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* Review * THE SECRET SON’S HOMECOMING by Helen Lacey

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* Review * THE SECRET SON’S HOMECOMING by Helen LaceyThe Secret Son's Homecoming by Helen Lacey
Series: The Cedar River Cowboys
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on July 1, 2018
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The illegitimate son of the wealthiest man in Cedar River, Jonah Rickard spent his life avoiding his father. Forced back home for a wedding, he’s brought face-to-face with the only woman to ever threaten his hardened heart. Connie Bedford knows what it is to be haunted by the past, betrayed by trust…scared by desire. Years ago, Jonah’s father saved her. Now only Connie and her love can save Jonah—and, maybe, his family…


Emotionally powerful! With the latest book in The Cedar River Cowboys series, we get the secret son Jonah’s story. I really enjoyed this book, but I feel like to get a real appreciation of the family dynamic behind his existence, it works better to have read the earlier books in the series. You can read it as a stand alone, I’m just not sure you’ll realize the hardship that’s been suffered by them all in doing so. It’s been a great series, and I enjoyed getting Jonah & Connie story. Very emotional and heartfelt!

Jonah Rickard has felt like J.D. O’Sullivan’s dirty litte secret for the thirty years that he’s kept him a secret from his family. Now that the truth has come out and the turmoil the revelation caused in his father’s family has started to calm down, Jonah finds himself stuck between his love for his mother and his anger at being put in this position to have to have contact with the father that he feels like rejected him.

Connie Bedford works for J.D. and one of Jonah’s half brothers, and feels a special allegiance to them because they saved her at a particularly rough time in her life. She really likes Jonah, and she can’t deny she’s super attracted to him, but how can she consider having anything to do with the man who is constantly bad-mouthing this family that she dearly loves?


* Review * LOCKED DOWN WITH THE ARMY DOC by Scarlet Wilson

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* Review * LOCKED DOWN WITH THE ARMY DOC by Scarlet WilsonLocked Down with the Army Doc by Scarlet Wilson
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on July 1, 2018
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There’s a crisis in paradise!

But is her heart at risk…?

When Dr. Amber Berkeley met ruggedly handsome Jack at a conference in Hawaii, she never imagined they’d end up locked down together in the middle of a hurricane! Army doc Jack’s take-charge attitude pushes straight-talking Amber’s buttons—until their sparks ignite into a fierce attraction! Amber has a “no doctors” dating rule for good reason, but amid disaster rules are meant to be broken…


A race against time! An exciting story of doctors pulling together when a huge disaster is barreling down on them in order to help as many people as possible. Each of the main characters had their own story of heartbreak to share, and each dealt with life’s circumstances differently. An entertaining read!

When Dr. Amber Berkeley agrees to speak at a conference in Hawaii, she doesn’t know it’s going to change her life! Amidst the craziness of a natural disaster, Amber meets a man she’s instantly drawn to … the only problem is, she has a rule against dating fellow doctors!

Army doctor Jack Campbell is at the conference to present a new product he’s hoping will save many lives. He never expected to find a woman who is the first to make his blood stir in years, but now that he’s found her, he’s not going to stand by and let her walk away that quickly just because of what he does for a living!


* Review * SWAT STANDOFF by Lena Diaz

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* Review * SWAT STANDOFF by Lena DiazSWAT Standoff by Lena Diaz
Series: Tennessee SWAT
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on July 1, 2018
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A SWAT team vanishes.

Can two partners put aside their differences to save them?

Playing hero backfires on sexy SWAT team member Blake Sullivan. He infuriates his partner, Donna Waters, as much as he attracts her. But before they can resolve their differences, they discover that the rest of their team have been kidnapped by an unknown assailant. Now as they race to rescue the small Tennessee town’s real heroes, they share a growing mutual trust…and a hot, life-changing connection.


Action packed and mysterious! With our latest visit to the Tennessee SWAT series, we walk into the middle of chaos when the majority of the team vanishes into thin air! It’s a fast paced story with secrets popping up here and there to keep the intrigue high. A great connection between the characters brings us a satisfying romance amidst all of the action.

As the newest member of the Destiny, Tennessee SWAT team Blake Sullivan is finding it hard to let go of some of his past experiences and become a true part of the team. He’s been partnered up with Donna for the last few months and as much as she tries to show him the ropes with how things are done here, he just keeps pushing people’s buttons and going his own route. A recent training exercise just might be the last straw!

SWAT officer Donna Waters likes Blake and wants him to succeed, but he needs to admit his faults and show the boss that he’s going to do better if he gives him another chance … only just when she’s going to get him to do so, the team has disappeared! Something is in play here and there’s a limited time for Blake and Donna to figure out what it is and rescue their team before it’s too late!


* Release Day Blitz * DOWN DEEP by Kimberly Kincaid



Are you ready to go deep and feel the burn?

From USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Kincaid comes DOWN DEEP, the next standalone title in the Station Seventeen series, releasing June 18th! Check out the excerpt below and grab you copy today!



Ian Gamble has a past he’d rather forget—which is exactly what he’s doing at The Crooked Angel Bar and Grill when the place catches fire. Between his active duty in the Marines and his experience as a firefighter, his instincts get him and hot, headstrong bar manager, Kennedy Matthews, to safety. But those same instincts kick into high gear when the fire is ruled an arson, and he discovers Kennedy’s got secrets of her own.

The only thing that matters more to Kennedy than her bar is her brother. When she finds out he’s in over his head with a dangerous arsonist, she’ll do anything to keep him safe—even if it means teaming up with Gamble, who’s too sharp-eyed and hard-bodied for his own good. With every step, their attraction flares hotter and the risks grow more dangerous. Can Gamble and Kennedy face their fears—and their secrets—to catch a terrifying enemy? Or will they go down in flames?



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“Turn around.”

Kennedy paused. She wasn’t in the habit of being bossed around; hell, she wasn’t even really in the habit of accepting help, mostly because she never needed it. But her shoulders really did hurt like a sonofabitch, and anyway, letting him manage the sore spot on her back would only take a couple of seconds. How hard could it be?

She turned to face the shelving unit, pulling her hair over one shoulder. Gamble stepped in behind her, his hands finding the middle of her back a second later. His touch was surprisingly soft, so unlike his work-hardened body and dark stare and gruff demeanor, and Kennedy relaxed against the contact without meaning to.

“I usually do this with a tennis ball,” he said, his fingers traveling over either side of her spine as if he were trying to read her through the cotton of her shirt. “You just put it against a wall, press your back against it to keep it from falling, then roll it around a little to get it in the right place.”

“Sounds easy enough.” He slid his fingers higher, resting them just above her shoulder blades, and ah, her muscles squeezed in a burst of pleasure/pain.

“The trick is finding exactly the right spot and applying enough pressure to get everything to let go,” Gamble said. His hands kept moving, seeming to take stock of everything they touched, and with each pass of his fingers, Kennedy felt the tension in her body unwind. Her frazzled nerves, her fatigue, all of it fell away, and the pure goodness left in its wake made her mouth act independently from her brain.

“For the record, I do have a college degree.”

“Sorry?” His voice rumbled from behind her, and she turned her chin toward her shoulder to look at him—at least, as much as she could—as she answered.

“Before, you said”—his fingers found a spot, deep in her musculature, that made her pause for an exhale—“that you didn’t think they taught hammerlocks like that at Remington University. But I do have a degree. In business management.”

“Ah.” He rubbed slow circles over her shoulders, his hands wide and strong on her back until they zeroed in on a bundle of muscles at the juncture of her shoulder blade and spine. He applied just enough pressure to make the last of her tension release in a rush, and Kennedy swallowed the moan drifting up from her chest.

“Good to know,” Gamble said. He’d shifted toward her, just enough to return the half-look she’d sent over her shoulder, and enough for her to catch the scent of him on her inhale. He smelled clean—not like soap or laundry detergent, and definitely not like cologne, but of something sexy and intoxicating all the same, and, suddenly, the pantry seemed to have all the square footage of a postage stamp.

Kennedy’s heart slammed in her rib cage, her nipples going traitorously tight beneath her bra. This was impulsive at best, and insane at worst, but right now, she didn’t care.

Right now, she wanted him.

She lifted her chin to look up at Gamble through the shadows. At five foot ten, she didn’t usually feel small around people, but between the seven inches he had on her in height and the wide expanse of his well-muscled chest so close behind her, he came as close to eclipsing her as anyone ever had. His hands were still on her shoulders, and although it was the only place their bodies touched, she felt the heat of him everywhere.

“Kennedy.” The glint in his already-dangerous stare told her he wanted exactly what she did. Kennedy nodded, just the briefest signal of consent, and in less than a breath, he moved. Skimming his hands to the tops of her arms, Gamble cupped her shoulders to turn her around. His fingers pressed against her bare skin below the cap sleeves of her top, and her sex clenched with greedy want.

But then he froze, every part of him going still except for his heart, which she felt beating swiftly against her chest. “Do you smell that?”

She blinked, trying—and failing—to make sense of the question. “I…what?”

He took a step back, his entire body coiling as he sent a calculating gaze over the pantry, then the kitchen beyond. “Your cook turned off all the ovens and the flat-top grill before he left, right?”

“Of course.” Marco had never once skipped such an important step in breaking down his station. “Why?”

Gamble paused, but only long enough to grab her hand before he said, “Because your bar is on fire.”




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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.




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* Blog Tour / Review * SURRENDER by Elisabeth Naughton

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* Blog Tour / Review * SURRENDER by Elisabeth NaughtonSurrender by Elisabeth Naughton
Series: A House of Sin Novella
Published by Evil Eye Concepts on June 12, 2018
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The leaders of my House want her dead.

The men I’ve secretly aligned myself with want her punished for screwing up their coup.

I’ve been sent by both to deal with her, but one look at the feisty redhead and I’ve got plans of my own.

Before I carry out anyone else’s orders, she’s going to give me what I want. And only when I’m satisfied will I decide if she lives or dies.

Depending, of course, on just how easily she surrenders...


Dangerously wicked! If you’ve been reading the previous books in the House of Sin series, you’ll already recognize Marco and Felicity, but now we’re getting their story from when it started! It was short and sweet, but filled with lots of passion and information of how it all began for them. Looking forward to more to come in the series!

She’s a key figure in the Houses, and doesn’t realize the danger she’s in.

He’s been sent to teach her a lesson for daring to screw up the plans they’ve made.

Attraction explodes around them as danger nears. Will joining forces help get her to safety, or will one of them lead the other into more trouble than they ever expected?








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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton comes a new story in her House of Sin series…

The leaders of my House want her dead.

The men I’ve secretly aligned myself with want her punished for screwing up their coup.

I’ve been sent by both to deal with her, but one look at the feisty redhead and I’ve got plans of my own.

Before I carry out anyone else’s orders, she’s going to give me what I want. And only when I’m satisfied will I decide if she lives or dies.

Depending, of course, on just how easily she surrenders…




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“You think you know a lot about me, Mr. Garcia.”

“I think you and I both know you’re down here with him”—he nodded toward Comb-Over passed out on the floor—“because you’re afraid to be down here with me.”

He was wrong. I was down here for the damn file. But he was also right. I was also afraid to be here with him. Because the longer he looked at me with those fiery, lust-filled eyes, the more my mind wandered from the reason I was even in this mansion and zeroed straight on him.

“Hm?” Those lush lips curled on one side, tempting me to kiss that sexy smirk right from his face. “Admit it. I scare you because you already know how good it would be.”

He leaned close to my ear. “Imagine it. My lips on your skin. Kissing. Licking. Biting you gently until you shivered.”

My eyes drifted shut. And as his warm breath sizzled over my neck and down my spine, my fingers curled against his shirt, and I struggled to keep from melting against him.

“I’d start right here.” He brushed his lips against the soft skin behind my earlobe. Not a kiss. A caress of his lips. One I felt everywhere. “Then I’d move to your throat.” He lifted the hand at my hip and gently trailed his finger down the side of my neck to my collarbone. “I’d take my time. Over the hollow right here.” He very softly skimmed the indent between my neck and my shoulder. “And when I got to the strap of your dress…” He fingered the thin strip of fabric, tracing it all the way from the top of my shoulder down to the square neckline of my dress, so low his touch teased my breast and sent tingles straight to my nipples. “I’d tug it off with my teeth.”

My whole body trembled, and my hands slid to his shoulders. Before I could stop myself I lifted against him and rocked my hips against his—against that heavenly erection that was all but calling my name.

“Mm.” His lips skimmed my throat again. And he whispered, “I think you’d like that.”

I knew I’d like it. And I was pretty damn sure this man could make a woman bark like a dog and enjoy every moment of it.





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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”


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* Review * BRETT by Leigh Duncan

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* Review * BRETT by Leigh DuncanBrett by Leigh Duncan
Series: The Hometown Heroes Series #2
Published by Gardenia Street Publishing on June 15, 2018
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The broad-shouldered Adonis standing on Stephanie Bryant’s front porch cannot fathom why the sassy beauty failed to evacuate along with the other residents of Cocoa Beach, but she has her reasons.

With a big promotion at stake, the approaching storm doesn’t figure into Stephanie’s plans any more than falling for the hunkiest cop in Florida.

But more than the landscape changes when a hurricane practically blows Florida’s newest resident into the arms of disillusioned cop Brett Lincoln. While the last thing he wants in his life is another self-centered woman, the keys to his emotional survival just might dangle from Stephanie’s perfectly sculpted nails.

* This book was originally published in 2010.


A chance meeting, undeniable attraction and the start of a new relationship! With the next book in the Hometown Heroes Series, we get Brett’s story. He’s a become a bit bitter about his outlook on people since becoming a cop and seeing all the issues in the world, but a fresh perspective from Stephanie’s viewpoint has him rethinking his ways! This was a fun read … fast paced and entertaining.

When Stephanie Bryant transfers to Cocoa Beach, Florida as part of a big promotion, she has no clue she’s driving into town right in the middle of a big evacuation. Yes, the streets seemed fairly dead, but she’s from Ohio, what does she know about storms and evacuating?

Police officer Brett Lincoln can’t believe it when he sees her doing work around the house when everyone should already be out of the path of this storm. He figures out what’s going on with her and gets her on her way towards the only shelter left with any space and figures he’s done his good deed. When the town returns after the storm though, he just keeps running into her again and again … and he has to admit, he’s starting to like it!



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* Review * THE BROODING SURGEON’S BABY BOMBSHELL by Susan CarlisleThe Brooding Surgeon's Baby Bombshell by Susan Carlisle
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on July 1, 2018
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One night, unexpected consequences…!

But can they be a family?

After sparks fly with Dr. Gabriel Marks at a conference, nurse Zoe Avery’s left with a permanent reminder of their night together. Knowing Gabe doesn’t want kids, Zoe decides she’ll have the baby alone. Then Gabe moves to the same city just as pregnant Zoe needs a temporary home. Gabe comes to her rescue, but can they overcome their hurdles and become a family?


A surprise baby, a steamy attraction and real-life always popping up to keep them on their toes! A nice ground-work is laid for the story from the beginning of the book, and we get to know more about the characters as the story progresses. Zoe is really stubborn and fairly selfish in how she sees this whole baby thing, so she’s a bit hard to like. Gabe immediately steps up and wants to be a part of the process, so we feel for him as she tries to push him away. A solid read!

When attraction gets the better of them at a conference, Dr. Gabriel Marks and nurse Zoe Avery decide to have a fling before they each return home to their lives across the country from each other. He’s a busy transplant doctor, she’s a patient advocate with personal issues of her own that take up a lot of her time. They expect to possibly see each other again in six months at the next meeting, but other than that, go on about their lives.

When the next conference rolls around, Gabe is shocked to see that Zoe is pregnant. She knew from discussions they had previously that he wasn’t interested in marriage and a family, so she decided she’s having this baby on her own. It turns out Gabe is moving to her neck of the woods at just the right time when she needs a temporary place to live, and he’s not backing down now that he knows they have a child on the way … he plans to be a father to this baby!


* Review * INHERITED FOR THE ROYAL BED by Annie West

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* Review * INHERITED FOR THE ROYAL BED by Annie WestInherited for the Royal Bed by Annie West
Published by Harlequin Presents on July 1, 2018
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“I now belong to you.”

He will finally claim his inheritance!

Four years after inheriting—and liberating—a concubine, powerful ruler Sayid is shocked to see the transformation of Lina. No longer shy and naive, Lina is a feisty, irresistible woman. And Sayid has never wanted anyone more! But he’s duty bound to his country, and Sayid can only commit to a brief affair. Will Lina accept his outrageous proposal of a week in the royal bed?


Exotic and delightful! My attention was nabbed right off the bat as a young lady enters the realm of her new sire and offers herself for his service. She’s been raised to feel less important than the men in her culture, but she knows she deserves more. When faced with kindness and opportunity, she graciously accepts the life Sayid offers to help her with and never forgets what he’s done for her. Upon her return, she’s grown into a beautiful woman who catches his eye just as quickly as she did years prior. The attraction is intense … and the aftermath is explosive! The characters were developed well, and the plot while having a great foundation felt too short. Overall a very enjoyable read!

When Sayid Badawi, Emir of Halarq first met Lina she was young, naive and floundering. He took her under his wing and made sure she had a safe place to secure the education that she dreamed of, and most of all a place to call home. Now after more than four years, she’s returning to his kingdom and is more decadent than ever! He has too many duties to be able to give her the life that she deserves, but he could give her one week of passion she won’t forget!

Lina Rahman will be forever grateful to the Emir for the knowledge and education he gave her, and the crush she’s been harboring on him for all of these years only grows stronger when she sees him again. He’s a powerful, yet kind man and she would love being taken into his arms just once. When the opportunity arises, will she be able to settle for the few days he can offer her?


* Review * UNDONE by Elisabeth Naughton

* Review * UNDONE by Elisabeth NaughtonUndone by Elisabeth Naughton
Series: House of Sin #3
Published by Elisabeth Naughton Publishing LLC on June 5, 2018
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Behind the doors of the House of Sin, no one is ever safe...

I love him. It’s the only truth that matters now.

I’ve cast my old life aside and given myself fully to his wants and desires, to the fire he alone ignites inside me. And together, we’ve found strength and salvation in each other.

But there are evil forces that do not want us together, who will forever see me as a threat that must be undone. I trust that he will protect me, that our love can withstand any test, but I can’t ignore the growing shadows lurking beyond our door.

Because I understand now that those shadows are not waiting to destroy me as I once feared. They’ve come for him. To steal him away from me for good. And to finally and completely engulf him in a sinister world he’s eluded for so long.

In the inescapable darkness of the House of Sin…


Dark, dangerous and oh so exciting! With the next book in the House of Sin series, we pick up Luc and Natalie’s story where it left off in the previous book. Danger abounds, deceit is plentiful and life isn’t going to be easy for them no matter how they look at it! The story is fast paced, action packed and we reach a satisfying ending after much strife, pain and heartache! Enjoying this series!

She’s supposed to be safe, but people aren’t playing by the rules any longer, and danger is as alive as ever. She’s given up everything that she knew prior to him, and only wants to be safe and able to build their love … but forces stand in their way time and time again.

He’d agree to anything in order to keep her safe from the monsters that surround him. He’ll withstand whatever they throw at him … as long as she’s waiting at the end of the tunnel. More sacrifices than he ever imagined end up having to be made … and they have to be torn apart to come out whole at the other end!


* Review * TAKE HOLD OF ME by Arell Rivers

* Review * TAKE HOLD OF ME by Arell RiversTake Hold of Me by Arell Rivers
Series: A Hold Series Spin-off #1
Published by Tarnished Halo Publishing LLC on June 7, 2018
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She has a body that needs guarding. He has the muscle to do it ... but he’s moved on and refuses to look back.

A Woman Fighting to Stay on Top

After a decade as a supermodel, a younger version of me is scooping up my contracts. To regain my status in the industry, my agency devises a strategy—which so happens to require a bodyguard. And I know the perfect guy for the job: Wills Sumner, the man who saw beneath my veneer. Who currently is evading my texts like a Parisian taxi driver in the rain.

A Man Surrendering Hope

I need to start over. Watching my partners die on the job cemented my belief that I'm toxic. So, with the money from that fateful gig, I buy my sister’s gym. At least I can honor her in death—considering I failed to step up when she was alive. Now, if only the French beauty Emilie Dubois would lose my number.

Emilie is fixated on having me at her side. I'm resigned to doing one final turn and escaping with my heart intact.

But neither of us expected to be stripped bare … In the end, she may be the only one who can Take Hold of Me.


Quite an emotional read! If you read the Hold Series previously, you will recognize several of the key players in this book. We met them during Cole and Rose’s tumultuous story, now they’re the main characters themselves! There was something about Cole and Rose that just can’t be compared with, so they will always be my favorite couple, but Wills and Em really turned on the heat and turmoil in their story. A really enjoyable read! I’m looking forward to more spin-offs!

Former bodyguard turned gym owner Wills Sumner is convinced he’s to blame for everything bad that happens in his life. His sister died and he feels like he should have done more to keep her in a safe place. His partners were killed by Cole’s crazy stalker, and he feels like he should have been able to save them in addition to Cole and Rose. He might still be alive, but he’s living in a dark place in his mind, just going through the motions.

French supermodel Emilie Dubois isn’t sure why Wills suddenly disappeared from her life when she thought they were just getting started. Now she can’t get him to answer her calls or texts at all. She’s having a mini career crisis and decides she’s going to track him down once and for all and see if she can get him to help her out. She’s not willing to take no for an answer when she can clearly see he still wants her just as much as she wants him … but can she get him to commit in the long run when he’s so convinced that he’s bad news?