Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Unzipped by Lauren Blakely *~*~*~*~* Release Day Launch for the Audible Original

 

Everything he knows about women is about to get turned upside down…

Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks - and narrated by Joe Arden and Andi Arndt - comes a brilliantly funny, scorchingly sexy new romantic comedy from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely! UNZIPPED is now available! Grab your copy of this swoony and sexy Audible Original today!

 

ABOUT UNZIPPED:

Wanted: Dating coach to help hot nerd win back the woman of his dreams…

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem.

 

My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune.

The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she'll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that's what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. And boy, do I ever need that. Now I don't want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who's been helping me all along. Trouble is - she thinks I'm in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.

 

GRAB YOUR AUDIBLE COPY HERE!

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UNZIPPED will be available in all formats across all retailers on December 14th! Pre-order your eBook and print copies here!

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ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS TODAY!

 

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 December she'll release UNZIPPED, a brilliantly funny, scorchingly sexy new romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Traitor (Last to Leave #1) by Nicole Blanchard *~*~*~*~* Release Blitz & Giveaway


Traitor

Last to Leave, #1 by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Military, Romantic Suspense




99¢ or FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

This elite group of U.S. Marines are the last to leave a fight…or the women who steal their hearts. She’s trying to take back her life… Peyton Rhodes has lost everything. Three years ago, her family was violently murdered while she narrowly escaped. Now, she’s conquered her fears and is determined to wipe the slate clean. Her new beginning may be over before it starts when she is the only witness to a gruesome murder. He may as well be dead… Former U.S. Marine Ford Collier is back in the states after a perilous deployment without his team, his career, or the respect of his country. Secluded in the mountains of North Carolina, Ford doesn’t want anything to do with the murder in his backyard–or the pretty blonde artist who gets under his skin. Even if he hadn’t been at the scene of the murder, Peyton would still be terrified of a man like him–a man with violence in his blood. The only way they’ll survive is together. As dangerous complications arise–and passion heats up–it will take learning to trust again for Ford and Peyton to make it out alive.




Nicole About Nicole Blanchard

  Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Reveling in Sin (Sin Trilogy #3) by Meghan March *~*~*~*~*~* Review Blitz



    

Whitney Gable is the kind of woman you fight to the death to protect. To keep. To cherish. I’ve finally learned my lesson, and it’s time to prove I’m the man who’s worthy of her. I don’t care what it takes, because failure is not an option. No matter who or what stands in our way—this time, she’ll be mine forever   

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I Heart Books Review 

Reveling in Sin (Sin Trilogy #3) by Meghan March
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sworn enemies become...

In this conclusion to the Sin trilogy we'll finally find out if Whitney and Lincoln can communicate and move past all the hate their families have for each other.  They've both done and said things they regret - in fact the word "sorry" appears 65 times in this story!  I don't want to spoil it for you, but hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

Favorite passages: coming soon...

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


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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I Heart Books Review 

Richer Than Sin (Sin Trilogy #1) by Meghan March
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Opposites attract... But can they sustain?

Passionate, heartbreaking tale of two who's families are sworn enemies. The story mostly takes place in a smallish town where everyone knows each other and the Gable's and Riscoff's are reminiscent of the Hatfield's and McCoy's. Told from two perspectives, you bounce between the first time the two met, 10 years ago, and present day. This is a trilogy, so be ready for the cliff! And now a bit about the story...

Lincoln Riscoff is back home from New York City and he hates it. He knows he has to run the family empire someday, but he's going crazy. Then one night he meets the most beautiful woman "Blue", they decide on no names and when a bar fight ensues they sneak out to his place. Whitney Gable, aka Blue, has the best night of her life until she sees pictures at his place. She can't be there, he is the enemy! Now it's 10 years later, tragedy has happened and she's back in town. Can she avoid him, or will their too hot flames burn everything away leaving him poor as dirt?

Favorite passages:
- “... we all know you don’t wish for it— you work for it.”
- “Where are we going?” “Keep your eyes closed.” It was a miracle that I’d agreed to the blindfold, and probably a sign I should have been questioning my sanity.
- “That’s life. We get the shit and the good. It’s up to us how long we take the shit.” 
- She’s perfection wrapped in thorns, but the reward is so incredible, you’re willing to risk the sting.

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


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Guilty until proven innocent. That’s the way the world works, right? I’m tired of being convicted without evidence, all because my last name is Gable. The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules. If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell.    

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I Heart Books Review 

Guilty as Sin (Sin Trilogy #2)  by Meghan March
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

How do you trust when you've been taught from birth not to...

Whitney and Lincoln are back right where we left them ... note: this review will have spoilers for book #1 (Richer Than Sin), but no spoilers for this book.  As with book one the story alternates between their perspectives and between present day and 10 years ago.  The tension, irritable family members, crazy antics, and hilarious moments are back in full force.  If I didn't need to sleep or work, I think I would have read straight to the end and been sad book #3 wasn't on my kindle yet!  And now a bit about the story... 

Whitney and Lincoln are rushing to the hospital to find out about the accident involving her parents and his dad.  Of course the evil queen is there causing trouble.  Whitney is beside herself with the news of what happened and has no idea how to cope.  At the same time Ricky and Asa arrive back into town, further driving the wedge between Lincoln and Whitney.  On the flip side, trust becomes an issue again and will Lincoln ever learn how not to screw up!  Now secrets are going to get exposed, people hurt, and how will Whitney and Lincoln fair????

Favorite passages:
 - You need to figure out what you want out of this life, kid.  Find the people you want to share it with and hold them close.
 - Totally Stupid.  Definitely crazy. But completely exhilarating.

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

 

       
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 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Reveling in Sin (Sin Trilogy #3) by Meghan March *~*~*~*~* Release Blitz

 

  

Whitney Gable is the kind of woman you fight to the death to protect. To keep. To cherish. I’ve finally learned my lesson, and it’s time to prove I’m the man who’s worthy of her. I don’t care what it takes, because failure is not an option. No matter who or what stands in our way—this time, she’ll be mine forever  

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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. 





 



Guilty until proven innocent. That’s the way the world works, right? I’m tired of being convicted without evidence, all because my last name is Gable. The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules. If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell.    

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I Heart Books Review 

Stay tuned to tomorrow's post for the full trilogy review!
❤ ~ Theresa


       
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. FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE | TWITTER | PINTEREST

Monday, October 22, 2018

Splash of Vanilla (Three Sisters Catering #3) by Bethany Lopez *~*~*~*~* Excerpt Reveal


Today we are sharing an excerpt from A SPLASH OF VANILLA by Bethany Lopez. A Splash of Vanilla is the third book in the contemporary romance series, Three Sisters Catering. Check out the buy links for the book below, along with the exclusive excerpt.


 

A Splash of Vanilla by Bethany Lopez

(Three Sisters Catering, #3)

Pre-order it Now - Releasing November 5th!

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Synopsis:

For the past year, Dru has put everything she has into building a catering business with her sisters. She’s so used to working until all hours of the night with them by her side, that when they both find love and move out, Dru decides to focus on something that has always weighed on her… finding the father who’d abandoned them.
For the past year, Mick has been living the good life. A content bachelor with his own business as a private investigator, he enjoys making his own decisions and answering to no one. When a couple of clients-turned-friends bring him in contact with Dru, his first thought is that he wouldn’t mind getting her alone for a night, but when she hires him, that spark is extinguished. Mick doesn’t mix business with pleasure.
When their lives become constantly entwined, Dru becomes more and more determined to get Mick to break his rules. Will they discover that even a seemingly perfect dish, can be made better with the right amount of spice, or are they too set in their ways?



EXCERPT:

I shot a couple longing looks at Mick, who managed to make that suit look incredible, even though I’d just seen him in it at Tasha’s wedding. How come men could do that? Buy one suit to wear to every event, and get no flack, while if women got caught wearing the same dress repeatedly, it was like there was something wrong with her?
Why couldn’t I find the perfect dress … one that made me feel sexy, comfortable, and confident, and wear it to everything?
Stupid double standards.
I walked straight to the bar and ordered a Lemon Drop with the sole intention of getting drunk, and made a list of rules for myself.
You will not fawn over Mick.
You will not get so drunk that you throw up.
You will be the funny, fun, party sister, not the green with envy, bitter, crying in the corner sister.
And, again, you will not fawn over Mick. He made his policy clear, and I had too much pride to go after a man who didn’t want me.

   

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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner *~*~*~*~* Release Blitz & Review

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He can't win if he's playing The Wrong Game
The Wrong Game, an all-new angsty, emotional and fun sports romance from Kandi Steiner, the bestselling author of A Love Letter to Whiskey, is LIVE!

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Two season tickets.
One genius idea.
Zero interest in a relationship.
The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.
I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.
Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.
He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.
But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.
One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.
He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

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I Heart Books Review 

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Da Bears, will love touchdown or be intercepted?

What could be better than a love with betrayal, tragedy, passion, comedy, and football? Not much, plus it takes place in my home city of Chicago!! This one has some up and downs, so get ready to cheer on your next favorite couple! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! And now a bit about the story...

Gemma is organized, disciplined, and loves her checklists. Her best friend, Belle, thinks getting railed into next year will solve all problems. Zach is just the man to help her out. He has strong work ethic and family values. But when he wants more will she be able to trust him with her heart after all she's been thru?

Favorite passages:
- But I'd never had a problem being cocky. Especially when I knew I was right.
- "I guess chivalry isn't completely dead." "Not tonight, it isn't, princess."
- "I'm a pest now, huh?" She nodded, leaning one elbow on the bar. "But you're the cute kind of pest. Like a family of mice."
- "You know, if you're really that into torturing yourself, I could always loan you my flogger."
- Something I learned maybe well before I was supposed to is that trying to be what other people think you should be is a waster of time. Life is too short to be or do or say anything than that exactly what you want.
- "I don't think your brother is old enough to appreciate the sentiment in that yet, son." "Or, I have the wrong reproductive organ between my legs,"

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

About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bedtime Reads by Kennedy Fox *~*~*~*~* Cover Reveals & Pre-Order

     
Cover design by Outlined with Love Designs
Photographers: FuriousFotog and Wander Aguiar
Models: Joey Berry, Chase Ketron, & Andrew Biernat
   


Never trust a man who answers the door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk. That should've been my first sign. I write about guys like him for a living—sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body is the ultimate temptation, but his condescending personality makes him a classic bad boy. And I want nothing to do with that. Writing romance novels comes with its perks—traveling, meeting new people, creating characters from the voices in my head—but Ethan Rochester enters my life and rearranges my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you. Meeting him was fate, but falling for him was inevitable. And forgetting him will be impossible.



Falling for the Bad Boy // Available now Amazon Universal Link  





Never trust a man who gets paid to take off his clothes for a living and then uses it as a pick-up line to get girls in bed with him. That should’ve been enough for me to call in sick that day. I’ve worked with male cover models like him before and they’re all the same—smooth-talking, sexy as sin, egotistical know-it-alls who think they’re God’s gift to women—all traits I know to steer clear of. Assisting authors comes with many perks—reading on the job, using my organizing skills on a daily basis, drinking coffee by the gallons—but Maverick Kingston barges into my life and demands more than I can handle. When we’re forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he “accidentally” drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he’s offering and proves he’s packing more than abs of steel under his clothes. Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected. And playing by the rules will be impossible.

ADD TO GOODREADS  
Falling for the Playboy preorder // Coming Nov. 15th
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Never trust a man who wears nothing more than a cowboy hat and ripped jeans who asks if you’d like to save a horse and ride a . . . well, you get the picture. That should’ve been enough for me to walk away. I’ve been warned on several occasions about southern men—with their sexy accents, charming manners, and the ability to easily get any woman in bed—which is something I’ll be avoiding. Being a professional photographer has many perks—traveling around the world, calling all the shots, and working with subject matter that isn’t bad to look at—but Colton Langston with his washboard abs and baby blue eyes, could care less about my current project. He’s trouble, I know it, and he’s determined to make me work for every single photo. When I’m forced into riding lessons, I get way more than I ever bargained for, and by the time my trip is over, I’m in too deep. Being with him was thrilling, but falling for him was unpredictable. And ignoring him will be impossible.  

ADD TO GOODREADS
Falling for the Cowboy preorder // Coming Jan. 31st
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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! 

 Keep up with all their social media platforms for updates & info! WEBSITE | NEWSLETTER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM   

          

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Player by Staci Hart *~*~*~*~*~* Blog Tour & Review

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I should have known it was only a game.
I should have known he was too good to be true.
He’s nothing but a player...

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available NOW!

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He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


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I Heart Books Review 

Player by Staci Hart
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

She fits his body like a glove...

Of course she is his upright bass :) Loved this story from the red lipstick coalition series!  In Piece of Work we met Val (one of Rin's room mates), this is her story.  Still based in New York based, but Val's specialty is music, not art.  It is laugh out loud hilarious, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  And now a bit about the story...

Val plays the trumpet on Broadway and spends her time in the pit surrounded by other musicians.  But there is one musician she just can't take her eyes or brain off!  Sam, first in his class in Julliard, now also on Broadway and part of a swing band, is tall, dark, handsome, and ever so charming!  If only she didn't turn to a bumbling, clumsy, crazy person when he is near.  But then when she kinda asks him out all things change, they strike up an arrangement, but when the truth comes out...

Favorite Passages: 
 - I mean, if I did math.  Which, in that moment, I most definitely did not.  I couldn't have counted bananas unless they were hooked in his belt.
 - I swear, I was looking at his mouth and listening with my entire brain and both ears, but I didn’t understand a word he’d said. “That sounds riveting.”
 - I can be a date. I can be a night. I can even be a weekend. But I can’t be more than that.”
 - “I’ve never known anyone who can make food sound so incredibly pornographic ,” I said half to myself. “Well, I’ve never known anyone who can make cheesy pick-up lines work.” I chuffed. “Well, we all have our talents.”

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



Excerpt:
The night flew by, time speeding up and sliding past with nothing to mark the hours but his laughter and my smiles and our bodies bouncing around the parquet like we had nothing in the world to do but dance. I had no idea how late it was until “New York, New York” came on with the house lights. Sam hooked me under his arm and guided me out into the chilly fall evening. Like an idiot, I’d come without a jacket, and I tried to play it off like I wasn’t cold. A shiver wracked down my spine, betraying me. He shrugged off his leather jacket. “Here, wear this.” “B-but then y-you’ll be cold,” I said, shifting away from him in an effort to stop him. “Look, it’s n-not even cold. It’s f-fake cold. It’s only what—like, sixty out? M-my body is j-just being drunk and d-dumb.” “Val.” The word was a gentle warning. He held out his jacket like a matador. “Put it on.” “N-no,” I said with a laugh. He shook it once like he was taunting me. “Toro.” I giggled, stumbling a little as I brought my hands to the top of my head, pointer fingers to the stars. “OlĂ©!” I cheered as I charged. But instead of running through his jacket, I found myself in his arms. I didn’t know how it happened. The jacket was there, and then it was gone. But instead of being laid out on the sidewalk like I should have been, Sam’s arms were hooked around my waist, our bodies winding together and twisting from the force of his catch. And then I looked up, and time stretched out in a long, still moment. His eyes on my mouth. Mine on his. His nose millimeters from mine and his mouth so close, if I turned my head just right, our lips would brush. The warmth of him was everywhere. I wasn’t cold anymore. I was on fire. So I said the first thing that entered my empty mind. “Are you going to kiss me, or am I gonna have to lie to my diary?” The moment broke with our laughter, filled the air around us, stopped my chugging heart. He pressed his lips to my forehead. I sighed. “I guess that’ll do.” He hooked his jacket over my shoulders, taking a moment to look over my face, watching his fingers as he tucked a loose curl behind my ear. “Come on. Let’s get you home. You did good tonight, Val.” “Thanks to your expert advice.” But he smiled. “Pretty soon, you’ll figure out you didn’t need me at all.” And I smiled back and pretended like it was possible that statement held an iota of truth.


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StaciHartStaci 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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