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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Taking the Leap by Kristen Ashley

He was made for her, all she had to do was take the leap…

Taking the Leap, the all-new beautiful and emotional contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!
Read on for a peek inside this incredible love story.

Alexandra Sharp has been crushing on her co-worker, John “Rix” Hendrix for years. He’s her perfect man, she knows it.

She’s just not his perfect woman, and she knows that too.

Then Rix gives Alex a hint that maybe there’s a spark between them that, if she takes the leap, she might be able to fan into a flame This leads to a crash and burn, and that’s all shy Alex needs to catch the hint never to take the risk again.

However, with undeniable timing, Rix’s ex, who broke his heart, and Alex’s family, who spent her lifetime breaking hers, rear their heads, gearing up to offer more drama. With the help of some matchmaking friends, Rix and Alex decide to face the onslaught together…

As a fake couple.

Fall in love with Rix and Alex!
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My Review

Nothing quite says taking a leap like finding yourself in a fake relationship with the person you actually want to be with…

The thing about Rix and Alex pretending to like one another isn’t exactly a stretch and although the start is a bit bumpy and the drama that surrounds them is even more so, when this slow burn story starts heating up, it’s beyond clear just how good they are together and how much they deserve happiness and love.

Catching up with past characters in the series is always a bonus. I always find myself wanting to get an update on how previous couples are doing and Ashley gives that to readers in most of her series, which is definitely why we can’t get enough of her characters and writing.

Love this new world and characters…I’m a huge KA fan…have been since 2013 and will always be. 

4 Poison Apples 

Excerpt

What kind of coffee drink do you like?

I could have lied, and when I saw him at the office, said I was driving when I got the text and that was why I didn’t answer.

But there was a part of me that was so excited to get my very first text from Rix, and that part was strong.

So strong, that thought didn’t even occur to me before I texted back with oodles of curiosity, Why?

Because I’m buying you a coffee, babe.

Another babe.

That was three.

Highly inappropriate, even infantilizing.

I said not one word about the “babe.”

Instead, I texted, Iced Chai.

Once I sent that, I texted, Mocha latte, iced or hot.

And on its heels, I sent, For just hot, flat white

Then I got nervous that I might be sounding like a goof.

So nervous my thumbs couldn’t seem to stop tapping letters, and I therefore texted, I assume you want to know what I want right now, rather than all that I like. So just to say, I tend to be a coffee explorer, since I like coffee. And caffeine on the whole. That means the list is kinda long. But if you’re asking for right now, which you are, because it’s chilly this morning, flat white.

After I sent that, I realized that I was absolutely sounding like a dork in sending it, all of it, including the three before. As such, I watched in agony as Rix’s three dots cycled and cycled and then they did it some more.

Until I got, How much coffee have you already had?

This would have been funny if it wasn’t so mortifying.

Just one, I responded miserably.

Try to cycle down cuz you’ll have another when you get to work. Later.

I decided I’d texted enough, so I let that lie.

It didn’t lie for long.

Rix showed at my desk at River Rain (which wasn’t going to be my desk at River Rain for very long, it’d be my desk at Trail Blazer since we were moving the next day, Judge’s office furniture, mine, and some unused stuff they had sitting around was all going to the new offices for temporary use because the telephones and Internet were being hooked up that day and it was time to occupy Trail Blazer).

Rix set my flat white down while I valiantly attempted not to blush, he made no attempt whatsoever to hide he totally did not miss I failed at this endeavor, smiled a smile that I wanted to think was friendly, but instead it seemed sexy, this thought being exacerbated when he muttered under his breath so I almost couldn’t hear it, “Only you could make a rambling coffee order adorable.”

I sat frozen.

Rix winked at me and said in his normal voice, “Bottoms up, Alex.”

With that, seeing as he was in his chair that day, he wheeled away.

Since there was a lot going on with packing for the move and tech hookups and such, I only had to deal with Rix in passing for the rest of Monday.

However, Tuesday morning, I was shoving stuff into my bag at home, preparing to head down the mountain to dig into the move, when my phone chimed.

OK, I have ten minutes, explain today’s coffee order.

Yes.

Another text from Rix.

A startled laugh escaped from me because he was being funny.

I then texted back, You don’t have to buy me coffee.

To which he texted, I know I don’t.

Then I sent, I’m just saying, we’re good. We had a blip last week. But now we’re great.

We’re great?

Damn.

Why did reading those two words texted by him make my breasts swell?

Good. Great. I mean, things are fine. You don’t have to butter me up with coffee.

So coffee is a way to butter you up?

Oh God.

What was that?

Was it flirty?

Or was it just being funny and friendly?

Or was it just a kind of getting-to-know-you, valued coworker, but in a jokey fashion?

Tell him what you want and stop texting, Alex! I admonished myself.

I did not stop texting.

Well, yeah. Kinda. Like I said, I like coffee.

You did say that, so maybe you’ll tell me what kind you want this morning.

Time to get beyond this.

Iced Chai.

That’s tea.

Oh my God!

Flirty?

Or jokey?

I’m feeling tea today, I replied.

Right. And then he sent, That only took five minutes. I’d fill the other five by asking you what kind of donuts you like, but we got a lot to get accomplished today. I’m sure I’ll enjoy your dissertation on that, but I’d prefer to sort out my office so I can start doing the shit I’m getting paid to do.

He one hundred percent did not need my views on donuts then.

Therefore, I noted, Good call

He sent a smirk emoji, which shared the impossible.

Rix could even make emojis sexy.

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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

Connect with Kristen
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REVIEW TOUR: The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland

Title: The Summer Proposal
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre:Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2022

BLURB

The first time I met Max Yearwood was on a blind date. 
Max was insanely gorgeous, funny, and our chemistry was off the charts. He also had the biggest dimples I’d ever laid eyes on. 
Exactly what I needed after my breakup. 
Or so I thought… 
Until my real date arrived.  
Turned out, Max wasn’t who I was there to meet. He only pretended to be until my real date showed up. 
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. 
Before he left, he slipped me a ticket to a hockey game a few blocks away, in case things didn’t work out on my actual date. 
I tossed the ticket into my purse and went about trying to enjoy the man I was supposed to meet. 
But my real blind date and I had no connection.
So on my way home, I decided to take a chance and stop by the game. 
When I arrived, the seat next to me was empty.
Disappointed again, I decided to leave at the end of the period.
Just before the buzzer, one of the teams scored, and the entire arena went crazy. 
A player’s face flashed up on the Jumbotron. He was wearing a helmet, but I froze when he smiled. 
You guessed it: Dimples
Apparently, my fake blind date hadn’t invited me to watch hockey with him, he’d invited me to watch him play
And so began my adventure with Max Yearwood. 
He was everything I needed at the time—fun, sexy, up for anything, and only around for a few months since he’d signed with a new team three-thousand miles away.   
Max proposed we spend the summer helping me forget my ex. It sounded like a good plan. Things couldn’t get too serious when we had an expiration date. Right?
Though, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. 

GOODREADS LINK:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59585168-the-summer-proposal

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My Review

I love me a stellar meet-cute, and Vi Keeland’s newest release has the perfect start to Georgia and Max’s story. And I would definitely not mind a guy like Max Yearwood stepping in and pretending to be my blind date as well as working overtime to give me a summer to remember…it also doesn’t hurt that he’s totally swoon worthy and willing to woo and prove to Georgia just how amazing she is. 

Georgia’s thoughts and feelings about dating again, about putting herself out there, about going through another heartbreak and investing in something that might not workout will resonate with readers. And while there were times I wanted her to have a bit more inner strength and say what needed to be said and act instead of overthinking, Max helps her to be freer, to focus on her wants and needs and to have fun, which seemed to be missing in her life. 

Like many of Keeland’s other story lines, there are some unexpected twists along the way to the hero and heroine’s happy ever after and the angst, at times, made me want to lash out in some way, but in the end it’s what had to be done for the reality of what they could be and mean to each other to happen. 

4 Poison Apples 


AUTHOR BIO

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-six languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

AUTHOR LINKS
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/vi.keeland
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Vi-Keeland/435952616513958
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ViKeelandFanGroup
Website: http://www.vikeeland.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ViKeeland
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Vi_Keeland
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6887119.Vi_Keeland

OTHER BOOKS BY VI KEELAND

The Invitation
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UK: https://amzn.to/39CRC3f
CA: https://amzn.to/3qySjlf
AU: http://amzn.to/39E8BCq
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Inappropriate
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RELEASE BLITZ: The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: The Summer Proposal
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre:Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2022

BLURB

The first time I met Max Yearwood was on a blind date. 
Max was insanely gorgeous, funny, and our chemistry was off the charts. He also had the biggest dimples I’d ever laid eyes on. 
Exactly what I needed after my breakup. 
Or so I thought… 
Until my real date arrived.  
Turned out, Max wasn’t who I was there to meet. He only pretended to be until my real date showed up. 
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. 
Before he left, he slipped me a ticket to a hockey game a few blocks away, in case things didn’t work out on my actual date. 
I tossed the ticket into my purse and went about trying to enjoy the man I was supposed to meet. 
But my real blind date and I had no connection.
So on my way home, I decided to take a chance and stop by the game. 
When I arrived, the seat next to me was empty.
Disappointed again, I decided to leave at the end of the period.
Just before the buzzer, one of the teams scored, and the entire arena went crazy. 
A player’s face flashed up on the Jumbotron. He was wearing a helmet, but I froze when he smiled. 
You guessed it: Dimples
Apparently, my fake blind date hadn’t invited me to watch hockey with him, he’d invited me to watch him play
And so began my adventure with Max Yearwood. 
He was everything I needed at the time—fun, sexy, up for anything, and only around for a few months since he’d signed with a new team three-thousand miles away.   
Max proposed we spend the summer helping me forget my ex. It sounded like a good plan. Things couldn’t get too serious when we had an expiration date. Right?
Though, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. 

GOODREADS LINK:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59585168-the-summer-proposal

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AUTHOR BIO

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-six languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

AUTHOR LINKS
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/vi.keeland
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Vi-Keeland/435952616513958
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ViKeelandFanGroup
Website: http://www.vikeeland.com
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@vikeeland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ViKeeland
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Vi_Keeland
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6887119.Vi_Keeland

OTHER BOOKS BY VI KEELAND

The Invitation
US: https://amzn.to/35NPG7b
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AU: http://amzn.to/39E8BCq
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Paperback: https://amzn.to/32TqSsE

Inappropriate
US: https://amzn.to/2Zpakb8
UK: https://amzn.to/3bV0wsg
CA: https://amzn.to/2ZmevEM
AU: https://amzn.to/2zWHTGM
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BLOG TOUR: The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley

The Girl in the Mist, an all-new, thrilling standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley filled with off-the-charts chemistry, and edge of your seat suspense, is out now!

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes an all new thrilling romantic suspense guaranteed to have pulses rise, and readers begging for more.

Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.

Until she sees the girl in the mist.

After that, everything changes.

Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.

But most importantly, girls are dying.

There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.

The mysterious Cade Bohannan.

My Review

I love a good thriller, the kind that provides a significant amount of suspense to keep readers alert and in a constant state of anticipation so add that to the way that Ashley crafts her stories, focusing on the development of her characters and the smallest of details when it comes to moving a plot line forward, I couldn’t wait to dive into Delphine Larue and Cade Bohannon’s story. And even though this is a bit of a different read for Kristen Ashley fans, to me, this is KA in her element…this is old school KA, along the lines of her Burg series but with a much more concentrated story line on the suspense and mystery more so than the romance, but believe me, that’s there too. 

Delphine and Cade are intriguing characters and they definitely have some of the trademarks of Ashley’s heroes and heroines. I love the fact that she’s in her 50s with a solid career and a good head on her shoulders, despite the fact that she’s dealing with an obsessed fan. Cade is alpha all the way…one who doesn’t say a lot but you can understand his meaning clearly with just a simple nod of his head. He’s quite the mysterious guy, which is fitting for this story, and his protective nature comes in clutch a time or two as the plot progresses.

There’s a lot of subplots in this story line, which makes sense given the nature of a thriller/suspense, so it’s necessary to stay focused and keep track of all of the information that is being dispensed, not only about the mystery behind the missing girls but also those involved in the case in a variety of different capacities. Readers who aren’t used to the amount of details that are provided and clues that are slowly unraveled amidst the twists and turns of the plot may find it difficult to see everything clearly, but to me, that’s a key aspect of this genre so it allows readers to be both entertained as well as a part of the investigation, working through the evidence while also understanding the town and its inhabitants. 

The fact that readers get to check-in with some of their favorite KA heroes and heroines is an added bonus to Ashley’s new Misted Pines series, and I’m excited to see how the next book draws on the same components and techniques to unravel the next mystery of this sleepy small town…that seems to be hiding way more than it seems. 

4.5 Poison Apples 

Excerpt

I called Hawk Delgado.

It was no surprise this situation in Misted Pines was known to him. He was tasked with keeping me safe, and although this had nothing to do with me, it had to do with Misted Pines, and that was where I was. It was also not a surprise that he currently did not have any resources to devote to assisting with it.

However, he gave me two names.

Nightingale Investigations, an outfit located where Delgado was, in Denver, Colorado.

And Tanner Layne, a private investigator who worked out of a shop in Brownsburg, Indiana, which was, to my astonishment, where Joe Callahan was based.

Neither were close.

But Nightingale was closer.

Though for reasons I didn’t understand (they probably had to do with Callahan), I called Layne first, left a message as it was the weekend and waited.

It was not long before he returned my call.

He had a full caseload, but said he’d look into it and get back to me.

I then reached out to Denver, leaving another message.

Not much time passed before a woman named Shirleen Jackson got in touch, saying she’d assessed it and presented it to her boss, the man behind the name, Lee Nightingale. She would follow up with me as soon as he’d made his decision.

Within hours, I had two replies.

Layne: “We’re ready to roll when we receive word from the investigator on site that he welcomes assistance. We have a message to him. But if he doesn’t give us the greenlight, I’m afraid at this time we can’t get involved. I hope you understand. I would feel the same if someone I didn’t know pushed into one of my investigations, especially at this early juncture. Trust me when I say that it’s never helpful.”

I didn’t know who “we” was, I also didn’t ask, but I suspected he’d consulted with Callahan.

I also didn’t think this was “early.” At that point, she’d been missing nearly a week.

Which begged the question, what parents had a slumber party for their eight-year-old on a Monday evening?

I didn’t ask Layne that either.

Jackson: “We understand your concern, but Lee looked into things and the investigator contracted to assist the local authorities is second to none. In this kind of situation, although it seems contradictory, more hands on deck can make a mess.”

That was two nos of the same ilk.

I decided to focus on the “second to none” comment, knowing they were referring to the fact it was clear the locals had called Cade Bohannan in.

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

Connect with Kristen
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EXCERPT REVEAL: The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland



Title: The Summer Proposal Author: Vi Keeland Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance Release Date: January 10, 2022
Excited about Vi Keeland’s upcoming release, The Summer Proposal? 
Check out this SNEAK PEEK of CHAPTER 1!
CHAPTER 1
Georgia
“What can I get you?” The bartender set a napkin down in front of me.
“Ummm... I’m meeting someone, so maybe I should wait.”He rapped his knuckles against the bar. “Good enough. I’ll keep my eye out and stop back over when I see someone join you.”But as he started to walk away, I reconsidered. “Actually!” I raised my hand like I was in school.He turned around with a smile and arched a brow. “Change your mind?”I nodded. “I’m about to meet a blind date, so I wanted to be polite, but I think I could use something to take the edge off.”“Probably a good idea. What are you drinking?”“A pinot grigio would be great. Thank you.”He came back a few minutes later with a hefty pour and leaned his elbow on the bar. “So, blind date, huh?”I sipped my wine and let out a sigh as I nodded. “I let my mom’s seventy-four-year-old friend Frannie set me up with her grandnephew to make my mom happy. She described him as ‘a smidge ordinary, but nice’. We’re supposed to meet here at five thirty. I’m a few minutes early.”“First time letting someone fix you up?”“Second, actually. The first was seven years ago. It took me this long to recover from it, if that tells you anything.”The bartender laughed. “That bad?”“I was told he was a comedian. So I figured, how terrible could it be going out with someone who makes people laugh for a living? The guy showed up with a puppet. Apparently his comedy act was as a ventriloquist. He refused to speak to me directly—wanted me to talk only to his dummy. Who, by the way, was named Dirty Dave, and every other comment out of its mouth was obscene. Oh, and my date’s mouth moved the entire time, so he wasn’t even a very good ventriloquist.”“Damn.” The bartender chuckled. “Not sure I’d give another blind date a chance after that, even after a few years.”I sighed. “I’m sort of regretting it already.”“Well, if anyone comes in with a puppet, I got you covered.” He gestured toward a hallway behind him. “I know where all the emergency exits are, and I can sneak you out.”I smiled. “Thanks.”A couple sat down on the other end of the bar, so the bartender went to help them while I continued to stare at the entrance. I’d purposely taken a seat in the back corner so I could watch the front door, hoping to get a look at my date before he saw me. Not that I planned to ditch if he wasn’t handsome, but I didn’t want him to read disappointment on my face if I felt any. I’d always been terrible at masking my feelings.A few minutes later, the restaurant’s door opened and a drop-dead gorgeous guy walked in. He looked like he belonged on a men’s cologne ad, probably emerging from crystal blue Caribbean water. I got excited, until I realized he couldn’t be my date.Frannie had described Adam as a computer nerd. And pretty much any question I’d asked her about him, she’d answered, “About average.”
How tall is he? About average.Is he handsome? About average.Body type? About average.
This guy was tall, with broad shoulders, big, blue bedroom eyes, a chiseled jawline, dark hair that was sort of messy, but totally worked for him, and even though he was wearing a simple dress shirt and slacks, I could tell he was buff underneath. Frannie would have to be crazy to think anything about him was average.Oh.
Oh!
Well, she was a little…different. Last time I went to Florida to see Mom, we went to lunch with Frannie, and she’d glowed orange from an excessive amount of self-tanner she’d bought on the Home Shopping Network. She also spent all afternoon telling us about her recent road trip to New Mexico to attend a UFO convention in Roswell.But even with that factored in, this guy didn’t look like a computer nerd. Nevertheless, his eyes scanned the room, and when they met mine, he smiled.
Dimples.
Deep ones.Oh, Lord. My heart did a little pitter-patter.
Could I be this lucky?
Apparently it was possible. Because the guy headed right toward me. I probably should’ve played it cool and looked away, but it was impossible not to stare.“Adam?”He shrugged. “Sure.”I thought that was a bit of an odd response, but his smile widened, and those cavernous dimples seemed to turn my brain to mush.“Nice to meet you. I’m Frannie. My mom is friends with Georgia.” I shook my head. “Sorry. I mean, I’m Georgia. My mom is friends with Frannie.”“Nice to meet you, Georgia.”He extended his hand, and when I placed mine in it, mine felt really…small.“I have to say, you are definitely not what I was expecting. Frannie didn’t describe you very accurately.”“Better or worse?”Was he joking? “She may have described you as a nerd.”He sat down on the stool next to me. “I usually don’t admit this when I first meet a woman, but I do have a Star Wars action figure collection.” He reached into his pocket and pulled something out. “In fact, I almost always have one on me. I’m a bit superstitious, and they bring me luck.”Adam unfolded his big hand to reveal a tiny Yoda. He leaned over and set it on the bar in front of me, and a hint of cologne wafted through the air. Smells as good as he looks. There had to be something majorly wrong with him.“Women tend to not like Star Wars for some reason,” he said. “Or a grown man carrying around an action figure.”“I actually like Star Wars.”He put his hand over his heart. “A beautiful woman who likes Star Wars? Should we skip the formalities and just grab a flight to Vegas to get married?”I laughed. “Maybe, but first promise me you aren’t into ventriloquism.”He crossed his heart. “Star Wars is as bad as it gets.”The bartender came over to take Adam’s drink order. I was surprised when he asked for a Diet Coke.“You’re not going to join me for a cocktail or a glass of wine?”He shook his head. “Wish I could, but I have to work later.”“Tonight?”He nodded. “Yeah. I wish I didn’t. But I actually need to get out of here in a little while.”I’d thought we were meeting for drinks and dinner, but perhaps Frannie had gotten that wrong.“Oh, okay.” I forced a smile.Apparently Adam saw right through it.“I swear I’m not making that up. I do have to work. But I definitely would love to stay. Since I can’t, is it too early to say I’d love to see you again?”I sipped my wine. “Hmmm... I’m not sure about that. Normally, I get to know someone on a first date, so I can weed out the serial killers and nutjobs. How am I supposed to know you’re not the next Ted Bundy if you’re running out of here?”Adam stroked the scruff on his chin and looked at his watch. “I have about fifteen minutes. Why don’t we cut the small talk and you can ask me anything?”“Anything?”He shrugged. “I’m an open book. Take your best shot.”I gulped my wine and turned in my seat to face him. “Alright. But I want to watch your face as I grill you. I’m terrible at hiding lies on mine but great at reading others.”He smiled and turned, giving me his full attention. “Go for it.”“Okay. Do you live with your mother?”“No, ma’am. She doesn’t even live in the same state. But I do call home every Sunday.”“Have you ever been arrested?”“Public indecency in college. I was pledging a fraternity, and me and a bunch of other guys had to walk through the center of town naked. A group of girls stopped us and asked if any of us could hula hoop. Everyone else kept walking. I figured they were all too chicken, so I stopped. Apparently, the guys weren’t afraid; I was just the only one who didn’t see the cop coming out of a store a couple of doors down.”I laughed. “Can you actually hula hoop?”He winked. “Only naked. You wanna see?”The smile on my face widened. “I’ll take your word for it.”“Shame.”“When was the last time you had sex?”For the first time, the smile on his face wilted. “Two weeks ago. Are you gonna hold that against me?”I shook my head. “Not necessarily. I appreciate the honesty. You could have lied and said a while ago.”“Okay, good. What else you got?”“Have you ever been in a relationship?”“Twice. Once in college for a year, and then I dated a woman for eighteen months, and that ended two years ago.”“Why did they end?”“College, because I was twenty and…it was a crazy time in my life. And the woman I dated a few years back, because she wanted to get married and start a family, and I wasn’t ready.”I tapped my pointer to my bottom lip. “Hmm… Yet you just asked me to go to Vegas and marry you.”He grinned. “She didn’t like Star Wars.”We were both too busy laughing to notice a guy walk up to us. I figured he must have known Adam, so I politely smiled and looked to him. But the guy spoke to me.“I’m sorry to interrupt, but are you Georgia Delaney?”“Yes?”He smiled. “I’m Adam Foster. Frannie showed me a picture of you, but it was from a costume party.” He motioned to the side of his head, twirling his hand around in a circle. “You were dressed as Princess Leia, with your hair all pinned up on the sides, so you looked a little different than you do now.”I furrowed my brow. “You’re…Adam?”The guy seemed just as confused as I was. “Yes.”Now this man looked like what I’d been expecting: worn, brown tweed jacket, cropped hair parted to one side—sort of the average Joe that worked in the IT department at your office. But…If he was Adam, then who was this?I looked at the guy sitting next to me for an answer. Though that’s not what I got.“Did you really dress as Princess Leia for a Halloween party?”“Yes, but…”Adam, or whoever the hell the guy sitting next to me was, put his finger over my lips and turned to the man who was apparently my date. “Can you just give us a minute?” he asked.“Umm…sure.”As soon as average Adam walked away, I laid into hot Adam. “Who the hell are you?”“Sorry. My name is Max.”“Do you make a habit of pretending to be someone else?”He shook his head. “I just…I saw you sitting at the bar through the window when I was passing by, and you had such a pretty smile. I came over to introduce myself, and it was clear you were here to meet someone else. I guess I sort of panicked that you weren’t going to talk to me since I wasn’t Adam. So I went with it.”“And what if my date hadn’t showed up? Would you have pretended to be Adam on a second date?”Max dragged a hand through his hair. “I didn’t think that far ahead.”Normally catching a date in a lie would make me angry, but finding out Max wasn’t Adam was more disappointing than anything. We’d had great chemistry, and I couldn’t remember the last time I’d laughed so much meeting someone new.“Was every answer a lie? Do you even like Star Wars?”He held up both hands. “I swear. The only thing that wasn’t the truth was my name.”I sighed. “Well, Max, thanks for the entertainment. But I don’t want to keep my real date waiting.”He frowned, but nodded and stood. “It was nice meeting you. I guess asking for your number would be stupid right about now?”I gave him a look. “Yes, it would. Have a good night, Max.”He looked at me for a few seconds, then slipped a bill out of his wallet and tossed a hundred on the counter. “You, too, Georgia. I really enjoyed meeting you.”Max took a few steps away, but then stopped and walked back. He again took out his billfold, only this time he peeled off what looked like a ticket of some sort and placed it on the bar in front of me. “I’d really love to see you again. If your real date turns out to be a dud or you change your mind, I promise I will never tell you another lie.” He pointed to the ticket. “I’ll be at the hockey game over at the Garden at seven thirty, if you would consider giving me another shot.”What he said seemed heartfelt, but I was here to meet another man. Not to mention, I was really disappointed. I shook my head. “I don’t think so.”With a sullen face, Max nodded one last time before walking away. I didn’t have time to process everything, but I felt a strange sense of loss when I watched him walk out the door. Though as soon as he disappeared from sight, my real date was next to me.I had to force a smile. “Sorry about that. We, um, just had some business to wrap up.”“No problem.” He smiled. “I’m just glad that guy wasn’t hitting on you, and I didn’t have to defend your honor. He was a tank.” Real Adam sat down. “Can I order you another wine?”“That would be great. Thank you.”“So…I take it you’re a big Star Wars fan?”“Hmm? Oh, because of the costume.”Adam pointed to the bar. “And the little Yoda.”I looked down. Max had left his Yoda figurine behind. I guess he hadn’t been lying about being a Star Wars fan, considering he carried an action figure in his pocket. At least I hoped it wasn’t just a prop he used when he told strangers tall tales at bars and lied about his name.
***
Real Adam talked about artificial intelligence—a lot.I tried to get my head back in the game after the Max letdown, but I knew before my actual date and I had finished a drink at the bar that this would be our only date. Adam was a nice-enough guy; there was just no connection, physical or mental. I wasn’t into computers or Bitcoin, which seemed to be a big thing for him, and he wasn’t into any of my hobbies, such as hiking, traveling, and watching old black-and-white movies. He didn’t even enjoy going to the movies. Who doesn’t love bingeing on popcorn and a gallon of soda while watching a big screen? Not to mention, when I told him about my work, he said he was allergic to flowers.So when the waitress came by with a dessert menu, I politely declined.“Are you sure you wouldn’t like a coffee or something?” Adam asked.I shook my head. “I have to work in the morning. Having caffeine after noon keeps me up all night. But thank you.”He nodded, though I could tell he was disappointed.Outside the restaurant, he offered to share a cab, but I only lived eight blocks away. So I extended my hand to set the tone for the end of the evening.“It was very nice to meet you, Adam.”“You, too. Maybe we can…do this again sometime?”It was so much easier to be upfront and tell a guy there wouldn’t be a second date when he was a jerk. But I always struggled with the nice ones. I shrugged. “Yeah, maybe. Take care, Adam.”It was late April, but the cold weather just wouldn’t relent and allow spring to start this year, and a gust of wind blew while I waited at the intersection at the corner of the restaurant. I shoved my hands into my pockets for some warmth, and inside, something pointy pricked at my fingers. I slipped it out to see what it was.Yoda.His plastic ears were tapered to points, and there was a tiny chip on the left one. I’d forgotten I’d stuck him in my pocket when Adam and I had moved from the bar to a table. Looking down at him, I sighed. God, why couldn’t your owner have been my actual date tonight?It had been a very long time since a man gave me the warm fuzzies in the pit of my belly—not since the day I’d met Gabriel. So maybe finding Yoda in my pocket was a sign? The light changed, and I walked a few more blocks, lost in thought.Did it really matter that he’d pretended to be Adam? I mean, if he was telling the truth, he only did it so I’d talk to him. Let’s face it, if he had walked over and introduced himself as Max, I wouldn’t have invited him to sit down. I would have been polite and told him I was waiting for my date, no matter how gorgeous the man was. So, I couldn’t really say I blamed him…I guess.I stopped for another red light at the crosswalk on 29th Street, this time at the corner of 7th as I made my way down to 2nd Avenue where I lived. While I waited, I looked to my right, and the neon lights of a sign hit me. Madison Square Garden. Now that was definitely a sign—quite literally. Between Yoda and walking right past the place Fake Adam had said he’d be…perhaps it was more than that.I checked the time on my phone. Twenty after eight. He’d said he would be there at seven thirty, but I was sure the game took a few hours. Should I?I nibbled on my lip as the light in front of me turned green. People on both sides of me started to walk…but I just stood there, staring down at Yoda.
Screw it. Why not? What do I have to lose?
The worst that could happen was that our initial connection fizzled or it turned out lying was one of Fake Adam’s hobbies. Or…the spark we’d had might lead to just the distraction I was looking for. I wouldn’t know unless I tried.For the most part, I was pretty conservative with my choices in men. And look where that had gotten me. I was a twenty-eight-year-old workaholic, going on blind dates with my mom’s friend’s relatives. So screw it—I was going.Once I made the decision, I couldn’t wait to get there. I practically jogged to Madison Square Garden, even in my heels from work. Inside, I showed my ticket to an usher standing at the entrance to the section listed, and he showed me to my seat.As I walked down the stadium stairs, I looked around and noticed I was pretty overdressed. Most of the people had on jerseys and jeans. There were even a few shirtless guys with their bodies painted, and here I was wearing a cream silk blouse, red pencil skirt, and my favorite Valentino pumps. At least Max had been pretty dressed up.I hadn’t noticed the row number on the ticket before handing it over to the usher, but the seats must’ve been decent because we just kept walking down toward the ice. When we hit the very first row, the usher extended his hand. “Here you go. Seat two is the second one in.”“Wow, first row, directly in the middle on the fifty-yard line.”The guy smiled. “In hockey we call it center ice.”“Oh…okay.” But the seat next to the one he’d shown me to was empty, and Max was nowhere in sight. “Did you happen to see the person sitting in the seat at the end?” I asked.The usher shrugged. “I’m not positive, but I don’t think they’ve arrived yet. Enjoy the game, miss.”After he walked away, I stood looking down at the two empty seats. This was one outcome I hadn’t thought about: I might get stood up. Actually, would it even be considered standing someone up if the other person didn’t know you were coming? I wasn’t sure. But I was here, so I might as well take a seat and see if Max showed. He’d said he had to work, so perhaps he was running late. Or maybe he was already here, just in the men’s room or in line for a beer.A woman sat on the other side of me. She smiled as I settled in. “Hi. Are you here to watch Yearwood? He’s on fire tonight, already slashed two in the net. Too bad they’re probably not going to be able to hold onto him for next season.”I shook my head. “Oh. No, I’m actually meeting someone. I’ve never been to a live hockey game before.” Just as I said it, two guys slammed into the glass wall directly in front of me. I jumped, and the woman next to me laughed as they skated away.“That happens a lot. You’ll get used to it.” She reached out her hand. “I’m Jenna, by the way. I’m married to Tomasso.” She pointed to the rink. “Number twelve.”“Oh, wow. I guess I’m sitting next to the right person for my first game.” I put my hand to my chest. “I’m Georgia.”“Anything you want explained, Georgia, you just let me know.”For the next twenty minutes, I tried to watch the game. But I kept looking around to see if Max was coming down the stairs. Unfortunately, he never did. By nine o’clock, it was pretty clear I’d wasted my time. Since I had early meetings tomorrow morning, I decided to call it a night. The game clock showed less than a minute until the end of the second period, so I figured I’d wait until then so I wouldn’t be blocking people’s views as I climbed the stairs back up to the exit. These hockey fans seemed pretty into the game.When the clock hit nine seconds, one of the guys scored a goal, and the place went crazy again. Everyone jumped up, so I did the same, only I used it as an opportunity to slip on my jacket. I leaned to the woman next to me and yelled. “I don’t think my date’s coming, so I’m going to head out. Have a good night.”But as I turned to leave, something caught my attention on the Jumbotron. The player who’d scored held his stick up in the air celebrating, and a bunch of the guys on his team were whacking him on the head. His helmet covered most of his face, but those eyes… I know those eyes. The player took out his mouth guard, waved it in the air, and smiled right at the camera.
Dimples.
Big ones.My eyes went wide.No…it couldn’t be.I continued to stare at the screen with my mouth hanging open until the guy’s face was no longer on it.The woman next to me finished cheering. “See? I told you he was on fire. If this is your first game, you’ve picked a good one to watch. You don’t see a lot of hat tricks in a single period. Yearwood is having his best season ever. Too bad the rest of his team isn’t.”“Yearwood? That’s the name of the guy who just scored?”Jenna laughed at my question. “Yup. Team captain and arguably the best player in the NHL these days. They call him Pretty Boy for obvious reasons.”“What’s his first name?”“Max. I figured you knew him, since those are his seats you’re sitting in.”
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The Girl in the Mist, an all-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley filled with white-hot chemistry and page turning suspense is available now!

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes an all new thrilling romantic suspense guaranteed to have pulses rise, and readers begging for more.

Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.

Until she sees the girl in the mist.

After that, everything changes.

Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.

But most importantly, girls are dying.

There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.

The mysterious Cade Bohannan.

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REVIEW TOUR: WELL PLAYED by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2021

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It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great-grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn.  The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot.
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out.
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work.
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast.
We couldn’t agree on anything.  So Levi made me a proposal.  One he thought I would surely lose.  If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one.
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems.

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Well Played is an enemies-to-lovers, single-parent, small town, sports romance that is both heavy on the steam and the swoon with the added angst that Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward create in each and every story line. 

The point of contention and what makes anything substantial happening between the hero and heroine, Levi Miller and Presley Sullivan, almost impossible is what the forbidden aspect of the story line creates. To me, though, it’s not the fact that Presley is Levi’s brother’s ex…that relationship has been over for more than 5 years…the bigger issue is that Levi is Presley’s son’s uncle and Levi seems to have a much different interpretation of what went down between Presley and his brother than what actually happened. 

Miscommunication and misunderstandings that lead to conflict really frustrate me, so there were times as I was reading that I wanted to shake a few of the characters and yell at others to stand up for themselves. I just don’t get how oblivious people can be, at times, and it’s difficult for me to understand how they’re so willing to allow others to interfere in what’s supposed to be just about them, but I also know that sometimes there is just no easy way to separate oneself from those other important people in their lives. 

I enjoyed Levi and Presley’s story. Their chemistry and attraction is off-the-charts and even the knowledge of Presley’s past with Levi’s brother doesn’t prevent them from developing something worth fighting for…the only problem is that outside people, particularly family members, aren’t keen on these two having any kind of future together, which means their meddling just might cost Levi and Presley what they most want and even need – each other. 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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The Invitation
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UK: https://amzn.to/39CRC3f
CA: https://amzn.to/3qySjlf
AU: http://amzn.to/39E8BCq
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Inappropriate
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The Aristocrat
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UK: https://amzn.to/3js1bYR
CA: https://amzn.to/3kIPGMq
AU: https://amzn.to/3mPEkZt
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/3iigYYL
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2XB7QaN
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TgxM9T
Audiobook: https://adbl.co/3g9L7Jh

The Anti-Boyfriend
US: https://amzn.to/32IqJra
UK: https://amzn.to/3lBeoho
CA: https://amzn.to/3lyC2ek
AU: https://amzn.to/31HFHyl
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Kobo: https://bit.ly/32hslrV
Apple Books: https://apple.co/3j9rGQC
Google Books: https://bit.ly/2EpJYgX
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2YN9yDl
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RELEASE BLITZ: WELL PLAYED by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2021

BLURB

It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great-grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn.  The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot.
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out.
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work.
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast.
We couldn’t agree on anything.  So Levi made me a proposal.  One he thought I would surely lose.  If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one.
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems.

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VI KEELAND

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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PENELOPE WARD

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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OTHER BOOKS BY VI & PENELOPE

Not Pretending Anymore
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Park Avenue Player
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Free in Kindle Unlimited
ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK & AUDIO
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Audiobook: https://amzn.to/34BTO8J

OTHER BOOKS BY VI KEELAND

The Invitation
US: https://amzn.to/35NPG7b
UK: https://amzn.to/39CRC3f
CA: https://amzn.to/3qySjlf
AU: http://amzn.to/39E8BCq
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Inappropriate
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AU: https://amzn.to/2zWHTGM
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The Aristocrat
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UK: https://amzn.to/3js1bYR
CA: https://amzn.to/3kIPGMq
AU: https://amzn.to/3mPEkZt
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Google Play: https://bit.ly/2XB7QaN
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TgxM9T
Audiobook: https://adbl.co/3g9L7Jh

The Anti-Boyfriend
US: https://amzn.to/32IqJra
UK: https://amzn.to/3lBeoho
CA: https://amzn.to/3lyC2ek
AU: https://amzn.to/31HFHyl
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Kobo: https://bit.ly/32hslrV
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Google Books: https://bit.ly/2EpJYgX
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2YN9yDl
Audio: https://adbl.co/3l3jjr6

Find more books at http://www.vikeeland.com and http://www.penelopewardauthor.com




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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley

She’s high heels, he’s hiking boots . . . and they’re perfect together.

Chasing Serenity, an all new steamy and emotional opposites attract stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley is available now!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.

Fall in love today!
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My Review

Anytime Kristen Ashley introduces a brand-new series, I cannot wait to meet the characters and world she created, and book one in her new River Rain series doesn’t disappoint. 

Judge is such a good man – one who holds to his convictions and does what he think is best, regardless of what those around him say about it. He gives so much of himself to other people and works hard to make a difference in people’s lives and that’s an honorable goal. He clearly loves a challenge, which is a good thing since he’s going to have to use all of his skills to get past Chloe’s defenses and prove just how good they could be together, despite their differences. 

I struggled with Chloe in the beginning chapters of the story; she seems too high-maintenance and I didn’t know how someone living her kind of lavish lifestyle would find what she was looking for where she ends up, especially because it’s clear she’s flailing after losing someone who meant everything to her. But the deeper into the story I read, the more rounded the picture of her became and I was anxious for her to reach out for Judge and know that he would be there when she needed him to be.  

Judge and Chloe’s back and forth clearly illustrates just how different they are but it also showcases the chemistry between them, proving that they may come from two different worlds, lead very different lives, and see through contrasting lenses, but what works for them is that they know, at their core, the kind of people they are and they’re worthy of the time and patience it takes amidst the bickering and frustration.

The secondary characters in all of Ashley’s book always play a pivotal role, in either moving the plot forward, offering insight into the main characters, and/or providing necessary information that readers would’t have without that knowledge. In Chasing Serenity, we actually get one of their perspectives and it adds an additional view in terms of the big picture and how the past and the present relate. 

Chasing Serenity is a slow-burn romance – one that took a bit to get into but once the relationship between Judge and Chloe started moving in the right direction and some of the bigger issues were hashed out, I was beyond ready for these two to be everything that they could be, putting their differences aside and reveling in what they offer to each other. 

4 Poison Apples 

Excerpt

Considering the fact he’d brought in a coffee for his buddy, Rix, who managed the store, Judge was down on the floor where Rix’s office was, not on the top floor where his was, so he saw her when she walked into the shoe section.

He’d dated Meg.

And before Meg, there was Jess.

And before Jess, there was Kimberly.

They all had different color hair, Meg and Jess were tall, Kim was not.

But even so, Judge had a type. 

He knew it.

And that woman who’d strolled up to the shoe displays?

She was his type.

Multiplied by a thousand.

Christ, she was beautiful.

And bad news.

He could tell that last by the outfit, including her ridiculous, high-heeled booties.

He’d worked at River Rain Outdoor stores for nine years—starting as a sales associate when he was still going to college and advancing to director of the Kids and Trails program.

In all that time, he didn’t think he’d ever seen a woman walk into any of their stores wearing shoes like hers.

And when he came down again a half an hour later to hit Rix’s office to make some copies because the copier in the corporate offices at the top level was busted, he noticed she was still there.

He also noticed he had further evidence she was bad news.

That evidence?

The sheer number of boxes of boots that she was trying on scattered around her.

She looked like she’d not set foot on a hiking trail in her life.

And she looked like she was there because she’d already trolled through all the boutiques around the square, but this hadn’t assuaged her shopping fix, because nothing really did.

Therefore, there was a possibility, after making a member of staff bring her fifteen pairs of shoes, she’d walk out not buying anything.

She’d do this not thinking a thing of it.

However, he noted some of the boots she was trying on were riding boots, and Judge could see that round ass of hers in the saddle on top of a horse.

Wearing a riding habit.

Even if she was trouble, and he had not the slightest interest (or he was telling himself that), he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.

Because he was a moron.

That said, she caught his gaze every time.

So he was looking.

But so was she.

His instincts proved true when he came down for the third time with more to copy, and he again walked through the shoe section to get to the office in the back. Doing this close to where she was seated, still trying on boots, because, yes, in the fifteen minutes between then and now, he had not stopped being a moron.

And again, she caught his gaze.

He had no clue why, but as her gorgeous hickory brown eyes hit his, he muttered, “Nice booties.”

Her back shot straight, and she demanded, “What did you just say?”

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.


Connect with Kristen

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RELEASE BLITZ: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley

Chasing Serenity, an all new sexy and swoony opposites attract standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.

Fall in love today!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ep3cRT
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/ChasingSeren
Apple Books: https://apple.co/3tJRNm6
Kobo: https://bit.ly/3gweoPC
Nook: https://bit.ly/3gwHY7i
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2QrYAT7
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3xfzBTz

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.


Connect with Kristen

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FyJg18
Facebook: https://bit.ly/3hl0A7e
Instagram: https://bit.ly/33o8nfv
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2ZtoKGz
BookBub: https://bit.ly/3bYcTFl
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