* Release Blitz/Review * FIGHTER’S SECRET by A. Rivers

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* Release Blitz/Review * FIGHTER’S SECRET by A. RiversFighter's Secret by A. Rivers
Series: Crown MMA #3
on July 24, 2021
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He’s too wild, too unpredictable, and completely off-limits by my coach’s decree.

My life imploded and now I’m halfway around the world, sleeping in my brother's spare room, and trying to get my sh*t together. A new relationship is the last thing I need. Especially one with my coach-slash-brother’s protégé, cocky cage fighter Devon Green.

Devon’s big heart, sexy swagger, and determination to coax me out of my shell appeal more than they should. I’ve spent years building my defenses, but every stolen moment with him tempts me to tear them down. Unfortunately, I need to keep my hands to myself unless I’m willing to risk losing my home, my job, and my family.

I’ve stepped into the ring dozens of times before, but fighting for love is the most terrifying prospect of all. When the final buzzer sounds, will Devon and I be left standing?

Fighter’s Secret is a standalone sports romance with a confident hero who knows what he wants and a badass heroine who makes him work for it.

 

Seductively riveting! With the third book in her Crown MMA series A. Rivers brings on the adorableness and heat by the boatload in FIGHTER’S SECRET. I felt their story ended very abruptly and while we were given a glimpse into Seth’s story coming up next, I still wanted a more complete settling in for them as a couple. I’m looking forward to the next book!

Devon is just the sweetest! He’s self-assured and knows he’s all that, but the second he sets eyes on Harley, he knows she’s the one for him. He’s really quite adorable in his pursuit and I loved him.

Harley is hard to like. We only get a hint of the relationship that she’s coming off of that has her guarded and bitter, but hiding him away instead of owning her feelings was hard to overcome in my book. She really needed to let us see her softer side, especially in her relationship with her brother.

I recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a sport heavy romance circling around MMA and the close-knit core teammates at one gym.

 

 

 

Title: Fighter’s Secret
Series: Crown MMA Romance #3
Author: A. Rivers
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2021

 

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He’s too wild, too unpredictable, and completely off-limits by my coach’s decree.

 

My life imploded and now I’m halfway around the world, sleeping in my brother’s spare room, and trying to get my sh*t together. A new relationship is the last thing I need. Especially one with my coach-slash-brother’s protégé, cocky cage fighter Devon Green.
Devon’s big heart, sexy swagger, and determination to coax me out of my shell appeal more than they should. I’ve spent years building my defenses, but every stolen moment with him tempts me to tear them down. Unfortunately, I need to keep my hands to myself unless I’m willing to risk losing my home, my job, and my family.
I’ve stepped into the ring dozens of times before, but fighting for love is the most terrifying prospect of all. When the final buzzer sounds, will Devon and I be left standing?
Fighter’s Secret is a standalone sports romance with a confident hero who knows what he wants and a badass heroine who makes him work for it.

 

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“So,” Devon continues, rubbing circles on his chest. “This is the part where I ask you out again, yeah?”
I sigh. “If it was, I’d have to turn you down.” Strangely, I find myself regretting that fact, and not just because my body is still wired with attraction to him. He actually seems like a nice guy, but officially off-limits, and not the right match for me anyway.
“Damn.” His lips quirk, but he doesn’t seem upset at all. “Have you decided whether you want me to back off and stop flirting with you?”
My breath quickens. Why does he have to keep asking that and putting the responsibility on me to reject him? Why can’t he be like any other douchey guy who’d ignore what I want and flirt anyway? Because while I can’t date him, I enjoy exchanging hot looks across the gym floor and I don’t want it to end.
“No, I haven’t,” I say, something fizzing in my chest. “I need more time to think about it.”
“Okay, then.” He grins crookedly. “Can I ask what’s holding you back?”
I drag a hand down my face and battle to pull myself together. Dare I be honest with him? I moisten my lips. “The thing is, I’ve recently gone through something that makes it hard for me to trust people, and I’m not denying that I’m attracted to you, but you seem like a good-time guy and that’s not what I’m looking for.”
He cocks his head, the humor fleeing his expression, and his eyes become uncharacteristically serious. “I could be more than a good-time guy for you, Harley.”
A lick of heat runs down my spine. His gaze is so intense. So honest. But from what I’ve seen of him, I’m not sure whether to believe him. The fact is, I hardly know Devon. I knew Thaklaew much better, and I still didn’t see his betrayal coming. Why should I think I’m any better at reading this guy?
“Think on it.” He touches his glove to mine. “Ready for round two?”

 

 

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A. Rivers writes romance with strong heroes and heroines who kick butt and take names. She loves MMA fighters, cops, military men, bodyguards, and the protective guy next door who isn’t afraid to fight the odds for love.

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* Release Blitz/Review * FURY by Jessica Ames

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* Release Blitz/Review * FURY by Jessica AmesFury by Jessica Ames
Series: Untamed Sons MC #6
on July 23, 2021
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Fury

As Sergeant-at-Arms of the Untamed Sons, my job is simple. Kill anyone who tries to hurt the club. Bleeding a man is the only thing that keeps me level, until I meet her. Amalia is not like any woman I've come across and when I'm with her my fear of being touched disappears. Stalking her might have been a bad decision, but keeping away from her isn't my choice. I can't breathe when she's away from me, and i can't stand the thought of something happening to her, so when she gets in trouble, my only thought is on protecting what's mine.

Amalia

Falling for my stalker might be a mistake, but I can't stop being drawn to Fury. I see his demons and the darkness that swirls around him, but I don't care. I want him, and nothing is going to stop me from having him. When I witness a murder, my only choice is to go to the only man i know will protect me, even if that puts him and his club in the firing line.

 

Powerful and endearing! With book six in her Untamed Sons MC series Jessica Ames is bring us her most tortured hero yet with FURY.  The characters are addictive and while I wanted more development of their relationship to really be able to sink my teeth into them as a couple, I did like them both very much. The tension is high, the emotions are free flowing and the intrigue was explosive. I’m looking forward to more in the series!

Fury has been a key character in this entire series and it’s satisfying to learn his ugly back story that only makes us love him more than ever. He’s loyal and true and his demons are understandable.

Amalia won me over quickly because she just knows Fury is solid and is willing to put forth an effort to believe in him.

I recommend this book and entire series to anyone who enjoys a raw motorcycle club series that has so much heart mixed up in the ugly and good that make them who they are.

 

 

 

 

Title: Fury
Series: Untamed Sons MC #6
Author: Jessica Ames
Genre: MC Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2021
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Fury
As Sergeant-at-Arms of the Untamed Sons, my job is simple. Kill anyone who tries to hurt the club. Bleeding a man is the only thing that keeps me level, until I meet her. Amalia is not like any woman I’ve come across and when I’m with her my fear of being touched disappears. Stalking her might have been a bad decision, but keeping away from her isn’t my choice. I can’t breathe when she’s away from me, and I can’t stand the thought of something happening to her, so when she gets in trouble, my only thought is on protecting what’s mine.
Amalia
Falling for my stalker might be a mistake, but I can’t stop being drawn to Fury. I see his demons and the darkness that swirls around him, but I don’t care. I want him, and nothing is going to stop me from having him. When I witness a murder, my only choice is to go to the only man i know will protect me, even if that puts him and his club in the firing line.

 

 

 

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* Blog Tour/Review * JETT by Sawyer Bennett

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* Blog Tour/Review * JETT by Sawyer BennettJett by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Arizona Vengeance #11
Published by Big Dog Books, LLC on July 20, 2021
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Jett Olsson isn’t looking for anything serious and she’s not looking for anything at all, so why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?

I love my life—the thrill of being on the ice as part of the Arizona Vengeance, the rush of winning, the adoration of the fans. And if that adoration means I don’t have to spend the night alone, well even better. I’m content being single and always ready to mingle.

But the day Emory Holland walks into a Vengeance team meeting my attention is caught like never before. I can tell right away she’s full of smarts and sass, and the fact that she’s hot as hell sure doesn’t hurt either. She immediately shuts down my advances, so I opt for the road less traveled—straight to the friend zone.

My approach works like a charm, and when she invites me into her bed for a no-strings, friends-with-benefits arrangement, I vow to give her everything I have. She’s been hurt before, and if I’m able to help her heal while giving her a spectacularly satisfying time *pats self on back*, then I’ll be happy.

Or at least that’s the lie I keep telling myself as the time ticks down on the final buzzer of our “relationship”. Now the real question is, can I score the winning goal in a game neither of us realized we were playing?

 

Sexy, sweet and oh so satisfying! The Arizona Vengeance is back with a bang with JETT and I loved every minute of him! The characters are endearing, the plot is fresh and fun and the team is a blast as always. The ending was abrupt and I wanted a bit more of Jett’s back story, but overall I adored him and loved his story!

Jett is the sweetest. Yes, he’s a player, but he’s respectful and true about what he is and watching him fall for Emory and the life she has to offer is so sweet.

Emory is a fresh voice in the back office and fun to get to know. Her story is emotional and deep and watching her fall for Jett and let him lighten up her life was really special.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves a hockey romance with endearing characters and loads of heart.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jett Olsson isn’t looking for anything serious and she’s not looking for anything at all, so why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?

I love my life—the thrill of being on the ice as part of the Arizona Vengeance, the rush of winning, the adoration of the fans. And if that adoration means I don’t have to spend the night alone, well even better. I’m content being single and always ready to mingle.

But the day Emory Holland walks into a Vengeance team meeting my attention is caught like never before. I can tell right away she’s full of smarts and sass, and the fact that she’s hot as hell sure doesn’t hurt either. She immediately shuts down my advances, so I opt for the road less traveled—straight to the friend zone.

My approach works like a charm, and when she invites me into her bed for a no-strings, friends-with-benefits arrangement, I vow to give her everything I have. She’s been hurt before, and if I’m able to help her heal while giving her a spectacularly satisfying time *pats self on back*, then I’ll be happy.

Or at least that’s the lie I keep telling myself as the time ticks down on the final buzzer of our “relationship”. Now the real question is, can I score the winning goal in a game neither of us realized we were playing?

 

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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.

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* Release Blitz/Review * BROODY BRIT by Naima Simone

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* Release Blitz/Review * BROODY BRIT by Naima SimoneBroody Bri by Naima Simone
Series: A Hero Club Novel
Published by Cocky Hero Club, Inc. on June 27, 2021
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Dear Axel,

It is incredibly stupid to write this text while I’m drunk. But what’s the saying? No gain, no pain. Or, no pain, no shame... Whatever. You know what I mean. And let’s face it. There’s no way I would be doing this if I was stone-cold sober. But since I’m plastered? To hell with it.

I want you.

I know. Crazy, right? Not only am I your temporary roommate but I’m a chatty nurse from Providence with an impeccable bedside manner and secrets. You’re a broody, commitment-phobe sculptor from England who communicates in grunts and single syllables. Not to mention, you’re returning home in several weeks. And yet, from the moment you dragged me for being a Swiftie, I’ve wanted to climb you like my personal jungle gym.

There’s no future for us. I’m not even sure I like you half the time. But that doesn’t stop me from hungering for those same hands that bend and shape metal to bend and shape me. So in all my drunken glory, I guess what I’m trying to say is if you want me, I’m yours. For the next few weeks until you return across the pond and we resume our lives as before. No strings. No demands. No regrets.

So meet me in the kitchen where all this started.

Or don’t.

It’s your decision.

Not that it matters. It’s not like I’m going to do something monumentally dumb like hit send on this text.

--Zenobia

 

Fun, flirty and emotional! BROODY BRIT is a fast paced delight filled with turmoil and healing as love flairs to life in a most unlikely couple. The characters are easy to like, the story quickly held my attention and I enjoyed getting to know Axel and Zenobia.

Zenobia is strong-willed and accomplished and seeing her re-examine her past decisions is powerful.

Axel is yummy! His life has been defined by a moment in time and watching him learn to unravel the past is awe inspiring.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys steamy passion mixed with emotional healing and a whole lot of heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Broody Brit
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Naima Simone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2021

 

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.

 

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Dear Axel,

 

It is incredibly stupid to write this text while I’m drunk. But what’s the saying? No gain, no pain. Or, no pain, no shame… Whatever. You know what I mean. And let’s face it. There’s no way I would be doing this if I was stone-cold sober. But since I’m plastered? To hell with it.
I want you.
I know. Crazy, right? Not only am I your temporary roommate but I’m a chatty nurse from Providence with an impeccable bedside manner and secrets. You’re a broody, commitment-phobe sculptor from England who communicates in grunts and single syllables. Not to mention, you’re returning home in several weeks. And yet, from the moment you dragged me for being a Swiftie, I’ve wanted to climb you like my personal jungle gym.
There’s no future for us. I’m not even sure I like you half the time. But that doesn’t stop me from hungering for those same hands that bend and shape metal to bend and shape me. So in all my drunken glory, I guess what I’m trying to say is if you want me, I’m yours. For the next few weeks until you return across the pond and we resume our lives as before. No strings. No demands. No regrets.
So meet me in the kitchen where all this started.
Or don’t.
It’s your decision.
Not that it matters. It’s not like I’m going to do something monumentally dumb like hit send on this text.
–Zenobia

 

Broody Brit is a roommates/opposites attract/interracial romance inspired by British Bedmate.

 

 

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Published since 2009, USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”
 
She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

 

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* Release Blitz/Review * JACK by Penny Dee

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* Release Blitz/Review * JACK by Penny DeeJack by Penny Dee
Series: The Kings of Mayhem MC TENNESSEE #1
on May 28, 2021
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What doesn’t kill me had better start running…

Life as I knew it ended with a bullet.
It stole my brother from me and destroyed my family.
From the ashes, I rose stronger and meaner, to exact the kind of revenge best served bloody and cold.
I took out every single person I held responsible,
Except one.
He’s a phantom but his days are numbered.
Because I won’t stop until I’m done.

Then she shows up.
The forbidden fruit.
A light to my darkness.
I should resist her because what I touch, I destroy.
And my feisty wildflower deserves more.
More than this.
More than me.

But there is a monster lurking in the shadows.
A psychopath.
Watching her.
Watching us.
His threats torment her.
And they make my black heart burn.
But he should know,
You don’t ever mess with me, or the people I love.

 

An explosive and gut-wrenching kick-off to a brand new spinoff series from Penny Dee! With the first book in the Tennessee Chapter of her much loved Kings of Mayhem MC, we meet a whole new cast of characters and a couple of familiar faces as revenge sets the stage immediately. The beginning was an unorthodox way to start, but it was attention grabbing and had me watching Jack’s life turn around after complete destruction. I really enjoyed his story and look forward to more to come in the series!

Jack is loyal to a fault, but willing to get his hands dirty if need be to accomplish that feat. His world fell apart in a split second and his goal in life changed with it. I enjoyed watching him find some comfort and happiness again.

Bronte is a sweetheart, and watching the sparks fly when she is near is really satisfying. Her goal in coming back to town soon shows itself quickly and allegiances show their true colors.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a motorcycle club that is gritty and true with strong connections and vendettas.

 

 

 

 

Title: Jack
Series: Kings of Mayhem MC Tennessee #1
Author: Penny Dee
Genre: MC Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 28, 2021

 

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What doesn’t kill me had better start running…
Life as I knew it ended with a bullet.
It stole my brother from me and destroyed my family.
From the ashes, I rose stronger and meaner, to exact the kind of revenge best served bloody and cold.
I took out every single person I held responsible.
Except one.
He’s a phantom, but his days are numbered.
Because I won’t stop until I’m done.
Then she shows up.
The forbidden fruit.
A light to my darkness.
I should resist her because what I touch, I destroy.
And my feisty wildflower deserves more.
More than this.
More than me.
But there is a monster lurking in the shadows.
A psychopath.
Watching her.
Watching us.
His threats torment her.
And they make my black heart burn.
But he should know,
you don’t ever mess with me or the people I love.
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* Release Blitz/Review * HEAVY PETTING by Erin Nicholas

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* Release Blitz/Review * HEAVY PETTING by Erin NicholasHeavy Petting by Erin Nicholas
Series: Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild #2
Published by EN Fiction, Inc. on May 25, 2021
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He's her best friend.

A reformed bad boy turned hot teacher.

And after one spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding... her husband.

Jordan Benoit and Fletcher Landry have been best friends since they were six. He's always been The Guy. When she needed picked up, cheered up, or lifted up--like literally, to see the stage at a concert--Fletcher was the guy.

So when her boyfriend dumps her--on national TV--Fletcher immediately gets on a plane and comes to her rescue.

And when she ends up in a Vegas wedding chapel and needs someone to say, "I do"...yep, Fletcher's the guy. Of course.

Jordan knows what she wants. A life in her hometown. A job with alpacas. And Fletcher. Not necessarily in that order.

They've said the vows. They'd told the world. They've told their grandmas. Forget taking things slow. Forget just heavy petting. Forget any chance of backing out when things get tough. They're going to have to go all the way, in every way.

After all, friends becoming lovers should be the easiest thing in the world. Right?

  Erin Nicholas really has the characteristics of a swoon-worthy man down pat! With the second book in her Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild series she yet again stole my heart with a sexy dirty-talking Cajun gentleman in HEAVY PETTING. This friends to lovers story is chock full of humor, heart and a whole lot of love and I enjoyed it so much! Great characters, great atmosphere and just one more book to love in the world of Landry!

Fletcher is a doll. He knows how to live and play hard, but there’s been one constant in his life that he’s always put on a pedestal and that’s his BFF. When she needs him, he’s there … and when he gets the chance to truly love her the way he wants, watch out world because sparks are going to fly!

Jordan is a sweetheart and while I had to glare at her a time or two for her actions in the past, she was all in with her love of Fletcher in this book so I had to love her.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who loves a close knit group of family and friends who rally around to make a great backdrop as humor and passion ignite towards that happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

He’s her best friend. A reformed bad boy turned hot teacher. And after one spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding… her husband.

Heavy Petting, an all-new heartwarming and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy in the Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild Series by New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas is available now!

He’s her best friend. A reformed bad boy turned hot teacher. And after one spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding… her husband.

Jordan Benoit and Fletcher Landry have been best friends since they were six. He’s always been The Guy. When she needed picked up, cheered up, or lifted up–like literally, to see the stage at a concert–Fletcher was the guy.

So when her boyfriend dumps her–on national TV–Fletcher immediately gets on a plane and comes to her rescue.

And when she ends up in a Vegas wedding chapel and needs someone to say, “I do”…yep, Fletcher’s the guy. Of course.

But being The Guy 24/7 is a lot. He just wants everyone to give him a freaking minute to get this marriage thing right. Including his sexy, sweet new wife who he’s wanted for three years. Who is exasperatingly, temptingly all-in from minute one.

Jordan knows what she wants. A life in her hometown. A job with alpacas. And Fletcher. Not necessarily in that order.

They’ve said the vows. They’d told the world. They’ve told their grandmas. Forget taking things slow. Forget just heavy petting. Forget any chance of backing out when things get tough. They’re going to have to go all the way, in every way.

After all, friends becoming lovers should be the easiest thing in the world. Right?

Experience all the feels today!

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“I also think that I need to—” “Marry me.” “Date you.” They spoke at the same time. Then stared at each other. “What?” “What?” They spoke simultaneously again. “I was trying to give you some freaking space before I said anything.” He seemed very annoyed suddenly. She leaned in, bracing her hand on the seat between them. “The last person I need space from is you, Fletcher. I mean, we’ve basically been dating for twenty years. If dating is about getting to know someone and figuring out how well you fit with them and figuring out if you want to spend the rest of your life with them…we’ve done that.” He shook his head. “You have got to be one of the most exasperating people in my life.” Her eyebrows rose. “Considering your twin brothers are Zeke and Zander, being one of the most exasperating people in your life is pretty huge.” He shook his head. “Absolutely exasperating. To think I could’ve kissed you when we were standing next to a king-sized bed and you were only in your bra and panties and you would have been all in.” Jordan felt her cheeks flush, but she grinned widely. “I really am a pain.” “You really are.” His gaze dropped to her mouth. Jordan felt a zing of excitement go through her. She really wanted him to kiss her. “I think you dating me is a great idea,” he said after a moment. Thank God. “You’re sure you’re done dating other people? Having fun with all those girls? All the casual relationships?” she asked. “If it means I get to be with you? Absolutely.” Her stomach swooped, harder and faster than before. “This isn’t crazy?” “It makes a hell of a lot more sense than anything else. Like you dating other men. Or either of us being with anyone else.” “We’ve never talked about this before.” “You’ve been taken,” he said simply. Right. That was true. And Fletcher was too good of a guy to go after another man’s girl. She still felt compelled to say, “It’s been three years since anything happened.” “Again, because you’ve been taken.” His voice dropped. “Only because you’ve been taken, Jordan.” Her heart skittered at that and she wet her lips. She thought about her next words carefully. Several seconds ticked by. Then she said simply, “Prove it.” Fletcher reached out, wrapped his big hand around her wrist, and tugged her close. He cupped the back of her head and brought her in until they were nose to nose. “This changes everything,” he said. Almost as if it was a warning. “I know.” “I’m the last frog you’re ever going to kiss. So be sure you want it now.” That was exactly what she’d wanted to hear without even realizing it.

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

* Release Blitz/Review * TITCH by Jessica Ames

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* Release Blitz/Review * TITCH by Jessica AmesTitch by Jessica Ames
Series: Untamed Sons MC #5
on May 24, 2021
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four-stars




Titch

As Road Captain of the Untamed Sons MC, I've had my share of pain, but nothing could prepare me for seeing my ex-wife move on with another man. It makes my demons want to come out to play, makes me want to destroy everything in my path. I love Rachel. I'll always love her, but she's no longer mine. Getting her back is my only focus and to do that, I'm willing to cross lines I shouldn't.

Rachel

I never expected my feelings for Titch to remain as strong as they were when I first married him. Getting a divorce was my first mistake. My second was trusting my new husband. He has secrets that put me and my sons in danger. I shouldn't be thinking about my ex, not now that I have a new man on the scene, but every thought I have is about Titch. He's the light in the darkness and he makes my heart beat faster than it has in years.

When I discover my husband has been hurting my child, I fall into the arms of the only man who can save us all. Titch.

*Warning : Contains adult content, reading age 18 +. Graphic violence and dark emotional scenes that may trigger some readers.

 

A reunion like no other! Sparks fly and tempers flare when Jessica Ames brings us the next book in her Untamed Sons MC series, TITCH. I loved the story as a whole, but I was left wanting more development into healing their relationship and moving forward to make it feel more satisfying. Looking forward to more to come in the series!

Titch is a solid guy who will do anything for his family … only he figured that out a little too late.

Rachel was too quick to throw Titch over because of youth and impetuousness, but seeing the love they still feel for each other is sweet.

I recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys a motorcycle club filled with solid characters, occasionally shady practices and hearts of gold.

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Titch
Series: Untamed Sons MC #5
Author: Jessica Ames
Genre: MC Romance

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As Road Captain of the Untamed Sons MC, I’ve had my share of pain, but nothing could prepare me for seeing my ex-wife move on with another man. It makes my demons want to come out to play, makes me want to destroy everything in my path. I love Rachel. I’ll always love her, but she’s no longer mine. Getting her back is my only focus and to do that, I’m willing to cross lines I shouldn’t.
Rachel
I never expected my feelings for Titch to remain as strong as they were when I first married him. Getting a divorce was my first mistake. My second was trusting my new husband. He has secrets that put me and my sons in danger. I shouldn’t be thinking about my ex, not with a new man on the scene, but every thought I have is about Titch. He’s the light in the darkness and he makes my heart beat faster than it has in years.
When I discover my husband has been hurting my child, I fall into the arms of the only man who can save us all. Titch.
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four-stars

* Blog Tour/Review * ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Stacey Lynn

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* Blog Tour/Review * ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Stacey LynnAll The Beautiful Things by Stacey Lynn
Series: Love and Lies Duet #2
Published by SL Books on May 11, 2021
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four-stars

She’d been betrayed too many times to hand over her trust.
I’d lost too many people to love too easily.

Together, we were a mess. A constant struggle for peace. Yet it was in each other we found everything we were looking for.

Until tragedy struck and I feared the worst.
Pushing her away would have been the best. Kept us safe and unshaken.

But it was too late. My little fighter had determined what she wanted, and she was willing to go down swinging to finally earn her happily ever after.

It was her determination that kept us together, even through the worst of it.
If we finally made it to the other side, all the ugly things we’d survived could lead to something beautiful.

  A powerfully emotional journey of healing. With the second book in her Love and Lies Duet Stacey Lynn brings all the emotions and feels to the surface as Lilly uncovers the secrets that Hudson has been hiding. I wasn’t quite as captivated in this half of the story as I was in the first, but as a whole the duet was beautifully written and a strong emotional journey.

Lilly has fallen for this family just as she learns they are an addition to the list of lies that have been fed to her throughout her life. Watching her grow the strength to figure out what’s real and what’s not is a rewarding.

Hudson is a really nice guy, and though he was part of the subterfuge, he never had ill will against Lilly.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional read filled with characters who aren’t perfect, but who love hard.

 

 

 

 

“An emotional and thought-provoking romance fueled by a page-turning suspense.” – Jewel E. Ann, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

All the Beautiful Things, the highly anticipated conclusion to the unforgettable Love & Lies Duet by Stacey Lynn is available now!


She’d been betrayed too many times to hand over her trust. I’d lost too many people to love too easily.

Together, we were a mess. A constant struggle for peace. Yet it was in each other we found everything we were looking for. Until tragedy struck and I feared the worst. Pushing her away would have been the best. Kept us safe and unshaken.

But it was too late. My little fighter had determined what she wanted, and she was willing to go down swinging to finally earn her happily ever after.

It was her determination that kept us together, even through the worst of it. If we finally made it to the other side, all the ugly things we’d survived could lead to something beautiful.

 

 

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She worked in a shithole diner and probably lived in a shithole place when she was the daughter of a state judge, probably grew up in private schools with a Mercedes gifted to her on her sixteenth birthday and more money than my own parents had. This shouldn’t be her life. She’s better than this. Better than her circumstance and I believe her. She just needs someone to help. The memory of Melissa’s pleading eyes made me squeeze my own eyes shut. “Fucking bleeding heart.” Since she could walk, she had a calling to save everything from kittens and frogs and turtles in the road to classmates and children where she worked. One last request. Promise me. I’d wanted to throttle her slim, pale throat. I gripped the door handle and scowled at the silver-plated handle, before I threw it open. “Happy now?” I asked, and somehow, I knew she was. Lilly was still in the back when I entered. Where Dad said she always stood, there was an old laptop with notebooks spread open. I took the seat at the far end and waited, snagging a menu from the counter on my way. The food was cheap, basic diner food, perfect for the clientele a place like this brought in. Greasy, thick burgers, patty melts, and Reubens. Sandwiches and burgers and two salad options. It was late enough none of it appealed to me. Probably why my dad came for the pies. Fortunately for me, he’d said they were the best he’d ever tasted, and I’d inherited his sweet tooth. The creak of old, squeaky door hinges rang out and I lifted my head. Lilly came out carrying a tray stacked with food, focused on the four-top. I didn’t move for fear of distracting her. Not a great first impression to make if she ended up covered in grease and condiments. The guys at the table did more shoulder-slapping, whooping and hollering like they were watching the Super Bowl and not their food being delivered. I kept my eyes on them, waiting for one to give me a reason to put an end to all of them. The dark-haired guy would be first. He sat at the outer edge of the booth and as Lilly leaned forward to deliver a tray to the guy next to him, his hand hovered inches from her backside. The blond across the table egged him on with a nod but she stood back, put space between them, and barked, “Even think of touching me and none of you are leaving with your dicks still attached to your body.” “Oohh. I’ll show you mine happily,” one said, hands dropping to his lap. She glared at him, resting bitch face I was certain she learned in prison firmly in place. It didn’t look right on her. Too hard. Too forced. What would she have been like as a smiling, happy teenager before life was stolen from her? Damn it. I felt it then. That pull my dad had when he first saw her. She’d lost too much.

 

Meet Stacey Lynn:

Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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four-stars

* Blog Tour/Review * TALK HOCKEY TO ME by Kelly Jamieson

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* Blog Tour/Review * TALK HOCKEY TO ME by Kelly JamiesonTalk Hockey to Me by Kelly Jamieson
Series: Bears Hockey #3
Published by Kelly Jamieson on May 11, 2021
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four-stars

Hunter
Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken exceptionally broken road. I'm not a star. I'm a grinder, I work hard, and I'm finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.

But my agent--the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn--has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate's a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.

Kate
Hockey. All my life I've lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it's my business. As an agent, I'm tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter's voice. The last time I saw him--three years ago--there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.

I've handled it all in my short career--sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn't. And Hunter's past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time...

  Their undeniable attraction is sure to please! With the third book in her always exciting Bears Hockey series Kelly Jamieson brings us a reunion story showcasing the one that got away. The characters where attention grabbing and while I didn’t find the overall story as enthralling as the first two in the series, the tension was high and the happily ever after was very satisfying.

Hunter easily finds a place in the reader’s heart once his past is revealed and his love of the game and good-heartedness solidly keeps him there throughout the story.

Kate is independent and a real go-getter with a solid heart underneath her tough gal persona. I enjoyed getting to know her very much.

I recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a hockey story filled with romance and a close-knit group of friends and teammates who make for a powerful story.

 

 

 

 

Talk Hockey to Me, an all-new swoon-worthy, hockey romance from USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is available now!

They can resist their attraction…until their hearts rocket them across the blue line.

Hunter Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken an exceptionally broken road. I’m not a star. I’m a grinder, I work hard, and I’m finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.

But my agent—the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn—has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate’s a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.

Kate Hockey. All my life I’ve lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it’s my business. As an agent, I’m tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter’s voice. The last time I saw him—three years ago—there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.

I’ve handled it all in my short career—sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn’t. And Hunter’s past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time…

 

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We walk into the bright and sunny apartment. Being a corner unit, it has lots of windows, and the décor is light and airy, all pale gray and white. “Cute place,” I say. “Thanks. It’s tiny but I love the neighborhood.” “It looks like you.” Kate gives me a skeptical look. “Organized. Tidy. Modern.” She gives me a long, impassive look. “That’s me, huh? Tidy?” Shit. There I go again. I called her tough that night and I think she was insulted. Now I’ve done it again. “Well, not right now,” I admit, eyeing her sweaty hair and face. That probably didn’t make it better. “You’re not wrong.” She sighs and sets the bear head on the small island. “Okay, help me get this off. I really need to pee now.” We wrestle her out of the costume, and I try not to notice that I’m touching her. Under the getup, she’s wearing a thin tank top and a pair of tiny, tight black shorts. I swallow hard. One hand grazes her bare arm. Then her thigh. I hear her sharp intake of breath and my gaze lands on her nipples, now hard and poking against her bra and tank top. Christ. I kneel to help her step out of the costume. She sets a hand on my shoulder for balance and lifts one long, sleek leg. I want to run my hands up and down her leg so badly my palms tingle. My dick is pushing aggressively against the fly of my jeans. I look up at her. She’s watching me, her lips parted, her eyes pupils dilated. A flush stains her cheeks and she catches her bottom lip between her teeth. Daringly, I set my hands on her calf and she pulls the other foot free of the fur garment. I slide my hands around the back of her firmly muscled calves, and then up to the backs of her knees. She shivers. “Hunter…” She’s not stopping me. I glide my hands up the backs of her thighs, then over the little shorts to cup her ass. I straighten my legs and stand, pulling her closer. Bending my head, we’re nearly nose to nose. Her eyelashes flutter. Our mouths are so close… “Kate.” She pulls back, her eyes full of regret. “Hunter. We can’t do this.” I close my eyes at the stab of disappointment. “Right. Right. Sorry.” “Also, I still have to go to the bathroom.” She darts away from me and into the bathroom, slamming the door shut. I lean against her kitchen island, sweating, breathing hard. My heart is galloping. Jesus. I fucked up. Why did I touch her like that? What the fuck is wrong with me?

About Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas. She writes the kind of books she loves to read–sexy romance with heat, humor and emotion. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white) and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey. She is the author of the popular Heller Brothers Hockey series, Aces Hockey series, and the Rule of Three trilogy.

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four-stars

* Release Blast/Review * CONSEQUENCES OF PASSION by Yahrah St. John

* Release Blast/Review * CONSEQUENCES OF PASSION by Yahrah St. JohnConsequences of Passion by Yahrah St. John
Series: Locketts of Tuxedo Park #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on April 1, 2021
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five-stars




When a winning bachelor bid

leads to unexpected consequences…

Psychologist Shantel Wilson surprises herself by attending a bachelor auction as a favor to her friend—and bidding on his older brother! The outcome of her steamy night with Roman Lockett, heir apparent to an Atlanta football dynasty? She’s expecting. Now Roman wants to claim her—and his child—yet Shantel needs more than a marriage of convenience from this man who put passion in her playbook…

 

Passionate, intense and unputdownable! With the first book in her Locketts of Tuxedo Park series Yahray St. John quickly nabbed my attention with her relatable down-to-earth characters and the fast paced storyline had me hooked in no time. I loved their connection, and the family drama surrounding their own relationship development made for a thrilling read. I’m looking forward to more from this delectable family!

Roman is confident and self-assured, but as we dig into his character we see the adversity he faces every day from a familial source. He knows what he wants out of life, but becoming close with Shantel shows him even more of what is waiting for him if he can muster the courage to try.

Shantel is accomplished and serene until someone riles her up and then she doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind. She’s suffered loss in her life, and the last thing she wants to do is set herself up for more … but she can’t resist the pull of all that is Roman!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family drama and red hot chemistry front and center in your romance.

 

 

 

CONSEQUENCES OF PASSION BY YAHRAH ST. JOHN

She promised herself just one night of passion with her best friend’s brother, but what happens next? Find out in this explosive launch to the Locketts of Tuxedo Park series from Yahrah St. John!

When a winning bachelor bid leads to unexpected consequences…

Psychologist Shantel Wilson surprises herself by attending a bachelor auction as a favor to her friend—and bidding on his older brother! The outcome of her steamy night with Roman Lockett, heir apparent to an Atlanta football dynasty? She’s expecting. Now Roman wants to claim her—and his child—yet Shantel needs more than a marriage of convenience from this man who put passion in her playbook…

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

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EXCERPT

Roman Lockett was bored already.

Why had he let his sister, Giana, convince him to attend this bachelor auction benefitting a cure for multiple sclerosis on a Saturday night? Because as the baby girl of the family, anytime she looked at him with those big brown eyes of hers, he was helpless to resist.

Roman’s mind, however, was still on the tense meeting he’d had yesterday. As chief operating officer and director of player personnel of the Atlanta Cougars football franchise, it was Roman’s job to handle all major player contract concerns. And securing DeMarius Johnson, the team’s star quarterback, was high on not only his list but his father, Josiah Lockett’s, the Atlanta Cougars owner and general manager.

Because of his impending fee agency, negotiations with DeMarius had dragged on for months. His father thought Roman incapable of finishing the deal, but Roman had come to the table prepared for battle. They’d had to void the final two years of DeMarius’s contract, allowing the Cougars to resign him while maintaining the league’s salary cap. It had been risky because it was already late January. However, Roman had known allowing him to become a free agent would be problematic and so he’d adapted the contract based on market factors.

Roman hoped his father would be proud of the win under his belt. He had been on a success streak in recent years with the talent he’d brought to the Cougars team. As a result, they were ranked fifth in the league and Roman had played a big role in that. Yet despite all his successes, his father never gave him his due. Because Roman was the oldest, Josiah Lockett was harder on him than on his younger siblings, Julian, Giana and Xavier.

He stood on the outer fringes of the vast oval-shaped ballroom with crystal chandeliers and white drapery and surveyed the elegantly dressed men and women. He caught a glimpse of Giana making the rounds to get everyone psyched up for the evening. She wore a one-shouldered canary yellow gown with a stunning diamond necklace. Her jet-black hair had been artfully cut shoulder-length with bangs. It was a different look for her, but she wore it well. Meanwhile, most of the men were shamelessly flirting in the hopes women would bid outrageously on them. Roman, however, didn’t need to work the room.

He was Roman Lockett and every woman in Atlanta knew he was heir apparent to the Atlanta Cougars franchise. And if they seemed not to, they were faking it. His parents had been a major presence in the community for three decades. He’d already been approached by several beautiful women who’d made blatant attempts at seduction, and when that didn’t work, they’d resorted to pouting or affected hurt, all in an effort to gain his attention. But tonight, none of them held any appeal.

Roman had no idea how he was going to make it through the rest of the night. Let alone a date with one of these insipid women. Until he saw her.

A caramel-skinned beauty in a blush-colored gown with spaghetti straps. It wasn’t as elaborate as some of the confections he’d seen other women in tonight, showing off their God-given assets. Instead, it might be considered modest. Then she spun away and Roman saw the dress plunged to a curvy bottom, leaving her back bare save for a skinny piece of fabric holding the straps together.

For the first time tonight, Roman was intrigued. She looked oddly familiar, but he couldn’t place her. Who is she? He had to know. He began wandering across the ballroom toward her, but was stopped by another bevy of beauties. When he finally managed to extricate himself from their clutches, Roman couldn’t find her.

His nose flared. She might be the woman he wouldn’t mind spending time with at the end of the evening. He prayed she would come back because only she could transform this night from being an abysmal failure.

Shantel Wilson was impressed with the image she presented. With her job as a psychiatrist she didn’t often get a chance to dress up for a fancy night out on the town. Her best friend, Julian Lockett, had begged her to come and bid on him at the bachelor auction so he didn’t take home some unsuspecting female.

“C’mon,” Julian had cajoled. “I need your help. After that unflattering article about my dating life, my mother is furious with me. She warned me she wouldn’t tolerate any more shenanigans and I agreed to keep a low pro- file. If you attend, she’ll know I’m keeping my promise.”

“I don’t have anything to wear to something that fancy.” Shantel had used any excuse she could to get out of the event. Her wardrobe was comprised of slacks, silk blouses and the occasional skirt.

“Don’t worry about that. I know some fancy boutiques in Buckhead.”

Shantel had rolled her eyes. “I’m not one of your girls, Julian. I can buy my own clothes.”

“I know that, but trust me, it will help make you feel more comfortable hob knobbing with the upper crust if you’re in a killer dress.”

Famous last words, Shantel thought.

And so she’d gone to the high-end boutique Julian suggested and hadn’t been disappointed. The sales women had been eager to help, especially when she mentioned she was attending the Lockett charity gala. They’d shown her dresses in all shapes and price tags in the hopes she’d choose the most exorbitant one. Instead, she’d opted for a simple blush dress in silk chiffon, which she could afford with her salary from the practice.

Shantel liked the way it hugged her slender curves, and with the built-in bra, she’d been able to forgo a bra thanks to her barely B-cup-size breasts. The sales clerk insisted she needed lingerie, four-inch stilettos to boost her five-four height and a clutch to finish her look. In the end, Shantel purchased the entire ensemble. Tonight she felt like Cinderella, except she wouldn’t be losing her slipper. The shoes alone cost eight hundred dollars.

She was perusing the room when her eyes caught sight of Roman Lockett. The eldest brother of the Lockett clan was tall with a commanding presence. He wore what was no doubt a custom-fit tuxedo like a suit of armor. A veneer of power clung to his athletic frame. To Shantel he was like no other man she’d ever encountered, but Roman never paid any attention to her on the few occasions she’d been in his presence.

Tonight he was clearly bored with his surroundings if the jaded expression on his face was anything to go by. Had he been coerced into attending tonight’s event? And where was Julian, anyway? He’d begged her to come tonight and bid on him, but he was nowhere to be found.

Her idea of a fun Saturday night was a hot bath, a glass of wine and streaming a Netflix movie, but when Julian had pleaded with her, she’d been powerless to resist. Ever since they met at a college party ten years ago, their friendship had been grounded in love and affection. Julian had been attending Morehouse while she’d been at Spelman. Their friendship endured her mother’s suicide and Julian’s many love affairs, but that didn’t mean he didn’t vex her.

Shantel stepped out of the ballroom, pulled her phone from her clutch and texted Julian.

Where are you?

She waited and saw three dots on her iPhone indicating he was typing a message, but then the text bubble went away. She was certain Julian had read her message, so why wasn’t he responding? There was no way she would have come tonight if it wasn’t for him. Large social gatherings weren’t really her thing. She thrived in one-on-one interactions. She supposed it was why she was so good at her job.

Having been raised on the farm and being a nerd, she’d always been socially awkward. College had been eye-opening for a simple country girl like Shantel. She’d been raised in a town where everyone knew each other, but in college she hadn’t understood the rules or the games people played. Sometimes Shantel wondered if she’d made the right choice and whether she’d ever find a man who truly got her.

She was so deep in thought, Shantel didn’t realize she had company until she looked upward and found Roman’s ebony eyes trained on her.

 

ABOUT YAHRAH ST. JOHN

Yahrah St. John became a writer at the age of twelve when she wrote her first novella after secretly reading a Harlequin romance. Throughout her teens, she penned a total of twenty novellas. Her love of the craft continued into adulthood. She’s the proud author of thirty-nine books with Arabesque, Kimani Romance and Harlequin Desire as well as her own indie works.

When she’s not at home crafting one of her spicy romances with compelling heroes and feisty heroines with a dash of family drama, she is gourmet cooking or traveling the globe seeking out her next adventure. For more info: www.yahrahstjohn.com or find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bookbub or Goodreads.

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