RELEASE PROMO: Hear My Heart by Maryann Jordan

Hear My Heart

Baytown Boys Book 8

Maryann Jordan

Release Date: December 18, 2018

Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Aiden MacFarlane came home from the war determined to live life to the fullest and that included running his pub with his brother, hanging with his friends, coaching with the American Legion youth baseball teams, and enjoying the company of the vacationing ladies who passed through the little seaside town of Baytown.

War widower Lia Smith had moved to Baytown with her young daughter, and the last thing she was interested in was the town’s player.

Her job is to find out who might be stealing money from the town and she knows her investigation will ruffle feathers.

But as they got to know each other, they realized there was so much more to them that the labels of widower and Peter Pan.

Aiden falls for Lia and her adorable daughter, but when she is threatened by someone, he takes on the role of protector.

Will Aiden be able to save them before someone takes away his chance to truly live life to the fullest?

Scenes in the book are similar to what you would find in an R-Rated movie. Readers 18+ please.


About the Author

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: Pretty Little Player by J. Kenner

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Pretty Little Player, a sexy, new standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is available now!

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Bedroom games are fine … but I need a woman who won’t play with my heart.

After years in the military, I’ve faced down a lot of things, and there’s not much I shy away from. Except relationships. Because when you catch your wife in bed with another man, that tends to sour even the most hardened man against women.

When I was hired to keep surveillance on a woman with a checkered past, I went into the job anticipating the worst. But what I found was a woman who turned my head. Who made my blood heat and my body burn. A woman who made me feel alive again.

A woman who was nothing like what I expected, but everything I wanted. A woman who, it turned out, needed my protection. And wanted my touch.

And as the world fell out from under us, and everything I thought I knew shifted, there was only one reality I could hold onto—that the more I got to know her, the more I wanted her.

But if I’m going to make her mine, I’ll have to not only keep her safe, I’ll have to prove to her that I’ve conquered my own fears and doubts. That I’m done looking into the past, and that all I want is a future—with her.


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Pretty Little Player…those are the kind of women who Cayden Lyon hates and the ones he looks to expose as a PI. He wholeheartedly agrees with the idea that people reap what they sow, and when it comes to cheaters and liars, especially of the female variety, he’s all about paying them back for their infidelity by getting the goods on them for their husbands, and let me tell you, Cayden’s really good at his job, and the main reason is because his past gives him a vested interest in these kind of cases, continually proving that there are very few single women out there who won’t play with men’s heads and their hearts.

But boy is Cayden wrong about Gracie Harmon, which just might be a blessing in disguise because as soon as he sees her, he’s instantly attracted and his desire for Gracie only continues to build as the reality of her situation is revealed and Cayden figures out that she’s the one who actually needs his help, which is exactly what he’s going to give her and along the way, if he can let go of his past and look to a future with the right woman, maybe Cayden will be able to have the life and the wife he’s always wanted.

It’s amazing how much drama, romance, and suspense J. Kenner can pack into a novella. There’s definitely no downtime for her characters or her readers because the story moves quickly, exposing truths and exploring Cayden and Gracie’s growing connection.

Cayden and Gracie’s story is a quick read – one that has a bit of everything when it comes to the main characteristics of a romance and one that utilizes its setting to not only showcase everything that Austin has to offer but also uses its various locations to amp up the tension and deliver a sultry and seductive environment for everything that goes down in Pretty Little Player!

4 Poison Apples

About J. Kenner

Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.


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HOOPS Holiday, a Christmas bundle featuring all-new, never-before-published content by Kennedy Ryan, is available now!


MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . .

except them.

But that was then.

The only question is…what about now?

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: ReWined, Volume 3 by Kim Karr

ReWined, Volume 3 by Kim Karr is available now!

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There are three guaranteed ways to ruin a perfectly unstable marriage…

  1. Tell your beautiful new bride she’s the devil
  2. Tie one on and don’t come home.
  3. Oh, and let’s not forget, uncover family secrets that rock both your worlds.

I really need a rewind because now my temporary wife is pissed as hell and wants a quickie divorce.

Wooing her is my plan.
Sending flowers, writing love notes, and even serenading her are some of the sure-fire methods I learned from watching her favorite romantic comedies.
In all of those films, one grand gesture leads to the woman falling at her man’s feet cueing sappy music and epic make-up sex.
Too bad my girl isn’t following the script.

Short of riding in on a white horse, I’m at a loss of how to win her back.

Every girl dreams of a Prince Charming. Right?
Well, I can redefine myself and turn this party boy into one.
She insists it’s impossible.
I disagree.***This is the final volume in the Party Ever After series.***



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In the final installment of Kim Karr’s Party Ever After serial, Tyler has his work cut out of for him when it comes to proving to his new wife, Paris, that he’s a changed man…that regardless of the fact that he can’t rewind his past screw ups, his less than stellar ideas/attitude, or the mistakes he’s made in almost every facet of his life, but what he can work to prove is that he’s not like his father, that he has grown up, that he can save their families’ legacies as well as the love that’s always been simmering between them even after all the years apart.

In the first two volumes of ReWined, Tyler and Paris’ family secrets were revealed and they both learned truths that would forever change their perspectives on the people who raised them and the life they’ve lived up until this point.

But now that the past has been laid bare and a solid future hopefully awaits Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Holiday, Tyler needs to prove that he can be Paris’ ‘tarnished knight’ and ‘prince charming’ by letting down his walls and trusting in their love and their commitment not only to each other but to their new business endeavor as well.

I really enjoyed reading Tyler and Paris’ story, and even though, at times, I wanted to shake them both and tell them to figure out their shit and be honest with each other about EVERYTHING, I knew that they would eventually find their footing and figure out how to let go of what happened in the past in order to focus on what they could accomplish as a team, both professionally and personally.

4.5 Poison Apples

About the Author

Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic * Beach Lover * Yoga Beginner

Kim Karr is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life and creating romances that are page worthy. Her stories are raw, real, and explosive. Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel. And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy. From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire to the Football Player. From the witty damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered businesswoman to the boutique owner. No two storylines are ever alike. If Kim’s not writing, you can find her wandering through antique stores with her husband, trying out new fitness classes with her sons, venturing out to new coffee shops with her daughter, or with her nose stuck in a book.

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Limited edition Christmas anthology from five of your favorite bestselling MC authors!

On the 3rd day of Christmas, Amo Jones gave to me… One hellraising reckoning, Two loved ones dying And a broken girl hanging from a tree…

On the 4th day of Christmas, Anne Malcom gave to me… One prison riot Two bullets flying Three mangled corpses And a psychopath running free…

On the 5th day of Christmas, MariaLisa DeMora gave to me… One plea for mercy Two bodies writhing Three clues to find her Four reasons to love him And a man determined to get his life back…

On the 6th day of Christmas, Chantal Fernando gave to me… One broken heart Two best friends Three familiar faces Four sexy bikers Five life regrets Six nights at a bar And a second chance romance that’s been long coming

On the 7th day of Christmas, Giana Darling gave to me One blind eye Two bloody fists Three kidnapped whores Four attempts at murder Five fights a wrecking Six nights a fucking And a bloody biker and teenage runaway finding home.

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I ADORE everything about MC Romances; there’s just something about their dark and dangerous settings, the brotherhood of the bikers and how they protect their own, the chaos and destruction that these alpha males and their old ladies seem to find themselves in due to rival clubs or criminals looking to take over the MC territories. But even though violence and mayhem dominate their lives, the fierce love they have for their brother, for their families, and for the women they may have never seen coming but now refuse to give them up.

O Come, All Ye Sinners is an anthology of five dark and gritty MC short stories set in some of the most deadly and dangerous biker worlds around and as readers reintroduce and/or reconnect with some of their favorite motorcycle clubs and their patched in brothers, they gain new insights about supporting characters and also get further details about what’s to come in these torturously twisted settings.

The Incoherent MC, The Fallen Men, The Devil’s Own, and the Sons of Templar men follow their own MC rules, which means that there are an array of differences between these clubs, but what they all share and live by is the biker code and that common ground unites them and proves just how bonded these men are and how far they’re willing to go for what and who they see as theirs and theirs alone.

This anthology provides MC Romance readers with everything they’ve come to love about this reading trope; there’s suspense, steam, dramatics, and debauchery and while all five stories were quick reads, each story line packed a punch and the promise of what’s to come for these clubs and their biker families is clearly laid out to leave readers anxiously awaiting the next story in the series.

4 Poison Apples

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes the next standalone title in her Getaway series, RUNAROUND!

Now in Kindle Unlimited, RUNAROUND is now available! And that’s not all!

The entire Getaway series is in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE now! So check out the amazing excerpt below, and grab your copies today!


Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?

Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.

Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.

Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.

Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.





My Review

Ever since Jay Crownover introduced Tennyson McKenna, I wanted her story…I wanted to understand her backstory and learn why life brought her back to a place that she swore she’d never live again. I wanted Ten to find someone who would make her happy and allow her to be the strong, independent woman she’d become, and even though I didn’t want that person to be Cy Warner because Leo is his perfect match, I knew there was someone who would be worthy of the kind of love that Ten was willing to give.

Trouble seems to follow Webb Bryant wherever he goes, and regardless of what he does to rid himself of this unwanted friend, it holds on tightly, refusing to release Webb from its clutches, hanging like an albatross around Webb’s neck.

But does Webb’s bad boy demeanor truly define who he is? Can Ten see the man Webb is underneath his unpredictability and give him a chance to prove himself to her…to everyone?

Any reader who’s familiar with the way that Jay Crownover crafts her heroes and heroines know that there’s a complexity to these characters that Crownover slowly reveals throughout the course of the story. And it’s those layered personalities that allow readers and other characters to understand that what defines them is something so much more enlightening than a surface level perception will ever provide.

Both Ten and Webb shield themselves the only way they know how – with a rough exterior that doesn’t allow anyone in unless that person is willing to find a way around the walls they’ve built, and even though it seems like Ten gives Webb the runaround for quite some time, there’s comes a point where she can no longer guard herself against his charms…against his persistence…against the man she’s discovering he is past the trouble that always seems to control him.

Ten and Webb’s connection has been simmering just below the surface since they laid eyes on each other, so watching them finally go towards one another instead of Ten’s adamant refusal to give Webb a chance was a long time coming, but I knew that when Ten took it upon herself to be a champion for Webb’s cause…to help him out of the trouble that someone else seemed to put him in, it was just a matter of time before Ten stopped fighting her feelings and gave herself to a man who proves himself to be way more than anyone, except his brother, has ever given him credit for.

Like the previous three stories in Jay Crownover’s Getaway series, Runaround has elements of suspense, tension, steam, and mystery, and I loved watching everything unfold, especially when Ten and Webb work together to figure out who has it out for Webb. Ten was an incredible FBI Tracker, so even though she left that position some time ago, she’s never stopped honing her skills, and she’ll be damned if anyone gets away with threatening a man who deserves a chance to live a life without constantly battling against his demons or his troubles.

Jay Crownover is one of my favorite authors for a reason, and while her Marked Men series will always own my heart, her cowboys and their alpha male personalities are definitely leaving their mark on me as well.

4.5 Poison Apples



The first time I laid eyes on Webb Bryant he was frighteningly pale from blood loss and nearly delirious from a raging fever. He’d been sporting a hole in his shoulder from a bullet wound and was terrified his brother was dead somewhere in the vast Wyoming wilderness. It was my job to protect and patrol, one I focused on diligently, but Webb was admittedly distracting. I thought he was going to pass out at my feet, a city boy in way over his head. He didn’t. He never wavered or stumbled in the unfamiliar terrain and unknown situation…not once. He’d impressed me with his resilience and his determination to find out what had happened to his older brother. He’d also caught my attention with those burning blue eyes and shock of blond hair, which gave the misleading impression that the man had a single angelic quality about him. Every long, lean line of Webb Bryant oozed playful mischief and bled the promise of wicked things done in the dark…or during the bright light of day. He didn’t seem like the shy type. Even injured and out of his mind with frantic worry for his older sibling, he was the most charming, most flirtatious man I’d ever met. He sent every defense mechanism I had into overdrive, and there wasn’t a second that slid by where I didn’t remind myself he was not my type in the slightest. Besides, once the Warners and I had both the Bryant brothers straightened out, I figured I wouldn’t have to dodge Webb’s advances ever again. He would ramble on to his next adventure and be out of sight and mind.

I breathed a sigh of relief when he went away. He was too tempting. It was too enticing to give in to every single promise made by his easy smile and glinting eyes. Webb was several years younger than me, a man who was obviously lost and still trying to figure out who he wanted to be when he finally grew up. I was a woman who knew exactly who she was and who she could never be. I was never the type to chase after the bad boys, the wanderers, the reckless. No, I fell for the steadfast, the sturdy, and the solid. I gave my heart to the kind of men who held the world up and buffered everyone around them from the raging storm.

I handed my heart to the oldest Warner brother, Cyrus, when we were just kids. Coming to terms with the fact the stoic and serious cowboy would never feel about me the way I felt about him had been one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do. We shared similar dreams, knowing our lives were so much bigger than the ranches that had our family’s bloodlines entrenched in the soil. We both wanted more than Wyoming, and for a long time, I honestly believed we were on the road out of our tiny town together. It didn’t happen that way. Sure, we both got out in our own time and in our own way, but we both ended up back where we started. Cy was taking his return home in stride. He was far less resentful about his homecoming than I was. In fact, the wedding Webb was dragged out of two short days ago was Cy’s.

I thought it was going to be hard, damn near impossible, to watch the man I’d openly loved from afar for most of my life promise his forever to someone else. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I envisioned. Mostly because Cy was stupid happy with his fiery city girl. He’d never been that happy with me, before we left or when we both admitted defeat and came back home. He’d never loved anyone like he loved his Leo, so the sting of watching him put a ring on someone else’s finger was minimal.

I would gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon before admitting to anyone, especially myself, that since the start of the wedding most of my attention had been on Webb instead of the happy couple. To my surprise, my heart didn’t feel nearly as trampled as I thought it would. It was too busy stupidly racing over the man I believed I wouldn’t see again and knew I should keep my distance from.

The blond man with a penchant for trouble hadn’t stayed gone like I predicted. Nope. He’d shown up right when Cy needed help on the ranch and offered to stick around. Webb claimed he wanted to learn a new skill, seemed he’d taken a shine to the rough way of life in the Wyoming backcountry and wanted to play cowboy for a while. Cy couldn’t say no, and as badly as I wanted to, I couldn’t stay away. I was caught in an endless game of cat and mouse, and some days I wasn’t sure if I was the predator or the prey. I tracked Webb out of the corner of my eye for months. I expected him to up his game and try to lure me to bed, knowing the wedding was going to lower my defenses. Never in a million years would I have predicted he was going to be led away from the festivities in handcuffs.

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Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, The Saints of Denver series, The Point and Breaking Point series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays, as well as live music and terrible TV shows. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. For more on Jay and her books, visit

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100% of proceeds from the first 5 days of UNZIPPED sales go to California Fire Relief Charities!

What do you get when you mix a hot nerd, a quirky heroine, and a hilarious meet-cute (featuring a boombox) that goes terribly awry? UNZIPPED!

Don’t miss this brand new standalone romantic comedy from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely! Brilliantly funny and spectacularly swoony, UNZIPPED—with its nod to the great silver screen romantic comedies—is available everywhere for your pleasure!

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Wanted: hot nerd seeks dating coach.

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. 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.


He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.

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My Review

Clearly by his meticulously planned big gesture to reconnect with his college girlfriend, Kyler, aka Tom, doesn’t understand the first thing about women nor does he understand that he can’t rely on gimmicks and his love of 80s pop culture, especially movies, to woo back a woman he hasn’t seen in over 8 years. And even though Tom is adorkable and quite intelligent, the fact that he’s clueless about what the opposite sex wants and needs is made clearer and clearer the longer he communicates his thoughts and ideas to the woman who had the ‘unfortunate or fortunate’ opportunity, depending how you look at it, to witness his public humiliation…maybe that’s too strong a word but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t want to see again;) 

From awkward strangers to quirky fast friends to a couple who don’t quite know how to act on their growing feelings towards each other because the basis of their time together has been about Tom reconnecting with the woman who could have been the love of his life. But as Tom and Finley’s story continues, it becomes beyond clear just how perfectly matched these two are…now Tom just has to find a way to prove to Finley that she’s the only one he wants regardless of how they met and Finley needs to be willing to put her heart on the line again after it was mangled by her last boyfriend who used her as a rebound and then went back to the woman he had always and only wanted, his ex.

What I loved most about Finley was her honesty when it came to, not only  helping Tom come up with a new plan to ‘get back his lost love’ but also  laying out the reasons that his ‘Say Anything’ scene remake was not something he should ever try again. And because Finley can’t help but be her perceptive self, she had Tom pegged from the very beginning, which helps her to truly get to know who he is and it also helps him to learn what he truly wants in a significant other – not the idealized version he’s had in his head for the past 8 years.

The use of movie one-liners was a perfect way to bond Tom and Finley,

because it not only illustrated how much they had in common but it also allowed their relationship to grow naturally, even if his original reason for meeting Finley had to do with another woman.

I loved the whole art imitating life plot line, especially since Finley could use the reality of Tom’s actions as well as her own to hopefully help restore life to her flatlining comedy series, but I also felt like even if it didn’t save her show, she could easily come up with new ideas based on everything she experienced with Tom while being his travel buddy as well as his mentor, his friend, and ultimately, the woman he wanted.

UnZipped is an adorable, feel good romantic comedy – one that reminded me of all the 80s movies that I loved and just how awkward things can be at the beginning of new relationships, especially ones that start in unique ways. I’m glad Lauren Blakely gave her readers both her main characters’ perspectives because they each had their own unique way of seeing things and their respective pasts led them to who they are today, which is pivotal in truly understanding why these two make the decisions they do.

I’m sure after reading UnZipped there was a spike in the amount of 80s romantic comedies watched because that’s exactly what I wanted to do after finishing Tom and Finley’s story.

4 Poison Apples


“UNZIPPED was such a fun and adorable half meet-cute-getting-to-know-you – half road-trip love story!! Run to your nearest amazon asap for your own Kyler Tom – this one is MINE!!!”

~Bianca, BJ’s Book Blog


I part my lips to speak, but I don’t know how to answer her. Or that. She rocks back and forth on her heels like she’s waiting for me to say something, and I realize I don’t know what I’m doing with her. I don’t understand her.

Is this her ruse to get me in bed? Calling me a boy toy?

Truth is, I wouldn’t mind getting naked with her because, hello, hot chick, but I need to keep my eye on the prize, so I’m going to have to cut this seduction strategy of hers off at the knees. “I want to level with you. I’m not interested in you that way.”

She blinks, coughs, and then laughs. For several seconds. Okay, more like half a minute. “I’m sorry. Say that again.” She gestures for me to keep going.

“I’m interested in Cassandra.”

She points at her chest. “And not me, right? I just want to make sure I understand. It’s a touch confusing, and I don’t want to miss a beat.”

I frown, totally confused now, because isn’t it self-evident? “That’s what I said.”

She shakes her head, amused. “Tom, I need you to know something.”


She brings her hand to her chest. “I solemnly swear I have not once thought of you naked. I absolutely haven’t dirty-dreamed of you. And I’m definitely not harboring delusions about stripping you down to nothing and having my wild, wicked way with you.”

Wild, wicked way.

What does Finley think is wild and wicked?

My brain spins, crafting scenarios that involve her bent over the Batmobile, or daring me to climb the fire engine sculpture and test its strength for a wild, wicked screw. I have no fucking clue why my mind finds these images permissible for assembly, so I shove a hand roughly through my hair, trying to clear my head.

“And I’m not thinking of stripping you down to nothing and having my wild, wicked way with you either,” I say.

She dusts one hand against the other. “Good thing neither one of us is remotely attracted to the other.”

“Yeah, not at all,” I say flippantly. But wait? She’s not? “You’re not?” My voice ticks up. Why does her statement bother me?

“Did you want me to be remotely attracted to you?”

“Packed with flirtatious banter and lighthearted humor, Unzipped is a rom-com that’s cleverly written, refreshingly self-aware, and just plain entertaining.”

~Yvette, Nose Stuck in a Book Blog

“I loved everything about this book. It was the perfect romantic comedy about 2 nerdy people who find love the unconventional way.”

~Sweetheart Reads

Lauren is donating 100% of the first five days of sales for UNZIPPED from all retailers to California Fire Relief Charities, so one-click and you’ll get a sexy, witty rom-com and help a good cause!

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, including her smoking hot and funny husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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, in January BIRTHDAY SUIT, and in March BEST LAID PLANS. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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