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* Review * GOING DOWN EASY by Erin Nicholas

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* Review * GOING DOWN EASY by Erin NicholasGoing Down Easy by Erin Nicholas
Series: Boys of the Big Easy
Published by Montlake Romance on August 28, 2018
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As far as flings go, single dad Gabe Trahan is pretty sure that Addison Sloan is his best bet. Once a month, Addison comes to New Orleans and then…It. Is. On. Until Addison returns to New York, it’s just hot, happily-no-strings-attached sex. And beignets. And jazz. But lately for Gabe, it isn’t nearly enough.

Sure, maybe Addison’s gotten a bit hooked on Gabe. After all, who can resist a guy who’s so sexy, so charming, and so…available? But maybe he’s too available for her right now. Addison’s just moved to New Orleans, and relationships are definitely off the table. Besides, guys always bail when they learn her secret: she’s a single mom.

Only Gabe’s not running. Worse, he’s thrilled. But Addison never signed up for ever-after romance, and Gabe won’t settle for anything less. Now it’s a battle of wills—and when it comes to the woman he’s falling for, Gabe isn’t above playing a little dirty.

 

Dirty-talking and heart-string pulling GOLD! You will not want to miss a minute of the latest series Erin Nicholas has in store for us! Single dads loose in The Big Easy, doing the best job they can to raise their kids while finding the women of their dreams in the process. This first book brought us the story of the king of dirty-talk Gabe and uptight Addison. They’ve been having a sexy fling, but when she moves to town and they each find out the other has a kid, the situation becomes complex. He’s all in, but she’s dragging her feet. It takes some tough love and adorable kids to soften her stance into giving love a chance. A really fun read that I devoured in one sitting … looking forward to more in the series!

Single dad and New Orleans bar owner Gabe Trahan thought he hit the jackpot when he met the delectable Addison several months ago. One weekend a month she arrives in town and blows his mind with steamy sex, laughter and magical trips around the city. Lately he’s been finding her on his mind more often and wishing their time wasn’t so limited together … if only she’d consider relocating!

Architect Addison Sloan enjoys her time with Gabe, and it fits her plan of casual and stress free perfectly. Unbeknownst to him, this was the last weekend she plans to show up to meet him because she’s calling the fling off. Moving to New Orleans herself for a job changes the scenario to too close to home for her liking. Not to mention, she has a daughter that never came up in their discussions … that’s got to be cause for a man like him to take off, right?

five-stars

* Review * SLIDING HOME by Kathy Lyons

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* Review * SLIDING HOME by Kathy LyonsSliding Home by Kathy Lyons
Series: Locker Room Diaries
Published by Entangled: Brazen on August 13, 2018
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Shy and reserved, good girl Ellie McDonald is determined to break out of her shell–and her relationship rut. First order of business, woman up and finally ask her longtime secret crush, Jake Armstrong on an old-fashioned date. She's not at all his type–which is great. Once Jake turns her down she can finally move on. Except he says yes...

MVP short-stop Jake Armstrong has tried to keep his bad boy nature under wraps. But there's nothing he likes more than tempting sweet Ellie to the dark side. No one need know.

But when the hotel catches fire and their rescue–while nearly naked–is caught on camera, the two have a PR problem. Jake's solution is a fake relationship, just for the season. Only for Ellie, there's nothing fake about it…

 

Infatuation, lust and happily ever afters! While this story is a bit light on the topic of baseball, the characters are quick to draw you in. Jake is your typical “spread himself around” athlete until he meets Ellie and they settle into their own version of a relationship. She’s able to help him see another side to his family issues, and he’s able to make her see a part of herself she’s never stopped to realize before. I enjoyed it!

Ellie McDonald is tired of being the good girl who doesn’t speak up for herself and lets people walk all over her. She’s vowing to change her ways, and to kick it all off, she’s doing things she knows will make her face rejection so she can toughen up her spirit. Next on her list … ask out the baseball player who has been the object of her lusting for some time now!

Short-stop for the Indianapolis Bobcats, Jake Armstrong isn’t sure what to make of Ellie all of a sudden asking him out on an old-fashioned date, but he’s game! One date turns into debauchery and disaster, but leads to a connection they don’t want to break. Jake has his own issues that he doesn’t enjoy facing, but time with Ellie makes him be willing to stand up for better treatment as well.

four-stars

* Blog Tour/Book Review * ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC by Traci Douglass

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC by Traci DouglassOne Night with the Army Doc by Traci Douglass
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on August 1, 2018
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Is one night enough…

To convince her to stay?

Traveling to Alaska to film the latest episode of her TV show is just what brilliant diagnostician Dr. Molly Flynn needs. It’s the perfect escape from her family’s expectations. Until she clashes with privacy-loving former army doc Jacob Ryder over her patient’s care! Only, as friction turns into flirtation, can Molly trust that Jake sees the real her and loves her—just the way she is?

 

With her first jaunt into the Harlequin Medical Romance line, Traci Douglass brings us a riveting read. It’s fast paced, has an air of intrigue to it and is full of family drama and simmering attraction! I really enjoyed the connection between Molly and Jacob as they raced against time to try to save his friend. He didn’t want to like her, but she was more than he was expecting. Very entertaining!

Dr. Molly Flynn’s specialty is diagnosing the most troublesome ailments that like to hide in plain sight. Her reality TV show travels the world looking for just the right cases to spotlight as she is put to the test to save patient after patient, and the her latest case has brought her to gorgeous Alaska. The countryside is just the break she needs from the daunting stress of real life and family expectations.

Former Army doctor and current surgeon Jacob Ryder hates the spotlight and when he finds out that Molly and her intrusive cameras are coming to spotlight his friend’s case, he refuses to be a part of it. Watching the beautiful diagnostician work though is quite intriguing, and before long, he just might be changing some of his thoughts about her.

 

 

 

 


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One Night with the Army Doc
By Traci Douglass
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Medical Romance

Is one night enough…

To convince her to stay?

Traveling to Alaska to film the latest episode of her TV show is just what brilliant diagnostician Dr. Molly Flynn needs. It’s the perfect escape from her family’s expectations. Until she clashes with privacy-loving former army doc Jacob Ryder over her patient’s care! Only, as friction turns into flirtation, can Molly trust that Jake sees the real her and loves her—just the way she is?

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Thrilling Tales of Suspense, Fantasy, and Happily Ever Afters…

USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.

She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * NICE TO COME HOME TO by Liz Flaherty

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * NICE TO COME HOME TO by Liz FlahertyNice to Come Home To by Liz Flaherty
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on August 1, 2018
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Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

 

An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you smiling! This story was quick to draw my attention with it’s in depth details of what each character is feeling as the setting is laid out. We get not only the potential romance of Cass and Luke, but also several feel good moments between the older characters and with the teens. It’s a complex story with many pieces pulling at our hearts, but it comes together well. Memorable, sweet and very enjoyable. Loved it!

When Cass Gentry heads back to Lake Miniagua, it’s bittersweet. This is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but memories that made her run in the first place assail her at every turn. She’s temporarily in charge of her feisty teenage sister and has to decide what to do with her life. Checking out the orchard that she’s now half owner of is first on her list.

Luke Rassiter bought out her Aunt Zoey’s half of the orchard several years ago, so he’s now her partner. He too is at a bit of a crossroad, but the enjoyment he gets from working in this peaceful place is pulling him more than anything at the moment. The attraction between he and Cass is evident from the moment they meet, but they each have loved and lost and each carrying the baggage around to show for it. Will they find the pull too strong to ignore for long?

 

 

 

 


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Nice to Come Home To
By Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

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Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go…” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * COOPER’S CHARM by Lori Foster

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * COOPER’S CHARM by Lori FosterCooper's Charm by Lori Foster
Published by HQN Books on July 31, 2018
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One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

 

The feel good romance of the season! With a quick wit filled with delectable sass, Lori Foster brings us the story of two sisters, both strong women who have been knocked down temporarily and are fighting their way through to the other side. One was hurt by the injustice of the world, while the other had someone she loved turn on her in a despicable way. Both are trying to find themselves again and figure out where they go from here. The love and support they give each other is inspiring as they settle into a new place filled with kind, generous souls and slowly make the journey towards redemption … and their sexy and sweet happily-ever-afters. Heartfelt, well-developed and oh so fun!

Phoenix Rose was living a good life with a fiancee by her side, a successful business keeping her busy and the world at her fingertips when a burglary and assault stole away her confidence in life and most of all in herself. She walked away from everything she knew and attempted to pick up the pieces of her wounded soul. This new job at the lakeside resort Cooper’s Charm is meant to center her again and give here some time away from everything she used to know to start to trust herself again. Friendly co-workers and a sexily brooding boss just might help ease her transition a little faster!

Ridley Rose is worried about her little sister and when she’s not getting the answers that she wants from her from afar, so she show’s up unexpectedly at Cooper’s Charm to check up on her. She stubbornly refuses to leave and ends up taking a temporary housekeeper job to keep herself busy and help out around the resort while she hounds Phoenix about her life. She recently had her own world turned upside down by her louse of an ex-husband, and now she’s determined to live it up … and the sexy scuba instructor giving her the eye might be just the way to do it!

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER’S CHARM
Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin Books
On-sale date: July 31, 2018
ISBN: 978-1335017529
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $15.99

 

 

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

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LORI FOSTER is a New York TimesUSA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, and most recently Harlequin. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at www.lorifoster.com.

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* Release Day Blitz/Excerpt * BAD REPUTATION by Stefanie London

 

It’s true, Wes is well-endowed.

But everything else is a huge misunderstanding…

Wes Evans, son of Broadway royalty, just wants to achieve something without riding his family’s coattails. Too bad the whole world is talking about his sex life after the notorious Bad Bachelors app dubs him “The Anaconda”. But when he sees a talented ballet dancer, he knows she is exactly what he needs to make his show a success.

Remi Drysdale only had one thought when she fled Australia for New York—never mix business with pleasure again. Ever. Working with Wes is the perfect chance to reclaim her career. Remi promises herself not to tangle with the guy who holds her career in his hands…no matter how enticing his reviews are on the Bad Bachelors app.

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It’d been a heck of a long time since Wes had done anything close to dancing. These days, he favored going for a run through Central Park or chasing his niece around until they were both huffing and puffing. But muscle memory was a fascinating thing, and his body knew exactly what was required. He’d retained some of his fluidity, some of that strong posture and confident, graceful movement. All the things that allowed him to enter a room with a bang.

Most guys his age were monster trucks—big and powerful but clunky. Lumbering. Despite merciless bullying about his dancing when he was a kid, Wes knew it had been the very thing that made him who he was today. A sports car—smooth, stylish. A head turner.

Did that make him cocky? Hell yeah. But modesty didn’t get you anywhere. Not in this city, anyway.

Watching the instructor subtly raise a brow as he followed her steps had been enormously satisfying. She’d underestimated him.

“Great job, class. We’ve got a few final stretches and then we’re done.” Miss Perky Instructor grinned at the students, the bright expression turning smoky when her eyes landed on him. “Take a port de bras up over your heads and then hinge forward. Touch the floor if you can.”

The first movement of her demonstration grabbed his attention, the gentle whisk of her hands above her head into that perfect port de bras shape. But when she bent forward, folding herself in half and thrusting her pert ass into the air, Wes’s lungs almost gave out. The woman was wildfire.

The floor-to-ceiling mirrors behind her gave him a perfect view of her long, shapely legs and sweet, heart-shaped butt. But he wasn’t only captivated by her gorgeous body—there was something about her movement too. A quiet musicality and grace that hinted at formal training. Perhaps not much, since Wes knew everyone in the New York ballet scene. Though she did have an accent.

“Uncle Wes,” Frankie hissed. “You’re supposed to be standing up.”

He grunted when a small but sharp elbow landed hard against his rib cage. “Sorry, Frankie.”

He righted himself, catching up to the group and enjoying the instructor’s delightful smirk. Busted! She knew he’d been checking her out.

When the class finished, Frankie raced off to change into her sneakers

“Thanks for being a good sport.” The instructor walked over, her feet ever-so-slightly turned out and her hands brushing delicately by her sides. Yep, she’d definitely trained at some point. Talented too, he’d bet. “Even if you were unprepared.”

“You certainly kept me on my toes.”

“Was that a ballet pun?” She narrowed her eyes, the corner of her mouth fighting a smile.

“Definitely not,” he said with a mock-serious expression.

“Because I really don’t see the pointe of those. It’s not that I have a bad attitude, but I need to set the barre higher than that.” A mischievous twinkle lit her dark eyes.

“That’s impressive.”

“Don’t even try to out-pun me. I’m like the Energizer Bunny with bad jokes.”

He chuckled. “What else you got?”

“What animals are poor dancers?” She paused. “Four-legged ones, because they have two left feet.”

“I’ll have to tell Frankie that one.”

“Actually, I’m pretty sure she told me that joke.” Remi shook her head. “Your niece has a great sense of humor.”

“It’s a family gift.” He pretended to brush something off his shoulder and was rewarded with the tinkling sound of her laughter. Damn, that sound was straight out of heaven. “Good turnout and a passion for lame jokes.”

“That all?”

“Well, I have a few personal talents.”

She raised an eyebrow. “Such as?”

“I make a mean stir-fry. And my tendu was pretty damn spectacular, in case you didn’t notice.” He winked, barely able to keep a straight face.

“Oh, I noticed.” The words were fired back and forth lightning fast. Like fireflies zipping around them. “I’m Remi, by the way.” She stuck her hand out.

“Wes.” Her palm slid into his, and he closed his fingers around her hand. Judging by the quick flare of her nostrils, she felt the snap of electricity too. “I know all the ballerinas in New York, but I’ve never seen you before.”

“How lucky for all the ballerinas in New York.” Her voice was husky as she pulled her hand back, severing the crackling connection between them. “You got some kind of tutu fetish?”

“Yeah, I love that scratchy feeling.” He shoved his hands into his back pockets. “And nice job dodging the question, by the way. That’s some politician-level interview skills you got there.”

“I wasn’t aware I was being interviewed,” she replied with a smirk. “And if you watch the replay I think you’ll find you didn’t actually ask me a question.”

The exchange made him even more curious. “How come I haven’t met you already?”

“I’m not from around here, if you couldn’t tell.”

“New Zealand or Australia?” He cocked his head. “I won’t claim to know the difference well enough to pick a side.”

“Chicken,” she teased. “I’m an Aussie, born and bred. But I’m not a ballerina, which would explain why you don’t know me.”

Wes would bet his last dollar bill Remi was classically trained. He’d seen a lot of dancers come in and out of his parents’ school over the years, and if there was one thing he could spot with ease, it was the way a ballerina moved.

“Why are you looking at me like that?” she asked.

“Just wondering why you’re lying to me.”

Remi blinked. “I’m not lying.”

“You said you weren’t a ballerina.”

“I said I’m not a ballerina,” she corrected. “Present tense.”

Ah, that explained it. He was tempted to argue that one never stopped being a ballerina, even if they weren’t training or performing anymore. But instinct told him it was a touchy subject. “Right.”

“You’ve got a good eye, though.”

He wasn’t sure if she was wary or impressed. “Decided it wasn’t for you?”

“Other way around.” Darkness flickered across her face, casting a shadow over her rich brown eyes. “Ballet decided I wasn’t right for it.”

 

 

Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies and drink coffee. Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, was a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia. You can visit her at www.stefanie-london.com

 

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * BAYSIDE HEAT by Melissa Foster

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * BAYSIDE HEAT by Melissa FosterBayside Heat by Melissa Foster
Series: Bayside Summers #3
Published by World Literary Press on August 8, 2018
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Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned-even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake's roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it's all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she's finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he's never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they've both been aching to walk. But Serena's determined not to give up her shot at the career she's always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

 

The Bayside gang is always good for lots of laughs, feel good moments and steamy sexy times and that certainly holds true for Drake and Serena’s story! We’ve obviously seen them and their sexual tension in previous stories, and this one brings them to the forefront and has their life start to be upheaved as Serena makes plans for the future. The characters were well developed and the chemistry was off the charts. The storyline was a little cliche, but it worked so well … she woke up her man!

For four years, Serena Mallery as been working side-by-side with the man that she’s been lusting after since she was in high school. They are the very best of friends, but she wants more so bad she can’t stand it, but Drake is steadfast in friend zoning her. She can’t take it anymore, so when a dream job shows up on the horizon for her, she decides it’s time for her to jump at the chance … even if it means leaving the Cape and heading to Boston!

Drake Savage is just as into Serena as she is to him, but he’s not willing to compromise her dreams and hold her back. He’s a Cape guy through and through and doesn’t ever want to change that, but Serena has always dreamed of making it big in the city and doing great things with her life. He wants that for her … even if it means he’s had to bury his desire for all of these years. But things have a way of changing when turmoil is in the air, and that’s exactly what happens when she announces she’s moving to Boston. He wishes her well, but it’s going to be hard not having her by his side day in and day out … and that pull just might lead to a kiss before she leaves … and that kiss, just might lead to feelings being shared!

 

 

 

 

 
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BAYSIDE HEAT
Bayside Summers #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing Aug 8, 2018
World Literary Press

 

Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned—even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

 
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

 

 

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* Review * CAPTIVATING THE BEAR by Jane Godman

* Review * CAPTIVATING THE BEAR by Jane GodmanCaptivating the Bear by Jane Godman
Series: Beast #3
Published by Harlequin Nocturne on August 1, 2018
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Beauty…and Her Beast?

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Lidiya Rihanoff sets off to find the only man who can help her. Ged Taverner wants the world to think he’s just the manager of a rock band, but Lidi knows the truth: he’s a king in exile—and a shape-shifter, just like her. She’s not ready for the overwhelming desire she feels for him. And he’s not expecting to find his destined mate…

 

Destiny prevails! With book three in her Beast series, Jane Godman brings us Ged’s story. Each story in this series has had one of the members of the band meeting their mate and traveling the dangers to be able to be together. With Ged, we learn his past and see the fireworks that happen when the woman he’s destined to be with finds him. It’s a great story … probably my favorite of the series so far!

Bear shifter Ged Taverner is the manager of the ever-popular rock band Beast that he created from a bunch of guys he met during his heart’s work of helping shape shifters who are in danger. He’s enjoying watching the guys settle in and prosper. He never expects his past to come calling in the middle of the night … and in the form of his mate!

Lidiya Rihanoff is in dire danger and knows the only man that can help her is Ged … but she knows him as who he really is … Gerald Tavisha, exiled King of Callistoya! Lidi refuses to marry Ged’s stepbrother, the standing King who was responsible for the worst day of his life. She needs Ged’s help to get her father to safety and knows that he needs to take back his life while he’s at it!

five-stars

* Review * CRAVING HIS BEST FRIEND’S EX by Katherine Garbera

* Review * CRAVING HIS BEST FRIEND’S EX by Katherine GarberaCraving His Best Friend's Ex by Katherine Garbera
Series: The Wild Caruthers Bachelors
Published by Harlequin Desire on August 1, 2018
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four-stars

Heartbreak gives her only one place to turn…

the arms of a forbidden man.

Until now, Crissanne Moss has been off-limits. As his best friend’s significant other, she is Ethan Caruthers’s friend, too. So he’s always snuffed out any spark between them. Now Crissanne is single and seeking comfort. Ethan is happy to give her all she needs—and desires. But can their friendship truly become more when one explosive revelation changes everything?

 

Forbidden love! With the next book in Katherine Garbera’s The Wild Caruthers Bachelors series, we get Ethan’s story. He’s lusted from afar for years after he moved too slow to make the first move before his friend swooped in and made her his, but when circumstances put Chrissanne within his reach for once, temptation may be too strong. The characters and situation were attention grabbing, and the plot had a bit of intrigue to it as well leaving us wondering what was going to happen for awhile there. Enjoyed it!

When the woman he loves shows up on the doorstep of Ethan Caruthers, he should be thrilled … if only she wasn’t his best friend’s girl! When she makes the announcement that she’s suddenly single and needed a friendly ear, Ethan takes her in and offers her comfort. He’s wanted her since the first moment he saw her all of those years ago … but you can’t get with your best friend’s ex … can you?

Chrissanne Moss can’t believe she’s wasted so many years of her life on a man that doesn’t want forever with her. When she needs a friend, who else would she turn to but Ethan? She has known that he has feelings for her for awhile .. should she admit her attraction as well? When surprising news comes, they are blown away and seek comfort with each other … but can it last considering their history?

four-stars

* Review * BEDFELLOWS by Lola Leighton

* Review * BEDFELLOWS by Lola LeightonBedfellows by Lola Leighton
on July 31, 2018
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four-stars

I wasn't looking to fall for one man. Let alone two...
Sullivan and Will are as close as two friends can be. Growing up in the system forced them to rely on each other, and they've become accustomed to sharing everything--including women.

Now they're ready for more. To find love. To start a family. To see the dreams they've shared since childhood come true.

Apparently I tick off every box on their list--brains, beauty, and sass. I never hesitate to put both men in their places--which they find sexy as hell.

One problem, I'm a traditional girl, with traditional values--one man, one woman, till death do us part--kind of values.

They're willing to work to prove how very right the three of us could be, but what happens next is anyone's guess...

 

Steamy, taboo and oh so fun! With a dip into a steamier type of story, we get the first book from a bestselling author that many know and love under a new pen name. The characters were rich with chemistry, kind hearts and all around goodness. The story line was a little rushed, but had an overall exciting feel to it. Really enjoyed! *WARNING* You must be okay with menage and M/M to enjoy this story.

Best friends Sullivan and Will have been together forever. Growing up in a group home was hard for them, but after they met, it was better. They have each other’s back through thick and thin, run a business together and share their women. They’re tired of the thrill of it all and just want to find the woman of their dreams, settle down and have a family. When Sullivan meets Adrienne, he thinks their dreams might have just come true!

Adrienne is as straight laced and traditional as they come, so when she finds out that Sullivan has a guy at home that he likes to share with, she’s super hesitant. Only after coercing her with his sexy grin does she agree to at least go to dinner with them in order to meet Will. Agreeing to a second date with each one of them individually to see how they each click goes beyond her comfort zone, but it also makes her realize she could really be into these guys. The road is going to be long and filled with obstacles, but she’s going to start walking down it!

four-stars