* Review * BLAME IT ON CHRISTMAS by Janice Maynard

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* Review * BLAME IT ON CHRISTMAS by Janice MaynardBlame It On Christmas by Janice Maynard
Series: Southern Secrets #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on December 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

All she wants for Christmas…

is to make him beg!

After he broke her heart, Mazie Tarleton is definitely immune to the charms of J.B. Vaughan. Now she has him right where she wants him and it’s payback time—until a moment of white-hot desire takes them both by surprise! Suddenly, revenge is getting complicated. Maybe she can just say yes to a holiday fling…or is she already in way too deep?

 

A really fun holiday read! A sexy twist on a former friends/enemies to lovers story line brings Janice Maynard’s Southern Secrets miniseries to life! The characters are attention grabbing, successful business people and the past they share makes for built-in groundwork leading into her resentment towards him from the start. I look forward to getting her brother’s story soon!

Mazie Tarleton has never forgiven family friend J.B. Vaughan for breaking her teenage heart years ago, so now when he wants something from her for a change, she’s having a lot of fun stringing him along and refusing to give it to him.

J.B. actually liked Mazie a lot back then, but she was young and he knew it wasn’t a good time or place to act on their attraction … now however, now would be a good time! Spending time with her to get her to consider his business offer should be trivial, but every moment in her presence results in stronger feelings. When all is said and done, will they be able to walk away from each other?

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* Blog Tour/ Review / Excerpt * SHAMROCK by Janie Crouch

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* Blog Tour/ Review / Excerpt * SHAMROCK by Janie CrouchShamrock by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #3
Published by Calamity Jane Publishing on December 4, 2018
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five-stars

Every mission has a price.
He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he's forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.

She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her—let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress—even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to confront their fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

 

We are smack dab in the middle of the action from the first word on the page! With the third book in her exciting new Linear Tactical series, Janie Crouch brings us Aiden’s story with SHAMROCK. From the first paragraph, we’re hooked! Lots of action, intrigue even when they think it’s over, and a steamy hot connection between these two people we can’t help but adore. Loved it … my fav in the series so far!

Violet Collingwood has no clue why she’s been kidnapped, but she knows she’s fighting for her life when she meets Aiden. She doesn’t know him from Adam, but he’s the first person to make an effort to help her, so she trusts him and sets her heart on his rescue. Things don’t go exactly as planned, but the memory of his kindness helps her hold on.

Linear Tactical operative Aiden Teague can tell something isn’t right with Violet the second he lays eyes on her, but he’s undercover pretending he’s one of these low lifes and can’t just snatch her up and whisk her away. The plan he has to rescue her goes awry, but nothing can stop his ambition to find her again. When opportunity knocks, he’s all in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Shamrock
A Linear Tactical Standalone
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 4, 2018

 

Blurb
Every mission has a price.
He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he’s forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life. She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her–let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress–even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to face their deepest fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

 

 

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Excerpt
“We need to get you away from this wall,” Aiden whispered.
“Why?”
“I have a rescue team outside. We just want to make sure you’re safe if things get a little more rowdy than we planned.”
Violet tried to stand but her body had taken too much damage today. Too much trauma. Her muscles just wouldn’t work. “I can’t seem to move. I’m sorry.”
He reached down and scooped her into his arms.
“Wait! I’m too heavy.”
He kissed her forehead, keeping her high against his chest as he crossed the room. “Featherweight.”
The way he moved so quickly with her, so easily, she almost believed him.
He set her gently on the ground behind him, then pressed something on his neck. “Control, Shamrock. We’re on the south wall. You’re clear to breach.”
He helped ease her down so she was sitting low on the floor. Then he crouched in front of her, pulling her head against his chest and wrapping his arms around her.
“What’s going to happen?” she whispered. “Is it going to be loud?”
“Not if everything goes the way we expect it to. But keep your head down just in case.”
His big body was surrounding her on just about every side. Anything that was going to hit her was going to have to go through him first. “What about you? Are you bulletproof or something?”
“My mom always said I had a hard enough head to stop a bullet. Plus I have a Kevlar vest. So we should be okay.”
They sat in silence for a few moments. “Maybe at some point after this we could meet each other when I actually have some clothes on. You know, just to try something different.”
His deep chuckle was enough to almost make her forget the situation. Make her forget her body had been so abused that she couldn’t even make her muscles move at her command. That this man, whose name she wasn’t sure she actually knew, had seen her naked multiple times. “That’s a deal,” he whispered. “And I’m sure Gabe has clothes for you in the van.”
The thought of having to walk, or be carried, naked even in front of the good guys sent ice through her veins. She wanted to ask Aiden to help her, but the man was already shielding her body with his own. What more did she really want?
But she couldn’t be naked again in front of a group of strangers. She couldn’t stand it. Her throat started to close, making breathing impossible.
A finger trailed up and down her cheek. “It’s going to be okay. We’re going to get you out of here. Just hang on for a few more minutes, sweetheart, all right?”
Author Bio

USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.

Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds.

 

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five-stars

* Review * THE RANCHER’S HOMECOMING by Anna J. Stewart

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* Review * THE RANCHER’S HOMECOMING by Anna J. StewartThe Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart
Series: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #5
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on December 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

Chance Blackwell’s return—

Could cost her everything!

Ten years after he eloped with Katie Montgomery’s sister, Chance Blackwell is back in Montana to sell his family ranch. Katie could lose her job and the only home she’s known. But the loyal cowgirl is keeping a secret that could shatter trust and jeopardize her future with the widowed musician and her toddler niece. Unless Chance’s growing affection for her and all things Blackwell can earn Katie his forgiveness—and his love.

 

The prodigal brother returns! With the final book in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series, we get Chance’s story. It was the one I’ve been waiting on from the start when we learned of all that he had lost way back in book one, and it was worth the wait! Rosie is adorable, Chance is a great addition to the brotherly mix, and seeing Katie’s nature come to life was great. I would have liked to have seen their relationship develop more outside of the ranch and Rosie, and I wanted more from Big E’s returning story line, but overall, it was a good addition to a great series. Really enjoyed!

Chance Blackwell really had no plans to ever return home to Falcon Creek, Montana or the Blackwell Family Ranch, but pressure from his brothers finally twists his arm to make the trek back to help with some decision making. He took off a decade ago with nothing but his guitar and his girl by his side and made his dreams come true … at least for a little while. Now he’s widowed, the single dad to the little girl who gives his life meaning and on the edge of losing what career he had.

Katie Montgomery tried to pick up the pieces of her father’s heart when her big sister eloped with Chance and took off to live their dreams, but she never managed to fill that spot. She’s basically at her breaking point of filling in for the ranch foreman and trying to make sure no one knows how bad it really is with him. She’s done things she’s not proud of, but she has to protect her father’s place on this ranch no matter what!

four-half-stars

* Release Blitz / Review * EGGNOG MAKES HER EASY by Erin Nicholas

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* Release Blitz / Review * EGGNOG MAKES HER EASY by Erin NicholasEggnog Makes Her Easy by Erin Nicholas
Series: A Boys of the Big Easy Novella
Published by EN Fiction, Inc. on November 30, 2018
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four-half-stars

Lindsey is expecting silent nights this holiday. Just her and her boys while her husband serves overseas. But her blue Christmas turns merry when things start rockin’ under the mistletoe thanks to a surprise gift from her naughty Santa.

Which is fine. The nice list is overrated anyway.

 

 

 

 

Short, sweet and oh so sexy! With a mega flirty holiday novella, Erin Nicholas takes us back into her Boys of the Big Easy world to see Lindsey get a holiday surprise she won’t soon forget! We get to catch up with a few of our favorites, enjoy a taste of Lindsey’s life and see more groundwork being laid for Caleb and Lexi’s story. Loved it and looking forward to more to come soon in the series!

Lindsey LaSalle is enjoying a holiday get-together with her friends in the single parent support group but can’t help but be missing her man who isn’t making it home from overseas again this Christmas. But hold on … the party is looking up when a smokin’ hot Santa escorts her to his knee to tell him all about all the naughty things she wants this year!

 

 

 

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Eggnog Makes Her Easy, an all-new Boys of the Big Easy holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas is available now!

 

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Lindsey is expecting silent nights this holiday. Just her and her boys while her husband serves overseas. But her blue Christmas turns merry when things start rockin’ under the mistletoe thanks to a surprise gift from her naughty Santa.

Which is fine. The nice list is overrated anyway.

 

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About Erin Nicholas

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.

Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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four-half-stars

* Review * HEALED UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Amalie Berlin

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* Review * HEALED UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Amalie BerlinHealed Under the Mistletoe by Amalie Berlin
Series: Scottish Docs in New York #2
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on December 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

A precious gift…

…to mend his scarred heart.

In this Scottish Docs in New York story, when Dr. Lyons McKeag finds an anonymous gift in his locker, he’s furious! But nurse Belle Sabetta isn’t fooled by his brooding, Scrooge-like exterior… Her own experiences of loss means she knows a little kindness, especially at Christmas, can go a long way. And Bella’s innocence and passion could be the gift that heals Lyons’s damaged heart.

Scottish Docs in New York duet

Book 1 — Their Christmas to Remember

Book 2 — Healed Under the Mistletoe

 

The healing powers of love are working overtime! With the second half of Amalie Berlin’s holiday duet Scottish Docs in New York, we get gruff brother Lyons’ story. If you read his brother Wolfe’s story, which I highly recommend!, you’ll already know some of the key players and already be familiar with the lowdown of what happened to Lyons a year ago. This book picks up immediately after and he meets someone who changes his outlook on life. I really enjoyed this duet. Both brothers had turmoil that had them turn off a part of themselves in order to protect their hearts, but were genuinely great guys underneath. With the love of a good woman, their beauty and goodness was able to shine again. Excellent characters and attention grabbing settings overall … highly recommend!

Nurse practiioner Ysabelle Sabetta is starting a new job at Sutcliffe Memorial in Manhattan. She’s held this position prior, but not in quite as hands on setting as this busy ER, so she’s not sure what to expect. She’s thrust into the heart of emergency medicine without warning with her first patient and the gruff doctor she’s supposed to be shadowing really lets her have it!

Dr. Lyons McKeag can’t suffer fools, especially in an emergency situation … but when looking back on it, he realizes he might have been too hard on Bella. He begrudgingly reaches out to make it right. He’s dealt with a traumatic time for the last year, and he’s not living his best life right now. In fact he’s quite miserable, and when someone starts leaving Secret Santa gifts in his locker, it really sets him off. He just wants to be left alone to do his job!

four-half-stars

* Review * MURDER AND MISTLETOE by Barb Han

* Review * MURDER AND MISTLETOE by Barb HanMurder and Mistletoe by Barb Han
Series: Crisis: Cattle Barge
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on November 1, 2018
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four-stars

A killer has struck again in this small Texas town

this time at Christmas…

For fourteen years, Dalton Butler has believed his high school sweetheart’s death was murder, not suicide. So when another young girl is killed in the same manner, the handsome rancher partners with beautiful and determined detective Leanne West. Together, they work to expose the predator in their midst. Then their investigation takes an even nastier turn. Can they bring this killer to justice before Christmas is ruined—for good?

 

Painful pasts are confronted and mysteries are solved in the latest in the Crisis: Cattle Barge series by Barb Han! The premise of getting answers for Dalton was exciting from the start of the book. There were parts that drug a bit, but overall, the mystery kept my attention and had me trying to figure out who could be behind the crimes. I’ve enjoyed this entire series!

Dalton Butler has lived with the pain of not knowing what happened to his high school girlfriend for fourteen years. It’s shaped the person he is and the way he looks at life. He has known in his heart that there was no way it was suicide like they ruled it back then, but there’s been no one willing to listen, no proof to persuade them with … until now. An identical killing, exact same way, exact same place!

Detective Leanne West wants answers for what’s happened in her family, but all that she’s getting is the run around from the local sheriff. When she learns of Dalton’s connection to the case and hears what knowledge he has in the matter, she decides to team up with him to get the answers they both so desperately need even if they have to find them themselves!

four-stars

* Review * PERFECTLY INAPPROPRIATE by Stacey Kennedy

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* Review * PERFECTLY INAPPROPRIATE by Stacey KennedyPerfectly Inappropriate by Stacey Kennedy
Published by Loveswept on November 27, 2018
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five-stars

A woman scorned and a politician with a wild side connect online—and explore their hottest fantasies in the flesh.

Olivia Watts knows that her problems are painfully average. She got engaged, and her fiancé cheated. She gave up on her dream job—street photographer—and settled on a more practical one: graphic designer. She scrimped and saved to buy a home, only to realize how empty it was. So when Olivia hears about an exclusive dating app that matches subs with highly trained doms, she does something she never thought she’d do in a million years: She signs up. The last thing she expects to find is a man whose sizzling touch reawakens the woman she used to be. . . .

Noah Grant has no time for relationships. His sole purpose is to win reelection. That’s why he pays a premium to the discreet app that satisfies all his dark desires. But after sweet, innocent Olivia is vetted and arrives for their week together in his penthouse, it’s blatantly clear that she’s running from her demons. Noah’s more than willing to be her escape—until their emotions get tangled up in their games. Now, to become worthy of Olivia’s heart, Noah will have to prove that he’s more than a fantasy.

 

Daring desires lead to more than they bargained for! Well laid out backgrounds drew me into these characters immediately, and the sexual tension and growing feelings kept me coming back for more. I loved Olivia and Noah’s story! Must be okay with BDSM to enjoy!

Graphic designer Olivia Watts can’t deny that she’s in a rut. Her fiancee cheated on her, so she kicked him to the curb and now her life revolves around a dead end job that makes her miserable and nights spent with her best friend who she’s camping out with because she can’t stand to go home to the house it all fell apart in. She’s not ready for a relationship again, but she is ready for some fun, so when her bestie nags her to join a sexy new app filled with prestigious dominants, she hesitantly agrees.

NY Senator Noah Grant is a busy man with no time for games or strings, so he loves the freedom finding his playthings online affords him. He is hesitant when he meets Olivia just because he can tell she’s not been in his type of world before, but he is so intrigued that he invites her to be his for a week. Only problem is, a week isn’t nearly enough!

five-stars

* Review * MARRIED FOR HIS ONE-NIGHT HEIR by Jennifer Hayward

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* Review * MARRIED FOR HIS ONE-NIGHT HEIR by Jennifer HaywardMarried for His One-Night Heir Series: Secret Heirs of Billionaires
Published by Harlequin Presents on December 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

“You stole my son from me, Gia.”

Now she’ll wear Di Fiore’s ring!

Commanding Santo Di Fiore is stunned to see Giovanna Castiglione again. Her unexpected appearance at his luxurious party in the Bahamas leaves him craving answers. Why, after that one forbidden encounter, did she leave? But when Gia reveals their secret consequence, Santo won’t let her go a second time. The Italian will claim his son — and Gia as his wife!

 

Claiming his secret son! He never knew the consequence of their night of passion, but now that he does, he won’t let her walk back out of his life again … especially with his son! The storyline was quick to snag my attention and the well developed characters and drama kept me entertained throughout.

Santo Di Fiore knew the night he spent with Gia in Manhattan several years ago was something special. He intended to tell her so in the morning and propose a relationship, but she was gone without a trace when he awoke. Now he’s running into her at an important party to his future and hopes to reconnect.

Giovanna Castigilione settled into her new life well all those years ago, but now that she’s face to face with Santo again, she wonders if her choices could have been a mistake. He deserves to know he fathered her son, even if he will hate her for not telling him sooner. She made the decisions she felt she had to make, so she’ll have to learn to forgive him for doing the same once he finds out!

four-half-stars

* Review * A WEDDING ONE CHRISTMAS by Therese Beharrie

* Review * A WEDDING ONE CHRISTMAS by Therese BeharrieA Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie
Published by Carina Press on November 19, 2018
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three-half-stars

Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.

Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.

Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.

But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…

 

Finding love when they least expect it! A delightfully sweet connection between two wayward souls leads to more than they ever bargained for. The chemistry between this couple is there from the start as we follow them throughout one day together. It’s a fun premise to a story, but it really drug too much for my liking. The background and turmoil of each of their recent lives laid the groundwork for a story full of strife and drama, but the continual going over of the same feelings and expectations left a good bit of possibilities on the table instead of being developed. I was left wanting more to keep the storyline moving throughout, but with a satisfying conclusion in the end.

Angie Roux should have resisted temptation to stop at a family memory in Caledon, South Africa on her way home for her first holiday get-together in a few years. She’s dragging her feet because she knows chastisement and hurt probably await her in Cape Town, so a small side-trip won’t hurt. If only she had known she’d be mistaken as a bridesmaid in an on-going wedding and made to seek the aid of a stranger in the local cafe in order to diffuse the case of mistaken identity!

Ezra Johnson is enchanted with Angie from the moment she encroaches on his space and begins to tell her tale. He’s just passing through as well, but he can’t help but think he was placed in this cafe at this particular time for a reason. He’s not looking for a future, but it looks like fate might have just stepped in and found him one none-the-less!

three-half-stars

* Review * SNAP DECISION by Jami Davenport

* Review * SNAP DECISION by Jami DavenportSnap Decision by Jami Davenport
Series: The Originals, Seattle Steelheads
Published by Cedrona Enterprises on November 29, 2018
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four-stars

Bad boy quarterback Tyler Harris plays ball for a living and breaks hearts for a hobby.

With two championships in as many years, Tyler is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he's at the top of his game. Women love him. Men want to be him. Only Tyler's not feeling the love. In fact, he's not feeling anything at all. Licking his wounds after a scandal and a breakup with his long-time girlfriend, he retreats to a run-down mansion on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Once there, Tyler is blindsided by the sassy redhead next door. He knows that he's met his match and possibly his soulmate. There's one problem. She despises him.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys -- especially those who play ball. Her new neighbor seems just that type. Yet Tyler's not the shallow superstar she expected, and she's inexplicably drawn to football's bad boy. The two are so hot together, they're combustible.

As the clock ticks down, can they commit to each other forever? Or will they both fall short of the goal at the last minute?

Originally published in 2012 as "Forward Passes." This version has been re-written and repackaged.

 

This bad boy just might have met his match! Tyler needs to get away from life for awhile, and when an opportunity falls into his lap, he takes it. He might complain about it while doing so, but he’s needing this time away more than anything. His feisty neighbor on the other hand, might be just what he needs indeed! I had a hard time connecting with these two at first. There was a good bit of a drag for awhile, but eventually their personalities started to meld and I found myself rooting for them. A little slow, but a solid read in the end.

Star quarterback Tyler Harris is coming off of the high of winning two Super Bowls, but he’s not feeling the excitement that he should. He’s losing his love the game, and he needs to try to get his head back into it before anyone notices. The inheritance of a run-down family home on a hard to reach island might be just the down-time that he needs … especially once he catches sight of his sexy neighbor!

Lavender Mead despises self-absorbed jocks! She was abandoned by one as a child, dumped by a few along the way and she’s officially sworn off of them in recent years. Now she’s got the most egotistical one of all smack dab in the middle of her peace and quiet. If she can run him out of town quickly she might be okay … but having to spend time with him just might be her downfall!

four-stars