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* Release Blast/Review * ANY DAY NOW by Lani Lynn Vale

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Release Blast/Review * ANY DAY NOW by Lani Lynn ValeAny Day Now by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: SWAT Generation 2.0 #8
on August 11, 2020
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five-stars

Amelia loves her good friend, Avery. So much so that she agrees to do the stupidest thing ever.

A stranger photo shoot.

You know the type. The photographer takes photos of two individuals. Two individuals that, until that day, have never met in their life.

The moment she shows up at the photo shoot, she knows that she made a terrible decision.

Why? Because the total stranger about to be in an intimate photo shoot with her is the hottest thing that’s ever walked the streets of Kilgore, Texas. If not the entire US of A.

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Adam wasn’t sure why the hell he agreed to something so stupid.

Call it temporary lapse of sanity.

When the photographer who shot his photo for the Kilgore Police Department’s benefit calendar asked him for a favor, he couldn’t say no. Not without looking like a jerk seeing as it was benefiting the Fallen Officer Foundation that he played a rather large part in.

Whatever it was that made him agree, he quickly realizes that it’s not worth it. Not when he walks into the studio and sees the massive bed with blood-red sheets dominating the middle of the room.

So uncomfortable he is at the sight, he’s about to head straight out the door and not look back when she walks in.
Amelia steals his breath away with just one glance, and all of a sudden, getting this stranger into his arms with his mouth on hers sounds like the best idea ever.

 

Sexy, sweet and suspenseful! With book eight in her much loved KPD SWAT Generation 2.0 series Lani Lynn Vale brings on the heat once again with ANY DAY NOW and I loved it! The characters were fresh, the plot was attention grabbing and the instant attraction between the main characters brought on all the feels. I can’t get enough of this series and am looking forward to more!

Amelia is adorable. She’s feisty, she’s sweet and she’s just mouthy enough to constantly be getting herself into one fix or another.

Adam is yummy! He’s manly, he’s kind-hearted and his devotion to Amelia is gorgeous.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who loves an alpha cast of men who love hard. This group of friends and coworkers always have each others backs and watching them each find their happily ever after is extremely satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: August 11

Amelia loves her good friend, Avery.
So much so that she agrees to do the stupidest thing ever.
A stranger photo shoot.
You know the type.
The photographer takes photos of two individuals.
Two individuals that, until that day, have never met in their life.
The moment she shows up at the photo shoot, she knows that she made a terrible decision.
Why? 
Because the total stranger about to be in an intimate photo shoot with her is the hottest thing that’s ever walked the streets of Kilgore, Texas.
If not the entire US of A.
***
Adam wasn’t sure why the hell he agreed to something so stupid.
Call it temporary lapse of sanity.
When the photographer who shot his photo for the Kilgore Police Department’s benefit calendar asked him for a favor, he couldn’t say no. Not without looking like a jerk seeing as it was benefiting the Fallen Officer Foundation that he played a rather large part in.
Whatever it was that made him agree, he quickly realizes that it’s not worth it. Not when he walks into the studio and sees the massive bed with blood-red sheets dominating the middle of the room. 
So uncomfortable he is at the sight, he’s about to head straight out the door and not look back when she walks in.

 

Amelia steals his breath away with just one glance, and all of a sudden, getting this stranger into his arms with his mouth on hers sounds like the best idea ever.

 

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Meet Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, to cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple meaning over twenty) chickens. 

She hails from the Great State of Texas. 

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
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* Release Blast/Review * SAY NO MORE by Karen Rose

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Release Blast/Review * SAY NO MORE by Karen RoseSay No More by Karen Rose
Series: Sacramento Series #2
Published by Berkley on August 11, 2020
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Mercy Callahan thought she'd escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series by Karen Rose.

Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.

When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult's--and their victims'--whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon's closest friend--homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.

But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult's secrets. And now he'll do anything to take her back to Eden--dead or alive.

 

The queen of gripping suspense is at it again with book two in her Sacramento series! Karen Rose always brings the diabolical villains that we just can’t get enough of as we follow her main characters towards a happily ever after. If you read the first book in the series, you will recognize Mercy and Rafe and will be happy to reconnect with Gideon and Daisy a lot in this follow up story. This was a long book, but it didn’t lose my attention for a second and I’m so looking forward to more in the series!

Mercy Callahan is an attention grabbing character. We have the back story of her escaping the cult and trying to pick up the pieces of how to move forward, but we also have the budding romantic tension between her and Rafe that she ran away from in the first book.

Rafe Sokolov is awesome! He’s been Gideon’s best friend for years and took him into the center of his loving and overly intrusive family to belong to them. He can’t hide his happiness that Mercy has come back to town.

Headlines from the serial killer case weeks ago has Mercy front and center in the news and brings her haunting past back to life when the man her nightmares are made of finds her.

I highly recommend this book and this entire series to anyone who loves a thriller filled with tension and terror but also enjoys a couple surviving the odds and walking off into the sunset together. Looking forward to another reign of terror!

 

 

 

Mercy Callahan thought she’d escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.

When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult’s–and their victims’–whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon’s closest friend–homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.

But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult’s secrets. And now he’ll do anything to take her back to Eden–dead or alive.

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About the Author

Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of some twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages, and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.

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* Review * FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT by Anne Harper

* Review * FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT by Anne HarperFake It Till You Make It by Anne Harper
Series: Accidentally Viral #1
Published by Entangled: Amara on April 20, 2020
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three-stars

Sloane De Carlo is going to have to move to Antarctica.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that she accidentally made her private blog very public, and all her innermost secrets and embarrassing moments are trending, now the entirety of the Internet is dying to know who her all-consuming, never-get-over-him crush “Guy” really is. She’s even got a literary agent dangling a book deal in front of her nose—but there’s a catch. She’ll have to get closure with “Guy” and give her story that pitch-perfect ending.

Too bad the real “Guy” is engaged to someone else. #Blessed

The only person in her teeny hometown of Arbor Bay who knows the truth is local bartender Brady Knox. And he’s not telling...for a price. He’ll pretend to be Sloane’s “Guy” if she’ll use her newfound Internet fame to bring more business to his struggling local bar. Brady’s always been a lone wolf, but there’s something about the pint-sized, supremely awkward, yet beautiful Sloane that charms him.

But keeping secrets in a small town like Arbor Bay isn’t easy. And Brady was never meant to be the guy for a pitch-perfect ending...

 

A fake relationship starts feeling all too real in Anne Harper’s debut rom-com! FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT starts out on a fun premise of a woman who accidentally releases all of her teenage and more secrets while drunk one night. The characters have a cute connection, but an over abundance of slang was this author’s attempt at making funny moments and it just didn’t cut it a good bit of the time. I enjoyed the characters though, and their story was satisfying.

Sloane DeCarlo nabs a reader’s attention quickly when we learn she had a diary-like blog that she for some crazy reason decided to release into the public … and now has to endure the embarrassment of people sort of knowing her secrets and what she might have said about them.

Brady Knox is awesome. He’s sweet and down to earth and just what a reader wants in a hero.

three-stars

* Review * HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts

* Review * HIDEAWAY by Nora RobertsHideaway by Nora Roberts
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 26, 2020
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four-half-stars

A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel, Hideaway.

Caitlyn Sullivan had come from a long line of Hollywood royalty, stretching back to her Irish immigrant great-grandfather. At nine, she was already a star—yet still an innocent child who loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.

Some may have considered her a pampered princess, but Cate was in fact a smart, scrappy fighter, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house—but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones.

Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. First came the discovery of a shocking betrayal that would send someone she’d trusted to prison. Then there were years spent away in western Ireland, peaceful and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul.

Finally, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night—one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance…

 

A temptation of love and vengeance! With a tale centered around a family filled with Hollywood royalty, Nora Roberts takes her reader on an emotional journey of love and suspense in HIDEAWAY. The two families at the core of the story are well developed and extremely likable. The plot hooks the reader very quickly and while there are a few disjointed curves that take us from one point in the story to another, the heart of the story is very satisfying.

Caitlyn Sullivan is an endearing character who stole my heart right from the start. She manages to outsmart kidnappers as a child and make her way towards a safe haven that will get her back to her family, and just when we think we can’t like her more, she manages to pick up the pieces of her shattered world and go on to live a successful life.

Watching her come full circle and return to Big Sur and the guy who helped reunite her with her family all those years ago is a welcome twist that seems to only raise the intensity of the danger still swirling around her.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a drama filled book revolving around an accomplished family and the ups and downs of life’s circumstances.

four-half-stars

* Review * MY FOREVER COWBOY by Diane J. Reed

* Review * MY FOREVER COWBOY by Diane J. ReedMy Forever Cowboy by Diane J. Reed
Series: Starlight & Sagebrush Prequel
Published by Bandits Ranch Books on May 5, 2019
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four-half-stars

Just when you least expect it, love finds you forever… Avery Smart doesn't believe in "forever cowboys." Especially after her father died young in a tragic rodeo accident, and she watched all her girlfriends get their hearts broken by love 'em and leave 'em types in Stetsons and spurs. But when she returns to her hometown of Bandits Hollow, Colorado to take pictures of cowboys for her lucrative photography business, a new light is shed on the darkroom of her heart by Grant Hollow. He's one professional bull rider who not only intends to stick around for the right woman--he's determined to lasso her heart for good.

My Forever Cowboy is a prequel in the Starlight & Sagebrush Series of contemporary western romances set in the Rocky Mountains.

Starlight & Sagebrush Series: Love, laughter, and a touch of magic surround these rugged cowboys who don't know what they're in for when Evangeline Tinker comes to Bandits Hollow, Colorado. As a renowned fortune teller, she can't help meddling in people's love lives with the help of her best friends Jubilee and Pearl. Their specialty? Finding world-weary women who could use a dose of countrified male affection and good old fashioned courtship with the kind of tough and sexy cowboys who are destined to stay. But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Evangeline and her friends have their hands full convincing their latest targets that love is the magic that changes everything...

 

Short, sweet and satisfying! With a prequel novella to her new Starlight and Sagebrush series Diane J. Reed thrills her fans with a trip back to Bandits Hollow, Colorado in MY FOREVER COWBOY. The length is too short to give us a fully developed story, but the author does a great job of familiarizing the reader with the small town, the lore behind it and the key players that are going to play the matchmakers in the series going forward. I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to diving into the series!

I recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a cowboy rich plot with a twist of humor and a sprinkle of magic. The characters are well developed, the set up is sweet and the connection is a lot of fun to watch.

four-half-stars

* Release Blast/Review * DARE TO TEMPT by Carly Phillips

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* Release Blast/Review * DARE TO TEMPT by Carly PhillipsDare To Tempt by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare Nation #2
Published by CP Publishing on August 4, 2020
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five-stars

He’s a smooth talking jock in trouble
She’s the solution to his problems.
Love is the last thing they expected to find.

Damon Prescott had it all. Star quarterback. Money. Fame. Now? He’s being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and banned from the sport and team he loves.

Determined to prove he’s innocent, he hires tough as nails private investigator, Evie Wolfe. She’s able to bring a man to his knees with a glare, yet sensual in ways that take him off guard - and she’s everything Damon didn’t know he needed.

Evie’s used to men dismissing her, especially playboys like Damon Prescott so she’s not buying the sexual lines he’s trying to sell. She’s with him to do a job, nothing more. But you know what they say about the best laid plans? Sometimes you end up between the sheets with an arrogant football player anyway.

But when the case is over, can Damon convince Evie she’s the only woman for him or will she leave him tied up in love?

 

This series has already stolen my heart and I regret NOTHING! With book two in her Dare Nation series Carly Phillips continues to pour on the feels with Damon and Evie’s story in DARE TO TEMPT and I loved every minute of it! What more can we ask for than a tight knit family who are all successful and accomplished finding their forever love one sibling at a time? Oh yeah, being reunited occasionally with our favorite family … their cousins THE DARES! So rewarding!

Damon Prescott is delicious. He’s self-assured, he’s adorable and he’s at the top of his game. It didn’t take long for him to get under my skin and have me pulling for him to clear his name and get the girl.

Evie Wolfe is the bomb. She loves being relaxed but can turn into a bombshell when she needs to and takes no lip from anyone. I loved seeing her let her guard down and let Damon crack her hard shell.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves a fast paced story filled with family, friendship and electrifying passion. There’s always an intriguing plot and the characters are so easy to love. I’m looking forward to the next book!

 

 

 

Release Date: August 4

He’s a smooth talking jock in trouble.  

She’s the solution to his problems.Love is the last thing they expected to find.

Damon Prescott had it all. Star quarterback. Money. Fame. 
Now? 
He’s being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and banned from the sport and team he loves.
Determined to prove he’s innocent, he hires tough as nails private investigator, Evie Wolfe.
She’s able to bring a man to his knees with a glare, yet sensual in ways that take him off guard – and she’s everything Damon didn’t know he needed.

 

Evie’s used to men dismissing her, especially playboys like Damon Prescott so she’s not buying the sexual lines he’s trying to sell. She’s with him to do a job, nothing more. But you know what they say about the best laid plans? Sometimes you end up between the sheets with an arrogant football player anyway.

But when the case is over, can Damon convince Evie she’s the only woman for him or will she leave him tied up in love?
 

 

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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. 
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* Review * ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins

* Review * ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan HigginsAlways the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins
Published by Berkley on June 9, 2020
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four-half-stars

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other...who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters-- Barb's favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John's darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn't be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.

Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.

Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad--and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she's spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks.

And now Barb and John will finally have to face what's been going on in their marriage all along.

 

An emotional journey of strength, love and family connections. ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins delivers a poignant story of a family coming together over a health crisis and picking up the pieces of how to move forward. There’s a bit of a disconnect in the layout because it switches between character points of views and goes back in time periodically, but as long as you pay attention to the details, you will keep track nicely.

When a family is faced with the patriarch of the family having a debilitating stroke, they must put aside their own lives to come together to be by his side. His wife has to rally to his side though their 50 year marriage is in crisis, their oldest daughter has to force herself to muster through the panic attacks her life has turned into as her job is being overtaken by youth and their youngest daughter must put aside her art teacher job and life as a struggling artist to return home to her beloved father … and encounter the man that got away.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a delve into family dynamics with honest interpretations of the ups and downs of life along the way.

four-half-stars

* Release Blast/Review * WICKED BILLIONAIRE by Sawyer Bennett

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Release Blast/Review * WICKED BILLIONAIRE by Sawyer BennettWicked Billionaire by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Wicked Horse Vegas #9
Published by Big Dog Books on August 4, 2020
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five-stars

As the prince of a luxury hotel empire, I am as close to American royalty as one can get. I grew up accustomed to a certain lifestyle. One where people give me what I desire and anything, or anyone, else can be bought. Everyone wants a piece of me, yet no one is actually deserving of my time.

That changes when Bailey Robbins, the smoking hot housekeeper in one of my hotels, catches my attention. Sure, she has curves for days but it’s her smart mouth I can’t help but be intrigued by. I may have avoided relationships all my life, but something about her makes me want to introduce her to my world.

The darker, wicked side of Declan Blackwood.

 

Steamy and emotional! With the ninth and final book in The Wicked Horse Vegas series Sawyer Bennett delights her readers once again with the taming of a playboy in WICKED BILLIONAIRE. The plot is thick with tension and angst, yet the emotional connection between these two from early on brings a softness to Declan that we weren’t expecting. I loved their story and will miss this series so!

Declan Blackwood is self-assured and demanding and I loved every minute of him. It was so rewarding to see Bailey touch a part of his heart that he normally keeps hidden away.

Bailey Robbins is sassy and sure that she deserves more out of life. She happens to be in the right place at the right time to make a giant step forward when she catches Declan’s eye.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves a super steamy romance with lots of sexual tension, unexpected connections and happily ever afters that will make you melt.

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Billionaire (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #9)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 4, 2020

 

Synopsis:
As the prince of a luxury hotel empire, I am as close to American royalty as one can get. I grew up accustomed to a certain lifestyle. One where people give me what I desire and anything, or anyone, else can be bought. Everyone wants a piece of me, yet no one is actually deserving of my time.

That changes when Bailey Robbins, the smoking hot housekeeper in one of my hotels, catches my attention. Sure, she has curves for days but it’s her smart mouth I can’t help but be intrigued by. I may have avoided relationships all my life, but something about her makes me want to introduce her to my world.

The darker, wicked side of Declan Blackwood.

 

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About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

If you’d like to receive a notification when Sawyer releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter (sawyerbennett.com/signup).

 

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five-stars

* Review * HIDDEN AMBITION by Jules Bennett

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* Review * HIDDEN AMBITION by Jules BennettHidden Ambition by Jules Bennett
Series: Dynasties: Seven Sins #4
Published by Harlequin Desire on August 1, 2020
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five-stars

Revenge has never been hotter—until desire burns away their deceptions…
Will she be his ruin…or his redemption?

Chase Hargrove is on a mission to take down the company that destroyed his family…by becoming its CEO. Loyal Black Crescent employee Haley Shaw is his unwitting secret weapon. But when Chase is blindsided by passion for her, he gets careless. With his hidden motives exposed, will he lose everything—even Haley? Or will the tables turn when he learns she has hidden motives of her own…?

 

Revenge has never tasted so sweet! With book four in the Dynasties: Seven Sins series Jules Bennett grabs the reigns and takes her reader on an emotional journey of healing and happily ever afters. The story line was fast paced and the characters stole my heart quickly. I loved their story!

Chase Hargrove is loyal to a fault. He has waited years to get to just the right point in life to get the justice his family deserves for the wrongs they suffered amidst the Black Crescent fallout all those years ago. He just never expected to fall for the one person that he can use the most to get insider info!

Haley Shaw is self-assured and accomplished. She’s the person behind the scenes that has helped make Black Crescent what it is today, so having to search for a new CEO to work beside going forward is bittersweet. She knows there’s something behind Chase’s insistence on getting the job … she’s just not sure what the whole story is!

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys a love connection made when it’s least expected that packs a powerful punch of power, revenge and desire.

five-stars