes as you turn the pages, from the casino noises to the dark bars to the drunken Vegas party goers. As with the past Tabatha and Melissa books I read, the written is seamless. And now a bit about the story...

Eden has escaped her deplorable living conditions only to run out of gas, literally, before getting to her aunt. The Vegas luck is on her side and one of her aunts co-workers rescues her. Now she has a real shot at doing something with the rest of her life. But her aunts boss has other ideas. For Zander, Eden is the ultimate challenge to his addiction. He knows he can't be near her, but he also knows he can't live without Eden's aunt. How will these two survive each other. Will her very vanilla demeanor be the vice he just can't resist?

Favorite passages:
- Even if it was against my morals a tiny bit. I was a beggar. And beggars couldn’t be choosy.
- Instead, she went in that locker room like a fucking fighting champ and came out looking so goddamn delicious that I almost threw myself off the wagon at that moment.
- I knew because I watched her regularly instead of sitting behind my desk doing actual fucking work.

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book. 





Tabatha Vargo

Tabatha Vargo is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.

Tabatha writes in all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn't afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion, as she proved with her dark, prison romance, Slammer.

She's an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.

Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes.
When she isn't writing, she's texting book ideas to herself.

Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.




Melissa Andrea

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.

Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series, was my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance duet- The Edge of Darkness and The Grace in Darkness. I also co-wrote Little Black Book and The Wrath Of Sin with Tabatha Vargo.
The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy, and independent girls. My daughters will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans, and my every inspiration. I live, breath, and would die for them! I’ve been married to one of the greatest men in my life for eight years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake and Friday’s. Without him, my website would be a mess and I would probably be paying more taxes than I should be. He’s a jack of many trades, and this is just my opinion, but I like to think besides my daughters, I’m his second-biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?)
I was born in Denver, Colorado, but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & mom. My mom is my hero, my reality check, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I’m lucky to have her on my side!
6 things you should know about me:
1. I’m a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
2. I adore the color pink!
3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!)
4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5)
5. I’m loyal to a fault, but I like to see the good in everybody. Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :))
6. I don’t like calling readers ‘fans’. When it comes down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH!
I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger, or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published, but I will try every chance I get. Y’all are the reason I’m here and every comment, every message, and every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU! Mwah!

Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.




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The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely *~*~*~*~*~* Release Blitz, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway

   

Sometimes you need to find a boyfriend-for-hire in the most unusual of places...

What do you get when you mix a bad boy with a heart of gold and a smart & sassy heroine with a desperate need for a fake relationship? THE REAL DEAL, a brand new, standalone romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Get a copy of your next favorite feel good rom-com now!

   

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April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL. Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

 

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EXCERPT:
~THEO~
When I clock out and head for the park, anticipation runs through my veins like a good buzz on a night out. A reunion booking could be my way out of trouble. A five-day gig might bring me very close to the finish line.
Along the way, I stop in front of a dry cleaner, check my reflection in the plate-glass shop window, and reckon that I look the part April wants: dark jeans, motorcycle boots, and well-worn T-shirt that shows off the ink on my arms. Tribal bands, a sunburst, and a compass. I haven’t shaved in two days, and my stubble is rough. If she wanted clean-cut and business attire, I’d have covered up the tats with a crisp white shirt and a fine silk tie, then slid a blade across my jaw in the a.m. If she wanted sophisticated, I’d have given her the smooth, James Bond voice to boot. She could have me as a country boy, even, in a pair of steel-toed cowboy boots and with the drawl to match.
But April wants the guy who might have screwed her in the restroom of a bar.
She wants gravel and sandpaper, ink and danger, shades and leather.
The more you give someone what they want, the more you get in return.
When I reach the park, I head to the Terrace Bridge. She’s not here, but I’m early, since I like to get a read on any and every situation. I scan the surrounding area, noting the benches, the nearby tables, the cool placid water gurgling under the bridge. June in New York City can seduce you or it can trick you.
What it has in store today is anyone’s guess. I lean my hip against the stone railing, and I wait. Two minutes later, I spot a threesome walking in my direction. My heart thumps, and I groan quietly.
Why does the universe do this to me?
Blond curls, lips like a bow, a tight trim waist. Even from several yards away, I can tell she wears little makeup—she has that fresh-faced, rosy glow about her, and something innocent yet knowing in her expression. Like Lily James, whom I developed a wicked crush on when I watched her in her latest movie.
April’s not tiny, but she’s not towering either. Maybe five-three, five-four. A delicious dream. Which translates roughly to “just my type.” She wears tight jeans, a long black shirt that clings to her figure, and a huge silver necklace with a heart charm that dangles between her breasts.
As if I wouldn’t already be checking them out without the pendant between them.
I’ve had many clients. Keeping it platonic has never been an issue since I’ve never been attracted to a customer.
Until now.
Looks like I’ll be getting familiar with how to resist temptation.



     

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~Elsa Gomes, Bookish Aurora~

       

“I loved every word on every page of this story. I can't stop thinking about it and smiling like a dork. If you were to say #JustBecause or #DoYouRemember? I might just melt into a puddle on the floor, because I do remember...sigh. I want more Lauren Blakely, I'm addicted. The line forms here…”

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“The Real Deal was a sweet, sexy, hilarious, and entertaining standalone romantic comedy, and I absolutely loved it!”

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The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Craigslist the perfect solution to meddlesome matchmakers!

Hilarious, laugh out loud, romantic comedy based in New York City and Wistful, a small cozy Connecticut town.  Follow our heroine and her "boyfriend" thru a crazy family reunion.  And now a bit about the story...

April loves her career, but her family doesn't understand it.  Her love life is not so hot.  To solve both her well meaning family is ready to set her up with each and every bachelor in her hometown.  Only problem, she loves NYC and her job wouldn't exist back home.  Enter the solution: Theo is con man turned good.  He had a rough start to life and is now using his acting skills to pretend to be any date you need.  And he has a long list of skills: accents, languages, from bad boy to boy next door.  Whatever you need, he's your guy... just one rule - keep it platonic.  But what happens if they catch feelings?

Favorite passages:
 - his T-shirt: love sucks. true love swallows.
 - Some might say I talk too much, but I say screw them.
 - “Companionable silence sounds like something married people do.” ... “You can’t fall for someone in companionable silence.”
 - If he thinks carrying some furniture from a dank underground bunker is going to break me, he’s challenging the wrong soldier. I’ve eaten dog food.
 - Don’t settle for less than you deserve.

- When you work with your hands, manicures are as pointless as a man's nipples.

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.

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Everything you need for Date Night except the date:). Find the perfect date in the Real Deal! $100 gift card to the restaurant of your choice, $50 gift card to the movie theater of your choice, and $50 gift card to the retailer of your choice. ($200 value)

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About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she'll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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