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RELEASE BLITZ REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

Title: Runaway Girl
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Blurb
It’s Naomi Clemons’s big day. Her dream wedding. And she’s outta here.

One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize…she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived?

Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancé she left at the altar…

Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out.

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My Review

Every time I open a Tessa Bailey romance, I know I’m in for a wild and dirty ride, in all sorts of deliciously decadent and maybe even dangerous ways, and in Bailey’s newest release, Runaway Girl, Bailey’s heroine, Naomi Clemons, is in personal crisis mode, wondering who exactly she is and who she’ll be if she goes through with her ‘big day’ and what Naomi realizes is that she needs to find her own identity before she can give herself to someone else.

There’s so much more to Naomi, beneath the surface, than readers realize, and while some readers may have preconceived notions about her due to her ‘runaway bride’ antics, there’s a depth to this prim and proper former beauty queen, and as Naomi grows into herself and figures out what she wants and needs out of life, we witness a woman of great strength as well as one with so much love to give to those she cares about that readers can’t help but admire and adore her, especially when she and Jason finally give into what’s been brewing between them.

Special Forces diver Jason Bristow is a Tessa Bailey alpha male, through and through, and just like many of her other heroes, Jason’s protective nature and his need to give his little sister everything he can is what forces him to make some interesting choices, which is how a certain runaway bride enters his and his sister’s lives.

The sexual tension and instant chemistry between Naomi and Jason sizzles from the pages, and as they get to know one another better, as well as learn who they are themselves and what they’re made of, their flirty banter and teasing ways turn into so much more than either of them thought possible.

I throughly enjoyed witnessing Naomi and Jason’s growth throughout the course of the story and they definitely burned up the pages of the story, proving that no one can resist a dirty talking alpha. But I have to say, for me, Birdie was quite the scene stealer. I adored her and how she reacted to things and what she brought out of her brother and Naomi.

A need for help and self discovery becomes something essential for both Naomi and Jason and instead of running away or avoiding, they run towards each other and the life that’s waiting for them to reach out and grab it.

4.5 Poison Apples

Author Bio
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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COVER REVEAL: VICIOUS GLAMOUR by Maggie Marr

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Title: Vicious Glamour

Author: Maggie Marr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 1, 2018

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Kiley Kepner, the perennial bad girl of Hollywood, finally meets the men that can tame her, but will she get her happily ever after?

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RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: ONCE UPON A SURE THING by Lauren Blakely

Who’s ready for a sure thing? We’ve got your next racy read right here!

“I’m falling for my best friend…Have I mentioned he’s also my new bandmate? Oops.”

Don’t miss this delicious rock star romance from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely containing:

✔ Miller, a sexy and sweet rocker with a dirty mouth!

✔ Ally, a singer and a mom who loves her peeps with her whole heart!

✔ A best-friends-to-lovers romance that’ll make you swoon!

Sizzling hot, swoony and sweet, and filled with everything in between, ONCE UPON A SURE THING is full of heat, heart, humor and sexy times you’re sure to love.

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It’s so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.

Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

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Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake.
NOT.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever…

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My Review

Friends-to-lovers’ romances are definitely my thang and the way Lauren Blakely crafts Miller and Ally’s story proves that, despite the characters’ fears, their foundation as friends is an amazing building block for more, which means that their misgivings may have been warranted, but they didn’t need to overthink the damage that could possibly be done because it’s more than obvious that these two would fight to keep their connection flourishing, in whatever capacity that meant for them.

I love the ease of Miller and Ally’s friendship; the support they constantly provide each other. There’s something so natural about it, and those strong feelings of friendship can easily turn to more given the subtle feelings that seem to spark between them. And let me tell you…when these two go all in – THEY GO ALL IN. There’s no second-guessing…no shy exchanges; in fact, Miller and Ally’s friendship and strong connection transfers to their physical relationship and growing intimacy, illustrating all the ways these two can show each other just how they feel about what they’re building, both personally and professionally.

Miller’s personality resonates off of the pages; his love for music and life is almost contagious because the way he shares his passion and goes about rebuilding a singing career that he’s missed illustrates exactly who he is and who and what he finds value in. Lauren Blakely allows readers to see the many diverse sides of him, the playful friend one, the sexy rockstar, the obnoxious younger brother, so we truly understand who he is at his core and recognize that there’s more to Miller than his good looks and his musical prowess.

I have to say that Ally is definitely in contention for one of my all-time favorite Lauren Blakely heroines. She’s so down-to-earth and authentic; she doesn’t try to be someone who she’s not and the way she cares for and loves Chloe is so heartfelt.

I love getting inside her head and hearing some of her unsuspecting, less than friendly thoughts about her bff, and then when she and Miller decide to pursue their passions together in a number of significant ways, it’s more than entertaining to witness her realizations and to see her get lost inside her thoughts when her heart seems to want one thing while her head tells her another. She’s a refreshing heroine who many readers will ‘get’ which makes connecting to her and her story that much easier. 

Like in most of Blakey’s books/series, the secondary characters play a significant role in the story line and in the lives of the main characters, and that continues to be the case in Blakey’s Heartbreakers series, and as the circle of friends and family members grows, the main characters’ interactions with them, the advice they share, and the bonds they build just add another layer to the lives they’re living.

Once Upon a Sure Thing, book two in Lauren Blakey’s Heartbreakers series, further illustrates why Blakely dominates the romantic comedy genre and why she’s an absolute must read and instant one-click author for romance readers like me. I’m beyond excited for Miles’ book! I can’t wait to see what Blakely has in store for this sexy rocker.

4.5 Poison Apples

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Excerpt

~Miller~

She sings like a sinner. She sings like an angel. She sounds like whiskey and sugar. I’ve only ever known her for her church-bell voice, but now she’s a glorious mix of dirty and sweet, and I never knew she had it in her.

But I can’t marinate in this change-up. It’s showtime for me.

Grabbing the mic, I dive into my first line as I gaze into those blue eyes of my friend. Only I have to think of her as Honey, so I sing to the new woman about how I can’t do without her, how I need her now.

Something is in the air between us when we sing, something charged. Something that hasn’t been there before. Stage chemistry.

I move closer as if I’m drawn by the pull of gravity that I have no control over. We lock eyes and everyone else fades away. I’m still in shock that I’m loving singing a song with my best friend.

That’s what terrifies me. Especially since we sound good together, and we move well together.

Maybe we even look good together, as we belt out this hot-as-fuck duet, and for the first time we’re not butchering a holiday tune or destroying “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke. As she moves closer to me, we sing the final chorus like it’s going out of style, and when the music softens, I can’t resist. I finger a strand of her blonde wig, the coconut scent from her lotion floating into my nose.

Reluctantly, I let the hair fall.

Clapping rings loud in my ears.

Jackson, Miles, and Campbell give a standing O. Jackson holds up his phone, pointing to it, letting me know he caught it on video.

“Chemistry,” the guys all shout, practically in unison.

But I’m not supposed to have chemistry with my best friend.

That’s the problem.

“What the hell just happened here?” I whisper to Ally, befuddled.

Her mouth opens, and her eyes go wide, and she blurts out, “I have an appointment. I need to go.”

She takes off, leaving in her wake a trail of chemistry and coconut and confusion.

“Once Upon a Sure Thing is another must-read rom-com from Lauren Blakely. It’s just as heart-meltingly romantic, just as sinfully sexy, and just as achingly sweet as the first book in the Heartbreakers Series.”

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“This book was HOT. Sizzling. The build up, the banter, just everything about these two is amazing. The anticipation was killing me. And when they’re together? Holy moly wow, hot as hell!”

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Three brothers. Three rock stars. Three standalones.

The Heartbreakers Series—full-length, standalone romantic comedies with no cliffhangers releasing within one month so you can binge read these sexy novels! You can indulge in three delicious romances — a sexy one-night stand with an off-limits woman, a best-friends-to-lovers tale, and a falling-for-my-buddy’s-sister love story. All come with banter, sexy times, and single parents! So get your one-clickers ready for these sexy & charming men! Each love story will make you laugh, swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

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October 8: Once Upon a Wild Fling

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 September she’ll release ONCE UPON A SURE THING, a sexy best-friends-to-lovers romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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COVER REVEAL: SACRED SINS by CD Reiss

Sacred Sins, the stunning conclusion to the Sins Duet by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, is coming November 20th!

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You know what they say about family.
Blood is thicker than water.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
A house divided cannot stand.

Margie is the keeper of her family’s secrets.
Six sisters and one brother.
Billions in assets.
Generations of malfeasance.
And one heartbreaking secret kept by three people.
Margie.
Her father, Declan.
And Drew—the man she loves.

You know what they say about secrets.
Three can keep them if two are Drazens.

There’s never been a Drazen who went down without a fight. And there’s never been one who didn’t fight for love.

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About CD Reiss
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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TEASER REVEAL:THRONE OF LIES and LEGACY OF LIES by Tara Leigh

THRONE OF LIES is a prequel novella from the Legacy of Lies series that will be releasing on October 11th.

LEGACY OF LIES is the first novel in the series and it is set to release on October 15th.

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LEGACY OF LIES by Tara Leigh

Releasing October 15

Blurb

Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
I believed I was entitled to all of it.
My legacy.

Jolie Chapman.
I thought I was entitled to her, too.
My love.

In a scandal that set our families against each other, I lost.
My legacy.
My love.
Everything.

I was heir to a throne built on lies, my crown forged from corruption.
Stripped of everything I’d been raised to consider my birthright.
Including my princess—who wasn’t mine, after all.

I’ve spent the past decade rebuilding my life, on my own terms.
Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
They’ve been earned.

Now I’ve returned to Manhattan for redemption, too.
Jolie wasn’t supposed to be here.
… And I wasn’t supposed to care.

Screw me once, shame on you.
Screw me twice—
Who am I kidding? I don’t believe in second chances anymore.

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The LEGACY OF LIES series novella, THRONE OF LIES, coming October 11th!

THRONE OF LIES by Tara Leigh

Prequel novella to Legacy of Lies – Releasing October 11

Blurb

I was called a prodigal son.
A scion of Midas.

I believed it. Why wouldn’t I?
Everything my father touched turned to gold.

The proof was all around me.
Luxury cars.
Elite schools.
A billion-dollar business.
Even my girlfriend, a Park Avenue Princess.

I reigned from a throne of lies.
My fall from grace… wasn’t graceful at all.

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Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn’t know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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EXCERPT REVEAL: Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Release Date: September 27th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Willow Taylor lives in a castle with large walls and iron fences. But this is no ordinary castle. It’s called Heartstone Psychiatric hospital and it houses forty other patients. It has nurses with mean faces and techs with permanent frowns.

It has a man, as well. A man who is cold and distant. Whose voice drips with authority. And whose piercing gray eyes hide secrets, and maybe linger on her face a second too long.

Willow isn’t supposed to look deep into those eyes. She isn’t supposed to try to read his tightly leashed emotions. And neither is she supposed to touch herself at night, imagining his powerful voice and that cold but beautiful face.

No, Willow Taylor shouldn’t be attracted to Simon Blackwood, at all.

Because she’s a patient and he’s her doctor. Her psychiatrist.

The medicine man.

WARNING: This book discusses sensitive issues including but not limited to, depression and suicide.

Excerpt

“I… Can I go now?” I whisper.

He bends toward me. Not like he did yesterday when he was all shaken up and furious. This leaning is slow and filled with a different kind of intensity.

“No.”

I swallow, looking into his eyes, which have moved down to my lips. Has he ever looked at my mouth before? I can’t remember. He’s always been so professional and distant that just one look of his seems exaggerated, almost too much to handle.

“W-why not?”

“Because I’m curious about something.”

I lick my lower lip. I swear it’s not meant to be provocative. It’s just that his stare is making them tingle and dry out. I didn’t know that a body part could be shy until this man focused on it like this.

“About what?”

Again, I’m expecting one thing but something entirely different happens. Instead of answering with his words, he touches me. Of his own volition.

His hands wrap around my neck, his fingers spanning the entire length of my throat, tilting my face up. My eyes are wide; I can feel it. I can feel them popping out. I can feel my heart popping out too, bursting with too many beats.

He’s touching me.

Touching. The litmus test of attraction.

“I’m curious about,” he whispers, his breath wafting over my nose, drugging my senses. “Why the fuck do I want to kiss you?”

“What?”

My hands reach up and hold his wrists. I feel like my world just went unsteady and I can’t stand up straight without his help.

Did he just… Did he say he wants to kiss me?

There’s a slight frown on his forehead, as if he’s genuinely perplexed. As if I’m a riddle and so is his desire to kiss me.

“It doesn’t make sense.” His gray, almost black, gaze flicks back and forth. “You’re my patient. You’re my responsibility. I’m supposed to fix you, not think about your lips. I’m not supposed to think about your mouth or the taste of your tongue. If you really taste like you smell.”

“How… How do I smell?”

His chuckle is short and harsh as he moves his hand and grabs my face. “Like lemons. Like you’ve been sucking on lemon wedges all day long with that pink mouth of yours.”

I feel the heat of his hand on my flesh. He’s burning up, slowly boiling over. “I-I… It’s the lime jello,” I reply, as if that’s the most important thing in the world right now. Explaining the source of my smell and possibly my taste too.

“You’re not my type,” he growls, pushing his forehead against mine.

“I’m sorry?”

“You’re young. You’re reckless. Inexperienced. You believe in happy endings, don’t you? Fairy tales and fucking magic.”

His breaths are wild, frustrated. Like believing in good things is a bad habit. Believing in something bigger than you is silly.

I frown, pressing harder against his forehead. “Of course I do. If someone like me doesn’t believe in magic, then there’s no hope for anyone else. There’s no hope for me. And it’s not a bad thing, you know. It’s not a bad thing to believe in something. In fact, it shows that you’re brave and –”

His mouth pulls into a humorless smile. “And you don’t know when to shut the fuck up.”

“Hey –”

“Willow.”

He flattens my cheeks with his hands, asserting all his stupid authority over me. Too bad it only makes me hornier and I have to clench my thighs against the shivers running through my lower body.

“What?” I somehow manage to squeak.

“Shut the fuck up.”

I gasp; how dare he?

But it gets swallowed up by his mouth.

About the Author

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.

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AUDIO REVIEW AND EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CLIP: BRANT’S RETURN by Mia Sheridan

BRANT’S RETURN, A Sign of Love, Capricorn, IS LIVE on Audible!

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Blurb

A stunning, heartfelt new stand-alone by New York Times best-selling author Mia Sheridan – available in audio first

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he’s worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm – and to a past he thought he left behind.

While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

Now the one woman he can’t afford to trust is about to become the one he can’t let go.

Ebook & Print, coming January 8th. (No pre-order for ebook/print)

My Review

I’m a huge fan of Mia Sheridan’s writing; she infuses so much heart into her stories that it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in the lives of her characters and the issues that they would rather run from than face, even though there will come a point in the story when dealing with the past will be the only way for them to build a new life in the present.

In the Audible Original, Brant’s Return, Sheridan takes readers on an overwhelmingly heartfelt, emotional, and suspenseful journey – one that begins with a devastating and life altering moment for the heroine and then continues to tell her story and the path she follows that helps to heal her and also allows her to bring a dying man’s son home after over a decade’s absence.

Isabelle Farris is a unique heroine, not only because of what she’s endured but also because she doesn’t allow her pain and heartbreak to completely define her life, even if, at times, it’s incredibly difficult to not succumb to the memories of her past. For the past few years, Belle has found comfort and peace at Graystone Hill through its equine program and even with its cantankerous owner. She’s a loving, caring, and compassionate woman who breathes new life into her place of employment, even if Mr. Talbot is an ornery old cuss, and because Isabelle wants her boss to have a chance to say goodbye, something she wasn’t able to do, she works to bring Mr. Talbot’s son home to Kentucky even if she doesn’t understand the reasons for his absence. 

Brant Talbot may have once been a good ole country boy, but for the past decade or so, he’s been known as the Bourbon King of New York, building his own empire one bar at a time, but one phone call brings his past into the present, and he’s forced to decide if heading back to Kentucky is worth the pain that will come with it since he’s never truly dealt with what sent him running from the place he used to call home.

The hero and heroine both are fighting demons from their pasts, but while Isabelle is working through what/who she’s lost, focusing on taking each day as it comes, Brant can’t let go of his last memories of Graystone Hill and Mia Sheridan brilliantly illustrates that fact with his arrogant and assholish behavior. But as Brant’s time on the ranch continues and he gets out of his own way, Brant soon sees Isabelle how everyone else at Graystone Hill does, and he starts to realize that his posh life in New York isn’t as fulfilling as he once thought, but what that means for Brant, his father, and his developing feelings for Isabelle remains unclear because there are too many variables to deal with and work through not to mention the fact that Brant and Isabelle live in two completely different worlds.

Brant’s Return’s blurb doesn’t indicate the depth of this story, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional torment that occurred from its first few pages. Listeners can’t help but feel EVERYTHING that Isabelle fights through because her perspective is so emotionally charged and it’s remarkable to hear how she lived her life even when she wanted to succumb to the pain. Belle is a fighter and that shines through in her interactions and attitude towards Brant, his father, and the community she was forced to leave behind.

Jacob Morgan and Virginia Rose do a great job narrating Isabelle and Brant’s story, and while, in my opinion, this is much more Isabelle’s story than Brant’s due to her backstory and what she still must work through, through Brant’s eyes, listeners hear Brant’s truths and understand his past actions as well as why he struggles to come to terms with everything he feels for Isabelle and learns about the night that irrevocably changed the direction of his life.

4.5 Poison Apples

About the Author

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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