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Cover Reveal & Re-Release - Bound And Broken Series

Today we have the cover reveal and re-release of Rebecca Shea’s Bound and Broken Series! Check it out and be sure to grab this sexy series today!

 

 

 

Series: Bound and Broken Series

Author: Rebecca Shea

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

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Title: Broken By Lies

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About BROKEN BY LIES:

 

I had no idea how much I would love Alex the day he walked into my life. He changed everything. The way I breathed. The way I thought. The way I loved. He brought me back to life. He gave me strength and a safe place to land. And then he broke me.   Finding Emilia was a chance to do something good for once in my life. I wanted to change. She believed I was her savior. I ached to be. She found her way into my heart and claimed it as her safe place. I should be telling her the truth about me…instead I break her with lies.

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Title: Bound By Lies

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

  About BOUND BY LIES:

 

Torn between two men; one was what I needed, the other was what I wanted. One man was safe and the other was dangerous. But both men would lay down their lives to save me. ATF agent Sam Cortez is fighting to bring down the Estrada family empire, which was built on murder and corruption. Alex Estrada did what was needed to keep me safe…and paid with his life. Starting over as I try to rebuild my life, it’s clear that the past is never what it seems. What no one knew was that we were all bound by lies.  

 

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Title: Betrayed by Lies

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

  About BETRAYED BY LIES:

 

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Unbreakable series, comes a sexy, heart-wrenching novel…Betrayed by Lies. As an ATF agent, bringing down the Estrada cartel has been my sole mission. I’m a skilled agent, determined and fearless, but a relentless pursuit and a willingness to risk everything almost killed me. A year later, when an opportunity in Los Angeles presents itself, I jump at the chance to start over and rebuild the career and life I almost lost. Kate Stevens was not part of my new plan. I never expected she would be the one to save me from my past. She was exactly what I needed—smart, beautiful and independent. I finally have a future I look forward to. Only nothing in my life ever goes according to plan. Losing Kate is not an option, but fate seems poised to ruin me, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

 

 

Chancing a quick glance over my shoulder, I hear the squeaky hinges of a door opening just as I run square into the person exiting. I startle and try to step back as I begin apologizing profusely, but firm hands grip my shoulders, not allowing me to move.

 

“I’m so sorry,” I gasp. The keycard falls from my hand and lands at the feet of the man I nearly ran over. Looking down, my eyes take in his expensive black shoes, the keycard resting on the ground just in front of him.

 

His hands release my shoulders, and I lunge for the keycard, but he’s too quick, reaching down and picking it up before I can get to it. His tan fingers wrap around the cheap plastic as he stands up. In shock for a moment, I finally pull myself up and meet his amber eyes.

 

“Are you okay?” He narrows his honey-colored eyes on me, and I take in his gray dress pants, black shirt, no tie. His hair is short, but slightly wispy on top—a little messy, not perfectly in place. His skin is golden brown, as if he’s been on a tropical vacation. His tan skin makes those amber eyes pop against his dark eyelashes. His square jaw is sprinkled with just enough hair to show he hasn’t shaved today, but it’s his dimples that take my breath away. He’s so well put together I’d guess he was in his thirties. He may be the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on, but he screams money, power—danger.

 

“Are you okay?” he asks again, tilting his head at me as I drink him in.

 

“Oh, um…yes, sorry…just nervous.” I look away from him and down to my fidgeting hands.

 

He glances behind me at the men on the sidewalk and then back to me as if piecing things together. “Are they harassing you?” He gestures with his head.

 

“No.” I shake my head. “I’m just tired. It’s been a really long day. I’m sorry I bumped into you,” I say timidly. I extend my hand, palm up in an unspoken gesture for him to return my keycard. My hand shakes as he looks between the card in his hand and me. His thumb flicks at the little yellow sticky note before he turns around and walks toward the door marked one hundred forty-three. He inserts the keycard and pushes the door open, holding it for me.

 

 

My heart stammers in my chest as I approach cautiously. I notice the expensive watch on his wrist, which peeks out from his dress shirt, and the light, luxurious smell of what can only be designer cologne. The scent paralyzes me—so intoxicating that I want to press my face to his neck and breathe him in.

 

 

Everything inside me—my good sense, my gut—screams at me not to walk toward that door, but I go against my better judgment. In three quick strides, I’m standing at the open door to my motel room as his amber eyes follow me. Brushing against him, I slide by and reach for the lights on the wall just inside the door. Only a small bedside lamp illuminates the room. I notice the musty smell as I glance around at the old furniture.

 

 

“Close this door and lock it,” he says, pulling the keycard from the door. He steps just over the threshold and into the room, reaching out to me with the keycard. “Don’t open this door for anybody. Understand?”

 

I swallow hard and nod. His fingers are warm against my palm as he places the keycard in my hand. My fingers instinctively close and trap his hand in mine. Rooted in place, he scans the room as if searching for something or someone. With no other words of warning or even a goodbye, he pulls his hand free and steps back through the door, closing it behind him with a loud bang.

 

 

 

About Rebecca Shea:

 

 

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series, including: Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven, and the Bound and Broken series, including: Broken by Lies, Bound by Lies & Betrayed by Lies. As well as standalone novels, Dare Me and Fault Lines. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters. Sign-up for Rebecca Shea's newsletter here: http://tinyurl.com/h8mfya2

 

 

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Release Blitz - Jared

 

Jared by Kat Mizera is available now!

This standalone hockey romance is swoonworthy!

 

 

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The game of love has no rule book...

 

 

Former hockey star Jared Wylde is tired of living life on the sidelines. Ten years ago, he lost it all... his career, his wife, his entire world. Everything changes when he's offered the job as head coach of the Las Vegas Sidewinders. It's taken him a long time to let go of the past, but it turns out the past isn't ready to let go of him.

 

Bestselling romance author Renee DeSantos lives life on her own terms. After overcoming being widowed and sending her daughter off to college, she's finally putting herself first. Everything is going great, until a one-night stand with a sexy stranger unveils what she's been missing. Now that she's had a taste, she's not ready to let go... of him, or the future they could have together.

 

When the past comes knocking, a son Jared never knew about turns everything upside down. Renee is no stranger to plot twists, but the stakes are higher than ever this time. This is one game Jared doesn't want to lose, but can they score a happily ever after?

 

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About the Author:

 

 

Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.

 

Kat’s a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she’s not writing, she’s either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach.

 

Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.

 

As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…

 

Connect with Kat:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatmizera

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Website: http://www.katmizera.com

 

 

 

Release Blitz - Benched

 
This single dad hockey player plays to win... Benched by Elise Faber is available now!
 
 
 
 
Max Montgomery was at the height of his career, playing the best hockey of his life, and lucky enough to have a starting spot on a team that was actually a contender for the Cup.
 
And one by one his friends were falling in love.
 
Love. Now that was a dirty four-letter word if he’d ever heard one.
 
Max had experienced love and all of its aftereffects and where had that gotten him?
 
Lonely, living in an apartment, and paying alimony to a woman who’d left him at the merest sign of a hiccup in their marriage.
 
His only bright spot was his son. Brayden had moved back in with him a few months ago, after his mother had taken off to God knew where. Max loved having him home, but with his son only seven and him on the road for forty-two games a year, they’d struggled. Still, they’d found a way to make it work.
 
But then Brayden threw Max a completely new curve ball.
 
He wanted Max to find a wife.
 
Max had been there, done that, got the crappy T-shirt as a souvenir. No way would he make himself vulnerable like that again, no matter how much his son wanted it.
 
A puppy was a perfectly viable alternative, right?
 
At least that was what he’d been thinking until he met Angelica Shallows, sister to the team’s Physical Therapist guru, Mandy, and a brilliant engineer in her own right. She was gorgeous, smart, but had shadows in her eyes.
 
Max knew all about shadows, knew they were meant as a sign for him to stay away.
 
What was that about the best intentions paving the road to hell? Max may have wanted to stay away, may have wanted to abide the warning signs in Angie’s eyes, but—
 
The real trouble began when found that he couldn’t do either of those things.
 
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
Aside from writing romance, Elise's passions are chocolate, Star Wars, 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 is thoroughly addicted to Dancing With the Stars.
 
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Release Tour - Back For More
RELEASE TOUR for Back For More by Sylvia Kane
 

 

For Kurt Owens, law school came first, but now that he’s back in the city, he can’t deny the sparks when he sees his best friend’s sister for the first time in years. Corina Davies needs a job and takes Kurt up on his offer to be his new assistant. Summer in the city is about to get a whole lot hotter. The seventh book in the beloved 425 Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Back For More by Sylvia Kane today!

 

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About Back For More
 
Summer in the city...

 

Kurt
 
She’s smart, hot, and funny. My dream girl.  
There’s just one problem. She’s also my best bud’s little sister.  
The sparks have always been there, but law school had to come first. Now, we’re all back in the city and the same sparks fly every time I run into her.  
She needs a job and I need an assistant at the law firm. What could go wrong?
I don’t know if I can hide my feelings any longer.  
I know I shouldn’t go there, but I can’t help it.

 

Corina
 
My brother's back in town, and I offer to share my awesome apartment. Imagine my surprise when his best friend Kurt walks in.  
He’s still tall, dark, and handsome, and I can’t deny the pull.  
 
Working together only complicates things. Long days and nights in the office can be dangerous.  
When we’re not at the office, he’s always hanging around my apartment. To see my brother. Yeah, right.

 

All I know is, summer in the city is about to get a lot hotter.

 

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

 

Excerpt
Copyright @ 2019 Sylvia Kane

 

“I’m here for Corina Davies in 1205,” I respond, my nerves rattling even louder than five minutes ago when I was seized with the instinct to see her.
 
“Is she expecting you?” he asks, resting his hand on the phone.
 
I shake my head. The guy must think I’m a weirdo for just showing up like this. He’s going to call her for sure. Sure enough, he picks up the phone. “Ms. Davies, you have a visitor,” he says, and then looks back at me. “Your name?”
 
I almost turn around to walk back out into the night, but I stay rooted to the spot. “Kurt. Kurt Owens.”
“Kurt Owens. Thanks.”
 
He turns to me again and nods. “Go ahead. Have a good evening.”
 
I head for the elevator, and my heart rate rises with each step. She’s gonna think I’m fucking nuts for showing up like this at midnight. And why am I doing this again? What do I hope to achieve by interrupting whatever relaxing activity she’s enjoying at this time of night? I don’t know, but the thought of seeing her makes my palms sweat. I remember that skirt she wore, and how soft her legs looked. My cock twitches at the memory of her silky-smooth legs. Fuck. Down, boy. We’re not here for that.
 
I step into the elevator and before I know it, I’m standing in front of her door, my hand in the air. What am I going to tell her? What’s my excuse for showing up here so late? At the very least, I have to admit it to myself—I just want to see her. I have to see her. There’s no denying the spark that flew between us the other night. All those years hadn’t done a damn thing to kill our chemistry.
 
It sure is ballsy to just show up here. Maybe I’ve had a bit much to drink, but I’m not drunk. I’m not slurring or falling over myself. She won’t notice.
 
Finally, I knock. She’s expecting me, because she opens up right away. Seeing her knocks the wind out of me. Her hair rests over her shoulders in this sexy, yet natural way; she has a hint of makeup, but not much. She doesn’t need any. She’s still a natural beauty, just like she was all those years ago.
 
A light pink, silk robe clings to her body and ends just above the knees. She ties up the belt, very tight, as if afraid it might slip off any minute. Or that I might see what’s underneath. I try to push the thought from my head.
 
“Hi,” I say, hoping I don’t look as awkward as I feel. I’m standing in her doorway, without any good reason whatsoever, like a doofus. She’d be perfectly justified in turning me away with some excuse about going to sleep or whatever. But, she doesn’t.
 
She stands back to let me in.
 
“Hi, Kurt.”
 
I love the way my name sounds on her lips. Her lush, rosy lips. So smooth and kissable.

 


 

 
Author Info:

 

If you love naughty romances about irresistible men who love their women fiercely, you’ve come to the right place. Sylvia's books include a sprinkling of angst, introspective and lovable characters, and a healthy helping of steam. She lives in Toronto with her husband, their two young kids, and an adorable Maine Coon who follows them around like a guard dog when they go for walks!




About the 425 Madison Series

 

 

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

 

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

 

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

 

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

 

For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com

 

Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries

 

Did you miss the first five books in the series? You can read them here:

 

 

The next book in the series is coming soon! Add it to your Goodreads shelf today!

 

Accidentally in Love by Katy Ames
An Ugly Duckling Romance
Release: 6/27/19
 
 
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Review
4 Stars
Hurts
The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

I was given the option to have a 'FREE PREVIEW' of this new book.  I loved it so much and could not put it down, so I ran to the library as soon as I finished my preview, so I could finish the story.  So worth it.  God Bless my local county library!

 

Josh meets Kristen in a less than stellar way.  Then when they meet officially later, they already have to work harder to impress one another.  They are mutual friends of a couple who is getting married so there is a lot going on.

 

Kristen is involved with someone else when she meets Josh, so they are just friends.  For now.  If ever a chance arises to to take it to another level?  Well lets just say there are enough sparks between them to light up Las Vegas.

 

This was such a witty and fun story.  I really could not put it down.  I found the characters to be deliciously complex.  The heat and heart in the book made it a great read.  The pace was steady, and there was plenty of humor too.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

 

***Thanks to Netgalley, and the publisher for the free preview.

Review
4 Stars
Crazy
Superfan - Sarina Bowen

This is book #3, in the Brooklyn Bruisers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading the series in order.

 

Silas left the only woman who truly interests him behind.  To chase a dream that has become more than a reality.  Now he must find out if there is still a spark.  He has to see her.

 

Delilah has always wished she had that night with Silas AKA "Ralph" years ago.  Is it tempting fate to try now?  The heat between them is obvious, but can they get beyond the past and create what could be a future?

 

This was such an amazing story.  From start to finish I could not put this book down.  Very hot and really good, the characters keep you mesmerized until all of a sudden your at the last page.  Well worth the wait.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Cover Share - 7 Brides for 7 Blackthornes

 

We're so excited to share the covers for this hot new series!

 

 

- Coming August 2019 -

 

Don’t miss these sexy, heartwarming, emotion-filled books by bestselling authors: Barbara Freethy, Julia London, Lynn Raye Harris, Cristin Harber, Roxanne St. Claire, Samantha Chase and Christie Ridgway.

 

 

 

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Exclusive Apple Preorder - More links coming soon!

 

 

Meet the Blackthorne men, each one as hot, fast, and smooth as the whiskey that built the family fortune, and yachts and race cars that bear their name. From proud Scottish stock, Blackthornes never lose. But, one by one, the seven sexy men in this family are about to risk everything when they fall for strong and beautiful women who test their mettle in life…and love.

 

 

 

Devlin by Barbara Freethy: August 1st

Jason by Julia London: August 8th

Ross by Lynn Raye Harris: August 15th

Phillip by Cristin Harber: August 22nd

Brock by Roxanne St. Claire: August 29th

Logan by Samantha Chase: September 5th

Trey by Christie Ridgway: September 12th

 

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Teaser Share - Benched

 

 

This single dad hockey player plays to win...
Benched by Elise Faber releases on June 16th!
 

Max Montgomery was at the height of his career, playing the best hockey of his life, and lucky enough to have a starting spot on a team that was actually a contender for the Cup. 

And one by one his friends were falling in love.

Love. Now that was a dirty four-letter word if he’d ever heard one.

Max had experienced love and all of its aftereffects and where had that gotten him?

Lonely, living in an apartment, and paying alimony to a woman who’d left him at the merest sign of a hiccup in their marriage.

His only bright spot was his son. Brayden had moved back in with him a few months ago, after his mother had taken off to God knew where. Max loved having him home, but with his son only seven and him on the road for forty-two games a year, they’d struggled. Still, they’d found a way to make it work.

But then Brayden threw Max a completely new curve ball.

He wanted Max to find a wife.

Max had been there, done that, got the crappy T-shirt as a souvenir. No way would he make himself vulnerable like that again, no matter how much his son wanted it.

A puppy was a perfectly viable alternative, right?

At least that was what he’d been thinking until he met Angelica Shallows, sister to the team’s Physical Therapist guru, Mandy, and a brilliant engineer in her own right. She was gorgeous, smart, but had shadows in her eyes.

Max knew all about shadows, knew they were meant as a sign for him to stay away.

What was that about the best intentions paving the road to hell? Max may have wanted to stay away, may have wanted to abide the warning signs in Angie’s eyes, but—

The real trouble began when found that he couldn’t do either of those things.

 

 

 

 

Cover Share - On The Corner Of Love And Hate

 

On the Corner of Love and Hate

by Nina Bocci

 

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and current mayor of Hope Lake, Pennsylvania—suggests she help with Cooper Endicott’s campaign, she’s horrified. Cooper, one of her (former) oldest friends, drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, so Emma reluctantly launches her plan to help him win the local election.

It’s not as easy as it looks. Cooper’s colorful love life is the sticking point for many voters, and his opponent is digging up everything he can from his past. It seems that every time Emma puts out the flames from one scandal, another one flares up. Emma knows that if Cooper wants to win, he needs to keep his nose clean. The only problem? She might just be falling in love with the one person she promised never to pursue: the mayoral candidate himself.

 

 

About the author:

 

Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

 

Connect with Nina online:

 

Website ~ Instagram ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal - Superfan

 

 

SUPERFAN

 

by: SARINA BOWEN

 

 

 

BLURB:

 

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

 

Three years ago I met the most amazing woman. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

 

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

 

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY:

 

Be the first to read! Three winners (US or Canada) will win early signed paperback copies of Superfan! 

Enter here: https://geni.us/SuperfanGiveaway



 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

“Would you like a beer?” the cute bartender asks me.

 

I glance at the pile of mint leaves on his cutting board and hesitate. “Sure,” I say. But the mint looks so fresh and pretty.

 

“I could make you something different.”

 

“Beer is great. A cold…”

 

“—lager,” he finishes. “No glass, no opener.”

 

When I look up to flash him a smile, my heart does a little somersault. Those kind eyes are smiling at me, too. “Thank you,” I whisper.

 

“It’s really no problem.” He turns toward the beer cooler. “You’re an easy customer, trust me.”

 

But I really meant—thank you for remembering. As he leans down to grab a bottle for me, I find myself admiring the strong muscles in his back. Stop it, I admonish myself. It only gets worse when he turns around and places the bottle in front of me. I’ve never seen hands like his. I didn’t even know wrists could look muscular.

 

Even so. Ogling him is not why I came here. I pull out my keychain opener and remove the cap from my beer.

 

He discards it, gives me another pleasant smile and then picks up his paring knife again.

 

I take a sip, wondering when he’s going to mention my show at the Coconut Club. He was there. I saw him.

 

He separates some mint leaves from their stems and says nothing.

 

I last about seventeen seconds. “Well?”

 

“Well?” He looks up. “Sorry?”

 

“Jesus lord.” I close my eyes and then open them again. This is not going how I’d hoped it would. “What did you think?

 

“Of…?” His amazing eyes are studying me.

 

“Forget I asked.” I take a swig of beer.

 

“Think about what?” He pushes the cutting board aside, and his smile turns knowing.

 

“My set at the Coconut Club! I saw you holding up that wall in the back. Don’t lie.”

 

He tips his head back and lets out a sudden laugh. “I’m so busted. I loved your show, but I didn’t expect you to spot me.”

 

“You loved it so much you weren’t going to say anything?” The sentence sounds crazy to my own ears. I put down the beer. “You know what? Never mind. I’m just being psycho right now. This town is getting into my head.”

 

“Listen, girly.” He braces both (muscular!) hands on the bar and looks me right in the eye. “I loved it so much that I don’t even know what to say about it. From that moment at the beginning—when you shut that asshole’s maw? To the part where you made a lady cry.” He shakes his head. “I couldn’t look away. And I never wanted it to end.”

 

I give him a slow blink, just trying to take that in. It’s so much more than I was even hoping to hear.

 

“Shit, Delilah. If that set doesn’t win you whatever contract you’re looking for, they don’t even deserve you.”

 

Something warm and unfamiliar settles into the center of my belly. “That might be the nicest thing anyone ever said to me. Which only means you’re still trying to get my phone number.”

 

He laughs immediately. “Can’t both things be true? Both my musical assessment and my interest in your evening plans?”

 

“Because you know so much about music.” I flip my hair and take another sip of beer.

 

“Look. I don’t know shit about music. But I know plenty about talent.” He leans down on a set of forearms I shouldn’t be noticing. “I know that talent sometimes takes a nap at just the wrong moment, but it never stays asleep for long. I also know that luck matters, too. If they don’t give you what you want, it won’t be your fucking fault.”

 

“Thank you,” I say quietly.

 

But he’s not done. “I saw something else valuable the other night. You’re good in the clinch. And that counts for double, I swear to God.”

 

“The clinch?”

 

“Yeah. You’re not just good at practice.” He pauses, wrinkling up his interesting nose.

 

“What word would a musician use? Okay—you’re not a rehearsal musician. That stage was like your home. Either that or you fake it really well. That’s going to pay your rent someday, I promise.”

 

“Wow.” It’s like he looked right into my terrified little soul and found the very thing I needed to hear. Those beautiful eyes of his are practically burning me right now, so I have to look away. “Thank you. Really. I really needed that pep talk.”

 

I make the mistake of looking up at him again, and, for a split second, I see pure yearning. It’s like our souls vibrate at exactly the same frequency. And I have no idea what to do with that.

 

 

 

 

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30 books, including: the True Northseries, co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Yearsseries and the Brooklyn BruisersAnd more!

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Blog Tour w/Review - Fake It Till You Break It

Fake It Till You Break It
Jenn P. Nguyen


Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 28th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

 

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Fake It Till You Break ItFake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mia is having a miserable year. Her mom is still pushing her to date the boy across the street. She hasn't been on a real date in a long time. Maybe fake dating is the answer?

Jake has known Mia his whole life. Their moms are pushing them to be together because its what they want. Why isn't anyone asking their kids what they have in mind? One kiss tears the whole plan apart........

This was such a surprise read! These characters are wonderful and funny. The banter is top notch. I loved the parts where they were so in sync you could tell they knew one another forever. A total slow burn but a thrilling ride.


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Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’.

 

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - Blood & Bitcoin
Blood & Bitcoin: Organized Crime - L.A. Witt

Chris is an FBI agent who's job it is to infiltrate a criminal organization known as the Hive. He is just the guy for the job, as he has a very dark mind. Only problem once he is accepted in is that he falls for his boss.

Piker is supposed to be a well known and heavily guarded secret. Right away with meeting Chris he has several problems. First, his cover is blown. Second, the attraction is almost too intense. What does he do now?

This was such a fast paced and incredible story. I could not put it down. The main characters are so sexy and their sparks are seriously flying all over! The story itself is intense and even though its dark, extremely compelling. I really enjoyed the heck out of these characters and hope we see them again in further installments of this new Criminal Delights series. 

The narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, was a joy to listen to.  He had good voice changes for a womans voice, was easy to tell when others were talking, and was a pleasant listen.  I enjoyed the book and he made me glad I listened to the audio version.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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Fake It Till You Break It - Jenn P. Nguyen

Mia is having a miserable year.  Her mom is still pushing her to date the boy across the street.  She hasn't been on a real date in a long time.  Maybe fake dating is the answer?

 

Jake has known Mia his whole life.  Their moms are pushing them to be together because its what they want.  Why isn't anyone asking their kids what they have in mind? One kiss tears the whole plan apart........

 

This was such a surprise read!  These characters are wonderful and funny.  The banter is top notch.  I loved the parts where they were so in sync you could tell they knew one another forever.  A total slow burn but a thrilling ride.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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Blog Tour w/Review - Just One Of The Groomsmen
 

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Cindi Madsen
is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
 
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Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.
 
When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.
 
If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.
 
Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.
 
 

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Tucker cautiously wrapped his arm around her shoulders, and when she didn’t shove him off, the way she’d done a few times back in the day when he’d dared to console her, he curled her closer. “Don’t worry. I’ll take it to the grave.”

“I’m not sure I can chance that. I might have to push you off the back of the boat now.”

“Sure. If I didn’t know how to swim, that’d be a fail-safe plan.”

“Maybe the gators will get to you first,” she quipped, only then she tucked her feet up, like she’d remembered there might be a few of the toothy beasts slumbering in the water, despite the fact that they rarely saw any on this side of the shore. She swiped a tear off her cheek and sniffed. “I hate feeling weak. Hate feeling like a girl. Even though I’m apparently not one.”

“You’re not weak. I’ve seen grown men cry in my office, so I don’t think it’s a girl or guy thing.”

“I notice you didn’t admit to crying yourself.”

He puffed out his chest. “Well, that’s because I’m far too macho.” The last few times he’d gotten choked up had been over his dog having to be put down, his grandfather passing away, and—even though he’d done his damnedest to hide it—the day he’d said goodbye to his friends before leaving town.

The girl at his side was there for all those instances, but his conflicting feelings for her made it hard to admit to ever being anything but strong. Like not saying it aloud would make her forget bike wrecks and scraped knees that’d brought tears, the times in his life he hadn’t stood up for other people when he should’ve, or any other time he’d been less than strong.

Just do it, Crawford. Find a way to make her feel better, the way she always did for you.

“There were cases, ones where I was fighting for a worthy cause, or for someone who truly deserved a break, and it didn’t matter how much research I put in, or how hard I fought, I’d still lose ’em. That made me feel weak and helpless.” Those “cases were why he’d originally chosen law, but they’d been so few and far between. “So did the cases where we had to defend people knowing full well they were guilty.”

He gazed out over the lake, unable to look at her as he admitted the next part. “I missed home and all of you guys, but I quit over more than that, and more than the long hours.” His fingers drifted down her arm, and her face tipped up, but he kept his eyes on the rippling reflection of the moon in the inky black water. “One guy walked on a stupid technicality because of something I’d found in the police report—some procedure the cop didn’t follow. Everyone at the firm was celebrating, and I was sick over it. The guy deserved to go to jail, and no amount of money seemed worth ignoring that fact. It was the final straw.”

Addie covered the hand he had on her arm with hers. “Most people wouldn’t have been able to walk away from the money.”

“I don’t know about that. Half the time I still think I was an idiot to quit like that with no backup.”

“If it makes you feel any better, I’m glad you’re here.”

He met her big brown eyes and smiled. “It does.”

“I’m sorry you were so unhappy. I should’ve checked in more.”

“I should’ve told you that I was struggling with my job. But that’s neither here nor there. Now I’m on a different path, and all’s I’m saying is, it’s not weak to care about things. You’re not a robot.” He renewed the drag of his fingers on her arm, and her chin lifted another inch or so, some of the sorrow fading from her features. He tried not to think about how close her lips were to his, how he felt each one of his heartbeats, and how having her tucked against him made his entire body hum. Despite knowing better, he couldn’t help the words that slipped out, or that his dipped when he said them. “It also hasn’t escaped my notice that you’re a girl.”
 
 
 
 
 

Just One of the Groomsmen (Getting Hitched in Dixie #1)Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Addison AKA "Murph" is the only girl in her group of friends. She is one of the guys and she likes it that way. Why not hang out with those you have more in common? Well with a wedding to be a part of this could be interesting.

Tucker has always loved his home and his friends. He misses them and realizes that he is pretty lonely. When he suddenly notices the body on one of his closest friends he finds he must re-evaluate his priorities.

This was such a fun start to the new series. I find this author to be a must click - and I will tell you why. This story, like many of her other books, has great humor, some hijinx, and always a great tale. Let's not forget the sexy heat and steady pace too.


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It's Enough (Southern Seduction Short: Crispin and Wills Book 1) - Julia McBryant

Crispin has been close friends with Wills for a long time.  They have only recently drifted apart due to time and location.  When they get together for holidays its like they never left.

 

Wills has a hard time expressing himself.  Well, technically they both have their hang ups.  Still being new at this more than friends stuff, they both need to find the courage to tell the other they want more.

 

I truly became quickly attached to these characters!  This author was a new read for me, but I was sucked in with just a few pages.  This was a short and sweet - yet extremely hot - new story.  I loved the sincerity that came across for these two and I am anticipating more!  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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Just One of the Groomsmen - Cindi Madsen

Addison AKA "Murph" is the only girl in her group of friends.  She is one of the guys and she likes it that way.  Why not hang out with those you have more in common?  Well with a wedding to be a part of this could be interesting.

 

Tucker has always loved his home and his friends.  He misses them and realizes that he is pretty lonely.  When he suddenly notices the body on one of his closest friends he finds he must re-evaluate his priorities.

 

This was such a fun start to the new series.  I find this author to be a must click - and I will tell you why.  This story, like many of her other books, has great humor, some hijinx, and always a great tale.  Let's not forget the sexy heat and steady pace too.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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