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Review
4 Stars
Beginning
The Cheat - Marita A. Hansen

Lucy and Riley have a secret.  Lucy hates Riley, but he is her guilty pleasure.  She is crazy attracted to him and can't seem to stop herself.  If has ruined her high school years, so far.

 

Riley lives right next door.  The hockey star, and all around best looking student.  He needs her help now.  He wants to do all he can to stay on the team.  This could be Lucy's chance for some payback.

 

Such a short but very hot story.  These characters have an extremely shocking attraction.  I found myself strangely enthralled.  Now I cannot wait to read the next installment in this soon to be epic series.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

Review
4 Stars
Release Day w/Review - Dominik

 

Dominik (Arizona Vengeance, Book #6) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: February 18, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

DOMINIK

by Sawyer Bennett 

 

Releases on February 18 and she’s celebrating with a HUGE new release giveaway!! 

 

He's the alpha billionaire who owns the Arizona Vengeance.


She's the relationship averse sister of one of his star players.


GAME. ON.

 

Synopsis:

 

I built myself up from nothing. A product of the foster care system, I learned early on how to fight hard to get what I want. Whether it was starting my first company in college, earning my first billion, or buying my first professional sports team, I know how to get what I want, when I want it. Until now.

 

Willow Monahan is fierce, independent, and hot as hell. She also takes great pleasure in shutting down my advances. The younger sister of one of my star players, Willow intrigues me to my very core. And while she may have willingly given me her body, she is hesitant to offer up more. Now I’m on a mission to find out why.

 

I’ve decided to approach my desire for Willow like I’ve approached much of my life; with persistence, determination, and a whole lot of that Dominik Carlson alpha charm. Buying a hockey expa nsion team, building the Arizona Vengeance from the ground up, and bringing home a championship may prove to be an easier feat than winning Willow’s heart. But I’ve never been a quitter.

 

Willow Monahan... I’m coming for you.

 

 

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Dominik (Arizona Vengeance, #6)Dominik by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #6, in the Arizona Vengeance series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For read understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

Willow is not often in one place. Busy making her career matter, she is stopping for just a short while to watch her brother play in the playoffs. Rooting him on is a joy, and one she won't miss. There is only one catch - Dominik will be there.

Dominik gets hot all over just thinking about the last time he was alone with Willow. She classifies as both the forbidden, and the one that got away. If only he can get her alone again he can show her more reason to stay.

This book started off with the heat kind of sizzling of the pages and wafting up to me, the reader. I love how the strong attraction was only a piece of the puzzle. This author is wonderful at giving us seriously complicated and sexy-as-hell characters. What a great combination with these two! So hard to put down. So I read as fast as I could to get to the conclusion.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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5 Stars
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Epic  - Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen

This book is #2.5, in the Him series.  This book should not be read as a standalone.  It is best to read these in order and appreciate the goodness that is this incredible series.

 

We go back to the lives of Wes & Jamie.  It is short and sweet but like all stories in the Him series, it is worth every moment.  Jamie is at a crossroads about to move up in his Coaching job. 

 

Wes is still doing what he does best.  Loving Jamie and making headlines as a star.  Now with their lives ahead of them - the best really is yet to come.  I love every visit we have to this series.  Was overjoyed to spend time with this amazing couple.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

 

That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.

 

And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.

 

He’s trouble. 
Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.

 

No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.

 

He sees me—the real me.

 

The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.

 

I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.

 

Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want, at all.

 

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It’s a man’s world.

 

When I declared sports medicine as my major and every man narrowed their eyes, that saying proved true. It was true when my ex-husband decided I’d give up my career when our daughter was born. And again when I divorced the Chief of Police in our small town, and he made it painfully clear that I could leave him, but I would never be free.

 

Landing the job as the new athletic trainer for Stratford’s high school team is my chance to start over. And walking into a male-dominated sport and staff, I’m ready for the challenge. 

 

I’m not ready for Jordan Becker.

 

The head coach of our championship winning team is a Herculean force of nature—as severe as he is determined. His icy blue eyes and permanent scowl drive the women in this town mad, and his quiet power and undeniable command conjure respect from every man. 

 

When I join his team, I expect the doubt and anticipate the fight from him. And I get them both.

 

I don’t expect to form a friendship.

 

And I never expect to fall for him.

 

My breath catches when those cool eyes fall to my lips. My body comes alive when his is near. And as those lines begin to blur, every warning bell sounds. 

 

My job, my reputation are on the line. 

And my ex is around every corner, waiting to remind me of his power.

 

It’s a man’s world, and if I want to survive, I can never fall in love with Jordan Becker.

 

Even if he falls in love with me first.

 

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5 Stars
Shocking
Are Your Kids Naked Online?: How to protect your tech-savvy kids from online self-destruction! - Chris Good, Lisa Good

The book starts out right in your face with its title.  Are your kids naked online?  The answer is probably, yes.  I was pleasantly surprised to see in the first half of the book that I am a pretty decent parent.  I was already doing many of the suggested ideas.  

 

What was fascinating that I had not seen anywhere else, was this serious manual, provides a list of what kids are saying online.  "New language" that they use to keep us, the parents, in the dark.  The writers also tell us if you register your copy of the book, they will send you more to add to that list.  I highly encourage you to do so.

 

While this incredible text also goes over apps, social media, and the like - it is imperative that I remind you of something the author said that I felt was epic and critical.  "No app should be permitted to be used by kids until parents have completely vetted it."  This is just a start on the great ideas and "parent-isms" that are shared within.

 

With humor and straight talk, this book is a useful tool to get in to the subjects of safety and online use.  I truly believe every parent should get themselves a copy.  Just for your FYI this is also a Kindle Unlimited option too.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was provided by Online Book Club, in exchange for an honest review only.

Excerpt Reveal - The Guy In The Middle
Want a peek inside The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart? Check out this jaw-dropping excerpt! Don't forget to add it to your TBR!
 
 
Contemporary Romance
Blurb:
 

I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach's daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.

*The Guy in the Middle is a stand alone novel in the Underdog Series. This is Lance's story.

 

 


EXCERPT:

 


Harper

“I’ve missed you, you know? More than you can imagine.”

“Can’t imagine it at all,” he says, picking through a book he’s not reading.

“Can I help you two?” One of the store sales associates asks, and I shake my head and smile. When she takes her leave, I look over to Lance who stands fuming on the other side of a table filled with loose items. We’re in a mismatch shop full of mostly cheap junk, and I can’t imagine him finding anything for his mother here.

“Lance, I have missed you. Horribly.”

“Could have fooled me.”

I can only take so much. Irritated, I lift a designer coffee mug from the table.

“You like this for your mom?”

“No.”

“How about this?”

“Nope.” He’s not even looking at what’s in my hands.

“You sure? It’s a hide purse. Cute for a rancher’s wife, don’t you think?” This gets his attention, and stormy eyes lift to mine.

“Would you buy that for you?”

I look it over and shake my head. “Not really my style.”

“Bet it’s not.”

I can feel my ears reddening. Fuming, I eye a box on the shelf, snatch it and shove it into his chest. “How about this giant fucking purple dildo and matching anal plug!? Think mom will like that?”

He looks up completely unaffected, “Nope.”

“I don’t think we’re in the right place,” Tossing the box down, I stalk out of the cluttered shop and into the department store next to it. He’s hot on my heels.

“Got that fucking right.”

I turn back to see he’s spoiling for a fight and release a stressed breath. Fighting with him is the last thing I want to do. “Look, lets, just…” I search around and pull a sweater from the closest rack. “How about this? Simple, elegant.”

“You think Mom’s simple, huh? I’ll give her your regards.”

“That’s it.” I hook the sweater back on to the rack and close the space between us, forcing his eyes to mine. “God, you’re still a brute, aren’t you? You haven’t changed a bit. Still pig-headed as hell.”

“Pig-headed?” He opens his mouth in mock shock and covers his chest with his hand. “How dare you.”

I’m in between fight or flight, but I’ve been dodging this long enough. My heart can’t take more confrontation. I missed him too much. His eyes flare with satisfaction at my irritation. “Misery loves company, right, Lance?”

“Never said I was miserable.”

“You don’t have to. Did you come to New York just to torture me?”

“Maybe.”

“Rub it in on what I’m missing out on?”

A voice sounds from next to us. “Is there something I can help you find today?”

We both turn to the woman with lasers in our eyes, and she swallows. I clear my throat. “We’re fine. Thank you.”

Lance winks at the woman, his eyes scanning her form. “Maybe you can help me?”

“You son of a bitch,” I hiss, before walking away from the table. His voice rings out next to me as I rip through a rack of scarves.

“Good to know you care, Priss, gotta admit, it’s surprising.”

I reel on him. “Don’t you dare! Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I had to make a clean break. I had just lost everyone that mattered to me. I was losing my mind.”

“I got pissed for one day, and you went off the grid.”

“And you let me go because you knew no matter how much we wanted it to work, it couldn’t. You have no idea what I went through!”

“What you went through? Do you know I spent six months ranting to an Uber driver named Dave because everyone on my team hated me when the truth came out?” He stomps after me as I pull sweater after sweater off the rack. “Troy jumped ship after he got drafted. I had no one but Tony and those fights.”

I turn to him with twenty sweaters in my arms. “Jenner? When did y’all get so tight?”

“When shit got tough, and my fucking girlfriend bailed!” He glares down at me, his breaths coming out fast.

“Guys, we’re going to need you to take this outside.” A woman whom I assume is the store manager approaches us cautiously.

I look around the store and see all eyes are on us, especially the women sizing him up. “He’s available ladies,” I snap, laying the sweaters on a nearby table, “I’m willing to bet he comes really cheap.” He’s on my heels as I push through the glass of the department store.

“Oh, was I supposed to wait for you? Must have missed that memo. That’s it, you must want a saint. That’s why you didn’t stay.”

“I was twenty years old and alienated from a place I didn’t want to be anyway.”

“Good to know.”

“That’s not the way I meant it. And you know damn well until you, I was only there to appease my Dad, who I barely speak to now.”

“I’m sorry about that, I am, but that’s on him. And what in the hell are you talking about ‘alienated’?”

“Forget it.” I pull on my gloves as heavy snow starts to come down. “I think we’ve concluded our tour for today.”

He glances around the sidewalk. “Well, no need to show me more, I hate this fucking place!”

“And why is that? Not enough free-range chickens?!”

His eyes flare. “You digging on the ranch now, Priss? I saw a fucking rat the size of a cat on my run this morning!”

“Probably has better manners than you, shit head.”

“Pulling out the big guns now, huh? There’s that backbone. I was wondering where it went.”

“Go home, Lance, you hate it here. And you obviously hate me.”

“Just the opposite. It’s impossible, and believe me, I’m trying!”

“Well, I hope you succeed! Thanks for stopping by, Mary Poppins. Best Christmas ever! Make sure to bulldoze the nativity scene on your way out!”

“Fuck this.” He throws his hands up and eyes me warily before turning and walking away.

“Merry Christmas to you, too!”

 
 
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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
 
 
 
 
Cover Reveal - Center Of Gravity
 
 
Title: Center of Gravity
Series: An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance
Author: Isabella Cassazza
Genre: Secret Baby/Marriage of Convenience, Hockey Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was supposed to be only one night. But one night can change your life forever. And even the most magical nights have consequences.
 
Emilia Ravelli lives a fairy-tale life… or does she? 
What appears picture perfect on the outside can crumble on the inside. And holding up appearances is the number one rule for anyone carrying the Ravelli name.
But what if one reckless night changes everything?
Sent to Boston to manage the Ice Tigers’ franchise, can she break free from her overbearing grandfather?
 
Matt Walker has lost it all… or did he?
Betrayed by those he trusted most, all he wants is to win the Cup.
But what if the new team owner turns his world upside down?
Can Emilia convince him there’s more to this world than stickhandling?
 
Two lost souls. 
A secret that changes their lives forever.
An unexpected love story.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isabella Cassazza lives in Europe. She has been an avid reader from an early age, and when she’s not writing, she usually has a book in her hands. Other than that, she enjoys a good hockey game, equestrian sport and chocolate—lots of chocolate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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3 Stars
Audiobook Review - Protecting His Secret
Protecting His Secret (A Billionaire Second Chance Secret Romance) - L.A. Pepper

Hannah has a secret.  She knows James did not recognize her, but she wants to see where it leads before she tells him.  Hopefully the man of her dreams will make them come true.

 

James is frustrated.  Newly divorced from a diva with a capitol D, he wants to relax and find someone who cares about him for him.  Not his money.  He has secrets he is keeping too.

 

When it all hits the fan, these characters are stronger than they know.  If they can keep together and stay strong, it will be a brighter future for them both.  Can they make it past the secrets form their pasts?

 

I found the story to be charming.  Second chances in real life, are rare.  So that makes them all the more special.  I found Natalie's voice to be unexpected.  Very pleasant to listen to with the occasional surprises of accent with the words thrown in.  The story flew by and before I knew it was over.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This story was provided in exchange for a review.

Review
4 Stars
Resist
Dominik - Sawyer Bennett

This is book #6, in the Arizona Vengeance series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For read understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

 

Willow is not often in one place.  Busy making her career matter, she is stopping for just a short while to watch her brother play in the playoffs.  Rooting him on is a joy, and one she won't miss.  There is only one catch - Dominik will be there.

 

Dominik gets hot all over just thinking about the last time he was alone with Willow.  She classifies as both the forbidden, and the one that got away.  If only he can get her alone again he can show her more reason to stay.

 

This book started off with the heat kind of sizzling of the pages and wafting up to me, the reader.  I love how the strong attraction was only a piece of the puzzle.  This author is wonderful at giving us seriously complicated and sexy-as-hell characters.  What a great combination with these two!  So hard to put down.  So I read as fast as I could to get to the conclusion.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Brooke Lowry has a mission: fly to Tahiti, pluck PR nightmare Dylan Schell out of whatever party he’s in, bring him home and clean up his image. It was her idea for Jackson Cole clothing company to sponsor the pro surfer. But the chances of saving this deal—and her career—look pretty slim when she finds the sexy party boy “shooting the curl” with two beach bunnies.

Dylan is finally getting back on track in his surfing career after a near-death accident. The next big event would put him over the top…if it wasn’t being held in San Amaro, where he’ll have to watch his best friends Matt and Corey tie the knot and move on without him. What would help? A girlfriend so his friends don’t feel sorry for him.

Brooke will do anything to get Dylan back to San Amaro — even be his date for a wedding. But suddenly Dylan finds himself facing a lot of things—his hometown, his past, his fears…and something he didn’t see coming…love.

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Review
5 Stars
Endure
Fake it 'til You Make Out (Love & Luck #1) - Isla Olsen

Heath & Declan are best friends.  They have gotten closer recently and both are happy to have such a good friendship.  Then they run into Heath's ex-girlfriend.  It's awkward moment.

 

Declan is actually gay, so misunderstanding ensues.  This is the perfect example of why you should never talk about someone else without their permission.  The ex shares her idea of what happened on a social platform.

 

I thought this story was very well thought out.  The pace moved along like a dream.  I did not put it down, but read it straight through.  It had really good humor, plot, and heat.  The sexy times were HOT!  I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Love & Luck series.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

***This early copy was given by Booksprout and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

Review
4 Stars
Touching
Amber Waves of Grace - Jessica Berg

Corrie comes home to help her family and their farm.  Her father has been injured in an accident, and she is needed.  What she finds there is more than she had bargained for.

 

The Tuttle Brothers, Aaron & Luke, are wanting to help her.  One is her ex, as well as a pastor.  One is the older brother who intrigues her.  Either way there is baggage and emotions coming to the surface she never expected to face again.

 

I was having trouble putting this one down.  The charm of the characters, the family ties, the lure of the farm and handsome me - it all got to me.  I found these characters deep and compelling.  With a rich and complex storyline, we follow the main character as she navigates her new world.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

Review
4 Stars
Book Blitz w/Review - Carter

Carter
A.M. Salinger
(Twilight Falls #2)
Publication date: January 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Carter’s carefree, movie star lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when he becomes the guardian to a little girl he has never met before. Will his hot new neighbor Elijah prove to be the one thing he and Maisie need to make their family whole?

 

Carter Wilson has it all. A dazzling career, fame, fortune, and women falling at his feet. All that changes the day he becomes the guardian to his newly orphaned niece. When he moves to his hometown of Twilight Falls to give Maisie the stable life she deserves, the last thing Carter expects is a hot neighbor who is soon making him wish for things he has never wanted before.

 

 

After abandoning a promising career in Europe to fulfill the vow he made to his grandmother, pastry chef Elijah Davis is determined to make his new bakery business a success. What he doesn’t need is a distraction in the shape of the hunky movie star next door and the little girl who is fast worming her way into his heart.

 

 

But when an old flame chases Elijah to Twilight Falls and a bitter movie producer threatens to expose Carter’s secret bisexuality, both Elijah and Carter realize they will have to fight dirty if they want their relationship to survive.

 

 

Discover Carter and Elijah’s story in the bewitching second novel in Twilight Falls, the new series by the author of the bestselling, contemporary romance series Nights.

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EXCERPT:

 

Elijah Davis finished polishing the shiny, new stainless-steel work tables in the
center of the kitchen and took off his apron. He turned in a slow circle and studied
the industrial-sized ovens, the commercial proofer, the chiller, the walk-in freezer,
the shelves holding trays, tins, pans, and racks, and the professional mixers sitting
on a counter with a critical eye.


A slow grin split his face. He’d finally done it.


The swing door opened. A young woman with short, pink and blue hair and
half a dozen piercings strolled in, a tired smile on her face.


“I think we’re ready,” Sam Harris said with a confident dip of her chin.


She joined Elijah and stared around the lovingly restored kitchen. The
butcher’s block they’d bought for a bargain at a garage sale a month ago had
come up beautifully after some sanding and took pride of place between the metal
tables in the middle of the room. They’d spent one weekend stripping decades of
greased-up paint from the cabinets and cupboards before whitewashing them and
applying thick coats of cream and duck egg blue. The colors matched the bakery’s
new facade and the shop’s gaily decorated interior.


La Petite Bouche Gourmande was officially opening for business tomorrow.


“Bet you’re excited,” Sam told Elijah with a grin, exposing a slightly crooked
tooth.


“So much so I don’t think I’m gonna sleep tonight,” Elijah admitted fervently.

 

“Well, I’d offer to help you with that, but you like dicks and I like pussies, so
our work affair is unfortunately doomed before it can even begin.”

 

Elijah chuckled at her deadpan expression.

 

It still surprised him how completely wrong his first impression of Sam had
been. When he’d first laid eyes on her on the day she came to interview for the
position of his bakery manager, he’d already resigned himself to hiring somebody
out of town for the job.

 

Although Twilight Falls wasn’t exactly famous for producing pâtissiers, he’d
hoped to at least find someone competent enough to handle a basic kitchen and a
cake shop.


Elijah’s heart had sunk when Sam had walked into the office above the
bakery and sat down on the other side of the desk, a faintly mutinous expression
on her flushed face. He’d told himself he would indulge her since she was the last
interviewee of the day and had nearly fallen out of his chair after she correctly told
him the steps required to make macarons five minutes later.


It was afterward that Sam told him she was so used to people assuming she
was unreliable because of her appearance that she normally went in with all guns
blazing.


Elijah had given her the job on the spot.

 

“It still feels strange, you know,” Sam mused. “When I first saw your ad, I
didn’t believe my eyes for a second. Why would a renowned pastry chef leave a
Michelin-star restaurant and a successful career in Paris to open a bakery in the
back end of nowhere?” A teasing light warmed her face. “And not just any pastry
chef, but a hot one, with a body like Adonis.”

 

Elijah pressed a hand to his heart with an expression of fake shock. “You
think I’m hot? And that I look like Adonis?”

 

Sam rolled her eyes. “I take it back. Your ego doesn’t need any more
inflating.”

 

They closed up shop a short while later.

 

“Be careful,” Elijah told Sam as she climbed on her moped.

 

She saluted and headed off in the night. Elijah watched her until she
disappeared and turned to gaze at the bakery’s facade. A melancholic feeling
swirled through him as he studied the freshly painted shop sign.


La Petite Bouche Gourmande had been one of his favorite children’s books.

His most vivid memories of his maternal, French grandmother were of her reading
it to him during the long summers his family spent in France when he was growing
up.


“Because I made a promise to someone very important to me,” Elijah said
quietly, finally answering the question Sam had asked him.


Elijah’s grandmother had come to Twilight Falls only once, when he was
fifteen. She had immediately fallen in love with the picturesque town, which was
as different from the sleepy French village she had spent most of her life in as
night was from day. It was during that trip that they’d spoken of his future and
Elijah had first told her his dreams of going to Paris to study to be a professional
pâtissier, a dream he had so far hidden from his own parents. His grandmother
had been quiet for some time as they strolled through the town. Then, she’d
stopped and pointed out a charming coffee shop.


“Like that,” she’d said in her heavily accented English. “You should come
back and open a bakery here just like that, in this beautiful place.” She’d gazed at
the forested valley draped in autumnal colors that surrounded Twilight Falls,
before beaming at him. “You will be happy here. I can feel it.”


She had planned to visit again but had fallen ill shortly after his seventeenth
birthday and passed away on the night Elijah and his mother arrived in France to
see her. They’d spent a couple of weeks after her funeral organizing her affairs
before returning to Twilight Falls with a box full of her personal items. Among them
had been the book she had read to Elijah when he was still a boy and the one
thing of hers he’d taken with him when he’d left for Paris a few years later.

 

It was close to eleven by the time Elijah got home. His parents were away
on their long-awaited world cruise and had given him the keys to their house while
he settled back into town and looked for his own place. He parked his vintage,
pea-green Citroën DS on the driveway at the end of the cul-de-sac where they’d

moved to and was climbing the steps to the front porch when a child’s faint cry
reached him.


Elijah turned and was surprised to see lights in the pretty, white clapboard
house across the way. His father had given him the impression the place was
empty. Not that it bothered Elijah to have neighbors. The properties on the estate
had generous plots and were mostly occupied by retired folks.


A shadow moved across a window on the second floor.


From the distance, Elijah made out the figure of a man rocking a little girl
with blonde hair in his arms. The man stopped and turned to look straight at him.

 

Elijah flushed at being caught staring. He realized belatedly that the guy
probably couldn’t see him where he stood in the dark. He twisted on his heels and
headed inside his parents’ house, curious as to who it was who’d moved in
opposite him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Carter (Twilight Falls #2)Carter by A.M. Salinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the Twilight Falls series. This story can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to understand the series better, I recommend reading this series in order.

Elijah hears sounds from his neighbors home that worry him. A child is crying and he does not know why. Does he do something? Stand by? This is a defining moment.

Carter has been hit with some of life's true setbacks. When he and Elijah both have surprises from their past thrown at them - can they come together and make a future? What does it take to give someone your heart?

I could not stop reading this. Every page had more and more I needed to know. I loved all the very sexy times, and the sparks were flyin'! This one has it all heart, heat, and hurt. I was so pleased that this story gave me a little bit of it all. I am hopeful for the next installment of this series.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Author Bio:

 

Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.
 
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4 Stars
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The Billionaire's Club Series is back!
Bad Boyfriend by Elise Faber is available now
 
 
 
Kelsey Scott has never wanted anything more serious than a hookup. Work triumphs all, men are simply trainable orgasm machines, and her friends and family are everything.
 
But with her brother's wedding rapidly approaching and matchmaking rapidly ensuing from all angles, she decides she needs a buffer from all the “perfect Mr. Rights,” the white tulle and frumpy bridesmaid dresses, and—ick—the heart-warming vows.
 
What she doesn't need is Tanner.
 
Her ex.
 
The only man who ever managed to weasel his way into her heart.
 
And by typical male progression, the only man to break it.
 
She’s done with the gorgeous, chocolate-eyed man who chased her down, got her to open up, and then promptly tossed her aside. She’s done with letting anyone past the barbed wire protecting her heart. Because if Kelsey has learned anything, it’s that she loves fiercely . . . and stupidly.
 
So no. No men, no matter how gorgeous. Definitely no emotional connections with those of the XY variety. And certainly no boyfriends. Not now. Not again. Not ever.
 
But when she and Tanner get paired up as a bridesmaid and groomsman at her brother's wedding, Kelsey finds it hard to remember all her steadfast rules.
 
Especially when it turns out that Tanner wants to get past all her defenses all over again.
 
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Bad Boyfriend (Billionaire's Club, #7)Bad Boyfriend by Elise Faber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #7, in the Billionaire's Club. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For this series to be understood, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these stories in order.

Kelsey is not ,made for relationships. Going to a family member's wedding, she wants a buffer. What she does not need it her ex, Tanner. She does not need to remember and relive the sparks that they have together.

Tanner is not surprised to find himself paired up with his ex-girlfriend, Kelsey. With it being a wedding for her brother, and her also being a bridesmaid, it seemed inevitable. The attraction is real, however.

Just like all the books in this series, this story is hot! This a fun family to revisit. With the upcoming wedding, we get to see all of our favorite characters. I liked the banter, the heat, and the family. A totally absorbing read, so hard to put down.


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About the Author:

 

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team -- the Sharks! -- are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or find more information about her books at www.elisefaber.com.

 

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“I want to know what it feels like to kiss a guy. And you've had a lot of practice, so I know you're a good kisser."

"Are you simultaneously complimenting me and calling me a whore?”
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~ Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux

(Sidewinder series, book #1)

Review
4 Stars
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Bad Boyfriend (Billionaire's Club, #7) - Elise Faber

This is book #7, in the Billionaire's Club. This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For this series to be understood, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these stories in order.

 

Kelsey is not ,made for relationships.  Going to a family member's wedding, she wants a buffer.  What she does not need it her ex, Tanner.  She does not need to remember and relive the sparks that they have together.

 

Tanner is not surprised to find himself paired up with his ex-girlfriend, Kelsey.  With it being a wedding for her brother, and her also being a bridesmaid, it seemed inevitable.  The attraction is real, however.

 

Just like all the books in this series, this story is hot!  This a fun family to revisit.  With the upcoming wedding, we get to see all of our favorite characters.  I liked the banter, the heat, and the family.  A totally absorbing read, so hard to put down.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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