The Fighter and the Baroness
“Can I wear it through the security portal?” I ask, broken shoes in one hand.
“No, I’m sorry. It will buzz,” the security person explains. “The portal is created to alert us to most metals besides gold and silver.”
I can’t tell him I wear gold. Real, irreplaceable, century-old heirlooms. He wouldn’t believe me anyway. “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to try.”
He lifts his arms in subtle agreement, a have-it-your-way, and I enter the booth, walk out without incident. Employees from two checkpoints stare at me while I pick my stuff off the band. I shake my head, slowly at first, but then I have nothing to say, no witty comeback, and my flight instinct kicks in. I get up on my toes so I don’t stumble in the too-long skirt and stride as slowly as I can into the transit hall.
I need to not stress the hell out. Just, I wish someone was with me to talk me down. I could call Elfriede. I don’t have my phone. I need a new phone. God, how pathetic am I?
Once I’m sure security isn’t following, I haul butt down the corridor. Tiles are cold under bare feet, it turns out. I’d step into my shoes again, but one of them is broken. Would people stare less if I limped and my heels creak-clacked against the floor?
A high-end fashion store beams in the distance. “We’ll help you blend in. Hurry, hurry,” it calls. I run. Benches are in the way. I’m getting clumsy. I’m panicking. Suddenly, a potted palm tree appears out of nowhere, half-blocking my view of the Promised Land, and my torso doubles around it as I slam to the ground.
I let out an ungraceful oomph. And realize I’m not on the ground after all. No, there’s an arm around me, and miraculously I’m on my feet, wobbly but sort of erect.
“You all right?” an American accent asks.
“I was going to Cloe’s over there,” I explain in German, pointing feebly and not feeling as regal as I’ve been taught. Dark eyebrows contract from within a tanned face above me.
“Sorry?” His arm is still strong around me, really freaking strong, and somehow I’ve got a death grip around it while trying to pry him off.
I translate the same stupid sentence to English. “I was going to Cloe’s. It’s over there.”
His brows are perfectly thick or thin and their arcs are so perfectly perfect they look like they’ve been combed, but then the furrow between them smoothens and I discover his eyes.
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Martial arts fighter, Victor Arquette is focused. He aims to become the best in mixed martial arts. It’s what he’s destined to do. He doesn’t need distractions as he remains dedicated to his craft. Enter Helena von Isenlohe and everything changes. Helena left her home behind as her father’s castle deteriorates due to his money woes. As the future of the castle relies on some of her life choices, Helena flees. In her defiance against family and love, she meets Victor. She’s a mystery he can’t get enough of. He’s inexplicably drawn to her. And you feel it the moment they meet. They end up parting ways once they get to their destination. But fate has a way of intervening.
Victor and Helena see each other again and its just as magnetic as the first time. Victor tries to give her up. He’s busy. So much work in his career to be done. But he finds himself thinking about her when he shouldn’t be. Helena’s heart is back home with her family, but she slowly finds that that same heart may already found its real home. With Victor. But how does one choose? There’s this fierceness between them. Something both know they should ignore, but it’s impossible. This ferocity causes them to feel things that neither have time for. But the heart knows no time or circumstance.
The Fighter and The Baroness had depth and intensity, but was perfectly balanced with humor and light. I found this read to be quite refreshing as it was never predictable. Victor was a lover that most women dream about. He loved with fervor. Deeply. Unreservedly. He didn’t get love. He’s been through so much. But with her he wanted to love and be loved. Helena was a great heroine and her strength was something I admired. Her love for Victor was powerful and purposeful. Their love persevered.
Gripping and unexpected, Victor and Helena’s story was brilliantly written with an engaging storyline that kept me turning the pages. Although a bit lighter than her usual reads, this book still holds the voice of Sunniva Dee. The voice of hopefulness in the face adversity. The author stays true to her profound writing style as she crafts the kind of love story that only she can. Magical. Breathtaking. Fascinating. And of course you will find humor in the story. I even laughed out loud a few times. Victor and Helena are genuine and relatable characters. The author demonstrates her talent in her meticulous character development. They are what drives her compelling and engaging storylines. And this story was no different.
Title: Smuttily Ever After
Release Date: 29th November
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The Messy Mind of Monique Pearson
A successful CEO finds her new PA has more to offer than his typing skills. In the office she’s used to being in control, but he has other plans in mind.
Rolling On A River
The Saucy Owl
One all-girl roller hockey team against the boys, in an all-day tournament of hockey and will power. It gets hotter than a girdle after a game when Frankie sees Taylor Rivers roll on by.
Love and War
Beauté De Livres – Beauty of Books
Having a future was never in our plans. We were at war when we found each other. But when the demons of your past crash into your present, will love be enough?
Falling Into You
Mila Grayson | KU Book Reviews
Think you can only find used furniture on Craigslist? You can also find second chances. Don’t let that chance encounter escape you.
Obsessed with Romance
When a single mother of twins joins her best friends for “a girls night out” she expects some drinks, laughs and dancing. But someone has other plans for her.
Kay Su | BooksandMe
Three isn’t always a crowd. But trying to find two hot, dominating men happy to share the same girl isn’t ever going to be easy. Will dreams become reality? What are the odds?
Love For Us
Books And Boys Book Blog
Finding love on the internet is always a risky business. Full of catfish and unsolicited pics. But what happens when you find a connection faster and stronger than your wifi?
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The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love.
“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11's, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
"Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn't yours."
Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.
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I have no idea how to begin to write this review. Words cannot truly capture the magnitude of beauty in this book, the story, and its characters. And while I shouldn’t be surprised because of the sheer talent of this author, I am absolutely blown away. Just when you think you can no longer feel, you do. To be able to read her work is truly a privilege.
On September 11, 1973 Alejandro (Alex) Penda’s life at the age of 11 is destroyed. Everything he’s known of his native Santiago, Chile is gone and he is forced to move to America. When tragedy strikes again, he is taken in by The Larks. A prominent and well known family. He quickly finds his place with them. But do not be mistaken. His sorrow and heartache is left unsettled and unresolved. This goes on to haunt him for years to come. And you will witness this. Valerie (Val) Lark. The Lark’s daughter, was always his solace. His peace. His safe place. Their love is inevitable. Their life together is nothing short of eventful.
“I will do this and you will give me…Nothing. This does not come at a price.”
Javier (Jav) Pendas is kicked out of his house as a teenager. With no money to his name and a family that has shunned him, he does something he never thought he would. It allows him to put a shield around him. No one can love him. Love only brings despair and pain. Until he meets the one person who threatens the impenetrable wall around his heart. But the timing is just off. And Jav has so much more of his own feelings to explore. As an adult he endures his own September 11th in the year of 2001. And if you’re like me, that date is forever imprinted on your heart. There is a scene that WRECKED me. I felt his grief. I was a puddle on my own couch. It throws his life into a trajectory he never sees coming. A potential chance at love and life is now gone. Forever. Circumstances cause Jav, Alex, And Val’s lives to cross paths over time. Their tragedies bond them in a way they never thought possible. They’re all meant to be in each other’s lives. But with this comes love, betrayal, and torn relationships. Jav always said he destroyed the people he loves. But this? This is different.
“I know you hate the dark. Believe the light is there. Believe it’s going to come back on. As long as you believe, I’m not afraid of this.”
This book is simply the best book I’ve read all year. There I said it. Top read of 2016. Without question or hesitation. The emotional depth of this story is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. You feel things you will question about your own thoughts and beliefs. About love. And life. The author goes there. You begin to believe in the impossible. The resiliency of love and all it entails is challenged. You. Are. Pushed. Overwhelmed. With the power of words. Her words. The writing is riveting, exhilarating, and poetic. The author is a master in her craft. The storylines are written in parallel form and it is flawless. Seamless, even. When the two storylines come together, its magic and brilliance all at once. Her ability to compose and execute such profound and deeply moving storylines is incomparable. With her highly refined and stunning prose, you are held captive as you are weaved through this magnetic and compelling story.
“My heart beats with yours. Wake up to hear my heart one day. This day. Every day.”
Discussing the plot would be a complete disservice to anyone thinking about reading this book. There is no thinking or contemplating. THIS book is why I love reading. Why I spend hours of my life between the pages of a book. Alex, Val, and Jav share a connected that is deeply seated as it is threaded throughout the entire book. The story spans decades, but you never feel the length of this book. You live in the moments. In their moments of grief, happiness, and exhilaration, you live it with them. The love in this story is powerful. Between every single character. It’s the kind that will have your heart beating. Longing. I wept. I loved. I lived. As I write this, I am filled with overwhelming emotions of just how deep this story goes. The love in this book knows no time or circumstance. Their love endures, sustains, heals. Their love is transcending. Absolute. Selfish. Self-less. The characters in this book love to a fault of their own as their love cannot be measured in words or time. It’s boundless and unyielding. Their love is what makes them whole.
“Your whole life means something to me.”
Poignant. Enthralling. Absolutely brilliant. An Exaltation of Larks is a unforgettable read. It’s written with a dignity and grace that only this author can deliver and it will move you to tears. Romantic, sexy, and one of the best reading experiences of my life, this book is everything others should aspire to. If there is a recipe book on how books should make you feel, this is it. Heart wrenching and emotional, this book, its characters, and storyline was nothing less than life changing.
Suanne Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.
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Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: January 9, 2017
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“Siobhan Davis rocks this genre! Finding Kyler is an addictive read … it has the same character and relationship focus, drama, foreshadowing, and cliffhanger endings that I am used to from her other books. I am hooked!” Lola’s Reviews.
“A great read for fans of Erin Watt's Paper Princess, Broken Prince, and Twisted Palace.” Danielle. Goodreads Reviewer.
“Completely Addicting. I could not put it down!” Literary Dust.
“A must read for people who loved The Royals Series.” Amanda. Goodreads Reviewer.
About the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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HOLD MY BREATH
NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016
BLURB:Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.
I would know.
They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger
brother Evan be the one to shine.
Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.
The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.
My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.
And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.
In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.
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The depth of this story is unreal. It moved me. It was written with dignity and grace that only this author can deliver. That only a story like this could deserve. And she did this story and her characters justice. If you’ve read Ginger before, you think you know what to expect, but you have no idea. And if you haven’t read her, then you must. Because this book is probably one of her best written works yet.
Will Hollister carries a heavy load because of his past. A past that’s full of darkness. And secrets. Even lies. The weight is overwhelming. Stifling. But through it all, he perseveres. He pushes himself to be a better man. While his past is full of despair and regret, he finds himself back in the same vicinity as he trains for the Olympics with Maddy Woodsen, his childhood friend. The girl that wasn’t his to love. But he did. And always will. The girl that never belonged to him. But somehow she does. Their shared sorrow is palpable. The electricity between them will leave you breathless.
I cannot talk about the plot as this book is something to live and experience. I’ve never read anything of this caliber before. There’s an intensity to this story. You will feel your heart pounding as you hang on to every word as this the story unravels. Will and Maddy find themselves accepting their time together as they train and something between them breaks. A wall of some sort. Their souls exhale. And you are in the moment it happens. The other puts you there. Guilt about their past remains, but their feelings for each other become much more powerful. While their souls are tethered by tragedy, their hearts only know love.
Your heart will ache while reading this book, but do not despair, there is so much hope weaved throughout Will and Maddy’s story. Determination to live and love again is something that Will never thought would happen. Until it did. With Maddy. Their story is devastatingly beautiful. Will holds a secret that could devastate everything. Including what he has with her. But secrets and lies never stay buried. Things always come to the light. And this includes Will. He is all the good in the world despite being weighed down by despair and tragedy. His love is light. He loves with a fierceness that you will feel jumping off the pages. His love is magic. It shatters all the darkness that threatens to keep him away from Maddy.
The writing brought me to tears. The author writes with a beautiful precision that touches every part of your literary soul. She writes as if every word comes directly from the hearts of her characters. The author places you there. This poignant story is poetic in its delivery. The storyline enthralling. It’s exquisite prose will leave you speechless and there are no words to truly even describe just what this story meant to me. To say I was inspired is an understatement. With every word I read, I can easily say that I was blown away by the sheer beauty and complexity of the story and its characters. And how they survived. Thought provoking and compelling, this poignant story is one that I will never forget. Hold My Breath is a captivating story of love, hope, loyalty and courage even in the face of tragedy and adversity. It reminds you that through darkness and despair, love endures. It prevails. Love always wins.
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About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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We are so excited to reveal the cover of USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Berg's first YA title, THE TATTERED GLOVES! See the stunning cover below, find out more about THE TATTERED GLOVES, and preorder your copy today!
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About THE TATTERED GLOVES
Available January 24th, 2017
Head down. Don’t look up. Never make eye contact. Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.
Series: Undisputed #2
Author: A.S. Teague
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2016
I had it all––until I didn’t.
When my job, my livelihood, and my passion are suddenly snatched away from me, I’m left scrambling to keep my head above water. Desperate, I’m forced to walk into the last place I ever thought I’d go. Little did I know that I’d come face-to-face with the woman who would help me pick up the pieces of my unraveled life.
Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.
Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.
It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.
But, as I’ve learned over the years, sometimes the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.
*Each book in the Undisputed series can be read as a complete standalone novel
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The moment I read the prologue I instantly knew this would not be the usual fighter romance. It’s simply more. You are in that moment. Where pride becomes embarrassment. Where a man who had it all, watches it crumble. And its then you know you are about to see a man rise above the very pieces he was broken into.
Ryker Hawke is facing some hard times. He’s now branded and shunned. Away from the very thing he loves the most. Fighting. But his life isn’t the only one he is fighting for. Down at his lowest, he goes to the one place he never thought he would. Of all the people he expected to see, Rebecca Toler wasn’t one of them. But she has a bone to pick with him. And he has no idea why. She is feisty, but Ryker finds it endearing somehow. The more he pushes, she pushes back. Away from him. Hard. And he can’t stop. Because in all the darkness around him, all the chaos, she seems to keep it at bay. He doesn’t have to face the truth. Until it’s too late.
Rebecca is starting to fall for Ryker. Hard. Because of their past, she would’ve never imagined being with him. But its impossible to stay away. She sees a side of him that he tries to hide from others. Despite his hardened exterior, there’s a deep soulfulness about him. She sees through his darkness. The shadows that haunt him surround everything but his heart. And the way it beats for her. Yearns for her. She feels it and so does he. Rebecca also learns that everything isn’t as it seems. Ryker is keeping things from her. Important things. She’s heard the rumors. But she can’t imagine someone as dedicated as him really did what he’s accused of. And at what cost?
The banter of Ryker and Rebecca is a true testament to the talent of this author. Although this is her second book, it feels like she has been writing for some time now. She is witty in her delivery yet writes with such precision and a captivating prose. I can’t even count the amount of times I actually laughed out loud with this book. The author is authentic with her characters as if their voices come naturally to her. She is also gifted in capturing the vulnerabilities of her characters. Ryker is a fighter first, but he has the huge heart that he hides from everyone. Including himself. The author’s tact for being able to show this was instrumental to the heart of this book. And I can’t wait to see the places where this author will take us.
Unraveled was such an unexpected yet amazing read. It was a story of love and courage even in the face of adversity. Rebecca and Ryker’s story was as compelling as it was delightful. There are some intense moments where you feel the weight of the world on Ryker. There are funny moments where you are relishing in this engaging story. And then there are moments where you root for love despite what the world has thrown at these two. Heartfelt and gripping, this story is a must read for those who enjoy fighter romances and even for those who do not.
For the next three hours I’m swamped answering calls—thankfully no more real estate agents—and helping anyone that comes in while trying to finalize the boys’ events for the next month. When that damn bell chimes for the hundredth time today, I plaster a forced smile on my face and glance up. When my eyes finally focus on the man walking through the door, the smile vanishes and my jaw falls open.
What the actual fuck?
His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him.
With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”
He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.
My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me. Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.
Fuck, he’s sexy.
He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt.
“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.
His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”
He grins, but doesn’t reply.
Fuck, that grin is hot.
“What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.
He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention. His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.
He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.
“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.
His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.
For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl.
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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.
Low Over High (The Over Duet #1)
Cover Design: DCP Designs
Release Date: November 14, 2016
I fancy myself a purveyor of truth, a sifter of lies, a cutter of bullshit. It’s not a gift, but rather, all skill, honed to a razor’s edge after one too many trips down the rabbit hole.
Some may dismiss my talent as misplaced and misguided cynicism, but they’d be wrong. Cliches about hope and faith in mankind are concocted unicorn farts, an effort to keep the dreamers dreaming. Experiences don’t lie—people do.
While I’m not proud of the circumstances that led me to this way of thinking, I respect the journey. The road to enlightenment can be dark and foreboding, but the destination makes it all worthwhile.
But funny thing about the past—it’s a defiant child refusing to stay in time out. No matter how deeply buried, it can always pop up when least expected, and sink its fucking claws into the flesh of your heart. No, not my heart—I no longer have one. I foolishly gave it away years ago, but I still feel the ripping in my chest as I fist the crumpled note left on my porch.
I’ve avoided this day, ran from it, for the past eight years.
And still we meet again.
But to truly understand … to feel my dread and fear my future as I do, it’s important to know what happened in my past.
My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.
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This. Book. It’s more than a story, it’s a journey. It’s unfiltered, raw, and quite possibly the best I’ve read this entire year.
“He may have stumbled, but hasn’t fallen.”
Marlo Rivers doesn’t believe in love. At least not anymore. Get the clichés out of your head. This isn’t that kind of story. And Marlo is not that kind of woman. She’s been broken into pieces. Every truth she believed in… destroyed. Love changed her in many ways. Meeting Ever Montgomery was fate. But that was years ago. And now he’s here. Everything in her life she never wanted to face again appeared. And this was their compelling and emotionally charged story.
“We’d be magical, you and me."
When Marlo and Ever met there was an instant distaste for each other. Marlo is a sassy and fun young woman and doesn’t take crap from anymore. Not even drop dead gorgeous and broody, Ever. Ever has enough on his plate and he never has to want for any woman. They’re usually a given. Until he meets spitfire, Marlo. She is everything he should stay away from. She is fire, excitement. She is all the good in this world. But Ever can’t stay away. And neither can she. He tells her that he destroys the people he loves, it wasn’t just words. It was a warning. But she could love him through that. Right?
“Nothing for me has ever been this before. You’ve got to know that…feel that.”
Falling in love was as natural as breathing for Marlo and Ever. So much was stacked against them. Especially the deep secrets that Ever kept close to his heart. Despite it all, their falling was inevitable. No matter what he believed, Ever’s love IS light. Marlo was the one who gave him that courage to see that. And as dark and deep as Marlo had to dig to get to that light, it was all worth the risk. To be loved by him was a privilege. He just didn’t know how good and deep his heart and love really was. Loving him was tumultuous and dangerous, but his love is brave. His love is overwhelming and heavy, but his love was unwavering. Unyielding. His love consumed her, but his love protects. His love saves. His love endured. Until the very moment where it couldn’t
“It’s hard to love a person who isn’t able to show themselves to you. But I love her the best I can. I love the parts she lets me see, and I pray that’s enough for her.”
Secrets have the power to destroy. When Ever’s life unravels and secrets come to the surface, he is forever changed. His hopes, his dreams, and love are buried. But doesn’t Ever know that his heart is forever tethered to Marlo’s? You will feel that. Deeply. That when he goes low, so does she? Their earth shattering story is one that will move you to look for love in a place that you never knew even existed.
“Breathing in and out will be a privilege he doesn’t believe he deserves. It’s too big of a burden for the strongest of men, much less the most broken of boys.”
Although this is part one of a duet, I say this without any reservation, read this book. Do not wait. Low Over High left a profound mark on my soul. It was an extraordinary story of love, courage, darkness, and strength. The depth of emotion of this book is what easily captivates the reader. This was a flawless and sophisticated story defined by the devastating beauty in the storyline and the compelling characters. The author never held back. She gave an authentic take on love and its ability to destroy but also save. This poignant and riveting story was unexpected yet so exquisitely written.
J.A. DeRouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly named "The Professor), and her furry friend, Scout. She holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing.
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Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy Book 4) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Date of Publication: November 8, 2016
DIRTY SEXY SINNER . . . The surprise fourth book in the DIRTY SEXY SERIES!
If you had read the previous book in the series, Dirty Sexy Cuffed, you were no doubt as excited by the surprise of another brother as I was and a whole new story of the brothers Kincaid.
I loved Tara's supporting character in the other books so it was great to hear her story and see her get a HEA for herself. She broke the mold when it came to woman for Jackson. She's much more unique than all the others and that really sets her apart. She's got a great personality and deserves happiness with all that she's over come.
In true alpha fashion Jackson fit in flawlessly with his new found brothers, that is, once they finally gave him the chance. Tall, dark and handsome with a giant handful of sins up his sleave, and a dirty mouth that was all Tara's to be pleased with.
I loved how all their stories combined at the end, getting to see where they all are in life, just as Jackson and Tara are beginning theirs. It's also always cool to see characters from other authors books in one that is not theirs, HELLO Tate and Logan!
This book was short and sweet with a lot of heat, it made for a great afternoon read. Not my favourite in the series but definitely a must to close it out on a solid KINCAID note.
About Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
***About Carly Phillips***
Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.
***About Erika Wilde***
Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at www.erikawilde.com.
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The final book of the Splendor trilogy – the conclusion, but never the ending, to a love story for the ages
All of luxury hotel heir Ian Gregson’s dreams are finally coming true. Soon he will be able to claim the beautiful woman he longed for from afar for more than two years, and she will belong to him for all time.
But as their wedding day approaches, long hidden secrets from Tessa’s past will surface and stir up all of her old fears and doubts. And Ian will once again need to convince her that their love is more than strong enough to conquer all - a love that’s destined to last for all time.
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To put it simply, this book made my heart beat. An entire week later as I write this, just thinking of this story brings me chills. How do you explain that you’ve read the most deeply rooted love story about a man that wants to give a woman his forever?
“In all the little ways you take care of me, I’ve never anyone who loved me the way you do- completely, unselfishly, and joyfully.”
Ian and Tessa are now settling into their lives preparing to finally become husband and wife. Their time together has certainly changed the both of them for the better. Ian was the type to be married to his work. But his time with Tessa has shown him that the trajectory of his life has forever changed. She is simply gravity. Tessa has found a new confidence within herself, not just as a lover, but as a woman. Ian’s love has given her the courage to find herself. But the past has its way of creeping back in. Past insecurities arise and Ian and Tessa must face them head on. And they do. In the only way they know how.
“You and I- we’re like two halves of the same person, two halves of the same soul.”
When I say this is easily one of the best love stories I’ve ever read, I say it with all sincerity.
Their love is a testament to the beauty in surrendering. When you give your heart and soul to the one that has the power to destroy it but trusting them not to. Their love is selfless. They wrap themselves up in each other to the point where you cannot tell where they end or begin. Their love is simply unyielding. Ian loves with a ferocity that can barely be described with words. His love protects. His love is brave. His love is tender, but bold. His love consumes and overwhelms. His love slays demons and darkness. Loneliness forgotten. He loves Tessa through her past and insecurities. His love conquers. Tessa is every dream Ian could ever want. She opens a place in his heart that is only reserved for her. Only meant to love her and all the joy she effortlessly brings into his life.
“Or I could just call you my beloved, so that everyone would know how much you mean to me.”
This story was told with a grace and honesty that only Ms. Nissenson could authentically deliver in a romance. The writing is just perfection. She writes with such a precision that is unparalleled. The story is crafted in a way that your heart beats with every declaration of love. The execution is flawless in its delivery. There are books that you read and then there are books such as Claim where you live and experience. The author has this innate talent in allowing her characters to tell you their story through their own eyes. You feel every emotion. The words are heart-stopping, authentic and genuine. The moments of passion and love are hot yet endearing and will have you feeling just how deeply these two love.
“The way you take care of me, make me feel safe, and cherished and protected. You have slayed every dragon, banished every ghost, chased every monster…”
Claim is the romance that every author aspires to write. It’s a romance that easily stands apart with its compelling storyline, poetic and spellbinding prose and its unforgettable characters. What a privilege it is to experience a love like Ian and Tessa’s. I loved every moment of being in their world.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliffhangers or waiting months to see what happens next!
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