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Monday, May 23, 2022

🌟 BOOK BLITZ 🌟 A Cinderella for the Prince’s Revenge by Emmy Grayson {EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!}




A Cinderella for the Prince’s Revenge by Emmy Grayson

Release Date: May 24th 2022 by Harlequin Presents
Series: A Cinderella for the Prince’s Revenge #1
Pages: 224
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

This Cinderella romance from Emmy Grayson has it all—drama, revenge…and a royal proposal to remember!

His royal ring is on the table…

Her destiny is in his hands!


Small-town bartender Briony Smith’s exhilarating flirtation with customer Cass is a welcome distraction from her very ordinary existence. She’s speechless when Cass reveals he’s a prince and she’s a long-lost princess!

She’s even more shocked by his convenient proposal! Marrying Cass will allow her to be part of the family she’s never known. And their powerful attraction can only sweeten the deal. But will it still feel like a fairy tale after Cass’s admission that making her his bride is part of his plan for revenge?

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Book 1: A Cinderella for the Prince’s Revenge




{EXCERPT}

“Briony?”

Cass’s voice yanked her out of her melancholy state. She loved the way he said her name, the syllables rolling off his tongue in an exotic accent.

“Sorry.” She gave him a quick smile. “It was fine.”

Most people accepted that answer, didn’t press for more out of courtesy or disinterest. But Cass stared at her, eyes probing. Her smile slipped as she shifted on her feet.

“What?”

“You’re an open book.”

She frowned. “Oh?”

He leaned across the bar. The scarred countertop still separated them. All she had to do was lean back to keep space between them.

But she didn’t. No, she just stood there as he laid a finger on her rapidly beating pulse at the base of her throat. Amazing how much fire one graze of a fingertip could ignite, she thought desperately past the swirling rush of blood roaring in her ears. The first time he’d ever touched her, a mere tap of his finger, and she could barely stop from swooning like a teenager with her first crush.

“The pulse in your throat. Your tongue darting out to touch your lips.” Despite the uptick in volume as the band transitioned into a raucous rendition of the latest country song, his words wound around her, a seductive spell. His eyes dropped down to her mouth. A wild temptation seized her, made her sway forward before common sense yanked her back. Had she truly almost kissed a customer? A most likely very wealthy, very handsome customer who would be leaving any day now.


AUTHOR BIO:

Emmy's interest in romance can be traced back to her love of Nancy Drew books, when she tried to solve the mysteries of her favorite detective while rereading the romantic chapters with Ned Nickerson. Fast-forward a few years when she discovered a worn copy of "A Rose in Winter" by Kathleen Woodiwiss on her mother's bookshelf, and she was hooked. Over 20 years later, Harlequin Presents made her dream come true by offering her a contract for her first book.

When Emmy isn't writing or reading, she's chasing around her baby boy, feeding her menagerie of fur babies or carving out a little time on her front porch with her firefighter hubby.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

πŸ”– COVER REVEAL πŸ”– The Virgin Next Door by Lauren Blakely



The Virgin Next Door by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: August 12th 2022 by Lauren Blakely Books
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Raise your hand if you’ve ever done this. Written a racy message and sent it to—oops—the wrong person.

Yeah, me too. Except, I sent my latest Tales of a Naughty Virgin column detailing my fantasies about my hot, charming, thoroughly bangable next-door-neighbor to…MY ENTIRE COMPANY.

Did I mention I’m a children’s book editor?

Well, I was.

*Facepalm*

At least the column goes viral, but I’m still the gal who gets fired for her not-safe-for-work thoughts about the so-called “Mister Sexy Pants.”

Now I need a job stat, so I jump on the first opportunity. And I come face to face with my new boss.

Mister Sexy Pants himself.

Item number one on my to-do list? Make sure my boss never finds out his alter ego…since all of New York knows I want Mister Sexy Pants to punch my virgin club card.

Contents Include: A sexy and clever romp of an MF, dual-POV, mistaken identity romantic comedy, complete with dating mishaps, sizzling sexual tension, a hot nerd of a boss hero, a chaotically delightful heroine, an awkward incident with glitter, and a virgin’s NSFW to-do list.




About Lauren Blakely: 


A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible

Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 60 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party. 


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

πŸ”– REVIEW BLITZ πŸ”– Ryker by Samantha Lind



Ryker by Samantha Lind

Release Date: June 23rd 2022 by Samantha Lind
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

After years of trying to get back home to be closer to my daughter, I finally secured a spot on the newly expanded San Francisco Shockwaves.

Juggling being the newly appointed Captain of the team and taking on full-time fatherhood to a teenager sends my life into chaos.

I quickly find myself needing someone who can pick up the pieces and keep my life in order as I certainly can’t do it alone.

I just never thought my savior would be the sexy woman next door- the one I can’t keep my mind or eyes off every chance I get. 




My Review:

In Ryker, the first book in the San Francisco Shockwaves Series, Lind delivers a sweet and short sports romance that will leave you wanting for more.

For Ryker Jorgensen, not being able to be close to his daughter has made it difficult to see her as much as he can due to his career. Having signed a multi-year contract with the Indianapolis Eagles didn’t protect him from the new expansion draft. He only hopes to get picked up by another team and that’s exactly what happens. The San Francisco Shockwaves have picked Ryker as the first official member of the team. With that is relocating to California where he’ll be able to be close to his daughter and hopefully settle down. While there are new changes coming his way, Ryker wasn’t expecting to meet the gorgeous neighbor next door. Avery has a down to earth personality and the fact that she gets along with his daughter is also a plus. So when things start to evolve between them, he has to decide if he is willing to give them a chance to pursue a possible future together.

I enjoyed reading Ryker, the chemistry between the characters is sizzling from the very beginning. Their attraction for each other is instant and so is their relationship. Avery is kind, supportive and also happens to enjoy spending time with Ryker’s daughter. He wasn’t expecting to bond with her right away, but he wouldn’t have it other way. I wish the author could have expanded on some details, but it truly works out at the end. There is no conflict in the story and you get a sweet ending. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a short read that’s steamy and romantic.

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

My Rating:



Meet Samantha Lind:

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

πŸ”– REVIEW BLITZ πŸ”– Hot Shot’s Mistake by Gina Azzi



Hot Shot's Mistake by Gina Azzi

Release Date: May 12th 2022
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

Tangling up with my new physical therapist, Mila Lewis, is a mistake. One I can’t seem to stop making.

When I sign with the Tennessee Thunderbolts, I have two goals: prove my injury hasn’t benched my career and get back to New York.

But then, I meet Mila, the enigmatic therapist tasked with rehabbing my shoulder.

With her long ponytail, professional demeanor, and girl-next-door look, Mila is nothing like my usual type.

She’s better—a good girl with sad eyes and a tragic past our small-town loves to dissect.

With the entire town up in her business, our budding connection is far from simple. I’m not staying, and Mila will never leave.

Deep down, I know I should walk away and let her find the happily-ever-after she deserves.

But I can’t. Not without showing her that it could be me.

And that may be the biggest mistake of all. 




My Review:

Hot Shot’s Mistake is the first book in Azzi’s newest Tennessee Thunderbolts Series. This emotional small town sports romance is about second chances and new beginnings that will leave you rooting for the characters until the very end.

At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Devon Hardt, a hockey player who had been in New York playing for the Sharks until an injury got him traded to Tennessee. The team is currently going through a massive rebuild and he will be the keystone player for the Tennessee Thunderbolts. But moving from a big city like New York to the small town of Knoxville will take some getting used to and Devon doesn’t know if he is going to stay there for that long. Devon wants to play for a team who is already established and not starting out. So it’s his goal to go back to New York and prove to them that he is still the best at what he does. Until he meets the team’s newest physical therapist that his whole life takes an unexpected turn. He can see that Mila has been hurt in the past and there is something about her that keeps Devon drawn to her from the minute they meet. The more time they spend together, the more Devon starts to understand her past and wants to protect her at all costs. She might just be the one to give him a reason to stay and start a future together.

For Mila Lewis living in a small town has its perks as everyone knows everyone and sometimes that’s it’s a downside as well. The whole town has seen her grown up and was rooting for her to end up with its golden football player. But Mila got hurt in the process and although that happened months ago, the town still hasn’t moved on. Making it difficult for Mila to be able to move on from her past, so when she got the job with the Tennessee Thunderbolts, she knew that it was time to start the next chapter in her life. As the team’s physical therapist, Mila knows that she is going to be working with the team’s newest team player, Devon Hardt. But it’s an unexpected encounter that she has with him that makes her see that Devon is a player with a messed up shoulder and a big ego. He also reminds her of her ex and that’s not something Mila is willing to repeat. Yet, Devon is making it difficult to not say no to a shot with him and she is afraid of getting hurt again.

I really enjoyed reading Hot Shot’s Mistake, the story was sweet and steamy. They are about to start new chapters in their lives, but fate had another plan and brought them together. It’s in the process that Mila is able to let go of her past and is able to fully trust again. On the other hand, Devon didn’t think that he would feel strongly for Mila right away. He wants to earn her trust and he gets to form friendships with his new teammates. The ending was a little bit unexpected, but it worked out for them really well. I would highly recommend checking it out and I cannot wait to read the next in the series! :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

My Rating:



Meet Gina Azzi:

I’m Gina Azzi, a book-obsessed, coffee-drinking, globetrotting, mama of soon-to-be three! I write sweet with a dash of spicy New Adult and Contemporary Romance full of good men putting in work to win the hearts of even better women.

A total Jersey girl at heart, I struggle with insatiable wanderlust and currently reside in Ontario, Canada with my family.

When I’m not dreaming up storylines or writing all the words, you can find me hanging with my littles, attempting to bake, or planning my next adventure.

Connect with me on social media or at ginaazziauthor@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

Xo,

Gina 

Monday, May 2, 2022

πŸ”– BLOG TOUR πŸ”– Maybe We Won't by Melissa Foster {EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!}



Maybe We Won't by Melissa Foster

Release Date: April 26th 2022 by Montlake
Pages: 286
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

A sexy and soul-stirring novel about love, family, and rediscovering what matters most by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe We Will.

When workaholic Boston attorney Deirdra de MessiΓ©res is passed over for a well-deserved promotion, she takes a two-month hiatus to show her boss just how much he needs her and heads home to Silver Island. But beyond seeing her sisters happy, home is not where Deirdra’s heart is. She has no interest in their family restaurant, the Bistro, or reliving hurtful childhood memories, and absolutely no interest in spending a single second with Josiah “Jagger” Jones, the Bistro’s too-laid-back musician and chef. Sure, the hippie is hot, but he drives her nuts. The guy lives in a van with his dog, and he can’t even commit to a solid work schedule. To make matters worse, he’s always around. She needs to get off the island, stat.

Jagger has overcome his own personal trials to place stock in life’s pleasures: family, friends, peace…and if he has his way, one positively beautiful, absolutely uptight attorney. Jagger knows he’s the perfect person to help Deirdra deal with her hurtful past and find her way back to being happy.

A chance encounter leads to deep conversation, and night after liberating night, Deirdra lets down her guard. But neither has plans to stay on Silver Island. Free-spirited Jagger has wanderlust, and Deirdra has a career to return to. They’re on different paths, and plans for a future together don’t stand a chance. But when has anything gone according to plan?

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{EXCERPT}

Deirdra de MessiΓ©res lay in her childhood bedroom on Silver Island thinking about her upended life. She’d worked her ass off for the last several years as a corporate attorney for a tech firm in Boston, and after her promotion to assistant general counsel last year, she’d thought she was on the fast track to becoming general counsel when the slot opened up—until the GC had a heart attack and her slave-driver boss, Malcolm, had hired a referral from outside the company through his good-old-boy network.

The bastard.

He’d sprung that little nugget on her three days ago, after which Deirdra had announced her two-month hiatus, effective immediately. Everyone had been shocked, including Deirdra. She’d never taken time off and had made herself available in the evenings and on weekends since she’d first started with the company. She’d had to. It was a dog-eat-dog industry, and with six other attorneys on board—four of whom were men—she’d wanted to stand out. Yes, she was well aware that she was putting the company she’d given her all to in a pickle, especially since the new general counsel couldn’t start for another two months. But that was the point. Let them suffer without her impeccable mind handling everything under the sun. She was confident in her game plan and certain Malcolm would quickly see the error of his ways.

Well, pretty confident, anyway. Ninety percent sure.

Okay, seventy-five percent.

The truth was, she’d thought he wouldn’t let her walk out the door after her announcement. But her stern sixty-year-old boss had simply wished her a relaxing time and said she needed it. She’d already received dozens of calls and emails from colleagues who were shocked that she’d taken so much time off, but she struggled with disappointment over the ones that hadn’t come from her boss.

She still couldn’t believe Malcolm had said she freaking needed the break. As if she’d ever produced subpar work? That was a laugh. He’d had nothing but accolades for her jobs well done, and last year’s promotion had been proof of that.

Her frustration simmered to the boiling point. Ugh. She needed to stop overthinking the situation. Fat chance of that happening for a self-professed control freak. Deirdra not overthinking would be as weird as her younger sister, Abby, not seeing the bright side of things or their older half sister, Cait, trusting everyone at face value. Deirdra had a better chance of trying to transform into a bird and fly away.

If only . . .

She and her sisters were quite the trio, and they’d had a whirlwind few months. She and Abby had only discovered Cait existed in the spring, when they’d come back to the island to go over their mother’s will with one of their mother’s best friends, Shelley Steele. While Abby had embraced and trusted Cait unconditionally from the moment she’d met her, Deirdra had been cautious, given that their family house, restaurant, and meager inheritances were on the line. It had taken Cait some time to open up and trust them as well. But they’d gotten through those trials and tribulations and had become close. Cait was a wonderful addition to their family, and like Abby, she’d found solace and love on Silver Island.

Deirdra would not be following suit.

Beyond seeing her sisters happy, Deirdra had no interest in their family restaurant, the Bistro, or in the island on which she’d spent too many years trying to hold together the pieces of her alcoholic mother’s disheveled life, helping to run the Bistro and keep a roof over their heads. Deirdra had fled immediately after high school to attend Boyer University in Upstate New York with her bestie, Sutton Steele, and had finally started living her own life. But self-preservation had consequences, and Abby had been stuck caring for their mother in Deirdra’s absence. That sucked, but what choice had Deirdra had at the time? Stay on the rinky-dink island running a restaurant she resented and putting her drunk mother to bed while her dreams went to pot? Besides, Abby had encouraged her to go, and Deirdra had clung to that support like a lifeboat in her sea of guilt as she’d set out to prove herself to Abby and maybe even to stick it to her mother and show that she couldn’t hold her back.

Deirdra stared at the ceiling, discomfort simmering inside her. She’d thought her resentment toward the island and all that it represented might ease now that her mother was gone, but painful reminders lingered like ghosts in the wind, and the house and her bedroom were filled with them. Abby and Aiden had done a great job of sprucing it up. It was absolutely gorgeous. To anyone else it would seem warm and inviting, but there wasn’t enough paint on the planet to obliterate Deirdra’s painful memories. How many nights had she snuck out the window just to sit on the hill and look out at the water to keep from drowning in her mother’s wake?

Maybe she shouldn’t have come back, but she couldn’t do that to Cait. The start of her impromptu hiatus had lined up with the day Cait and all their friends were fixing up her new tattoo shop. Deirdra wasn’t big on manual labor, but she loved her sisters, and she’d needed to get out of Boston. She was glad she’d come, even if being on the island was uncomfortable. She’d gotten to witness Cait’s boyfriend, Deirdra’s childhood friend Brant Remington, get down on one knee in front of all their friends and propose. Deirdra couldn’t be happier for them, but come hell or high water, she was getting off this island tomorrow and going on a well-deserved vacation, the destination of which was yet to be determined.

The sound of the front door jarred her from her thoughts, and Abby’s giggles floated upstairs. She and her fiancΓ©, Aiden Aldridge, couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Deirdra glanced at her phone. It was almost one o’clock in the morning. In the spring, Abby had moved back home from New York, where she’d worked sixty-plus hours a week as a chef. She’d met and fallen head over heels for Aiden in a whirlwind love affair. Together they’d revived the Bistro, and they were getting married in November.

Deirdra tried to focus on the distant sounds of Silver Harbor sneaking in through the open window instead of the cacophony of laughter, low conversations, and prolonged silences, followed by loud lustful sounds coming from downstairs. If only she were back in Boston. She preferred her noisy neighbor’s stereo blasting classic rock and oldies at all hours over this. At least that she could dance to.

Needless to say, she was a little jealous of her sisters’ love lives. Not that she’d had time for a man, or anything else besides work, these last few years. More noises floated upstairs. She closed her eyes, willing them not to have sex in the living room or, worse, in the kitchen. She had to eat at that table. Oh God, that’s probably what Aiden is doing. She squeezed her eyes shut. Deletedeletedelete!

What was she thinking, staying in her old bedroom? She should have stayed in the apartment over the garage. Why hadn’t she thought of that from the get-go?

A loud thud rattled the walls, followed by more laughter.

Deirdra flew out of bed. She was not going to listen to a play-by-play of Abby and Aiden having sex. She put on her silk kimono and headed downstairs, praying she wouldn’t catch them in a compromising position. She stopped on the bottom step, eyeing the trail of clothing that led past the steps and down the hall to their bedroom. Thank God. Hurrying into the kitchen, she snagged the key to the apartment off the hook by the side door and quietly slipped outside. She crossed her arms against the brisk September air as she climbed the steps to the apartment above the garage.

A streak of moonlight lit a path down the hallway to the bedroom. She took off her kimono and slipped under the warm covers, closing her eyes as she sank into the mattress. Something moved beside her, and her eyes flew open just as that something licked her face. She screamed and jumped out of the bed, flailing for the light switch. A bark rang out, and a cold nose hit her crotch. She swatted at it as she flicked on the lights, illuminating an amused Josiah “Jagger” Jones pushing languidly from the bed as his dalmatian, Dolly, nosed Deirdra’s privates. The twentysomething hippie worked at the Bistro as a part-time musician and part-time chef.

“What are you doing here?” She twisted away from Dolly, her eyes catching on Jagger’s naked body. Holy mother of hotness. Broad shoulders and a few wordy tattoos on his ribs vied for her attention, but her eyes locked on the dusting of dark chest hair trailing down lickable abs, and her thoughts skidded to a halt at the impressive cock dangling between his legs. She couldn’t look away. Her loneliest parts clenched with desire, while her boggled mind tried to make sense of the perfect manscaping, which didn’t fit the image she held of the hemp-clothing- and sandal-wearing, too-damn-laid-back guy for whom she had no patience. Not that she’d ever imagined him naked. Well, not too often anyway. He may not be her type—give her a man in a suit any day—but she couldn’t deny that Jagger was hot, and he had a great voice, the kind that fantasies were made of. His hair wasn’t bad, either: dark, thick, and wavy. The kind of hair she’d love to hold on to while his face was between her legs.

Dolly licked her, snapping her back to the moment.

Holy crap. She was losing it. She was thirty years old, and he couldn’t be more than twenty-four or -five. She needed to get off the island and scratch that particular itch with a man who was more her speed . . . age . . . Holy cow, his body . . .

Dolly licked her again, jerking her mind back into submission.

“Dolly!” She turned away, glowering at Jagger, who was watching her with a big-ass grin.

“Like what you see?” he said far too casually. He lazily raked a hand through his hair, his leather and beaded bracelets slipping down his wrist. 


About the Author:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

πŸ”– BLOG TOUR πŸ”– The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy {REVIEW}




The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy

Release Date: April 19th 2022
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.




My Review:

Not having read other books by Monica Murphy before, I did not know what to expect before reading The Reluctant Bride. Needless to say, I was impressed with this sizzling dark romance that will hook you from beginning to end. A must-read!

She may have been born into one of the countries most elite families, but for Charlotte Lancaster, she is the forgotten daughter among a household full of sons. Her brothers will carry the Lancaster name and not her. That is what her intimidating and angry father keeps reminding her. While her brothers get to have the freedom that they want, Charlotte is ignored and treated with indifference. So she rebelled, which quickly backfired on her.

It’s now more than ever that Charlotte is under the watchful eye of her father and no way of getting out of the Lancaster compound that is her home. That is until her father comes into her room one day to inform her that she is to be married Perry Constantine and the contract has been signed. At first, Charlotte doesn’t like the idea of being tossed around like an object, but it’s her only hope of getting away from her family. Marrying a complete stranger doesn’t sit well with her, until she meets Perry for the first time and realizes that becoming his wife might not be so bad after all.

For twenty-four-year-old, Perry Constantine, being the second oldest son has had its benefits over the years. He doesn’t have the pressure of running Halcyon, the family business. While Perry is out partying and spending the family fortune. It’s Winston, his older brother who has managed to make the company a billion-dollar success. Perry has worked hard to leave his partying days behind him and work for the family business instead. He wants to prove that he can be trusted and reliable. Until his mother tells that he will be marrying Charlotte Lancaster and there is nothing he can do about it to stop the wedding from happening.

He is furious and irritated that he is being forced into marrying someone that he doesn’t know. According to his mom, his wedding will merge the two families and they will be a force to be reckoned against their enemies, the Morellis. Perry has to convince Charlotte to help him end their engagement. Yet, it’s the minute they meet that he is completely taken by her beauty and wit. But she won’t let him touch her and he knows that she has been hurt in the past. There is something about Charlotte that makes him want to make her his and Perry is willing to break down the walls around her to do just that.

I loved reading The Reluctant Bride, this arrange marriage story really had me invested in the story overall and the characters as well. Their chemistry is undeniable from the start, no matter how much neither of them want to get married to one another. For Perry, it’s unfair that the rest of his siblings got to get married for love while he is about to have a fake relationship. But the more he gets to know Charlotte, he realizes that he wants to protect her at all costs. On the other hand, Charlotte might have it all, but her relationship with her father is not the best. The Lancasters are known to be ruthless and be able to open doors due to their wealth/influence. So marrying her to another powerful family takes her by surprise, since she is often overlooked. But things are not always easy and Charlotte’s past has come back to haunt her and she only hopes that Perry is there for her when he finds out about it. The book does end on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to read what happens next! :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

My Rating:



About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both a traditionally published author and an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

πŸ”– REVIEW BLITZ πŸ”– Just One Dare by Carly Phillips



Just One Dare by Carly Phillips

Release Date: April 19th 2022 by CP Publishing
Pages: 284
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

A one night stand with no names exchanged.
Six years later, she comes face to face with her baby’s father again.


Aurora Michaels isn’t the same girl she was that spring night. No longer homeless and living in the back room of a diner where she worked, she’s now a member of the wealthy Kingston family. She has her daughter, a career and has adjusted to her new normal.

Billionaire Nick Dare is a man who takes charge. He runs the hotel arm of the family empire and his life revolves around business and travel. A quick stop at his brother's movie premier has him doing a double take.

The woman who haunts his dreams is there. He’s been given a second chance and is determined to make the most of it.

When he learns about their daughter, Nick becomes a man on a mission. Aurora and their child are his. Even if he has to knock down Aurora’s emotional walls to prove it. 




My Review:

It only took a one night stand and six years later to change the course of their lives forever. Carly Phillips is back with her fifth book in The Kingston Family Series with Just One Dare. This incredibly emotional and steamy second chance romance will leave you rooting for the characters until the very end.

For Aurora Michaels, getting used to her new life has taken some getting to used to. She is no longer pregnant and homeless, with no idea what the next day would bring. With those closets to her gone, Aurora really thought that she was alone in the world. Until she finds out about a whole new family that claims to be hers. The Kingstons represent immense wealth and prestige in New York. To find out that she is the illegitimate daughter of the deceased patriarch changes Aurora’s life right away.

She can finally give her daughter, Leah, the family she didn’t have. But no matter how much she tries to be there for daughter, it still hurts to know that Leah won’t ever know her dad. Little did she know that by attending her brother’s latest movie premiere would alter her future yet again. Seeing Nick Dare again completely takes her by surprise, but Aurora is aware that he needs to know about his daughter. She is not the same girl that he met when she turned eighteen, yet she is still attracted to the man that he has become. Aurora might try to keep her feelings in check, but Nick has other ideas and that’s to make them his once and for all.

For Nick Dare, being in charge of the hotel side of the family empire keeps him extremely busy and away most of the time. Not having a home base and traveling from one hotel to the next is what his life revolves around. So having a relationship is out of the question, especially when he has a “three dates and you’re out” motto. No one has ever captivated him the way Aurora Micheals did when he met her in Miami six years ago. They had a one night stand and only shared their first names. He hasn’t stopped thinking about her ever since. It would be attending his brother’s movie premiere to finally bump into the woman that got away all those years ago. Yet, there is something different about Aurora and finding out that he is a father makes it even more important to prove to her that they deserve a shot at a forever.

I loved the story as a whole, we’ve been teased with Aurora’s story since the beginning of the series and now that it’s here, it really stands out to me. There is so much more involved than just a secret pregnancy romance, we have the characters’ back stories that had me invested in the book as well. On one side there is Aurora’s story of abandonment and how she has her guard up all the time. It’s taking her time to adjust to being part of a family and now that Nick is back he wants to show her that families will do anything for those that they love the most. They have to work together in order for them to be with one another. I really enjoyed the cameos from the characters from previous books in the series make. Leah is the sweetest and made the story that much more entertaining to read. All in all, I would highly recommend checking out this book. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Meet Carly Phillips:

NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.


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Friday, April 15, 2022

πŸ”– REVIEW πŸ”– Following Maggie by Melanie Moreland



Following Maggie by Melanie Moreland

Release Date: April 7th 2022
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Novella

Let Love Guide You Home - Coming Home series from Melanie Moreland

A snowstorm, an unexpected delay, and a caring stranger are all it takes for Sebastian Ruggers to change the course of his life.

Instead of pushing paper and living a life he dreads, he follows his heart and the girl he meets to a new city.

A different life.

Maggie Andrews is heading back to the only town that ever felt like home.

When she meets Sebastian, somehow she knows, together, they’ll find a life together sweeter than the ones they are leaving behind. She can help him find his future. He can be the person she needs.

They only have to say yes.

Sometimes you discover home isn’t only a location on a map—but the person you share it with.



My Review:

Following Maggie, Moreland’s latest novella packs a punch as we are taken on a journey where two individuals take a leap of faith on each other and let love guide them home.

The last thing, Maggie Andrews, wants is to be stranded in a snowstorm at the airport on her way home. It’s been too long since she’s been to her small town and doesn’t know what’s waiting for her when she gets there. While the rest of the passengers are contacting their loved ones, Maggie realizes that she doesn’t have anyone to call. Until a restless stranger catches her attention as he is trying to sleep. A strange feeling to comfort him takes over her and the minute the two see one another, Maggie knows that her life is about to change forever. They know that they don’t have a lot of time together, and as they get to know each other, it’s evident that they have a lot in common. But when Maggie finds out about what’s waiting for Sebastian when he gets home, she offers him the opportunity to change the course of his life as well.

I really enjoyed reading Following Maggie, the storyline as a whole as well as the characters are relatable. We have two similar characters about to take two different paths, yet brought together by the storm. They have been through so much already and they’re about to give up their old lives to start over again. Soon, it’s their encounter that ultimately brings them together even though they know that they don’t have much time. Until they discover that starting again side by side might just be what it was meant to be all along. There is so much that happens in the novella that I loved, from their chemistry to their sweet moments. We get all the romance as well as a few surprises that I didn’t see coming at all. I would highly recommend checking out Following Maggie as well as any other book by the author. You won’t regret it! :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

πŸ”– REVIEW BLITZ πŸ”– Only One Forever by Natasha Madison



Only One Forever by Natasha Madison 

Release Date: April 12th 2022
Series: Only One #8
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

From Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Madison comes a brand new stand-alone sports romance. The eighth installment of the Only One Series. A spin-off from the Something So Series and This is Series

Dylan


My dreams came true when I was adopted at ten.

I was the best on the ice. Living the life of what every kid dreams of.

We’ve been best friends since then. Even when she was the annoying little sister following us around.

I would do anything for her.

It is another family vacation; except this time it feels different. Everything feels different.

Alex

All my memories have Dylan in them. From the first time I fell off my bike, to the time I got my heartbroken for the first time.

He’s always been my protector, but it’s time to let the dream of being his go.

One last family trip, one last goodbye.

Except fate steps in and has other plans.

At the end of the day, you only get one forever. 




My Review:

Natasha Madison delivers her most emotional sports romance yet in Only One Forever, the eighth book in the Only One Series. This is not just a friends to lovers romance, but it’s about all kinds of love and the determination to strive for what we want no matter where we comes from.

At the beginning we are introduced to Dylan Stone, captain of the Montreal hockey team, they are playing to get to the playoffs only to see his team lose right in front of his eyes. Yet another loss for the team that has seen him grow for the last eight years. But it’s the team’s lack of wins that has the owners wanting to revamp the team and give Dylan the hint to move on. Ever since Dylan was adopted at ten years old, it has been his dream to become a professional hockey player and follow on his dad’s footsteps. He was drafted to one of the best teams at the time and gave it his all. But there is a void in his life that he can’t deny and doesn’t know why that is. 

Until his best friend, Alexandra, offers him a chance to get way and that’s how he ends up in Dallas. Little does he know that his life is about to change forever. There is a comforting feeling when Dylan is with Alex, they’ve known each for a very long time. Until he starts seeing her in a new light and the thought of Alex seeing someone else makes Dylan angry and doesn’t know why. It would take a family vacation to put everything on the line, Dylan has to decide if he wants to stay in Dallas for good or move on to another team now that he has fallen for Alex.

For Alexandra Horton moving from New York to Dallas should have felt exciting and new. But she can’t help to feel that something is missing and that could be not having her best friend, Dylan, right next to her. She has seen the news of his latest game and wants to be there to comfort him. Yet, she has put distance between them intentionally hoping to start unloving him. It’s every memory that Alex has growing up is with him by her side, until she realizes that she is in love with her best friend. It’s her mission to put some level of distance between them, but the family vacation changes the course of her life forever. Dylan is determined to win her heart at all coast, but there are a lot more obstacles that they need to go through if they are going to make things work.

I fell in love with Dylan and Alex’s friendship right from the beginning. They know how to cheer one another when things get tough and their story is an emotional rollercoaster as they need to figure out their feelings for one another. They have grown up with each other and their families are close, so for them trying to be in a relationship that may or may not work can cause problems among their families. Until Dylan’s past comes back to haunt him and he realizes just how lucky he is to have had people there for him when he was adopted. He has a chance to fight for what he wants and give someone else the help that he once received. I loved their chemistry and the ending was sweet/romantic. I would highly recommend checking out this book as well as the rest of the series, it won’t disappoint. :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Meet Natasha Madison:

When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...


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