RELEASE BLITZ                                     EXES WITH BENEFITS by Nicole Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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***He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.***

From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:

The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.

We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.

When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .

He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.

He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.

 

 

 

“Canaan—”
Before I could attempt to figure out how to follow that, he lifted his hands. “I’m here to help. That’s all. No hidden agenda. I swear,” he added when I eyed the stack of packing supplies like there was a secret code I was meant to decipher.
“I don’t want to fight. Or argue. Or debate. Or anything else you and I could never stop going on and on about.”
“I don’t either.” He kept his hands raised for another moment before dropping them at his sides. “We didn’t always used to be like that, you know?”
“I remember. And then we turned thirteen and hormones got the better of us and we couldn’t seem to stop fighting.”
“I remember times we weren’t fighting. Lots of times.”
“The only times we weren’t fighting was when we were making out or making something.” I closed the door and cleared my throat.
“Fighting and fucking. We were damn great at both.”
If it wasn’t for the boyish grin he gave me right then, he would have gotten more than a grumble from me.
“We should have just stayed friends. That was the only relationship we were good at.”
“We never could have just stayed friends.”
“Why not?” I glanced around for a sweater to throw on, since that was the second time he’d looked at me like he had to convince himself not to misbehave.
“Chemistry. You and I had it.” He started folding the first box, his hands working with all of his attention directed at me. “You and I still have it.”
The warm jolt that shot through my veins whenever he came close confirmed his theory. However . . .
“You need a lot more than chemistry to make a marriage work. To make any relationship work.”
His shoulder lifted as he taped the box. “Of course you do. But a hell of a lot of chemistry sure doesn’t go bad with all of that other love, trust, and respect stuff. Does it?”
Grabbing a box, I put a good distance between us before starting to make it. “I wouldn’t know.”
Canaan stopped in the middle of yanking a strip of tape. “I felt like we had those things. Maybe not in the amount we should have, but I always loved and trusted you. And I respected the shit out of you too.”
I thought back to all of those nights I stayed awake, waiting for him to come home. My hand cupped around my telephone, whispering silent prayers to whatever god was listening at the time. I thought about the empty bottles and mornings of him not being able to recall anything of the night before. The scents of other women on him. I remembered tending to wounds and mending injuries.
Although the real ones that needed fixed I was never able to heal.
My eyes met his and lingered there. “You had a funny way of showing it.”
His mouth opened instantly, but it closed just as fast. He took a full breath. “I know.”

 

 

3.75 Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Williams is an author who’s at the top of my must one-click list. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of romance genre she puts her hand to, they’re all unputdownable. Her latest release is of no exception; however, as the story unravelled it became clear to me that ‘benefits’ wasn’t exactly what the title implies. I also wished the cover had brought out an ooh-aah effect in me because it simply doesn’t do the hero justice. I can’t dispute the excellent narrative or the storyline which flows non-stop but in all the years I’ve been reviewing, never has a female protagonist pushed me beyond breaking point. When an author is capable of stimulating all the reader’s emotions, it can work both ways and in this case, I’m absolutely convinced Williams’ modus operandi was for me to have a certain antipathy towards her heroine. So I have to say chapeau ma’am, you cracked it!

Maggie and Canaan getting hitched so young for reasons to be divulged meant that mistakes were made, immaturity being one of the main factors. Fast-forward; not only did I find the change in Canaan enchanting, but his willingness to own up to his past faults convinced me that love can move mountains if it’s worth fighting for. Whether Maggie admits that her ex wasn’t to blame for everything that went wrong remains to be seen. But the massive breakdown in communication was made apparent throughout and of major concern.

I don’t want to be accused of being a cougar but blimey, is Canaan drop-dead gorgeous or what!  And to my mind, his spanking personality traits were an essential facet in keeping the story moving. In fact, it’d be easy to run out of positive adjectives to describe just how I felt about him. What I couldn’t get my head around was his tolerant and forgiving behaviour towards a person who I would have told to take a running jump at the beginning of the story! Although he’s hell bent on a second chance, I felt as if he deserved more. Stubborn, he never ever gives up and him convincing the love of his life that she’s the one was quite honestly what I enjoyed more about this tale of regret.

Deary me, Maggie was in urgent need of a wake up call and undoubtedly added a raw edge to her and Canaan’s relationship. Not being totally honest with herself or more important, others; the manner in which she left without so much as an explanation and then returning back to her roots, taking advantage of sad circumstances, literally winded me! Her backtracking when the moment of truth is thrown at her is as if she doesn’t want to believe in her own instincts or what she sees before her own eyes. I found Maggie’s selfishness difficult to deal with and her lack of resolve, even more so.

Although the story is told from Maggie’s point of view, plenty of banter between her, Canaan and the well-developed secondary characters helped this reader keep involved in everyone’s differences of opinions and advice. Williams has brought home how you can change and forgive no matter life’s hurdles and she’s done it a treat. I loved Canaan’s deadline, and the ending…overwhelming! Still, I have to admit that Maggie’s feelings regarding what she wanted, what she’d done and how she reacted to certain truths, decisive in my star rating. It wasn’t for the want of giving this standalone five stars because it’s more than one-clickable, I just couldn’t! BRAVO Ms Williams for making me sit back and observe all the pros and cons of a second chance romance.

 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

 

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              RELEASE BLITZ ~ DEAR BRIDGET,           I WANT YOU by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

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Every time I considered leaving my room, I would grab the framed picture of Ben and stare at it. The urge to go to Simon was so strong; I basically hadn’t put down the framed photo of my deceased husband in an hour. I was lying in my bed, holding a picture of a dead man while fantasizing about one who was very much alive and in the other room. With the door cracked open waiting for me. There was one part of Simon’s note that I just kept reading over and over.

I want to make you come. Hard. I want you to get lost in me and I want to hear you say my name over and over while we fuck.

While we fuck.

While we fuck.

I was pretty sure that Ben had never used the word fuck like that before. Did we even fuck? We made love, sure. Our sex life was normal—at least, I think it was normal. Don’t get me wrong, the passion wasn’t the same as when we first got together. But after ten years, both of us working full time and raising a child, it was normal to have some of the desire dwindle, wasn’t it?

While we fuck.

I looked at the picture of my husband and sighed. We didn’t fuck. Not even in the beginning. And I felt guilty for that now. Maybe we should have been fucking. I certainly didn’t do anything to entice him to want me the last few years. Was it my fault our sex life had gotten boring? I rested the picture of Ben over my heart and laid my hand over it. I could feel my heart beating out of control beneath my fingers.

Shutting my eyes, I tried to force thoughts of Simon from my mind. But it was no use. Visions of his hard, sculpted body hovering over me had infiltrated my brain. So, here I was, a thirty-three-year-old, single mother lying in my bed all alone with a picture of my dead husband held to my heart while I visualized fucking another man.

Fucking.

Not making love.

I needed my head examined.

After two hours and no sleep in sight, I decided the only way I was going to be able to get any rest was if I got everything I was feeling off of my chest. Flicking on the light, I carefully set the framed photo of my beloved Ben on my nightstand and then opened the drawer and dug out a pen and piece of pretty stationery. I would write down my thoughts to clear my mind. I had no intention of actually giving the letter to Simon, so there was no reason to filter anything I said.

Dear Simon…

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                                  KING OF CODE by CD REISS

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King of Code by CD Reiss
Publication Date: September 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.

The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.

The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.

His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I compare Reiss’ writing with chocolate. Once the first nibble’s been savoured, devouring it in one go is a foregone conclusion. In King of Code, there isn’t much difference in the respect that she pulled this reader in fast and furiously making me want more. In contrast, she’s in no hurry to conclude. Her little teasers and details of interest whetted my appetite for what was to come. Of course, the story didn’t pan out as I would have expected it to, so finding out how her protagonists tale of deception would close was foremost on my mind. And I have to add that I was dreadfully spoilt with two endings! For me, this book was like jumping on a rollercoaster of emotions criss-crossed with facts. Fictitious or not, they’re thrown from all angles, making me wonder if she can actually decode. I thought I was a dab hand at being able to read an html doc but boy, am I right out of my depth or what! Therefore the title couldn’t be more apt since decoding or better said, hacking a system, is exactly what the cornerstone of this love story with a twist and a half is all about. In this era of technology, what occurs is perfectly feasible and although the geek-speak used might be a tad difficult to grasp, I drunk in every word. I’d even go so far as saying that if your men like this kind of thing, encourage them to read it!

“You hacked me, and you set this whole thing up so I’d fall in love with you. Right? Say it.”
“It’s not that simple.”

He is the KING. At the pinnacle of becoming the one and only person who is going to be able to crack it, what Taylor is about to achieve will be his to possess. A web of lies entwined in an unbreakable operating network brought home the vulnerability of not only the hacked but in this case, also the hacker. The stress caused by nail-biting scenarios didn’t give me time to come up for air; it’s a constant bombardment of feelings which had me on the edge at all times. Oh my, I hope this isn’t a spoiler because blinkin’ heck, Taylor’s personal gadgets drove me round the bend!

“I guess I can’t blame you. I’m a statistical outlier.”
“I love it when you talk dirty.”

I liked Taylor one hell of a lot and connected to him easily. Indubitably a nerd, he’s really your normal kind of guy who works hard, plays little and is considered to be the best in his field. For now, it goes undisputed. Will it be? I didn’t think he excelled in controlling the critical intricacies of which you will decide for yourselves. On the other hand, he relies heavily on his hand-picked team for the birth of a complex code to run without hitches. To my mind of thinking, he was a tad too trustworthy with the wrong people. His no women in the cage attitude was of no surprise seeing that the ratio of the female workforce in megatech companies is low. Yeah, I found this out by consulting Google and for that matter, the author’s vocabulary had me studying a hacker’s dictionary! Nonetheless, there is one lady who I adored, but she doesn’t count. Or does she? On the crux of his biggest breakthrough, everyone who works for Taylor; myself included, were left aghast when an unknown source opens up a beehive of malicious activity. Who has the capability to do as such remains to be seen. For sure, the answer is more complicated than the mere element of destruction!

“What do you want?”
“A lot.”

Even though it’s not Harper’s story to tell, for me, she owned it! She’s everything I look for in a heroine. A true fighter, exceptionally intelligent, I found her unwavering perseverance totally befitting with her persona. She has a soft side though. Her benevolence towards family and friends stands out throughout the read. A natural protector, she too is protected. The manner in which the author has highlighted the outcome of a certain social issue made me sit back and think about the gravity of it and how lives were affected. Seeing as Harper is how she is, it only seemed natural for her to take this grave matter into her own hands. A matter that has more means to an end than I could have ever imagined. Whether the operation carried out by a force to be reckoned with is effective enough to dethrone the king who has yet to be crowned is your question to ask. Not mine to answer.

“Women are not subtle. If they’re not one-hundred-percent crystal clear, it’s because they don’t know, not because they’re being elusive or enigmatic or call it what you will.”

Taking into consideration King of Code’s technical content, this novel might not be everyone’s cuppa. I, personally, found it intriguing, unputdownable and cursed any kind of interruption. I couldn’t wait to see how the king would go about convincing the woman who stole his heart and more besides, to be his queen…and in the most unlikely of places at that. Laughing to myself here; the name won’t be forgotten quickly. The author’s writing style is unquestionably versatile, her skill in contrasting character traits, sublime.This is Reiss; therefore there’s no need to mention the scorching hot scenes, is there? And the finale… fan-bloody-tastic! Bravo!

“What kind of attack were you thinking of doing?”
“I was going to just put something in the comments to taunt you.”

 

 

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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                                COVER REVEAL                                                 SCANDALOUS by L.J. SHEN

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is coming September 29th!

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Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

They call him The Mute for a reason.

Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.

When he does, it’s with disdain.

When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.

He is thirty-three.

I am eighteen.

He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.

I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.

He’s emotionally unavailable.

And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.

Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.

And yet, I can’t stay away.

A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.

And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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