REVIEW ~ CHECKED by Jacob Chance

Today we are thrilled to be sharing KFF’s review of CHECKED, the first sports romance stand-alone in the Boston Terrier Hockey Series
by Jacob Chance


They call him ‘Wilde Man’. Rumor has it he’s an animal on the ice and between the sheets.

Like the rest of the female population, I’ve been crushing on Clancy Wilde, the captain of Boston University’s hockey team, since the first time I saw him. Big, blond, and charming, he ticks all the boxes.

When we find ourselves at a wedding, drunk and flirting, I know I can finally check this tattooed, bad boy, hockey player off my wish list.

One night is all it was meant to be, until I see two pink lines on the pregnancy test.

How did the notch on my belt turn into a ball and chain?


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Clancy Wilde is the captain of Boston University’s hockey team and there’s a rumour he’s known as “Wilde Man” as he’s an animal on the ice and between the sheets! Tenley Davenport has had a huge crush on him from the moment she saw him. They both attend a wedding where the alcohol flows and flirting takes place. She finally gets her wish; however, it has its repercussions.

It makes for interesting reading when their future life plans are thrown off course. Both live in completely different states and somehow have to deal with the unplanned surprise. Clancy is an up and coming hockey player and he loves his sport so much. Tenley is studying education so she can become a teacher. The two college students thought they were having one night of passion, not a lifetime commitment.

This is a well-written story about a swoon-worthy hero and a gutsy well-put-together heroine. I found them both intriguing and somewhat perplexing as I wanted to know how they were going to work out the set of circumstances they found themselves in. They’re crossover characters from previous workings of the author and I was excited to learn more about them. Clancy has this exterior of a cheeky up and coming sports star who just wants to play around. But deep down, he is sweet, caring, loyal and protective. The maturity they both showed towards their situation was well-executed throughout the book. There are plenty of obstacles for the protagonists and there are appearances from some of my favourite characters.

Mr Chance has delved into a subgenre that was out of his comfort zone. If you’ve read the blurb, you’ll know what I mean but I do recommend going into the book blind! The writing’s fluidity kept me invested and hanging onto every word and although I’m not into the sports genre, his impeccable penmanship captivated me. I really enjoyed the fun, angsty Boston Terriers series with its lovable characters. There’s always a bit of steam but that never overshadows the story. A very well-deserved 5-stars and I am looking forward to the next book in this hockey series.


MEET JACOB

Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers and sports romance, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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TEMPT THE HOOKUP by Natasha Madison is LIVE!

Today we are delighted to be sharing USA Today bestselling author
Natasha Madison’s all-new second-chance romance,
TEMPT THE HOOKUP

Eliahn
Getting pregnant after a booze cruise hookup was not what any parent wanted to hear, so I picked up my entire life and moved to Paris to start over. Six years later, I was ready to go home.

I was a single mom and the only thing I knew about my son’s dad was his name—Luca. I didn’t need to know anything else.

The universe had other ideas because on our second day back home, the man came crashing back into my life.

Luca
Attending a welcome back party for my boss’s daughter wasn’t how I wanted to spend my Sunday. But walking in and seeing my hookup from a cruise six years ago knocks me on my ass.

It was a weekend of fun and now I’m seeing a pair of eyes, identical to mine, staring right at me. The boy standing next to her is my son.

Now we’re living next door to each other and attempting to co-parent something that would be easy to do if the pull that brought us together wasn’t still there making things more complicated.

For six years she haunted my dreams, now she’s haunting my every waking moment.
I let her get away once, now I want to make her mine.

This time, permanently.

Only one thing left to do. I have to tempt the hookup.

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Luka is to attend a garden party and learns it’s in honour of his boss’ daughter returning from France. It’s not what he’d planned for his Sunday and he wasn’t banking on getting the shock of his life either. The beauty he’d hooked up with on unforgettable weekend cruise years back is in front of his very own eyes; however, there’s a little boy stood next to her with his same eyes as him. They discover that they’re to be neighbours and whilst they do the sensible thing in co-parenting, Luka can’t help his feelings towards Eliahn. He wants to rekindle their romance and see where things head. She haunted his every thought and he would want nothing more than to make it permanent.

Eliahn didn’t think she’d end up pregnant on a boozy weekend cruising six years ago. Her parents weren’t happy with her predicament. so she uprooted her life to Paris, but she finally felt ready to come home. This single mum had worked hard to bring up her son but couldn’t contact the father because all she knew about him was his name. After returning home, her life is turned upside down when Luka comes crashing back into her life. Now she has to explain the pretty obvious circumstances of their weekend together. Luca is a caring alpha, very sensuous and he really stepped up to the plate as a father which impressed me no end. Eliahn’s strong and level-headed but I think she had to grow up too fast when becoming a mother at such a young age

As events unfolded and what seemed like a multitude of comedy errors, I couldn’t help belly laughing at the two protagonists. Some of the situations were hilarious and the supporting characters added to the hilarity of the situation. There is one incident that made me howl loudly but I’m not going to give it away. Readers will have to pick up the book and find out for themselves. At times, I thought the story was a tad repetitive; nonetheless, the fact that the characters are so lovable and the chemistry hotness and comedy gold, it was still an enjoyable read.

There are some misunderstandings along the way that had me telling them to talk as if they could hear me. I was pretty invested in the story wanting to know where their lives would ultimately end up. Some swoon-worthy moments, a son who’s such a funny little guy, this lighthearted read is well put together and very one-clickable.

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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DREAMS OF 18 by Saffron A. Kent is LIVE!

Today we are delighted to be bringing you USA Today bestselling author Saffron A. Kent’s all-new contemporary romance, DREAMS OF 18 


“You don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?
Even though that’s all you ever dream about.”

Violet Moore is in love with a man who hates her.

Well, to be fair, she kinda deserves it.

On her eighteenth birthday, she got drunk and threw herself at him, causing the biggest scandal of their sleepy suburban town.

Now, everyone thinks she’s a slut and he has disappeared. Rumor has it that he’s been living up in the mountains of Colorado, all alone and in isolation.

But Violet is going to make it right.

She’s going to find him and bring him back.

No matter how cruel and mean he is. Or how much he hurts her with his cold-hearted and abrasive ways, she won’t give up.

And neither will she think about his tempting lips or his sculpted muscles or his strong hands. The hands that she wants on her body, touching her, feeling her skin…

The hands that make her want to forget everything and kiss Graham Edwards – Mr. Edwards, actually — again.

Because you don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?

Even though that’s all you ever dream about.
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Previously titled Nicotine Dreams

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Violet Moore is an eighteen-year-old who finds herself in a situation that causes all sorts of trouble. She kisses her best friend’s dad. It happens to be her birthday and she’s drunk. This causes the mother of all scandals. The guy in question is 18 years older and also the football coach at their local school in a sleepy town in Connecticut. She’s in love with him and he hates her.

Violet is deemed the town slut and when Graham Edwards disappears into exile in the mountains of Colorado, she wants to put the mistake right and sets about finding him. Mr Edwards has a tough exterior and Violet won’t be deterred by his rude, cold-hearted behaviour. She tries to push aside the alluring man with his muscles and his strong hands touching her all over, or his lips that she has already touched. Silly girl from the moment she saw Mr Edwards, she’s always dreamed about him touching her and kissing to forget.

The reader will learn early on that poor Violet doesn’t see herself as a normal teenager. She has so many hangups due to her rough start in life. It’s almost like she is invisible. Violet loves to write in her journal and eat her lollipops. Graham Edwards lives for his son Brian; in fact, he moved them to Connecticut for a better future for his son. Graham has had tough times in his younger years and he strives for his son to not experience what he has.

Oh my god, I absolutely love the forbidden story and I really was chomping at the bit to discover the fallout from the kiss between Violet and Mr Edwards. What looks to have destroyed their lives in a split second made me wonder where the rest of their journey would take them. Chapter to chapter unfolded a deep meaning to their story.

Nothing was always as it seemed as there were so many layers to the protagonists. The supporting characters were all great and my goodness me, I wanted to throttle Violet’s family at times. Also, I loved that we got to see some past characters from previous workings which made me smile and gave a small fraction of insight of where they were at with their lives. It was a very nice touch on Ms Kent’s part.

When we got to the steamy parts, they weren’t just steam, they were damn right filthy. Who doesn’t love a dirty talker with some seriously filthy situations that make a girl blush? I liked Violet and her maturity. At times I felt she could have been immature, but having read right to the end was when I realised it was all down to her vulnerability.

The penmanship and the author’s ability to tell a tale with such intricate description is nothing less than perfect; however, at times there was a bit of repetition which was overlooked as I delved deeper into the story. We also get a fantastic musical accompaniment which is in two playlists. One of which Violet titled her kickass playlist and the other is Graham and Violet’s. I’ve enjoyed listening to them and using the tracks to visualize moments in their story. I highly recommend you pick up this book and keep an open mind. Dig deep and you will have an enjoyable journey.

MEET SAFFRON

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. 

 She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.

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MR. MAYFAIR by Louise Bay is LIVE!

Today we are so excited to be sharing New York Times bestselling author Louise Bay’s all-new contemporary romance stand-alone, MR. MAYFAIR


It should be the most shocking news I’d ever gotten—My boyfriend is getting married.

Okay, technically he’s my ex-boyfriend. Two months ago he decided he wanted a break. I still thought he was my happily ever after.

On any other day, knowing he was gone for good would be the worst thing that could possibly happen. But not today. Because not only is my boyfriend getting married—his bride is my best friend.And they’ve sent me an invitation.

There’s no way I’m going to attend. I don’t care if it’s in beautiful Scotland.

Nothing and no one could convince me.

Not even when a deliciously handsome stranger tells me he needs to go as my plus one.

Not even when he shoots me a wickedly, sexy smile.

But then he offers me the opportunity of a lifetime—a dream come true. How can I say no?

But I have one condition. He has to be my new boyfriend. I mean, my pretend new boyfriend.

I’m about to find out that faking it can be a whole lot of fun.

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Stella London should be shocked by the fact that her boyfriend’s getting married; however, he is actually now her ex-boyfriend. He took a break two months ago but she still thought he was her happily ever after. Especially as they had been a couple for seven years and she had moved to London from Manchester, giving up her dream to be with him. What a douche! Poor Stella receives an invitation to the week-long nuptials in Scotland and discovers the bride to be is her best friend Karen since the age of five. She has no intention of attending even if it’s taking place in a beautiful setting.

When a handsome stranger offers her a dream of a lifetime accompanying him to Scotland, she has a condition; go as her new boyfriend. In fact, more pretend than new but lets not split hairs over the dynamics and the whys and wherefores. Stella’s just about to see what it’s going to be.

‘I don’t need a boyfriend. I just need to look like I have a boyfriend. It’s strictly a business deal.’

Becks Wilde is a very successful property developer in Mayfair but he has to seal a deal which could otherwise cause all sorts of problems on so many levels. He discovers the key to his success of a business transaction is going to a wedding in Scotland and does his homework to find out his way in. He discovers Stella is that person and he makes her an offer of a lifetime to get what he wants. Although he bends to Stella’s conditions, Becks doesn’t have time for girlfriends. He just has the occasional hookup, so this fake relationship is all new to him.

Wow, the fake relationship trope was a great read to see unfold. There is lots of chemistry and steam aplenty. Bay does what she does best and creates a hot alpha to swoon over because even though Becks lives a certain way, I could see there were layers to uncover and boy, did I fall for him in a big way. There is a vulnerability about him I didn’t expect as we find out about his past. Stella had been betrayed in the worst possible way and while at times she infuriated me by letting people walk all over…namely her ex, I could see with the right guidance she was actually quite ballsy.

Mr. Mayfair has some fantastic side characters in the form of Becks’ friends and the banter they have, especially down their local pub each Sunday evening was amazing. Stella’s good friend Florence supports her in a time of need, putting herself and partner Gordy in the middle of the fiasco at the Scotland wedding.

I highly recommend this read. It’s so enjoyable, has everything from great characters to a couple of villains. Flowing well, you’ll have to read to find out if things pan out the way you want them to in this story full of passion and betrayal. Bravo Ms Bay! A great book that had everything I wanted through my reading experience.

Meet Louise

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful (not currently on sale as undergoing maintenance!), Hopeful, The Empire State Series, The Royals Series and The Nights Series (both series of standalones books each following different characters).

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films. Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants, and champagne. She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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REVIEW TOUR ~ ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS by Lesley Jones

Today we are thrilled to on tour with Lesley Jones’ all-new forbidden romance, ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS, now available in KU!


When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…

I’ve known him my entire life.
Before marriage.
Before fatherhood.
Before betrayal.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.

Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.

Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction.
She’s off limits.
She’s my best friend’s little sister.
She’s my nanny.
Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities.
A life not meant for us.

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Max Young, the hot rock star seems to have it all. Married to a model, newborn baby and at the height of his career, he’s hugely in the public eye and the paparazzi love to know everything going on in his life. Max is your typical rockstar until he settles down to be a husband and father; however, what he thought was his life turns out to be nothing but lies. Just when his life couldn’t get any more complicated, Billie Wild walks back in. She’s his bandmate and best friend’s little sister. Totally off limits but such temptation.

“I thought you were going to kiss me back?”
“I did, with my heart. Didn’t you feel it touching yours?”

Billie Wild is a nanny by trade and happens to be in need of work. That poor girl has been through some heartache but when a situation has her running home to her family, she finds herself in the company of Max Young for the first time in years. He isn’t hers to have but it doesn’t stop her wanting him. She thought the years would have made her childhood crush fade but as soon as she sees him, the feelings come flooding back.

“Something needs to be done! I don’t know what, but I will never, ever, have that girl put in that position because of that bitch again.”

I was sucked into the story from the very first page right to the end. The storytelling flowed fluently and the word-manship had me spellbound. It’s as if I was there viewing it in person rather than reading about it. The characters intrigued me and of course in true Lesley style, there is a villain within this and I just wanted to throttle the baddie. It was shocking the lengths they would go to hurt Max, even Billie or anyone else that got in their way.

I loved the way the tracks from the playlist were intricately placed within the story and listening and reading at the same time gave me a sense of what the setting was. There’s so much chemistry and the perfect amount of steaminess is by no means overdone. I was so happy to see a couple of well-known characters from previous books make cameo appearances; one of them, in particular, had me smiling with his humour.

Ms Jones hasn’t published a book for two years and this made me even more excited to see what we were going to get in her new standalone. I was blown away with the story and long after turning the last page, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A forbidden age-gap romance, in some of the chapters the protagonists gave me a feeling of hopelessness. I’m not letting on how it pans out because you simply have to read this story for yourselves. But I do suggest going in blind as your enjoyment will be enhanced if that were ever possible. To sum up; every emotion from being smitten, angry and laughing was provoked in this epic rollercoaster which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The forbidden is definitely one of my favourite tropes, possibly because it always contains a lot of angst. I can’t stop listening to the amazing playlist and now have one almighty book hangover. Certainly worthy of re-reading, thank you for such an epic story!

EXCERPT

© 2019 Lesley Jones
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I ball both my hands into fists, close my eyes and tilt my head toward the ceiling. The tattered pieces of my heart regroup and manage to beat strong enough to send adrenalin-filled blood coursing through my veins. It rushes loudly through my ears, the sound only interrupted by Layla’s distant cries.

And that’s what stills me. That sound is what anchors me to the spot and stops me carrying out every terrible suffering I want to bestow upon the two people in front of me.

Layla. She’s all that matters. She’s everything. I won’t do what the press and the public have come to expect of me. I won’t fight. I won’t get arrested. I won’t be that person. For Layla, I’ll do better. For Layla, I keep my hands to myself.


MEET LESLEY

Lesley was born and raised in a small working-class town in Essex, just outside of East London. She’s married with three sons and in 2006 they all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about fifty kilometres outside of Melbourne, Australia.

Lesley is currently ‘a stay at home mum’, but in the past, she has worked at ‘good old Mark & Spencer’ for thirteen years and as a teacher’s assistant.As well as writing, Lesley loves to read and has been known to get through four or five books a week, when she’s not writing that is.

Her other interests are watching her boys play football… the round ball version. She’s happy to admit to being an addict of social media and owes a lot to her Facebook and Twitter family in promoting her book. Lesley is also rather partial to a glass or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being her favourite.

Being a born and raised Essex girl, she will happily admit being a big fan of spray tans, manis, pedis, and is regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although she doesn’t own a pair of white stilettos.

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ENTICE by Ava Harrison is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be on tour with USA Today bestselling author
Ava Harrison’s all-new forbidden romance stand-alone, ENTICE


Eight years ago, I gave Grayson Price a piece of my heart.

To him, I was the strange girl whose mom had just abandoned her.

To me, he was a savior, an anchor, someone who stood beside me on that beach.

The next time I saw him, I was twenty, and he was thirty-six.

He didn’t remember me.

And when he flirted…

I didn’t tell him.

By the time he found out, it was too late.

We tried to deny our desire, but our attraction was too enticing.

Eight years ago, I gave Grayson Price a piece of my heart.

Too bad he’s my dad’s best friend.

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There’s nothing more I like than reading forbidden romance. Angst, passion and drama, Entice has that in abundance. River first met Grayson Price when she was a young child in a fragile condition due to a traumatic time in her life. She’d developed a huge crush on the man she saw as her saviour. The one that gave her some support. Due to a fallout, she hadn’t seen him for eight years. Fast forward and she realises she has even stronger feelings for him.

Grayson Price, a highly successful businessman who works, works and works with no room for anything else is asked by his sister who he is in business with, to let bygones be bygones and go and meet his old friend Tyler for a business proposition. Tyler happens to be River’s dad. Grayson doesn’t bargain for the little girl he once knew to be the most stunning young woman he’s ever encountered. At first, he couldn’t remember her but she recognises him and plays along.

A fifteen year age gap between them and the fact that Grayson and Tyler go way back puts a halt on Grayson pursuing River, but as their paths keep crossing, this becomes increasingly difficult. They try to deny their attraction and all the desire they have for each other. There are a lot of issues and demons River and Grayson have to battle and as I read on, I could see how Gray was struggling to open his heart and why he hides behind his company. River melts his heart but he’s afraid of letting her get closer just in case of his fear comes to fruition. River has a lot of fear in herself to do with her parents and the abandonment that she felt from a young age.

Apart from the forbidden affair, there are events that had a bit of a sinister feel to them and whilst I enjoyed the passion and desire that sizzled from the pages, in the back of my mind I was willing them to wake up and smell the coffee or rather see what was going on under their noses, especially Tyler. He frustrated me at times because he just seemed oblivious to these events. Jaxon Price is Grayson’s younger brother and he was a very interesting character. Also working with Grayson and their sister Addison, he came across as the complete opposite to Grayson. I found him to be cheeky and loved his interactions with Grayson and the way he wound him up.

To sum up, this was a very enjoyable offering and I felt that there was a hidden message there. Things are not always the way they seem and how important it is to communicate and not assume. I was on tenterhooks waiting for the forbidden pair to be discovered and that made me anxious. I really liked the two protagonists. Grayson, a broody alpha and River and was quite sultry but at times, very vulnerable. A very enjoyable book worth recommending to my book buddies.

EXCERPT

© 2019 Ava Harrison
All rights reserved.


The bartender comes over a few seconds later and places a tumbler down in front of me. I lift the glass to my mouth, and as I’m about to swallow, I sense a presence beside me. I turn, take the swig, and look at who’s there.

A woman.

She’s beautiful.

Exquisite, really.

Young.

With long, sun-kissed locks that fall below her breasts, I lift my gaze to study her features. She’s too young for me, that’s for certain. She appears to be in her mid to early twenties with big blue eyes and freckled skin as though she’s just left the beach. Her hair flows in waves that look tousled by the wind.

If I thought she was lovely before, she smiles, and my pulse begins to race. How long has it been since I’ve gotten laid? Too long, if I have to ask.

I watch as she nibbles on her lower lip as if she’s waiting for me to say something. When I don’t, she pulls her shoulders back and then flashes me a smirk.

“Mind if I join you?” But she doesn’t wait for me to answer before she takes the seat beside me. In this position, I can see she’s wearing a dress, and from where she’s perched, it’s short.

“Not at all,” I say. “What would you like?”

“A glass of champagne, please,” she responds. Her voice is soft like an angel.

Fuck.

What is wrong with me?

I turn to the bartender again. “A glass of champagne for the lady.”

A second later, the flute is placed in front of her, and she tips it back, her full lips touching the glass, her tongue sweeping out to lick a drop that missed her mouth.

I wonder what her lips would feel like on mine.

“So what brings you to Malaga?” I ask, needing to know more about this woman. “Business or pleasure?”

A seductive smirk spreads across her face as if she’s up to no good, and the idea of bringing her back to my room later and sinking inside her becomes more and more promising.

“What?”

“Pleasure,” she finally draws out, and I know if I want her, I can have her. I take a swig of my drink and then sear her with my gaze.

“I’m supposed to be meeting a buddy for dinner, but it appears he’s not showing. Are you free tonight?”

Since Tyler isn’t here, I might as well make the best of my trip.

Her eyes widen, and she opens to her mouth to speak, hopefully, to say yes, but then I hear it.

“Grayson,” the voice calls out from behind me, and I turn to find Tyler approaching. I want to curse him for coming now. I know, at first, I hated that he was late, but now that he’s here, I want him to leave.

He turns to the lady on my right and smiles. “I see you found him,” he says to her, and I narrow my brows . . .

Found him?

He knows her.

“Yes, he was kind enough to buy me a drink.” She lifts the glass at him and winks.

“You’re not old enough to drink,” Tyler adds, and I swear it’s like I’m watching a ping-pong game, and I can’t figure out what’s going on.

“I am in Spain,” she chides.

And that makes me look from him to her.

What am I missing?

Tyler . . . Is he cheating on Kim?

“So, Grayson, does she look the same?”

“Does who look the same?”

“River, of course.” He points at the stunning beauty beside me.

She looks familiar. Why do her eyes look familiar, and why is Tyler looking down adoringly at this woman? And then it hits me in the gut.

This is no woman. She’s a girl. A very beautiful one but a girl, nonetheless.

Young.

Very. Fucking. Young.

How did I not see it before? A girl so young, she could be my daughter. She’s his daughter.

 



Meet Ava

Ava Harrison is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

 

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ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS by Lesley Jones is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing Lesley Jones’ all-new forbidden romance, ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS

 

When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…

I’ve known him my entire life.
Before marriage.
Before fatherhood.
Before betrayal.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.

Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.

Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction.
She’s off limits.
She’s my best friend’s little sister.
She’s my nanny.
Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities.
A life not meant for us.

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Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF

Max Young, the hot rock star seems to have it all. Married to a model, newborn baby and at the height of his career, he’s hugely in the public eye and the paparazzi love to know everything going on in his life. Max is your typical rockstar until he settles down to be a husband and father; however, what he thought was his life turns out to be nothing but lies. Just when his life couldn’t get any more complicated, Billie Wild walks back in. She’s his bandmate and best friend’s little sister. Totally off limits but such temptation.

“I thought you were going to kiss me back?”
“I did, with my heart. Didn’t you feel it touching yours?”

Billie Wild is a nanny by trade and happens to be in need of work. That poor girl has been through some heartache but when a situation has her running home to her family, she finds herself in the company of Max Young for the first time in years. He isn’t hers to have but it doesn’t stop her wanting him. She thought the years would have made her childhood crush fade but as soon as she sees him, the feelings come flooding back.

“Something needs to be done! I don’t know what, but I will never, ever, have that girl put in that position because of that bitch again.”

I was sucked into the story from the very first page right to the end. The storytelling flowed fluently and the word-manship had me spellbound. It’s as if I was there viewing it in person rather than reading about it. The characters intrigued me and of course in true Lesley style, there is a villain within this and I just wanted to throttle the baddie. It was shocking the lengths they would go to hurt Max, even Billie or anyone else that got in their way.

I loved the way the tracks from the playlist were intricately placed within the story and listening and reading at the same time gave me a sense of what the setting was. There’s so much chemistry and the perfect amount of steaminess is by no means overdone. I was so happy to see a couple of well-known characters from previous books make cameo appearances; one of them, in particular, had me smiling with his humour.

Ms Jones hasn’t published a book for two years and this made me even more excited to see what we were going to get in her new standalone. I was blown away with the story and long after turning the last page, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A forbidden age-gap romance, in some of the chapters the protagonists gave me a feeling of hopelessness. I’m not letting on how it pans out because you simply have to read this story for yourselves. But I do suggest going in blind as your enjoyment will be enhanced if that were ever possible. To sum up; every emotion from being smitten, angry and laughing was provoked in this epic rollercoaster which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The forbidden is definitely one of my favourite tropes, possibly because it always contains a lot of angst. I can’t stop listening to the amazing playlist and now have one almighty book hangover. Certainly worthy of re-reading, thank you for such an epic story!

EXCERPT

© 2019 Lesley Jones
All rights reserved.

It’s at that point I notice Billie climbing from the car. Although, if Mel hadn’t told me, I’d never have recognised the girl standing on my drive as Billie Wild.

She closes the car door and turns towards me.

Silence.

She stares down at her feet as she moves slowly along my driveway. When she reaches the front of the car, she looks up. The bluest of blue eyes meet mine, and she stops moving.

Deafening silence.

No birds singing.

No traffic sounds.

The silence is so loud it hurts my ears.

What. The. Actual. Fuck?

She takes a step towards me, and my hearing returns. The gravel crunches beneath her green biker boots, a pigeon coos, brakes screech, engines rev . . . a bomb could fucking drop, but nothing, not a single thing can divert my attention from Billie Wild as she moves towards me.

 

MEET LESLEY

Lesley was born and raised in a small working-class town in Essex, just outside of East London. She’s married with three sons and in 2006 they all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about fifty kilometres outside of Melbourne, Australia.

Lesley is currently ‘a stay at home mum’, but in the past, she has worked at ‘good old Mark & Spencer’ for thirteen years and as a teacher’s assistant.As well as writing, Lesley loves to read and has been known to get through four or five books a week, when she’s not writing that is.

Her other interests are watching her boys play football… the round ball version. She’s happy to admit to being an addict of social media and owes a lot to her Facebook and Twitter family in promoting her book. Lesley is also rather partial to a glass or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being her favourite.

Being a born and raised Essex girl, she will happily admit being a big fan of spray tans, manis, pedis, and is regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although she doesn’t own a pair of white stilettos.

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