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Out On The Ice - Lane Hayes

This is book #5, in the Out In College series.  This story can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Colby meets Sky in a summer class.  They start as enemies, or so Colby thinks.  Once they do get to know each other, the attraction intensifies and nearly burns him up.  

 

Sky has no idea how to fix this confusion with Colby.  It does not seem he will ever have a chance to be more.  Is what he is feeling enough to take a chance on someone for a future?

 

This was a solid addition to the series.  In the long awaited Hockey version, the MC's are both busy with their own sports and schedules when they meet in class. I loved the banter.  I found the pace good, the heat at a good level, and the story read so good I could not put it down.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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What He Really Needs - Ryan Taylor, Joshua Harwood

Cayo and Ben went through law school as best friends and roommates.  Then something happens and its another two years before they see one another again.  In an accidental meeting and an incredible twist of fate, they end up at the same place at the same time.

 

Ben has had feelings for Cayo that he does not understand.  He is still coming to terms with how he is feeling and what he is going to do about it.  Only now, it may be too late.  With work and fate at opposite ends, this may be a story of ships in the night.

 

I found this book to have a very quick pace.  I was not a real fan of the approach.  I found it choppy and disruptive.  The story itself is sound, if not fast.  Being a true believer that best friends can be more, I gave it a true chance.  In the end, I was glad I read the whole thing.  I give this read a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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Title: Out on the Ice
Series: Out in College, Book 5
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 63k
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Enemies to lovers, College romance, Athletes, Hockey, Baseball, Humor
 

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Colby Fischer is a bad boy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder. As a senior at a Southern California college, he knows this may be his last shot. He doubts he’ll ever become the hockey legend he dreamed of being as a kid, but he definitely doesn’t want to be an accountant. Things get interesting when he’s asked to train the new intern at his step-dad’s firm, who happens to be the troublemaker from his econ class. And the one guy Colby can’t stand.

Baseball is Sky Jameson’s life. He’s happy to be back at Chilton for his senior year, but he’s burned a few bridges and has a bit too much free time off-season. He could use the money and something to keep him busy until his season begins. But his accidental crush on his prickly coworker could be a problem. Colby is straight and Sky is in the closet. Their timing isn’t great, but the intense attraction is hard to deny. With his final season on the hockey team in the balance, Colby may have to decide if he’s ready to come out on the ice.

 

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“What position do you play?” Sky asked, pealing the label off his water bottle.
 
“Right wing. Forward. Think of soccer where the front line moves the ball down the field. We do the same with the puck.”
 
“I know how it works. I’ve watched a lot of hockey.”
 
“Have you ever played?” I asked.
 
“No. Baseball was always number one for me. Besides, hockey is kind of…rough. There’s always a fight. And the game moves so fast, it’s hard to see the puck sometimes.”
 
“Not if you pay attention.” I raised my beer bottle in a mock toast and grinned. “And I like it rough.”
 
Sky pursed his lips and stared at me…or maybe he was staring at my throat. I couldn’t tell. “Me too. But not on the field. It distracts from the game.”
 
“In hockey, it’s part of the game. If you can’t defend yourself, your teammates, and the ice, you have no right to be out there. Might as well take up ice dancing or something,” I snarked, only half kidding. “And no offense, but ice dancing is a hell of a lot more entertaining than baseball. Trust me, I know. I played Little League for a couple of years. I used to beg the coach not to put me in the outfield. Geez, you could take a fuckin’ nap out there some days, you know?”
 
Sky laughed. “Fuck you. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Baseball is a game of strategy.”
 
“Strategy my ass,” I huffed, smiling to take the sting from my words…even though I kinda meant it. “It’s one of those weird sports where everyone gets pumped when nothing happens. ‘Oh, it’s a no-hitter. That’s amazing!’ Sure…but nothing fuckin’ happened! No one hit the ball, no one rounded the bases, no one slid to home plate. No one had to even wash their damn uniforms! And you know why?”
 
“Why?”
 
“’Cause nothin’ fuckin’ happened,” I replied, taking a long sip of my beer as I let the sweet sound of Sky’s laughter wash over me.
 
God, he had a great laugh. It made me like him a little more. And yeah, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I liked Sky. He was smart, talented, easy on the eyes, and he had a sense of humor.
 
“That just proves baseball players are smarter than hockey players,” he taunted.
 
“Said no one anywhere ever.” I held my hands up in surrender when he flipped me off. “Hey, I’m kidding. I like baseball fine. I told you I follow the Tigers. I still have the jersey my dad bought me when I was ten. Dude, I’d wear it if I still fit in it. What’s your position?”
 
“Shortstop. I’ve played almost every position at one time or another but I like it the best. You gotta be quick, have a strong arm, and good instincts. I also have a long wingspan. That helps.”
 
“Makes sense. I don’t know about wingspan, but you gotta be quick in lightning fast hockey too with quick reflexes. Big ol’ quads help.” I smacked my thighs and chuckled. “Mine are kinda huge.”
 
Sky gave me a lopsided smile. “I noticed. It’s hot.”
 
“You think muscular legs are hot?”
 
“I do. Believe it or not, it wasn’t your sweet personality that made me look twice. It was your thighs.”
 
I snickered. “That’s weird.”
 
“Maybe, but it’s true. You always wore shorts to summer school. I used to come in a little late so I’d get a good look at you before I sat down. I purposely didn’t sit next to you because I knew I’d get caught staring. And the one day I did, you were the one who got caught.”
 
“Are you telling me that all this started because of my thighs?” I asked, narrowing my gaze suspiciously.
 
Sky nodded. “Basically…yes.”
 
We held eye contact for a moment then busted up.
 
And when our laughter faded, the mood changed all over again. I felt that same crackle of heat and sexual energy I always did when I was around him, but this time I knew what it was. And though I might have been unsure, I wasn’t afraid.
 
I leaned forward on my barstool and motioned for Sky to close the distance. He brushed his nose against mine. I held my breath and waited for him to make a move. Any move at all. When he blinked, I licked the corner of his mouth then pressed my lips to his and closed my eyes.

 

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Out in the Deep (Out in College, Book 1) 
Out in the End Zone (Out in College Book 2)

Out in the Offense (Out in College Book 3)

Out in the Field (Out in College Book 4)

 

 

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Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were First Place winners in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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Release Date: April 8, 2020

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SYNOPSIS

 

Harley

What happens when the most successful boy band on the planet breaks up?

How about twenty thousand fans screaming my name.

But the price of fame comes with an increased risk to my safety.

I’ve been avoiding the dreaded B word for as long as I can, but after a close call with a rambunctious fan, I can’t do it anymore.

It’s time to give in.

I need to hire a full-time bodyguard.

And when he shows up, he not only screams badass, he’s another B word I try to stay away from: boyfriend material.


Brix

Protecting people is not what my company usually does, but the boss knows I need money, and the pop star is offering an insane amount to live with him and make sure no more crazy fans break into his house.

I’m doing it for the money and nothing else.

He may be the prettiest man I’ve ever seen, and I may feel sorry for the celebrity life he’s been forced into since he was a teenager, but that doesn’t mean anything.

Just because he fascinates me, that doesn’t mean I like him.

It doesn’t.

Professionalism. I’m gonna live it. Breathe it. Enforce it … Mostly.

 

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“What’s a word that rhymes with regret?” I ask on the way home.

 

Brix doesn’t respond.

 

Forget. It’s not exact but close enough.” I scribble that down.

 

Brix doesn’t take his eyes off the road. “I can’t tell if you’re being passive aggressive or mocking.” 

 

Neither can I, if I’m being honest.

 

I’m not a dumbass. Hooking up with my bodyguard was stupid. Last night was a mistake, and we shouldn’t have done it. I knew the minute he shut down that I had to make a clean break.

 

I’ve done the forbidden relationship thing before. It’s not as romantic as people think. 

 

So, yeah, pretending it didn’t happen is what’s best. Even if it’s not what I want.

It’s better to end it now before I catch those dreaded feelings.

 

Maybe I can convince my brain that last night was a wicked fantasy instead of a memory, and I can use it for when I’m alone with my hand. Because something that explosive can’t be forgotten. It would be, like, blasphemous to the gods of gay sex.

 

“Harley?”

 

I turn my head toward him. “Huh?”

 

“Are you really okay with what happened, or do you want me to call Trav and tell him I can’t work for you anymore?”

 

I frown. “You want to quit? Over a mishap?”

 

“Tackling you on my first day was a mishap. This … this was crossing basic lines that no employer and employee should ever cross.”

 

“You shouldn’t quit. Like you said, you need this job. I won’t mess that up for you.”

 

“Thank you.”

 

 I pretend to write something down. “Hey, what rhymes with fired?”

 

His gaze flicks my direction, and I grin. 

 

“At least we can joke about it already,” he mumbles.

 

“I like joking with you. As sad as this may sound, you’re not just my bodyguard. I kind of feel like … we’re friends.”

 

“Well, you did blow me. I guess that makes us friends.”

 

“Oh, so that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all these years. No wonder I have no friends. Blowjobs equal friendship. Got it. You should be a life coach instead of a professional badass.”

 

Brix side-eyes me. “Why don’t you have any friends? I thought you Hollywood types all had huge entourages.”

 

“Oh, I have an entourage, but I pay them to be with me, so it feels weird to call them friends. It’s not like I see them outside of them working for me.”

 

“So why is it different with me?”

 

“Blowjob. Duh.”

 

Brix laughs. “No, seriously.”

 

I shrug. “Maybe it’s because I’m with you twenty-four hours a day. The only time you get to escape is on your day off. We’re friends by proximity.”

 

“You know how to make a guy feel special.”

 

I sigh. “I don’t think I’ve had any real friends since I became famous.”

 

Brix’s tone changes and becomes more guarded. “What about that Jay guy?” 

 

“Maybe he counted at first. We were friends for a while.”

 

“And then you fell in love? Is he the one who left you on tour?”

 

I don’t want to get into this with Brix, or anyone for that matter, but that doesn’t stop the words from coming out. “Yeah. It’s a long messed-up story. In the end, he went and found, in his words, true love.”

 

“Ouch.”

 

“Eh. I’m not saying he didn’t have a right to move on. No one likes being shoved in a closet. But I guess … I don’t know. It seemed so easy and quick for him to find someone else. I have to believe our relationship wasn’t as meaningful as I thought it was.”

 

“Other people’s experiences don’t diminish your own. He may not have seen your relationship as anything more, but you did. Therefore, it matters. What you had matters.”

 

Damn him. 

 

I hate that he sees through that stuff. “Maybe I don’t want it to matter. You don’t want to waste the love of your life title on a guy who’s now married to someone else.”

 

Brix snorts. “What makes you think you only get one love of your life?”

 

“Uh, the whole construct of soul mates?”

 

“Pfft.”

 

“Wow. Dignified response.”

 

“Soul mates is a bullshit notion. There are over seven billion people on the planet, and you only get one? Only one of them is your perfect match? That’s a one in seven point five billion chance of finding the love of your life.

 

“Well, when you put it like that …”

 

“Relationships break down. People change. Those who are truly in love can work at it for years and still end up apart. It doesn’t mean they weren’t in love or that they were supposed to love someone else more. It just … is what it is. Heartbreak sucks, but it’s a part of life. Putting it down to destiny or fate or any other higher deity is lazy and dismissive of the effort needed to truly make a relationship work.”

 

“That’s …”

 

“Insightful? Philosophical?”

 

Depressing.”

 

Brix bursts out laughing. “I guess it is a bit.”

 

 

 


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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

 

She doesn't take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

 

With a short attention span that rivals her son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.

 


 

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4 Stars
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CHANGING ROLES

by Melanie Moreland

Release Date: March 12, 2020    

 

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Lights! Camera! Clueless!

 

Liam Wright is Hollywood’s golden boy and at the top of the A-list.

 

But what he doesn’t know about life… Well, it could fill his very large Hollywood mansion. Thankfully, he’s got Shelby Carter in his world to keep him—and his house—camera-ready. Part confidante, part master chef, Shelby is his best friend and the only one who knows the real Liam.

 

Pampered, pretty, and often puzzled, Liam and his antics keep her on her toes, and there is never a dull moment living with him.

 

Until one day, Liam sees her as more…and he wants her to see him for the man he can be. The man he wants to be.

 

For her.

 

Is Liam up for the part?

 

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I filled the sink beside her with warm water, planning on soaking her feet and then bandaging them.

 

“The dress,” she whispered.

 

I groaned. I didn’t care about the bloody dress. But I knew she did.

 

“Take it off, then.”

 

“Right here?”

 

“Shelby, I’ve seen you in a bathing suit. I think I can handle your underwear.”

 

“Um—” Chuckling, I shrugged out of my jacket and unbuttoned my shirt, yanking it off, leaving me in my undershirt.

 

“You can put this on.” I wrapped my arm around her. “Come on, I’ll help you.”

 

Gently, I set her on the floor, my eyes following her hand as she pulled down the hidden zipper on her dress. The deep-red gown pooled at her feet, and I swallowed when I saw what was hiding underneath the satin.

 

Her bathing suit, I could handle. This, I wasn’t sure about. Red. Lacy. Strapless. A bustier.   My gaze drifted downward. Tiny scraps of fabric tied at her hips in the same shade of red, leaving a tantalizing strip of soft flesh between the bustier and her underwear. A strip I wanted to lick. And the underwear…tiny straps with bows that led to… I shut my eyes as the room became far too small and far too hot. All the blood in my body was now pooled in one place. My hard, aching cock.

 

Which was at that very moment trying to punch its way out of my pants to get to that red lace. Bugger. Shit. Damn. I gulped in air. Tried to think of anything else. Puppies. Worms. Everett in his underwear. Anything but the warm, red-lace-wearing woman in front of me. Who was in pain and needed me to look after her. Not lift her back onto the counter and fuck her until she screamed my name. At least once. Three or four times, preferably. Her voice broke through my thoughts.

 

“Liam?”

 

I blinked at her and handed her my shirt. I needed to rein myself in. “Put this on, Shelby, please.”

 

With downcast eyes, she did as I asked. I realized she thought I wanted her to cover up for a different reason than I needed her to cover up. I cupped her cheek.

 

“Hey.”

 

Her hesitant gaze met mine.

 

I covered her mouth with my lips, yanking her close. I pulled her hips against mine so she knew how she was affecting me. Her eyes flew open, meeting mine that were already staring at her—trying to convey a hard message.

 

I smiled against her lips. “Just for now, Beaker. Or your feet won’t be the only thing that’s sore.”

 

I set her back on the counter, keeping my eyes averted. She hissed in pain as I placed her feet in the warm water. I grimaced in understanding. “Sorry. Now, where can I find bandages?”

 

“My bathroom has a first aid kit. Left cupboard by the vanity.”

 

“Okay, stay here.”

 

“Where else am I gonna go?”

 

I hesitated. “I’m not gonna have to touch…other things to get to the kit thing, am I?”

 

She smirked. “Other things, Liam?”

 

I rubbed the back of my neck. “Um…your girl…things, Shelby?”

 

“No, you’re quite safe.” She winked. “Just make sure you open the left cupboard. Not the right.”

 

“Right.”

 

“No, left.”

 

“Bloody hell, don’t confuse me! I don’t have a lot of blood in that particular head right now!”

 

Her amusement followed me down the hall. It was music to my ears.  

 

 

 

Changing RolesChanging Roles by Melanie Moreland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liam is a celebrity among the players in Hollywood. He is known as Pampered, pretty, and often puzzled. Until he had Shelby as an assistant he had trust issues as well. Now he had people around him that he feels comfortable with. And maybe something more......

Shelby has already had a past with a man out of control. She is looking to heal, not find someone new. Being close to her brother & working for Liam is a decent life. Even if it has its lonely moments.

This book was a sweet and sexy play on a slow burn. I like the characters in their own right. This was a premise that I love. I like when best friends can be more. I loved that the MC's in this were basically best friends and have that trust and cozy way they rely on one another. Lots of little surprises throughout the book, but I found them a delight.


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NYT/WSJ/USAT bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.  

 

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FOOL ME TWICE

by Carrie Aarons

Release Date: March 12th

 

         

 

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When my best friend died of cancer just before her eighteenth birthday, she left her coveted bucket list to me.

 

The things she already crossed off? Skinny dipping, going to Paris, completing the local hot wing challenge, road tripping to the ocean, and sending out a message in a bottle.

 

So, it falls on me to finish it for her, to honor her memory. In the next year, it’s my mission to:

 

1. Dye my hair

2. Have sex

3. Camp out in a tent

4. Go bungee jumping

5. Get revenge on Lincoln Kolb

 

Most are doable, some terrify me, and then there is the last item on the list. When the raven-haired football god dumped my best friend during senior year of high school, she was devastated. The jerk with charm for days found out she was sick, and betrayed her in the worst way possible.

 

But he doesn’t know me, I went to school a town over. Now, to fulfill my promise, I’m the newest freshman on the campus where he is the big man. If there is one thing, aside from cheap beer, that a jock can’t pass up, it’s a shiny new girl.

 

So when I catch his eye, play hard to get, and then fall into his bed, I know my scheme is working to perfection. But what Lincoln can’t see coming is the beatdown I have planned for his ice-cold heart.

 

Unfortunately, what I never saw coming was the one he had planned for mine.        

 

 

 

 

 

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Henley has just gone through the worst thing any teenager should have to right before college. She has lost her very best friend to cancer. Now she is trying to stay loyal by finishing her besties bucket list.

Lincoln is intrigued by the new blonde who give him so much crap. He loves that nothing gets past her. This is a woman he could fall for. He has to focus on football, but maybe there is room for more?

This was a very sweet story. I found that I enjoyed the author's twists and turns for this couple. They were truly meant to be. So many surprises in this book too. The pace was pretty steady, and the story rich and solid.

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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better. When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas

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Sexy
Surrender - MSc,  Fiona Cole

This is book # 3.5, in the Voyeur series.  This book should not be read as a standalone novella.  It is a story follow up for book # 2, and should be read in order in order not to spoil.

 

Jackson and Jake's story continues with wedding jokes, venues, and potential mothers-in-law.  So much going on that the guys seem not to be connecting like they were.  Can the past stay there?

 

Jake has no idea what has Jackson so upset and tired lately.  What happened to wanting to be married?  What happened to forever?  He is going to find out no matter what.

 

This short and sexy novella was a perfect glimpse into the lives of the guys we were missing.  What a great series.  So much to these characters and we are so glad to have more time with them. I loved this great read.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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4 Stars
Growth
Fool Me Twice - Carrie Aarons

Henley has just gone through the worst thing any teenager should have to right before college.  She has lost her very best friend to cancer.  Now she is trying to stay loyal by finishing her besties bucket list.  

 

Lincoln is intrigued by the new blonde who give him so much crap.  He loves that nothing gets past her.  This is a woman he could fall for.  He has to focus on football, but maybe there is room for more?

 

This was a very sweet story.  I found that I enjoyed the author's twists and turns for this couple.  They were truly meant to be.  So many surprises in this book too.  The pace was pretty steady, and the story rich and solid.  I give this read 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!  

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4 Stars
Stunning
Changing Roles - Melanie Moreland

Liam is a celebrity among the players in Hollywood.  He is known as Pampered, pretty, and often puzzled.  Until he had Shelby as an assistant he had trust issues as well.  Now he had people around him that he feels comfortable with.  And maybe something more......

 

Shelby has already had a past with a man out of control.  She is looking to heal, not find someone new.  Being close to her brother & working for Liam is a decent life.  Even if it has its lonely moments.

 

This book was a sweet and sexy play on a slow burn.  I like the characters in their own right.  This was a premise that I love.  I like when best friends can be more.  I loved that the MC's in this were basically best friends and have that trust and cozy way they rely on one another.  Lots of little surprises throughout the book, but I found them a delight.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac "Ice" Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way--until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. Avery is unlike any woman he's ever known. Her smile thaws his frozen heart. Being with her heals his broken places. She makes him feel, and for Isaac that's not always a good thing. Isaac has burned every bridge in his professional hockey career. When he's traded to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their inaugural season, he knows he won't get another chance. He's never been a team player, yet he needs to become one--and fast.

Avery has only wanted one thing in her life--to train and show horses. Her decision to drop out of college to pursue her riding career causes a rift with her big sister, but Avery is tired of following everyone else's dreams. Now she's following her own, and no one is going to distract her from her passion--until she meets a dark stranger and his cantankerous dog.

When Isaac is warned away from Avery by the team's captain, who happens to be Avery's future brother-in-law, Isaac sees the writing on the wall. It's Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn't be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?

Do Isaac and Avery sacrifice their mutual passion for each other in order to achieve their goals, or do they fight to have it all, even if by doing so, they might lose everything in the end?

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Sizzling
Yours In Scandal - Lauren Layne

Robert is just ending his term of being the Mayor of New York City.  There must be a party to celebrate his good work.  Doesn't hurt that he is thinking of running for Governor too.  The people seem to like him and he is good at this job.

 

Adeline, trying to make the party for Robert, is fighting the feelings she is starting to feel for him.  It is a madhouse to go back into the slippery slope that is politics.  When he finds out who her father is this whole scenario will be worse.  Since he is the first man to make her feel in years should she take a chance?

 

I absolutely loved the story.  Fast paced, with corners of darkness shadowing the light, I loved the characters and their weaknesses that were showing.  There was banter, and sexual innuendo and frustration at first.  All the more titillating and the sparks were humming as we read the first half.  The second half, however, is where the real scandal lies.  I give this great read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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What He Really Needs by Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood

Cover created by Cherie Fox

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2020
 

Available to Pre-Order at Amazon

 
Cayo Suárez, who is gay, and Ben Roth, an admitted Oblivious Straight Guy, were roommates in law school, but two years after graduating, they have lost touch. After an accidental meeting, Cayo invites Ben to stay with him while Ben looks for his own apartment. There’s only one complication, but it’s a big one—Cayo has been in love with Ben since they met. 
 
What begins as a heartwarming reunion of old friends heats up quickly, and Ben starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he always thought he was. Cayo and Ben reconnect in a most unexpected way, but their jobs complicate things. Cayo works for low-income people at Legal Assistance, and Ben works for the man. 
 
When Ben and Cayo become involved in a controversial case, powerful people with a lot to lose seize control of the situation. They want to bend the case’s outcome to their own nefarious ends, and they’ll destroy anyone who tries to stand up to them. Will Cayo and Ben find a way to save Ben’s career, and their budding relationship, before it’s too late?  
 
What He Really Needs is an action-packed book full of warmth and humor, a first-time bisexual awakening, a healthy dose of suspense, steamy sexy times, and an extraordinarily happy ending.
 
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The Plan
Whitney Dineen
(The Creek Water Series #3)


Publication date: March 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Bead shop owner Amelia Frothingham has been keeping a secret from everyone she knows.

 

She pretends to be the ultimate care-free bohemian chick, but the truth is, she’s the world’s biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelia’s life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spring tornado.

 

Like every other woman under eighty with a pulse, Amelia’s intrigued. So when Huck starts showing up in her shop with flirtation in mind, she finds herself getting sucked into the rock god vortex. But her previous attempts at long-distance love have always ended on a sour note, so Amelia has vowed never to repeat the experience.

What Amelia doesn’t know is that Huck has a secret of his own, and he has no intention of returning to Los Angeles before he’s good and ready.

 

Will Huck stay in town, scattering the beads Amelia has finally gotten sorted? Or will he head back to his glamorous life and take her last chance at spontaneity and love along with him?

 

Find out in this deliciously funny romcom about love and life in Creek Water, Missouri!

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My insides churn in excitement at the thought of seeing Huck again. Last week if you’d have told me that either Huck Wiley was going to come to town or I was going to have tea with a full-blown yeti, my money would have been on the Sasquatch.

 

I curl up in a hand-carved gentleman’s chair that was original to this house, and stare around the ornate room. I swear I can see the ghosts of Lexi’s and my combined family members bustling around like they did back in the day. I wonder what life would have been like for me if I’d been around at that time. I probably would have been married off at fifteen to some old potbellied gentleman farmer or some such. A shudder of imagination-fed revulsion overtakes me. Of course, if the gentleman farmer looked like Huck, I would have set a world record running to the church.

 

Lexi pulls me out of my reverie when she comes in with a tray of dishes, silverware, and napkins. She puts them on the coffee table in front of me. “I think your parents should hire Shuckie to cater Emmie and Zach’s wedding. The man is magic.”

 

“That’ll be my wedding, if I ever have one,” I tell her.

 

“You don’t want a big deal down at the club?” 

 

“No, ma’am,” I tell her. “I want to party on the docks with lots of loud music and twinkle lights that run for miles. I want to eat fried fish and hush puppies, drink beer, and dance until my feet fall off.”

 

“I want to be invited to that wedding. It sounds like the event of the century,” a deep voice says. I turn to follow the sound; I hadn’t heard Huck walk in. I stare right at him and discover he’s his stunning bad-boy self. If he were a painting I’d title it “Rock Star in Repose.” He’s wearing a pair of his signature worn jeans and a tight t-shirt. This time it’s advertising an old Pearl Jam tour. He doesn’t look the least bit cold.

 

“The night I get hitched, you’ll probably be selling out Yankee Stadium and dodging a bushel load of panties being thrown your way by adoring fans,” I reply, totally dismissing his request to come to my wedding.

 

Huck laughs as though I’ve caught him totally off guard by my somewhat saucy comment. “If I played Yankee Stadium that might just happen, but Madison Square Garden isn’t quite that wild. Although a thong or two does make it my way,” he assures me.

 

“Lucky you.” The thought of throwing my unmentionables at him, and him picking them up, cause my insides to liquefy into a pool of raw desire. 

 

“Have you ever been to one of my concerts, Amelia?” he wants to know.

 

I don’t answer right away. Instead, I take time to clear my throat and fill my plate with an assortment of yummy food. I wait so long to address his question that I figure he’s forgotten he even asked it. I suggest, “You’d best hurry up and get some of this or you’re gonna be out of luck. I don’t bother eating like a lady when Shuckie’s the chef.”

 

Huck grabs a plate before repeating, “Have you ever been to one of my concerts, Amelia?”

 

“I have not,” I tell him. 

 

“I’m offended,” he teases gruffly. “Why not?”

 

“Because I have every album you’ve ever released and I don’t see the need to get all gussied up just to drive three hours to a venue only to be subjected to hordes of people screaming your name so loud that I can’t actually hear what you’re singing.” Then, instead of leaving well enough alone, I add, “I’d rather curl up on my couch, put on your album, and have you all to myself.” 

 

Good lord, why did I say that?

 

 

 

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The Plan (The Creek Water Series Book 3)The Plan by Whitney Dineen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in The Creek Water series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this laugh-out-loud series in order intended.

Amelia has gotten to a good place. She no longer freaks out. She listens to good music. Then she gets a visitor who performs said music in her shop. Tongue tied does not really describe what happens.

Huck is attracted to the honesty Amelia gives him right away. Never did he think he would find someone who understands hi daughter, nor did he think he would want her so badly. How can he convince her that the future is worth leaping toward?

I really loved this story. I was surprised at all the funny moments. The banter is wonderful. The family interactions are not only easy to relate to, but they feel familiar. Taking a sensitive subject and approaching it this way with such humor, was just genius! I am certain this installment fits well into this series. I sure cannot wait for the next installment!


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Author Bio:

 

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

 

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

 

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“I don’t think I’m falling in love with you.” His eyes stay locked with mine as his thumb glides over my jaw. “I am in love with you.”

“How do you know?”

“How do you know you need to breathe?” he asks in return, and tears start to fill my eyes. “Loving you isn’t something I think about. It’s something that has happened without me thinking about it and it is as natural to me as taking my next breath.”
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