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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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.

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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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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CRUEL LEGACY by K.A. Linde is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing the release of CRUEL LEGACY,
the highly anticipated conclusion from USA Today
bestselling author K.A. Linde’s
Cruel Trilogy

Watch Natalie get revenge in her new dark and glamorous life on the Upper East Side in the conclusion to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s billionaire romance Cruel Trilogy.

Darkness swept in.

Smothering everything in its inky black.

In its wake, we became our own worst nightmares.

How can we fight our way back?

Do we even deserve to?

 

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Cruel Legacy is the third and final part in the Cruel trilogy. We pick up where part two left off with Natalie Bishop vowing to wreak revenge on the crew from Upper Eastside. She had been humiliated yet again. After going home to Charleston to lick her wounds, Natalie comes back through the flames to settle her grievances or so we would believe. Reacquainted with Penn Kensington, he sets about training Nat how to live and survive the big city and the socialites of New York.

Natalie builds up her public persona and is gaining lots of new friends. She makes herself seen and heard. The bohemian girl has a radical change in appearance and behaviour much to my dismay. I was waiting for a car crash at any time. Penn and Natalie are full-on from the get-go in this last part of the trilogy. Steamy and passionate with each other more then ever is what we were all calling for since the second part. I couldn’t get my head around how manipulative and scheming the whole lifestyle they were living in was. This story is cruel and twisted at times, but I could see the journey all the characters were going on. It was binding everything together.

“To us my love, for being lucky enough to find the love of our lives and stubborn enough to refuse to let go.” 

I don’t know how many times my jaw dropped or I said wow! There’s so much going on to the point that I was even shocked at a couple of outcomes. This isn’t just your average romance. Full of angst and a huge testing of friendships and relationships, it’s like everyone’s got a lesson to learn by their actions and consequences. Penn Kensington has lived this life but there was something so hot and endearing about our favourite professor, I was on edge at some of the behaviour Natalie displayed. It just wasn’t her at all and I began to fear for her at how embroiled she had let her experiences shape her.

“You now you have stars on your ceiling.”

“Corona Burealis.”

“Our Crown.”
“Always my favourite story.”
“Ours is my favourite story.”

“Corona Borealis.”

I have been waiting with bated breath to read this last instalment and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Ms Linde had it all perfectly mapped out but oh boy, did she send us on a rollercoaster of a journey throughout this trilogy. Again, there’s a fantastic playlist and I haven’t stopped listening to it. Even when I wasn’t reading, I had it playing in the background as it’s such a perfect accompaniment to the book.

If I could give this more stars I would. I’ve been very vague with my review and that is because I don’t want to give too much away. I would love every person in the reading community to pick this up and trust me when I say you won’t regret it. The writing and storytelling is flawless and I know one lady that will be chomping at the bit to read this conclusion and she will probably have the audio too.

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Gossip Girl meets Cruel Intention in this new second chance billionaire romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde.

Natalie Bishop was just supposed to be a one night stand. Until she steps out of the ocean at my summer home in the Hamptons completely naked.

The minute I see her, I know I can’t walk away.
She claims that she’s just here to watch the house while it undergoes renovations. That she has no interest in rekindling our fire. But every weighted glance says it’s a lie.
I don’t care that I’m Manhattan royalty and she’s the help.
Only that she’s living in my summer home. With me.

 

 

Lose yourself to the dark and glamorous underbelly of the Upper East Side in the second book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new billionaire romance Cruel Trilogy.

I finally have everything I ever wanted–fame and fortune and literary success.

Only one problem: I lost my muse.

He was tall, dark, and handsome. Broody, enigmatic, alluring, and right for me in every way.

Until he wasn’t. Until I lost everything.

And I can’t lose it all again. I’ll do anything to keep it.

Even seeing him again…

 

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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BLOG TOUR ~ JERSEY SIX by Jewel. E. Ann

We are delighted to be on tour with Jersey Six, an all-new “intriguing, gut-wrenching and raw” romantic suspense from Jewel E. Ann

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JerseySix-AmazonFINAL.jpgHow far would you go for revenge?

A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.

Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.

All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?

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Jersey Six was left orphaned after a hit and run which left her living on the streets of Newark. This shattered her dreams of being any regular girl, having a diploma and going to school dances, all the girly things. She’s lived a non-existence life for eight years and then suddenly a guy calling himself Chris shows up and wants to form a friendship with her. Jersey isn’t interested in having any sort of relationship with anyone as she only has the energy to plod along as a lone ranger. However, Chris remembers the person he believes destroyed her future. They form an unlikely alliance which would seem unusual since her pent up anger…the injustice of losing her foster parents ignites feelings of vengeance. The problem is she needs to get close and sets out to destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

Jersey is a gutsy, tough young lady. Ooh boy, can she pack a punch! This poor girl has been through so much in her life that she came across as quite feral, well…that was how I envisioned her as I was reading. There are some dark elements in her past which made my heart ache. Damaged and angry, I had high hopes that things would get better but because of her determination to avenge the wrongdoings, I feared she would just keep walking into bad situations.

Chris is the guy who befriends Jersey. He’s badly disfigured due to a fire and also suffers from amnesia but slowly little pieces of his life unravel. Despite him being a bit of a mystery, the two of them are drawn together, but not in a romantic way. They snuggle and she feels protected, a totally new feeling for her. I loved their conversations; however, sometimes I worried there could possibly be a bit of manipulation there even though they seemed to be protective of each other.

Ian Cooper, the rock star. Jersey meets him by accident and soon realises he’s someone she needs to get close to if she’s going to figure out how their pasts could have possibly become unwittingly entangled. He’s easy to love, and his adoring fans and the people he works with do just that. Coop as jersey calls him, keeps his past very guarded. He’s every bit the hot star and I was instantly drawn to him. The chemistry between him and Jersey is very palpable and every sensual word oozed off the pages.

Blown away by Ms Ann’s words, this read is very different from her past works. It has darkness, mystery and sizzling chemistry with some scorching scenes. The unravelling of this story had me on the edge of my seat so-much-so that it hurt. Secrets and lies abound and when everything fell into place, I was left open-mouthed. Thrilling, entertaining and full of all kinds of drama, one of my favourite things was the playlist which accompanies the story. It fit perfectly and complemented Jersey Six very well. Long after reading, I still keep thinking of this story and listening to the playlist gives me a lump in my throat. Bravo to Ms Ann. Loved, loved everything written, even the music.

EXCERPT

© Jewel E. Ann 2019
All rights reserved.

 

“We ate at the hotel.” Her lips twisted to the side. “Mind if I stick some stuff in my bag for later?”

A tiny wrinkle formed between Ian’s eyes, just below the long sweep of his black bangs. “There will be lots of food available later too. But…” he shrugged, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees “…take whatever you want.”

Jersey glanced over her shoulder at the food and the three other men in the room. She decided to wait a little while before shoving as much as possible into her bag like a free-for-all. “Thanks.” Jersey returned her attention to Ian. “So … you’re a singer. Like … are you a big deal?”

Every word she spoke seemed to feed his level of happiness. “Well …” He rubbed his chin, twisting his lips. “We play music. People like to listen to our music. But no … it’s not a big deal. We’re not saving lives or anything like that.”

She eyed him with suspicion for a few seconds. That smile of his didn’t feel worthy of complete trust. “Um … what exactly do you need me to do? What’s my job? They already took Chris. Will that big, bearded guy come for me too?” Jersey couldn’t remember his name.

“No.” Ian stood, pushing his elbows out from his shoulders, twisting side to side. “Tonight you are just going to watch the concert from backstage. Tomorrow night you’ll sell merchandise.”

“Drugs. You mean drugs, don’t you?”

Ian paused his stretching, letting his arms fall limp to his sides. “Merchandise—T-shirts, posters, keychains, phone cases, hats, guitar pics …”

“To who?”

“Fans.” Ian grinned. “Okay. I might have understated all of this to you … can you name a famous singer? Old or new. Doesn’t matter. Just a famous singer.”

“I had a foster parent who used to listen to Josh Groban.” Jersey gnashed her teeth, still feeling so much anger. Dena wasn’t just a foster parent; she was Jersey’s friend.

“Okay. Well, Josh has sold millions of records, and he’s a huge star in his genre of music. Thousands of people pack venues all over the world to see him sing live in concert. And they sell merchandise of his at those concerts.”

Jersey gazed unblinkingly at Ian as he scratched his jaw.

“Well, I sing a different genre of music, but I, too, travel the world, singing to sold-out concert venues, andI have people who sell my merchandise at these concerts.”

Jersey dropped her bag to her feet and planted her fists on her hips. “Listen, Coop. Stop talking down to me. I’m not an idiot. I know what a concert is. But earlier today you didn’t say what you did or what the job was you were offering. You bought a homeless person a hot dog and offered her a job. Of course, I’m going to think something sketchy might be involved.”

Tipping her chin up, she held her breath to puff out her chest, pretending the recent revelation of Ian Cooper being a famous singer didn’t faze her one bit. Inside, Jersey’s heart hammered into her ribcage, and her mind reeled trying to figure out the day’s events.

“Coop?” His lips twitched into a tiny grin.

“It’s short for Cooper.”

“Clearly.” Ian chuckled. “But my name is Ian. Everyone calls me Ian.”

“I busted the nose and jaw of a kid named Ian. He tried to stick his cock in my ass. I’ll call you Tom, Dick, or Harry, but I’m not calling you Ian because that makes me want to physically harm you.”

Ian’s eyebrows shot up his forehead as his head whipped back a few inches. “Coop it is.”
 

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There are things that women want, and things that women need.
I know deep down, with every fiber in my body, that I need Mr. Ward.

He started out as my landscape designer, but became so much more.
Now, my life is on the line while living with the devil himself. I have been torn down and broken, and I don’t think I can take anymore.

The man I need was never the one I married.
No, the man I need is the one I was never supposed to have. He’s the one who showed me gentleness, kindness, and true love.

Ward would put up a fight for me at any cost.
I know for a fact, I could be so much happier with him…

But when I come face-to-face with reality, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to risk it all for someone I’ve just met, even if it seems like Mr. Ward and I are a match made in heaven.

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The continuation of this very intense story begins with a prologue I’d kind of figured out to a certain degree in The Man I Want. When I turned the page to chapter one in The Man I Need, it starts off where events finished for poor Gabby Moore. Her life has been broken into tiny pieces and she isn’t sure how she’ll possibly carry on. She lives with a devil personified and deep down all she can think about is Mr Ward who could be her saviour, the man that she needs. But it’s complicated because he isn’t her husband. The scenes in the first part are so shocking my heart broke for Gabby and the horrid situation she found herself in. As I read on, I urged her to make a run for it and be strong. The first book was slow burn; this one packs a punch and goes straight for the jugular. My heart beat hard at the thought of what Gabby goes through.

Marcel Ward is like a knight in shining armour and Gabby needs him more than ever. However, it’s a woven web of drama, angst and overwhelming emotions in their plight. There’s a lot of content from domestic violence to adultery and rape. Many will say Gabby was wrong for getting involved with Marcel. I understood where she was coming from. He gave her courage and warmth, not to mention they’d had more formidable chemistry than she’d ever experienced with Kyle. I wanted him to get his comeuppance because he was a nasty control freak and quite frankly, didn’t deserve the love of his beautiful talented wife. Marcel isn’t without his baggage but oh boy, was he a great support network and his actions and words towards Gabby swoon-worthy.

Yet again Ms Williams gives a thrilling story and the Ward Duets’ epic conclusion was eventually how I’d hoped it would be. Did she put me through the wringer before I got to the outcome though! Anybody who hasn’t read this series is fortunate to have the follow up to dive straight into because the first one left me thirsty for more and will never be forgotten. I’ve never been through what Gabby had but to think about how this happens in the real world is harrowing. Bravo Ms Williams on writing something so real and hard-hitting, but also with romance and love.

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It started as a simple search for a landscape designer…

I wanted a beautiful backyard for my new home and my neighbors suggested I look into Ward Landscaping & Design.

The owner had no pictures of himself on his website, just a portfolio of nice outdoor sitting areas, pools, and vibrant gardens that I’d always dreamed of having.

Of course I hired him.

I expected to meet an average guy, but Mr. Marcel Ward is far from your average man. He’s handsome, and well-built, and his smile—though a rare trait—is truly infectious.
He’s every woman’s dream—a handsome, older man who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to create something beautiful all because of his passion for it.

Unfortunately that lucky woman can’t be me.
Although Mr. Ward tests my limits, quickens my breath, and makes my heart skip a beat when he’s around, I’ve promised to devote myself to my husband.

So why am I falling for a man I know I can’t have?

What can you expect?

– An Alpha Hero (who is a bit of an asshole 😉 )
– Super Steamy Scenes
– An Adorable Beagle Puppy
– SOOO MUCH ANGST

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Gabby and Kyle Moore have only been married three months when they move into their beautiful dream home. Gabby wants to have a stunning backyard and her new neighbours suggest Ward Landscaping and Design. She sets about looking into the company she considers hiring and whilst there are no pictures of the owner, there’s a very impressive portfolio of previous works. Showing exactly what she has in mind, she decides to hire Mr. Ward. Gabby gets quite the surprise when she meets Marcel Ward. Gorgeous with an amazing smile, not to mention the physique of this man.

Every woman would fall over themselves for him. He takes Gabby’s breath away and even though he makes her heart skip a beat, she can never be close to him. This story is full of angst and I couldn’t help thinking there was a lot more to what I was reading. Things just weren’t always what they appeared to be. Lust and steaminess are in spades, but not overshadowing the fantastic tale being spun.

Marcel was a bit of a complex character. Whilst reading about his past, not only did I empathize with him, but my heart melted too. I wanted him to have a happy outcome and seriously, I couldn’t not warm to this majorly hot man whose sex appeal and tough exterior ooze off the pages. It was easy to see why he and Gabby were drawn to each other: their connection is totally forbidden, making it even more difficult. Kyle is a mysterious one, leading me to think something didn’t feel quite right. He’s hardworking and harps on about it quite a bit; having to fly back and forth between home and New York quite a lot. Yet again, my gut instinct just kept telling me to watch out for him with that air of arrogance about him. Absolutely loved the side characters, mainly Gabby’s best friend, Teagan.

The penmanship is cleverly put together and once you pick this book up, you’ll struggle to put it down. It draws you in like a spider’s web weaving around you. My goodness me, the last couple of chapters were pretty explosive. I had a feeling it was building up to something but wasn’t quite expecting what I got to learn. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen in book two, what their fate will be. As soon as I’d finished, I recommended it to my book buddies and friends from KFF one-clicked. I’m pretty certain they’ll enjoy this slow-burn romance as much as I did and looking forward to discussing this fabulous story with them. I’m being mindful about not giving anything away but I have to say that if it were possible, I would definitely have given more than five stars to this epic read. Thrilling angst, passion, deceit, lies and a rollercoaster of emotions are just some words to describe TMICH.

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“Let me know if you need anything, Marcel.”

“Sure will, Gabby.”

I grab the door handle, but not without noticing the smirk on his face.

When I close the doors, I can’t help sneaking a peek as I put my tea back in the fridge. Mr. Ward—Marcel—is standing with a shovel in hand. He stabs it into the ground, leaving it standing upright, and then he crosses one arm over the other, reaches down for the hem of his shirt, and pulls it up, right over his head.

With the sun beaming directly on him, of course he stands out. His tan skin is unmarked minus one long scar right below his right rib. He’s sculpted but not bulky, almost like he does just as much cardio as lifting to get his lean, toned appearance. His abs lead down to a sharp vee that disappears beneath his belt buckle and jeans. A few hairs jump out from beneath the buckle as he grabs the handle of the shovel.

As he snatches the shovel out, he pauses midway. My eyes travel up to find his, and it’s then I realize I’ve been staring. He narrows his eyes a bit, but a smug smile lightly tugs at the corners of his lips.

“Oh, shit!”

I back away, bumping into the nearest counter edge. When I hear one of the men yell something, I look again, glad Marcel has moved away from the windows of the doors to tend to the person. I hurry back upstairs, and this time I don’t look back, even though a small part of me is dying to see those abs one more time.

 

 
 

 

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Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.

When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.

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