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RELEASE BLITZ: Wild Wind by Kristen Ashley

Wild Wind, an all-new incredible love story in the fan-favorite CHAOS series from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Chaos series…

When he was sixteen years old, Jagger Black laid eyes on the girl who was his. At a cemetery. During her mother’s funeral.

For years, their lives cross, they feel the pull of their connection, but then they go their separate ways.

But when Jagger sees that girl chasing someone down the street, he doesn’t think twice before he wades right in. And when he gets a full-on dose of the woman she’s become, he knows he finally has to decide if he’s all in or if it’s time to cut her loose.

She’s ready to be cut loose.

But Jagger is all in.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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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.

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BLOG TOUR: A Discovery of Secrets and Fate by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett comes the Chronicles of the Stone Veil, a five book urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. A departure from contemporary romance, the Chronicles of the Stone Veil is a return to fantasy/paranormal romance, where Sawyer started her fiction publishing journey. Readers can expect to find all the elements they love from Sawyer’s books—strong heroines, alpha heroes, and an epic romance—with a fantastical element to add to their reading experience.

You can get the second book in the series, A Discovery of Secrets and Fate, now!

Life as I knew it ended the day I accepted my fate.

In its place is an existence even the wildest imagination could never fathom. Strange creatures walk among us, plotting our demise, and I’ve come to find that the fate of our world rests squarely on my shoulders. We’re all in danger and I’m trying to figure out how to make it through each day.

The key to my survival is a man I can’t figure out. As dangerous as the darkest fae, I have no choice but to work with him to stop the prophecy that’s foretold to be the ruination of mankind.

Carrick Byrne continues to be my only source of information, but he doles it out as he sees fit. He intrigues and scares me in equal measure, yet I can’t help but be attracted to him. And the more I discover about him, the more it becomes clear he feels the same.

As we travel to Faere in search of answers, we find that every piece of information leads to more questions, that every question leads to a new piece of the puzzle, and that, most importantly, no one can be trusted.

The more secrets we uncover, one thing is certain— if we have any chance of saving the world, we have to do it together.

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate is book two of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate is available now!

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My Review

In the Revelation of Light and Dark, Finley’s life as she knew it was unequivocally rocked to its core, not just with the truth behind the veil and the fact that there are creatures among us, looking to destroy the world as it is, but also because accepting her new fate, her new way of life means putting her trust in a man that she barely knows and one who holds so many secrets of his own that it’s no telling how things will turn out.

In book two, A Discovery of Secrets and Fate, Sawyer Bennett offers some answers to the questions posed in book one, but it also introduces a bevy of new ones – ones that are a bit more difficult to understand completely because they revolve around ideas and a world that is very much foreign to what Finley knows and wrapping her head around all the new revelations and details in Faere will take time. 

Amidst all the secrets, all the questions, all the unexpected insight, there’s something building between Finley and Carrick, but what that means for them, for the world, for the prophecy is still too soon to tell, which means that until more is revealed, more is understood, their hesitancy to take things further, to give in to the sizzling chemistry between them, but with the pull they have to one another, it’s only a matter of time before it will be impossible to deny. 

Because readers are still pretty much at the onset of this series, there is still a lot to unravel, and I’m sure there are quite a few twists and turns that Bennett will take us on as we dive deeper into who and what both Finley and Carrick are and what the prophecy means, not only for them, but for the worlds as a whole. 

4 Poison Apples 

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The Evolution of Fae and Gods

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A Battle of Blood and Stone

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #4 | Coming April 13, 2021

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The Rise of Fortune and Fury

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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COVER REVEAL: REBELLIOUS by Kristy Marie

𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐤𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬.

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From best-selling author, Kristy Marie, comes Rebellious, the highly anticipated love story of star-crossed lovers, Aspen and Bennett—characters from the international best-selling novel, IOU.

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𝒩ℴ 𝒷𝓁𝒶𝒽, 𝒷𝓁𝒶𝒽, 𝒷𝓁𝒶𝒽.

He wrote the rules onto our skin—every ink stroke tragically smeared by the lines we’d crossed.

He claimed it was the only way we could be together—the only way we wouldn’t destroy our families.

But there was an exception to his rules—one he never saw coming.

All I needed was opportunity and a sunburn.

The girl who played by his rules is gone.

𝒯𝒽𝒾𝓈 ℊ𝒾𝓇𝓁… 𝒾𝓈 𝓃ℴ𝓉 𝒽𝒾𝓈 “𝒻𝓇𝒾ℯ𝓃𝒹.” 

 

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RELEASE BLITZ: UNDERBOSS by Kristen Proby

Underboss by Kristen Proby is now live!

From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes an all new family in her With Me In Seattle world! Hold onto your seat as we introduce you to Kristen’s new MAFIA FAMILY!

As the eldest son of Seattle’s current mob boss, Carmine Martinelli’s life has never really been his own. But he doesn’t mind because his family means more to him than his life. Which is why he’s determined to make those responsible for the death of his aunt and uncle pay–in inventive and gruesome ways. And what better way to do that than to infiltrate the Russian mafia from the inside? It’s a good thing the bratva’s princess is stunning and seemingly willing to do whatever he asks. This vengeance could be the perfect mix of business and pleasure.

Nadia Tarenkov has several things stacked against her: she’s a woman, and she’s not the eldest child in her family. But it doesn’t matter. She has her sights set on ruling the syndicate, and she always gets what she wants. When the heir to one of the States’ most powerful crime families comes knocking, Nadia sees it for the gift it is. He thinks he has her fooled, but she’s smarter, more cunning, and always two steps ahead. She’ll beat the gorgeous mobster at his own game, and secure her place in the fold.

What neither of them takes into consideration, however, is that they aren’t the only ones with deadly plans in motion. To survive, they’ll have to come clean and work together–and acknowledge that the growing love they’ve been pretending isn’t there, is very real.

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My Review

In my opinion enemies-to-lovers is always an interesting romance trope to read because watching everything unfold and their hatred for one another turn into something that is completely opposite of what they’ve seemed to always feel proves just how thin a line there is between love and hate. 

For Carmine Martinelli and Nadia Tarenkov, Kristen Proby’s newest main characters, there’s a very valid reason for their mutual disdain, but what’s also there is an underlying attraction – one that seemed to spark early on and it’s that pull as well as the fact that these two get thrown together to uncover who’s threatening their families that allow these would-be enemies to cross over into something that may cause a world of complications but end up potentially saving their lives as well. 

I love a strong heroine – one who can stand on her own and turn the tables on the opposite sex and Nadia Tarenkov is one such kickbutt female lead. She has a sharp mind, quick wit, and is able to outsmart even the most intelligent of men, namely the eldest son of Seattle’s mob boss. Nadia wants to prove herself worthy to head the family business, regardless of the fact that she’s not the eldest nor is she a man. And let me tell you, she proves time and time again that she has the stones to do what needs to be done, by any means necessary. 

Carmine is just as tenacious and cutthroat as Nadia, but that’s to be expected considering who he is and what will one day be his. What I found most endearing about him is the fact that he doesn’t abuse his position nor act like he’s better than everyone else. He’s not a hothead, most of the time, which keeps him grounded and appreciate the concept of family, which is why he and Nadia work together to begin with.

The fact that these two work so well together and actually benefit from one another’s skillset as well as the amount of time they have to spend together to get to the bottom of the deception and betrayal allow Carmine and Nadia to give in to what they’ve always felt for each other but could never act on given the dynamics at play between their rival families.  

Secrets, seduction, and suspense abound in the first book of Kristen Proby’s new mafia series, With Me in Seattle Mafia, and I’m excited to see what the author has in store for the other two Martinelli brothers and the women Proby matches them up with as well as the mafia world they’re in. 

4.5 Poison Apples 

Meet Kristen

Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.

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RELEASE BLITZ: A Discovery of Secrets and Fate by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett comes the Chronicles of the Stone Veil, a five book urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. A departure from contemporary romance, the Chronicles of the Stone Veil is a return to fantasy/paranormal romance, where Sawyer started her fiction publishing journey. Readers can expect to find all the elements they love from Sawyer’s books—strong heroines, alpha heroes, and an epic romance—with a fantastical element to add to their reading experience. You can get the second book in the series, A Discovery of Secrets and Fate, now!

Details for the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series are below:

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Life as I knew it ended the day I accepted my fate.

In its place is an existence even the wildest imagination could never fathom. Strange creatures walk among us, plotting our demise, and I’ve come to find that the fate of our world rests squarely on my shoulders. We’re all in danger and I’m trying to figure out how to make it through each day.

The key to my survival is a man I can’t figure out. As dangerous as the darkest fae, I have no choice but to work with him to stop the prophecy that’s foretold to be the ruination of mankind.

Carrick Byrne continues to be my only source of information, but he doles it out as he sees fit. He intrigues and scares me in equal measure, yet I can’t help but be attracted to him. And the more I discover about him, the more it becomes clear he feels the same.

As we travel to Faere in search of answers, we find that every piece of information leads to more questions, that every question leads to a new piece of the puzzle, and that, most importantly, no one can be trusted.

The more secrets we uncover, one thing is certain— if we have any chance of saving the world, we have to do it together.

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate is book two of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.

Amazon | Nook | Apple | Google | Kobo

Purchase in Print

AVAILABLE NOW

The Revelation of Light and Dark

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #1 | Available Now

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Add it to Goodreads

COMING SOON IN THE SERIES

The Evolution of Fae and Gods

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #3 | Coming March 23, 2021

Add it to Goodreads

————–

A Battle of Blood and Stone

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #4 | Coming April 13, 2021

Add it to Goodreads

————–

The Rise of Fortune and Fury

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #5 | Coming May 4, 2021

Add it to Goodreads

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GIVEAWAY

Sawyer Bennett is giving away 200 ebook copies of THE REVELATION OF LIGHT AND DARK (book 1 in the series).

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN

 

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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REVIEW TOUR: The Crush by Penelope Ward

Title: The Crush
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2021
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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone, second-chance story of forbidden love…

It’s natural to want the one you can’t have. And for as long as I could remember, I’d secretly wanted my brother’s best friend, Jace.

He was six years older and always treated me like the sister he never had.

Fast forward a decade.

We were all in our twenties now. Jace had moved in with my brother, Nathan, and me to help us make ends meet after our parents died.

It was just the three of us—an odd family dynamic.

Living under our roof, Jace was as bossy and protective as ever.

But he certainly didn’t look at me like a sister anymore. That was what made things so complicated.

I was pretty much hot and bothered twenty-four-seven.

And he was torn.

The signs were subtle, at first. Like on movie night, I’d casually rest my leg against his, and he wouldn’t exactly shift away.

Still, I assumed he would never…go there.

Nathan would kill us.

The knowledge of that wasn’t enough to stop the inevitable, though.

Eventually our slow burn exploded.

But more than the physical attraction, we’d developed a strong connection.

We just couldn’t get caught, right?

That sounded simple.

Until it wasn’t.

This is a story of forbidden love, broken trust, and an unexpected second chance.

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My Review

I don’t know what it is or why, but every time I read a Penelope Ward romance, I’m always caught off-guard by some aspect of the story line, a revelation or idea that’s presented that I never saw coming, at least not in the way it was presented, and that’s what makes every reading experience with Ward’s stories its own adventure because, as a reader, once you think you’ve read through the angst and dealt completely with the multitude of feelings, more happens to upend things. And I have to say that I like it because it keeps the plot from being predictable and playing out in an ordinary manner, but it also leaves me reeling at times because I need the hero and heroine to get their acts together and do what I need them to do to get their happily ever after, but it’s never that simple with one of Ward’s couples. 

Because the number of years that Farrah and Jace’s story spans, there are a handful of life-changing experiences that these two must deal with together as well as individually and because of that, there are many highs and lows involved in the time these two spend around each other and apart while still thinking of one another. It’s interesting to trace how both Farrah and Jace’s feelings ebb and flow given their age difference and the fact that Jace is Farrah’s brother’s best friend, since that very fact brings its own complications to an already awkward and frustrating situation. 

It’s fairly easy to trace when Farrah’s unrequited, secret crush on Jace turns into something tangible, partly because Farrah grows up and matures but also Jace seems more willing to take that risk because he can’t just ignore that he wants her, despite the fallout that could happen due to Nathan’s feelings about the two of them. Giving into their feelings did seem inevitable but it doesn’t mean that nothing else matters and that’s clear when individual decisions are made that upend more than one relationship. 

There’s a lot to sort out emotionally for both Farrah and Jace and even Nathan, and it’s that baggage that prompts moments of regret, frustration, and heartache, but, to me, those issues are worth enduring, worth fighting for because the way these two are together and how they make each other feel is something that many don’t get a chance to have, which means that despite the obstacles, they deserve their love to grow.  

I definitely needed the sweet and swoon worthy ending that Penelope Ward gives readers after my emotions were all over the place due to the time Farrah and Jace spent denying feelings as well as being apart, trying to move on and seemingly failing miserably at it. Proving that all they endured led them to where they ultimately wanted to always be. 

4 Poison Apples 

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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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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Pure Seduction by Ella Frank

Pure Seduction, an all-new emotional second-chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank is available now!

Small towns are definitely not for me. Probably because I was born in one, raised in one, and eventually run out of one. The understanding was that I would one day return to Chamberlin California. After all, it is my namesake. What my father didn’t count on however, was that once he sent me away, I would never come back—at least not until he was gone.

Which brings me to now, his wake, at the family winery that was supposed to be mine. It also brings me to her. The sweet girl I left behind. The girl who has since grown into the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on—Laurel Anderson.

She’s looking at me as though she wishes I was the one she watched get buried this morning. But she’s out of luck. I’m alive and kicking. I’m also stuck in this town with nothing to do but wait until the will is read.

Well, nothing to do but see if I can seduce the pure and passionate Laurel, and change that anger I see in her eyes to something just as fiery…desire.

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The last time I saw Noah Chamberlin, I was a doe-eyed innocent and he was the boy of my dreams. My future was all planned out down to the wedding dress, until one morning I woke up and he was gone.

You’d think after all these years, I’d feel the same blind indignation and rage that has haunted me since that day. Instead, the second I set eyes on him again, I felt something altogether unwanted and unexpected—lust.

If the rumors are true, he’s only going to be in Chamberlin for a few days. I can handle that, as long as he stops looking at me as though he’s thinking about the last time we were together.

But when Noah’s forced to stay and run the family business, it puts us in dangerously close proximity. And in a town this small, that can only mean one thing—trouble.

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My Review

When I first started reading Ella Frank, it was her Exquisite series and since then, I’ve pretty much read her whole collection. She is also responsible for one of my favorite book couples of all time – Logan & Tate. She hasn’t written an M/F series for a while, so I was excited to dive into Pure Seduction, book one of the Chamberlin Brothers series and the fact that Noah Chamberlin and Laurel Anderson’s story is a second-chance, first love romance made me all the more eager to meet Frank’s new characters and world. 

Noah and Laurel share a past that meant everything to both of them until Noah left their hometown, leaving her behind and never planning on returning. But when Noah unexpectedly returns and is forced to remain longer than he had thought, both of them will need to consider what they’re willing to risk, if anything, for a second chance. 

Laurel has every right to keep her distance from the man who broke her heart, but the problem is that their connection and attraction are still there, complicating an already precarious situation. And Laurel’s role in the Chamberlin family business also creates its own set of issues for these two.

The winery setting is the perfect backdrop for the series and it plays a key role in the story line, not only because it’s the family business but also because the environment allows for rather unique interactions between characters.  

Pure Seduction is about making amends, remembering what families are for, working toward forgiveness and focusing on the future after dealing with the past. It’s about repairing what’s broken and proving that it’s never too late to heal from heartache, as long as both parties are willing to do the work. And because Frank writes characters with depth and crafts secondary characters who play pivotal roles in the lives of the hero and heroine, there’s quite the well-placed set up for the other books in the series and I can’t wait to read them.

4 Poison Apples 

Excerpt

“Laurel Anderson.”

My heart all but stopped at the sound of my name in that smooth, seductive timbre, and my fingers tightened on the handle.

“Hi.” Brilliant. After all these years, that was what came out of my mouth.

A smile slowly curved Noah’s lips, as though he knew I was tongue-tied, and I wanted to kick myself—or him—for it.

“Hi yourself.”

I swallowed and tried to remember that somewhere inside my head I possessed a brain. Now if I could just locate it, that would be fantastic. “I, uh, I didn’t know you were coming today.”

“No? Everyone else in town seemed to.”

“Well, you know how it goes. You can’t rely on everything you hear.”

“Ah. So you heard—you just didn’t believe it.”

“I didn’t really think about it either way.” Liar. “I’m sorry for your loss, though. Harry was—”

“An A-grade bastard?”

My eyes widened at the cool edge to Noah’s voice. It was a tone I’d never heard from him before. But then again, I didn’t know this man, so I had no point of reference.

“That seems harsh, huh?”

“It seems…” Noah’s eyes locked on me with an intensity I felt all the way to my bones. “Honest.”

He shifted the wine bottle from one hand to the other, then he held it up by the neck and asked, “A good year?”

I focused on the label, a 2012 Pinot Noir. “It was a great year.”

Noah nodded and turned the bottle around so he could look at it again. “And you should know, or so I’m told. You manage this place now.”

I wondered who had told him. His mother? Or one of his siblings? I’d never imagined a career in the wine business, and I certainly hadn’t imagined one here at his family’s winery. But circumstances had left me little choice, and now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

“I do. I’m also the head sommelier.”

Noah let out a sound of disbelief that made my spine stiffen. I was good at my job—damn good at it.

“I hope that won’t be a problem for you.”

“A problem?” Noah shook his head. “No. I was just thinking how my family hasn’t changed at all. They still like their secrets.”

The temperature in the room dropped back to arctic, and as I was about to hightail it out of there, Noah took a step forward. I plastered my back to the door and, cursing myself for showing my hand—and my nerves—counted back from ten before daring to look him in the eye.

That was a mistake. I recognized those eyes and the thick lashes that curtained them. I also recognized the look in them right now. It was one of curiosity and interest.

“I wasn’t so sure about coming back here when I showed up earlier.”

His gaze roved over my face, as though he were searching for the girl he once knew, and I wondered if he saw parts of her in there.

“But suddenly I find myself even happier that that asshole up and died. Otherwise I’d never have known you were here.”

I wasn’t surprised in the slightest that my working here had been kept quiet. Harry had worked really hard to remove me from Noah’s life. He wasn’t about to tell him I was still around.

“Well, um, I don’t want to hold you up anymore, and I need to get back to your mother’s guests.” I turned to open the door, but when I felt his hand on my shoulder, my feet froze.

“Looking to make a quick escape again, Bonnie?”

I closed my eyes and for a second allowed myself to remember the first time he’d ever called me that. Then I quickly shoved it aside, not willing to allow in the emotions and vulnerabilities those kind of memories would bring.

“Do you blame me?”

There was a pause, and the tension simmering in the air made it even more imperative that I get out of there right now.

“No. I guess I don’t. But before you go?”

“Yes?” As his hand fell away, I let out a silent sigh of relief.

“I was wondering if you could tell me the best place to stay in town?”

About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Bet the Farm by Staci Hart

Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer!

This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need.

Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer.

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other.

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a charming, emotional romance about redefining dreams and discovering unlikely love along the way.

Life for Emma isn’t good. The world knows her as Princess Anya on Dark Castle, but then her character gets the axe–literally. The cherry on top is finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She needs a break, and sanctuary comes in the form of Rosemont, a gorgeous estate in California promising rest and relaxation.

Then she meets the owner’s equally gorgeous grandson, ex-hockey player and current recluse Lucian Osmond, and she sees her own pain and yearning reflected in his eyes.

He’s charming when he wants to be but also secretive and gruff, with protective walls as thick as Emma’s own. Despite a growing attraction, they avoid each other.

But then there’s an impromptu nighttime skinny-dip, and Lucian’s luscious homemade tarts and cream cakes start arriving at Emma’s door, tempting her to taste life again…

In trying to stay apart, they only grow closer–and their broken pieces just might fit together and make them whole.

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My Review

The concept of the story line is unique. The fact that both the hero and heroine seem to be at the top of their respective games but then get their legs cut out from under them and have to figure out their next moves is a concept that readers will be able to relate to. And it’s clear early on that Lucian Osmond and Emma Maron seriously don’t know what their next step is, which puts them quite a bit outside of their element. What they would both agree on is that they find themselves in need of an escape – one that will allow them to work on redefining who they are, which is no easy task given how much their lives revolved around their careers that are no longer viable options.

The setting and the environment these two find themselves in is conducive to keeping a low profile but it also keeps them in close proximity to one another and since they didn’t seem to start on the right foot with each other, they try to keep to themselves and not have to reveal who they truly are, but that’s easier said than done when they realize that there’s a pull between them…an attraction that refuses to remain dormant, regardless of Lucian’s broody behavior.

Some readers may see Lucian as gruff and moody throughout the story, but to me, those descriptors don’t truly represent who Lucian the man is…it’s more so that because he has had to reconsider all aspects of his life, the transition, the change is what makes him feel off-kilter and even act that way toward other people in the story. And while Emma seems turned-off at times by his treatment of her, like the amazing desserts he makes, she can’t help but find him a decadent sugary treat as well.

The secondary characters play a key role in helping the hero and heroine heal from the things that they’ve lost and even attempt to go the matchmaker route, even though it didn’t seem like Lucian and Emma needed much help in that department, at least when it came to their attraction to one another. It was more that Lucian needed to understand that his whole worth was not defined by his professional hockey career and she was more than her television role.

Kristen Callihan definitely made Lucian and Emma’s story sweet and while there is angst and dramatics, for the most part, Make It Sweet is a feel-good, slow-burn romance.

4 Poison Apples

About the Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee  and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards.

Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. In 2015, Kristen received a RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for her novel Evernight.

Kristen is a child of the 80s, which means she’s worn neon skirts, black lace gloves, and combat boots although never all at once and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A lifelong daydreamer, she finally realized the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormal novels. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

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RELEASE BLITZ: RETURN TO US by Corinne Michaels

Return to Us by Corinne Michaels is now live!

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new second chance standalone love story.

At eighteen, I walked away from Willow Creek Valley for good.

I was young, scared, and stupid, and it cost me the love of my life—Grayson Parkerson.

Fourteen years later, a crash sends me back home to recover.

Back to where we met, fell in love, and planned a future.

The one he’s now living as a single dad to his daughter.

Working at The Park Inn together gives us a chance to reconnect, and seeing him with his little girl makes me long for the days when he was mine. One look in his gorgeous blue-green eyes, and it’s like I never left. One kiss, and my world is upside down. One night together, and I know without a doubt, in his arms is where I belong.

I’m not the girl I was—intimidated by his wealthy family and desperate to escape our small town. I can imagine a new life for us here.

But he’s learned to guard his heart, and trust won’t come easily.

How can I convince him to give first love a second chance?

 

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My Review

First loves are always difficult to forget, and in Corinne Michaels’ newest release, Return to Us, that very idea is explored when Jessica Walker returns home to Willow Creek Valley and has to face Grayson Parkerson, the one she let go when she left their small town to experience all the world had to offer. And now she’s back and needs to coexist, knowing the way he treats her and keeps his walls up is completely justified. 

Boy does Corinne Michaels know how to bring the feels. And with the dynamics involved in book one of her new series, the angst is necessary, and even though it keeps readers’ stomachs in knots, waiting to see if the hero and heroine will be able to work through, comes to terms with, heal from and move past, getting to that point in the story where things appear to be getting better is worth it. 

In a lot of ways, I understand why she left all those years ago, getting out of her small town and doing the things that she’s only imagined doing. She wanted a clean break…she wanted to allow her first love to move on because she truly didn’t plan on coming back to Willow Creek Valley. And while breaking Grayson’s heart and giving him up so easily seems cold and unforgivable, in order to move forward, hopefully together, it needs to happen, which means things will get worse and more tense between these two until they meet somewhere in the middle. 

Second-chance romances are some of my favorite stories because despite the time and even the distance that the hero and heroine have spent apart, there’s an established relationship, based on a foundation of love, which means there’s a starting point – one that allows hope to be felt. 

Grayson and Jessica’s story is one of regret, forgiveness, true love, and second chances and the fact that Grayson is a single-dad with one cute little girl is an added bonus in this emotionally-charged contemporary romance. 

4 Poison Apples 

Meet Corinne

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.
Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed–reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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