Wednesday, August 16, 2017

seriously romantic: so bad it must be good by nicole helm

kayla gallagher has finally freed herself from her overbearing family. that was step one. the problem is that she isn't sure she knows what step two is. when she runs into liam patrick at the farmer's market she had conceived for her family's restaurant she's feeling vulnerable and lost. it had been her idea but her father and grandmother had bulldozed over her dreams to get what they wanted and now she had no part of it.

she's known liam since they were kids, she's crushed on his brother aiden for about that long, and when he shows up and teasingly asks for her number she thinks why not? aiden is flirtatious and funny and easy to be around. spending any amount of time with liam has her feeling wrong. she's antsy and insecure and tongue-tied. and she can't shake the feeling that he's judging her finding her wanting.

but when aiden stands her up and sends liam in his place, she finally sees him in a new light. because the truth is, he doesn't find her wanting. he just doesn't know what to say to the girl he's always been afraid to break. liam has a thing for fixing things. and kayla has never needed his fixing, so he's always been unsure.

in so bad it must be good, kayla and liam realize that those uncomfortable tingles are actually sparks of chemistry and once those sparks are ignited it's like they've finally found safe haven. because before you know it they are in a full-fledged relationship. and while they both have some lifelong patterns of behavior they need to work on, one thing they realize is that they are much better off together than apart. and sure they have to have some epiphanies and whatnot, but at the end of the day, they are perfect for each other. and i loved that.

**so bad it must be good will publish on august 22, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical press) in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

superbly suspenseful: seeing red by sandra brown

i've been reading sandra brown since i was in college and her suspense stories are generally filled with just enough terror and the perfect amount of sexiness. in seeing red, major trapper is a national hero. beloved and admired by one and all. but the bombing he helped save people from still has secrets that haven't been revealed.

kerra bailey, the young girl in his arms in an iconic photograph of the event—and now a news reporter at a dallas-based television station—is one of those secrets. the true perpetrators of the crime are the other secret—a secret major trapper's son, john, suspects will put his father's life in danger.
when the major is shot at his front door the evening his interview with kerra airs, everything goes haywire. kerra was in the house and barely escapes with her life.

from that moment john, who goes by trapper, is on the case. he knows that whatever is happening now has links back to the bombing that put kerra and the major in each other's orbit. and he's not going to rest until the truth has come to light. kerra and trapper have this insane chemistry that brings them closer even as the situation intensifies.

in the end this is a well written, enjoyable romantic suspense novel. pretty much what i expected when i requested it. i have no regrets.

**seeing red will publish august 15, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy netgalley/grand central publishing in exchange for my honest review.   

Monday, August 14, 2017

seriously romantic: don't call me sweetheart by codi gary

there are a lot of things marley stevenson shouldn't be doing in don't call me sweetheart. number one is letting luke jessup call her sweetheart. he shouldn't be calling her anything at all given that he's the groomsman on the wedding she's just been hired to act as maid-of-honor on. there's an non-disclosure agreement that says that she can't tell him the truth about her job and a code of conduct that says no funny business with the groomsmen.

the thing is, she needs this job. the bonus that she'll receive will allow her to move out of sweetheart and onto her dream job at a publishing house in new york. but luke proves himself too tempting. and also too kind. he's there for her every single time she needs him. even when she'd rather he not stick around he comes through for her. and soon it's hard to remember why it's so important she push him away.

she keeps trying though. she pushes him away and then forgets and pulls him back in. and poor luke is all turned inside out. he doesn't understand why she blows so hot and cold with him. but he likes her and keeps giving the possibility of what they might have together a chance. she pushes so hard she makes him doubt his sanity. except he's so sure that what they have together is something worth fighting for.

but he can't do all the fighting on his own. at some point marley needs to do some fighting too. and maybe that fight means she needs to readjust some of her dreams. but sometimes what we think we want isn't what we actually need. and sometimes new dreams are better than anything our old dreams could have ever hoped to be. these are two lessons marley needs to learn before she can be with luke, but once she figures this out, then all she needs to do is win him back.

**don't call me sweetheart will publish on august 15, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

seriously romantic: how to marry a marquess by stacy reid

when richard maitland, the marquess of westfall first met evie chesterfield he knew that she was not for him. she was too young. too innocent. too good. he'd already been burned by what he thought was love once. and he'd already vowed to never marry and never let his heart get involved again.

and sure there were moments where he wondered. where he yearned for more with evie. but those close calls only served to reaffirm his resolve. he wasn't going to give evie a chance for anything real. but what he doesn't count on is the pressure on evie to finally marry. she's a young woman of the ton, her duty is to get married. not only because it is what is expected, but also because it is the only way for her to pay her way. daughters are financial burdens until they marry and become someone else's problem.

in how to marry a marquess, evie decides it's finally time to take matter into her own hands. she's never fully understood richard's hesitation. she knows in her heart of hearts that he feels the same love for her as she does for him. he tries to keep her at arm's length, but he's been denying himself for so long it's only a matter of time before she wears him down.

and even still he doesn't have it in him to believe that evie is strong enough to stand up to society by his side. and part of his doubt stems from his need to protect her from those who would cut her. but part of it is also his inability to trust anyone but himself. and it's this distrust that almost kills evie. realizing how little he thinks of her breaks her heart. and the thing of it is, she could almost understand how deep his damage is, but he knows her. he is the one person she has shared all of herself with, and if that is not enough then nothing will be.

but when the prospect of losing evie forever is forced on richard, he realizes that he's been criminally stupid and unfair. he loves evie. she loves him. they can withstand anything society throws at them. he just has to have enough faith to believe that together they are stronger than they are apart. and while his scars run deep, the deepest cut to his heart would be losing evie for good, and so he must redeem himself. and when he does, it's pretty spectacular.

**how to marry a marquess will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scandalous) in exchange for my honest review. 

seriously romantic: the wolf of kisimul castle by heather mccollum

when mairi maclean is kidnapped on her wedding day she's understandably upset. it's not that she was all that excited about marrying greg mcinnes. but it has been her choice. being kidnapped puts her on the no power end of things. and when alec macneil informs her that he intends to make her his bride, she's decidedly noncompliant. but for a kidnapper alec is not all that comfortable with the idea of forcing someone to do something against their will.

marrying mairi would solve a whole host of problems for alec. for one, the mclean clan won't be out for blood. for another, his kids need someone to mother them. and he's also so damnably lonely. he might be the wolf of kisimul castle, but he's also a man. and mairi is beautiful, but more than that, she is kind and she is challenging. and knowing her has changed his entire perspective on things.

in some ways it's as if she releases him from a self-imposed prison. she is the first person to recognize the loneliness in him, maybe because she is guilty of the same stubbornness that he is. it almost derails things, that stubbornness. neither of them is willing to give in, they are both too proud, too steadfast in their beliefs, in what they believe their duty to be. it's not until they are forced to face the strength of those convictions that they are able to see that maybe there is another way.

love will always give you another way if you want it enough. this is the kind of sweeping, epic scottish romance that i love. there is drama and thrills outside of the romance, which i love because enjoy it when the characters recognize their feelings early on and never doubt them. external obstacles can always be overcome and watching true love beat all is why i read romance  novels.

**the wolf of kisimul castle will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scandalous) in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

seriously romantic: her sexy challenge by sarah ballance

the first book in the firefighters of station 1 series, her sexy challenge, starts things off hot. caitlyn tyler moves to dry rock, colorado intent on opening her dream used bookstore. the only problem is that the way into town involves a bridge. and even worse it's a bridge over rushing water. she might just have a pathological fear of bridges. and her first attempt to conquer said fear results in the fire department being called out to rescue a possible jumper. when shane hendricks basically teases and flirts her off the ledge she's not quite sure what to make of him.

he's not quite sure why he keeps seeking her out either. she's kind of a mess. and he's supposed to be leaving town in two weeks. and it's been his dream to leave for so long. meeting the girl that makes him pause in this moment isn't fair. how can he be sure that she's the one to make his dreams come true.

so he tells himself that he's just going to make sure she's conquered her fears. mainly to avoid the drain on city resources. but also because he can't help wanting to be with her every chance he gets. the thing is, they did just meet. so giving up his dream of denver for her isn't actually the right thing to do. everyone else in his life is certain that denver is a mistake. but maybe it's a mistake he needs to make in order to know for sure.

this novel also sets up the series, introducing us to the other firefighters who are likely to get their own stories. they are all sexy and delightful, so i'm looking forward to more.

**her sexy challenge will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.

seriously romantic: ten days with the highlander by hayson manning

when georgia paxton turns up in the middle of nowhere scotland to convince callum macgregor to partner up with her company in order to take his tiny hotel into the next level she doesn't expect to have to pitch a hard sell. callum finds georgia sexy and charming, but he has no interest in selling her his hotel. he isn't interested in modernizing the place. he wants to restore it.

but he's also not quite ready to send the sexy american on her way. he wants her to fall in love with the place, to understand where he is coming from. so he proposes ten days with the highlander, and she agrees. she thinks the extra time will change his mind.

and here's the thing, both georgia and callum have a point. they just need to figure out how to compromise. but georgia is so intent on avoiding putting down roots and callum is so intent on avoiding anything that smacks of blatant capitalism that they both fail to understand each other. even as they tumble head over heels in love. they both have to face their fears and admit what they really want if they are going to work things out.

**ten days with the highlander will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 11, 2017

seriously romantic: breakaway by cate cameron

when logan balanchuk shows up in corrigan falls he believes a knee injury has destroyed his chance for a career in the nhl. when he meets dawn, a hockey hating local girl who plans to move out of town first chance she gets, he's drawn to her. and part of the appeal is that she isn't hockey mad. but she's also fun and sexy and real. being with her makes him forget his disappointments.

because dawn wants something more for herself. she's constantly challenging herself to try new things. leaving behind a steady summer job for one that will teach her something new every day. this appeals to logan because he is also figuring himself out. at first the disappointment of losing hockey keeps him away from the sport. but he's volunteering as the golf instructor at a local hockey camp, and it's only a matter of time before he gets sucked back in again.

what he learns is that hockey is a fundamental part of who he is. and dawn isn't sure how she feels about that. she already did the hockey girlfriend thing once, and it felt like all things hockey consumed her then and she wants something more for herself.

but she also wants logan. because he is sweet and funny and the way he loves her feels so right. and logan knows that dawn is who he wants with him as he figures out where hockey will end up in his life. and the connection between dawn and logan is so strong you know that they will work it all out. hockey doesn't have to be the thing that kills their relationship. and how they commit to being together is so perfect. i pretty much loved everything about breakaway.

**breakaway will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.

seriously romantic: taming the rebel by dawn klehr

as the titular rebel in taming the rebel, rebel hart's name might be a bit too on the nose. she's always marched to the beat of her own drummer. growing up with two dads outside of atlanta she kind of had to make her own way. and it's always worked for her. so she just doesn't get justice brody. she's pretty sure he's the reason his dad broke up with hers. and blowing her off seems to be his thing. and now that they've ended up at camp together he can pretty much expect all out prank wars.

and it's true that rebel doesn't understand justice's side of the story. he certainly hopes he's not the reason their dads broke up. but now that they have it's less weird to pursue rebel and his feelings for her. and she's never been subjected to the kind of verbal abuse and teasing he's experienced in the football locker room at school. so when he doesn't want to talk about his dad and his relationship with rebel's dad, it's not a rejection of her, it's more about protecting himself. because he wasn't always the hot football player. he was the skinny undersized kid with the big arm who was kind of a dork.

and as they spend time together at camp, rebel comes to see that justice isn't the jerk she imagines him to be. their connection strengthens the more they have a chance to talk. and while rebel needs to learn to be more empathetic and patient, justice needs to learn to be less insecure and a little more brave. not easy things when you are a teenager. but when they take a moment and stop being ruled by their emotions, they realize that what they share is something actually worth fighting for.

**taming the rebel will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

something from the archives: say goodbye - part 32

it's thursday and time to look back into the fan fiction archives. you can catch up with the story at the links: 123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930 and 31.

read on for part 32.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

seriously romantic: the rules of persuasion by amity hope

the rules of persuasion pairs up grief-stricken graffiti artist meg matthews with all-american rich baseball player luke prescott. he catches her in the act of tagging the school, and blackmails her in order to get his ex-girlfriend and mother off his back.

what starts out as a relationship filled with suspicion and distrust changes over time as meg and luke get to know each other. it's partly because they have that terrible start that they can be their most honest selves around each other. slowly meg realizes that life isn't as perfect for luke as she imagined, while also managing to move past her grief after losing her sister and coming back to her old self. 

being with luke sets her free, but as their relationship deepens the threat of meg being exposed as the graffiti artist increases. even though luke has no intention of spilling the beans, meg's design is easily recognizable and she hasn't been great about keeping it secret. 

when being with luke wakes her up to the danger she is in, she regrets being so reckless, even as there is nothing she can do to change things. luke and meg have crazy chemistry from the get-go and what I love about their relationship is that they not only fall in love, they become friends. seeing them together is perfectly dreamy. 

**the rules of persuasion will publish on august 14, 2017. I received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

seriously romantic: the forbidden by jodi ellen malpas

writing about the forbidden is tricky because there is one plot point that shouldn't be spoiled that informs the whole book. it's one that is controversial enough that i know certain people draw a line at reading books that deal with this. i actually find it interesting, i actually appreciate the drama and angst stories like this stir up. but i do realize that it's not to everyone's taste.

at its heart, the forbidden is a story about love. about how hard it is to find. how it doesn't always find the perfect moment to find us. and how hard it is to walk away from a love that you feel to the depths of your soul. even when circumstances and everyone you trust tells you that you can't be together.

and what if what is forbidden feels so right. so undeniable that the only way forward is to give in? and what if instead of being terrible it's every dream come true? except the foundation is quicksand and it will fall away. and what then?

that's where annie and jack find themselves. building a relationship on quicksand. but an architect and a contractor can probably figure out a way to build something that lasts. even if it seems impossible.

**the forbidden will publish on august 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review. read on for more information on the book, including a playlist from the author...

seriously romantic: beneath the truth by meghan march

rhett hennessy finally gets his turn in beneath the truth, and it was well worth the wait. after the events in beneath these lies, rhett turned in his detective badge and left town. Only the worst could bring him back, and his childhood home imploding and his father's death pretty much counts as the worst.

but the worst can also bring the best along with it, because ariel sampson, his best friend's little sister, the girl who loved him and he couldn't love back, has also come back home. she's come, in part, to be with him, even though she swears she's over her childhood crush.

and maybe that's true. crushes are fantasy and fizzy and frothy, what ariel and rhett share is something deep and emotional and haunted and heavy and light and complicated. a lifetime of history lies between them, and given all the upheaval in rhett's life at that moment, it finally feels like the time has come to explore what it could be like with ariel.

for ariel, it's as if the ground has shifted. nothing is what she expected it to be. it's even better, because the reality is that she and rhett are tailor-made for each other. and watching them cement this fact and figure out the truth that has been shaking the ground beneath their feet is not just satisfying, it's compelling, emotional and suspenseful.

as the series capper beneath the truth provides the perfect amount of closure. in an epic epilogue, we get an update on all our favorite beneath characters, and it's so satisfying. one of the things that i've really enjoyed in this group of connected stories are the friendships between the characters. they are there for one another, no questions asked with a side of sass that shows how much they care.

i discovered meghan march a year and a half ago with beneath this mask, and since then i've pretty much inhaled everything she's written. rhett hennessy holds a special place in my heart because we've gotten to know him pretty well throughout this series. it makes perfect sense to end with his story, and how he gets his happy ending is so worth the read. and the best part is knowing that even though this is goodbye for now, it doesn't mean we've seen the last of this world.

this fall, ruthless king will pick up lachlan mount's story, and given his appearances in beneath the truth he's a total badass and is part of the beneath world and is possibly linked to the dirty world too. i kind of love that these characters all live in the same universe. i think just knowing that there's a chance i'll see these characters again makes it okay to say goodbye. i'd be way more of a wreck otherwise.

**beneath the truth will publish on august 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of meghan march in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 7, 2017

simply a scorched release day blitz

Get Scorched with sexy new releases from Lorna James, Tina Donahue, and Laura Jardine!

simply all about keeper - blurb reveal

Keeper by Amy Daws releases on September 7th!

Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.

Add to Goodreads and check out the full blurb after the jump!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

seriously romantic: love in the friend zone by molly e. lee

looking for a book that reminds you of those epic nights of teenage fun? the ones that bring to mind nick and norah's infinite playlist or can't hardly wait or superbad? then love in the friend zone is that book. it seems to be kicking off a series of books, and i expect them to overlap because there is enough stuff happening offscreen here that you definitely want to keep reading.

in love in the friend zone, braylen and fynn have been best friends forever. since, like, the first day of kindergarten when fynn rescued braylen from a bully who broke her red crayon. she's the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and he's the star photographer. they do everything together. their mantra is "you're there, i'm there" and they stick to it.

they kissed once before, but instead of changing things, they both clung more deeply to their friendship. so fynn didn't let himself see braylen any other way. and braylen just lusted after fynn from afar.

but this night, it's their last hurrah. everything is changing in the fall. they're starting college and fynn isn't sure he wants to go to northwestern (where braylen is going). and he's had his eye on katy evans, he's built up a story around who she is, and he just needs to get the nerve up to talk to her. and braylen is his wingwoman.

and he has no idea that he is killing her with this request. and when their mutual friend zoe challenges braylen to tell fynn how she really feels, and that she has to do it by midnight or zoe will spill the beans herself, well that just adds to the pressure.

the thing about this story is that it flows almost cinematically. the way the characters move through scenes, what they are doing, what they are talking about, how they overlap, it's so well-constructed. i really enjoyed this story and the way it was building up to tell other stories about the people at this party. i want to know what is happening with zoe and gordon and lennon and jade. it's pretty cool that in such a constrained amount of time the author manages to give us a full sense of who these people are and what makes them tick. the fact that one night can change everything for braylen and fynn doesn't seem impossible. because you really get a sense of the twelve years of friendship that came before this moment.

**love in the friend zone will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

superbly suspenseful: the forger by michele hauf

art forger turned investigator for the elite crimes unit at interpol, ethan maxwell still skirts the edge of the law. he hasn't touched a brush or easel since his arrest and recruitment to the e.c.u., but he has knowledge of crimes that haven't been shared or revealed.

when a vandalist/forger targets his father's forgeries, ethan is partnered with olivia lawson of the art & antiquities unit of scotland yard. she's in line for promotion to detective constable and needs a win in this case, though given her rocky reputation in the art world combined with a lack of funds for her department at scotland yard, things aren't looking too good.

in the forger, ethan must strike a tough balance. he cannot admit the truth of his past to olivia, because he risks death or incarceration, but the more they investigate the more apparent it is that he is being targeted. and there are some secrets he just can't keep from olivia. especially given their chemistry.

not only are they great partners on the job, they are also incredible in the bedroom. ethan has never had the chance to be close to someone like this, and he chafes at the constraints his job and his agreement with the e.c.u. put him under. he also knows that it's possible he could lose olivia by confessing everything. he's an art forger, and olivia knows all too well the kind of damage this particular kind of crime can cause. can they overcome those fundamental differences? is the attraction and reality of how perfectly they complement each other enough to leave the past in the past?

this is a romance with a happy ending, with a decent suspense-mystery thrown into the mix. the stakes aren't quite as high in the forger as they are in the thief, but the leads are charming and play off each other well.

**the forger will publish on august 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical press) in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

seriously romantic: diary of a teenage jewel thief by rosie somers

marisol flores has had an unconventional upbringing in diary of a teenage jewel thief. she's the youngest in a line of jewel thieves, but her first job as point person ends badly and she must flee with her mom to new york city and try to fit into a normal life.

all she's wanted for years is a normal life. but starting a normal life by pretending that she and her mom aren't hiding from the man who killed her father means that she's jumping at shadows. fitting in at a normal high school is also a challenge. she doesn't know about being normal. nothing in her life has been normal.

so when she meets will campbell, who is charming and seems to be taken with her, she's not quite sure how to act. she wants to trust that he likes her and enjoys her company. but she has a hard time trusting anyone. and she also feels like she can't be totally honest with him.

as their relationship deepens it becomes clear that there is more to will than meets the eye. but it's not until the villianous petrov gets his hooks into will and all those that mari holds dear that all truths are revealed. and as they all work together to bring down petrov, the fact that mari can finally be honest about her true self with will frees her from so many of her worries. she realizes she doesn't have to fit into a prescribed version of normal. all she needs is to find happiness, and she has that with will.

will is a total dreamboat of a character. he's got his reasons for paying attention to mari, and they have more in common than mari realizes at first. his unconventional upbringing makes him the perfect match for mari. totally swoonworthy.

**diary of a teenage jewel thief will publish august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (digiteen) in exchange for my honest review.

seriously romantic: the third kiss by kat colmer

kat colmer's debut, the third kiss, takes two best friends and two inexplicable kisses and makes them the biggest deal. before cora left sydney for manhattan for a year she kissed her best friend jonas. then she was gone and they never talked about it. and things were weird, but then got better and now that she's back in sydney she hopes they don't ever have to talk about it.

she still doesn't know why she kissed him. she was sad and scared and he was there for her. he's always been there for her. and she loves him, of course. but not romantically, because she knows that jonas is a bad bet romantically. but their friendship means everything. and she can't believe she risked it for a kiss.

when cora surprises jonas and his twin sister with her arrival at their eighteenth birthday party, his whole life goes into a tailspin. he's got girls throwing themselves at him, weird prank love curse letters, his aunt helena making grand speeches and then cora is home. she's finally home after a year of being gone and he doesn't know what he's going to say to her. they have to talk about that kiss.

and when they do and she calls it a deviant impulse, he's not relieved. he's hurt. and when she goes on a date with some other guy he's also angry and hurt. and when they start arguing he kisses her.

it's an impulse. but it's also the third kiss he's able to give before losing the chance to find his true love. and the love curse means that cora's apparent rejection of the kiss and what it could mean for them puts her in danger. and even though jonas isn't ready to admit it, cora means the world to him. it's not just that he doesn't want his best friend to be safe. it's that she is someone who is important to him, who is vital to his happiness, and if she were hurt, life wouldn't be the same.

so cora and jonas spend a lot of time grappling with their feelings and not giving them name. both of them have some real fears about calling what lies between them love. giving it a name gives it power. and jonas has always feared the power love can have over you, mainly because of the way his parents' lives ended. while for cora, loving someone opens her up to the possibility of betrayal. and she isn't sure she has it in her to trust jonas given his terrible track record. except none of those girls were cora. and she means more to him than any casual hook up ever could.

conquering the demons after them almost comes into second place to conquering their fears and issues with love and commitment. and as impossible as all these feats seem, they get there. only to realize that a new set of problems waiting for them at the other end. here's hoping that the sequel to this story doesn't take too long to publish.

**the third kiss will publish on august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

something from the archives: say goodbye - part 31

so apparently back in the day, i titled this the plotless nookie scene. i was so witty when i was in college! #sarcasm

anyway, read at your own risk below. catch up with the story at the links: 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728, 29, and 30.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

seriously romantic: seducing his true love by laura jardine

this small town tempations novel is as risqué as the first. in seducing his true love, blaine richards has finally, after eighteen months, accepted that he fell head over heels in love with cassie monroe when they had a week-long interlude. now that he's accepted this fact, he's ready to win her back. but cassie was left hurt and heartbroken and isn't really into the idea of giving blaine a second chance.

but their sexual chemistry was off-the-charts, and she hasn't been able to recapture those feelings with anyone else since blaine left. but she wants to move on, move forward with her life. so she agrees to spend one weekend with blaine, and if she finds she can't live without him she'll stay. except she has no intention of staying.

however, they are super in-sync when it comes to their sexual compatibility. the kind of fantasies they are both willing to explore, how far they are both willing to go for pleasure is kinky and hot and disturbing all at once. one thing that is wonderful about these characters is how open and honest they are about their kinks. even when they are fulfilling fantasies that are taboo and require trigger warnings, it's kind of refreshing how forthright the whole thing is.

there is no way that people this in tune with each other won't work this out. but cassie does make blaine work for it. even if the sex is perfect, she doesn't let that be the only thing that sways her decision to give him another chance. he earns it, and their relationship is stronger for it.

**seducing his true love will publish on august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scorched) in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

simply all about drift - a cover reveal

Do you love emotional, swoon-worthy New Adult fiction and gorgeous covers? We do, too! And today we are thrilled to share an exciting look at an upcoming Entangled Embrace release that has us over-the-moon excited! Read on for all the details, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway!

simply all about an earl by any other name

Author: Lauren Smith
Series: Sins and Scandals #1
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Imprint: Forever Yours
eBook Price: $1.99
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An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . .

Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life---until his father's death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady.

 Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it's her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she'll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who's looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can't stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs.


You can read all about it here, but here's a snippet of what I had to say about the novella:

if you enjoyed downton abbey, this novella will take you back to that era. for all leo's insistence on traditional ideas, he is actually more open-minded than he says he is. because even though being with ivy does change things for leo, the kind of about face he does has more to do with the fact that he was playing at being a stuffy traditionalist than actually being one. being with ivy taps into leo's true self, a self that he had hidden and tried to forget in order to ensure his estate's livelihood after his father's death. but there is more than one way forward, and when he finds ivy, he realizes this as truth.

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Without so much as another word, he bent his head. When their mouths were an inch apart, he captured her gaze, and something wild and hot passed between them as he slanted his mouth over hers. All worries and fears were destroyed in the wake of pleasure and fire.

Heat and light burned through at that single kiss, like tender sparks shooting through the night over a healthy fire. A little moan escaped her as he teased her mouth open with his tongue. One of his hands grasped her hip, holding her firm between him and the tree as he pressed against her. The heady aroma of autumn leaves, leather, and sandalwood sent her senses spinning.

With gentle kisses and a wicked tongue, he taught her all the ways she’d longed to kiss. It was the sort of kiss the upstairs maids whispered about, the kind that made a woman lose her head…and her heart.

This is a terrible idea. I should stop him…but…The will to break the kiss faded like morning mist. Once upon a time, there had been nothing more she had wanted in her life, a kiss from her sunny-haired prince. But she’d changed; she’d grown up and a man’s kiss shouldn’t have been so potent that it cast a spell over her. Yet, Leo’s kiss was exactly that, a spell that bound her to him in a way she feared would break her heart.

He nipped her lips, and she felt his mouth curve into a smile against hers before he finally drew back. His eyes were dark with passion, and his breathing was rough and warm against her face. Their bodies were so close, the intimacy making her feel like there was nothing outside of them in that moment.

“Why do I have the feeling you are going to be trouble, Miss Leighton?” Leo chuckled, suddenly drawing a fingertip down her nose and tapping it lightly, the way he had so often all those years ago.

“Trouble?” she echoed faintly. Still shaken by her first kiss and the shivery warmth spreading through her limbs, she dared not move for fear of falling. Love was dangerous; love ruined a woman’s dreams. And Leo was the one man who could tempt her into falling in love.

“Oh yes. Just when I have everything planned, you come along and remind me of why I used to be so wicked.” He bent, feathered one last kiss to her lips before he took her arm in his and escorted her back to the house.

Ivy did not look at him. She felt changed. Their secret moment had awakened her and melted whatever defenses she’d thought she’d built against his charm. How was she ever going to think clearly when all she wanted to do was relive that kiss? The carefully crafted battlements around her heart quivered, trembled, the walls crumbling.

Oh dear…

About the Author

Lauren Smith, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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