NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A ROCKSTAR by Rachel Higginson is available now!

Today we’re delighted to be sharing bestselling author Rachel Higginson’s all-new second chance contemporary romance,
NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A ROCKSTAR

My name is Clover Calloway and I’ve lived two separate lives.

The first, I like to call “my past.” I never talk about it. I try not to think about it. My rockstar days of playing in one of the hottest bands on the planet are over. Along with the most volatile, beautiful, tragic love story of all time.

Over the past five years, I’ve settled into my second life. My “normal life.” The one where I work a normal job, hang out with normal people and fall in love with a normal, but wonderful guy. The life where I’m admittedly a little bored, but also safe.

My past wasn’t boring. But my past broke my heart into a million, unfixable pieces. So, I’m determined to keep it where it belongs—behind me.

And the man responsible for the shattering of me? Malachi Porter, lead singer and mastermind of Bright Tragedy, should stay there too. Far away from me and this idyllic life I’ve carved out for myself.

But what happens when my two lives collide?

When Malachi comes crashing into my perfectly normal world, he threatens to destroy it, promises to annihilate everything I’ve replaced him with.

He upends everything I thought I wanted and forces me to question the reasons I left Bright Tragedy all those years ago.

But I didn’t walk away five years ago, I ran. As fast as I could go. And while my heart is whispering that it’s different this time—that he’s different—my brain is screaming for me to run again.

Malachi Porter isn’t a normal guy. And he doesn’t belong in my “normal life.” But, nevertheless, he’s bound and determined to make a place for himself here.

I just hope my heart can survive him, that we don’t burn into another bright tragedy.

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The author’s mind and magic are not new to this reader. She has the cunning ability to spin a story with all the real world feelings anybody else could see themselves experiencing.

The story of Clover and Malachai is a tough one to endure at times. Throughout their long relationship, they have overcome so many insurmountable issues. Clover felt the way she did and made choices because of problems she couldn’t find a way out of. Watching someone who means the world to you self destruct is harder than anything else to endure. I may not have completely agreed with the way she did it, but I see why it was her only recourse.

Malachai is a troubled soul. Reading about his past and his family brought me to tears. He had very few choices growing up and when he finally could make his own choices he chose wrong; of course, this impacted both Clover and himself.

Their relationship often reminded me of a stove top teapot. Slowly rising in temperature and just as it hits boiling point, the almighty whistle blows like the high crescendo of cymbals during a classical music piece.

“You know your music, Malachai. You do. Not them. Don’t let them get to you. Believe in yourself. Believe in the magic you create. Believe that you’re stronger and tougher and smarter than those two and anyone or anything else that would try to destroy your beauty.” 

Music was their world, taking it away from either one of them would leave them a fractured, broken mess. The band is a family and Bright Tragedy is together in everything, battling any and all comers. Friends for years, family just as long. They have each other’s back even when their self-destructing and bleeding out.

Clover is very much the mother of the band, and not in an icky way. She sees all and knows all, and fights to get the band where they want to be and who they want to be. Her unending love and support of Malachai and the rest of the band is what I found the most humbling and respectful about her.

‘“Clover.” The world was held in that one word. It was created and destroyed in just the simplicity of my name on his lips. And my soul? Utterly upended.’ 

When the chips are down, both Clover and Malachai just want the simple life. She never saw her life returning to him and the band that does not mean that she will turn her back on them or her heart.

‘I didn’t want the big, publicized rock star romance.
I just wanted normal.
Simple. A love so deep I could feel with every breath. A love so long and endless and consuming there were not words accurate enough to describe it. A love that would heal me. Hold me. Help me.’
 

The subject matters within this book are not pretty. They are the simple facts of where people go when they feel they have no place else to escape to. Thank you, Ms Higginson, for once again doing second chance romance in the only way you know how. Splendidly.

EXCERPT

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Admittedly starting this song with him had been rough, but once we’d found our rhythm, we couldn’t seem to slow down.“That’s so good,” he murmured, pressing heavier on me so I felt the warmth of him everywhere.“This hope,” I continued, not knowing where I was going, but unable to stop. “This hope. It’s in my head. It’s in our bed. It’s in all the words we’ve
left unsaid.”His sharp intake of breath chased a shiver down my spine. “Fucking hell, Clover.”I smiled at the keys, picking my way through the part again to see if I could get it right. My fingers were clumsy, my breath quick and uneven. I hadn’t planned that; it had just happened.

“This love,” he murmured to the tune I was trying to recreate. “This love. It’s in my soul. It’s making me whole. It’s better than it’s ever been before.”

My fingers stilled, pausing in the middle of the note he was holding. The words seemed ripped from the center of him, raw and rigid and still bleeding.

He picked it up with his guitar, his head bent over the instrument as if he were praying. “And I know… I know… if we let it breathe, it will take us to places we’ve never been before.” The crescendo, cracking of his voice—but just barely—as emotion joined the words that stole my heart all over again. “My joy. Oh, be my joy… Let me love you like I never have before. Let me love you… forevermore.” He chuckled as his perfect, talented fingers continued to pluck the strings. “Or something like that.”

 

 

MEET RACHEL

Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Opposite of You, The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends  her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.

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SEXY FILTHY BOSS by Piper Rayne is available now!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing Piper Rayne’s all-new contemporary romance, SEXY FILTHY BOSS: White Collar Workers – Book 1

 

He’s the sexy alpha male in the corner office who goes through assistants faster than free donuts in the breakroom.

I’m the assistant who was chosen to cover for his last fire.

The owner of the company is clear—hook the biggest client in our firm’s history and there’s a partnership for him and a promotion for me. Stipulation—we do it together.

It doesn’t take a tarot card-reading psychic to figure out where our story is headed… late nights, trips out of town, and more than a few awkward moments filled with sexual tension.

No worries though. I pride myself on my willpower. I can totally ignore his sexy grin, his rock-hard body and his dreamy brown eyes. I will not become the woman other women hate.

But it turns out that Enzo Mancini has a lot of layers and if I don’t stop peeling, I’m going to lose everything, including my dignity.

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I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to a new release from these two beautiful ladies, I can’t help but gorge myself silly. The only downside is the wait for the next release to hit my kindle.

The Bianco brothers rocked my world in the Blue Collar Brothers series, I never assumed for a single hot minute that anybody else could knock them off the top spot for my affections; then I found Enzo Mancini and all my preconceptions were blown out the window. Only, it wasn’t just Enzo that stole my heart, if only. Annie was such a large piece of this book and Enzo morphed from one form to the other. The scenes where they are together and he’s affectionate always left me a hot gooey mess inside, but I’ll get to the romance side in just a bit.

Annie has a chip, just like most young women who have survived the bitterness of careless parenting. Trusts no one with her heart when it comes to romance and as she even said: she’s happy to be single and focus on her career. Shame she couldn’t have started her career for a less misogynistic sexist pig, but I digress.

New York runs at its own pace and that pace can sweep some people away and carry them far out to sea. Not Annie though, she’s tough and determined. Shrouding her heart and her emotions behind a suit of armour, what started off as harmless flirting with the Senior Ad Exec ends up in some very compromising situations, and of course, this leads to some of the funniest scenes I have ever read. Like why is it that ad agencies when they create an ad for ladies sanitary products always have a woman in white and someone out partying or having fun. I’m sorry people but us women know the only thing we want that time of the month is a hot water bottle, pain meds and to eat our weight in chocolate or ice cream; at home in our pyjamas and binge fest on Netflix. Again, I digress but this will make sense if you read this book.

Enzo wears his heart on his sleeve at times, leaving me pleading for Annie to see the wood through the trees. He’s sweet, he’s funny and he just wants what is best for her; if only she would get over herself and see the light. Frustration and laughter at the same time, not a fun combination, they heated their scenes up to dangerous levels and kept me so engrossed I lost all concept of time.

Both characters have a huge sense of family and their families really are what anchor them in this crazy world they live in. Being the middle son of three, of course, his brothers Dom and Carm give him a hard time but the crux of it is that no matter what they always have their brothers back and they will always do whatever they can to help. Just don’t ask them to let him win at rock paper scissors. I blame the coffee I snorted up my nose entirely on these wonderful ladies and FYI, coffee up your nose does not feel good, I can state that as fact.

There is something about this enigmatic duo of writers, they hit all the buttons and tick all the boxes, but don’t take my word for it; give them a go and you will not be disappointed, I can guarantee you that.

EXCERPT

© Piper Rayne 2019
All rights reserved.

“Good morning Mr. Mancini,” I answer.

“Enzo.”

“Okay.”

“Let’s practice. Repeat after me. Good morning, Enzo.” He puts a lilt in his voice that makes me smile.

“Good morning, Lorenzo.” I turn on my computer and turn my back to his office door, hoping to hide my smile.

He huffs. “Try that again.”

“What’s wrong with Lorenzo? It’s your proper name, isn’t it?”

“Yes, but it’s generally only used when I do something bad. Did I do something bad, Miss Stewart?”

His voice is full of innuendo, and a rocket from nowhere shoots right between my thighs. The ache grows the more his words repeat in my head. Bad. Miss Stewart. Bad.

I snap back to reality when I see his dry cleaning slip on my desk. “Totally inappropriate.”

“Noted. But it’s Enzo, and we’re going to get very little work done until you call me that.”

“Noted,” I mimic his answer.

 

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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BLOG TOUR ~ SLAY: RIVALRY (Slay Quartet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Today we’re thrilled to be on tour with Laurelin Paige’s all-new dark romance, SLAY: RIVALRY (Slay Quartet #1)

 

Edward Fasbender is a devil.

He’s my father’s business rival, a powerful, vicious man who takes what he wants and bows to no one. I only took the meeting because I was curious. I thought he was going to offer me a job.

But that’s not what he’s after at all. His proposal is much more intriguing, and I see an opportunity. An opportunity to turn the tables and bring down the devil.

I’ve gotten in trouble playing these games before. I know when the risk is too great, when the stakes are too high. I know how to be cold and strong-willed and destructive. I know how to withstand dominant men with arrogant charm and rugged features.

Yet I can’t resist taking on Edward.

And I can’t resist the pull he has on me.

Soon I’m not so sure which side of the battle I’m standing on–if I’m the warrior meant to slay,

Or the one who will be slain.

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Apart from loving the cover of this sensational read, I was grabbed by the throat with the introduction. It starts dark and depraved. Full of isolation and nothingness, I sat and read it to my mum and even she was caught up in the darkness of it.

Having not yet read any of the Fixed universe books, Celia is a character I am not familiar with. Having said that, I didn’t feel that it impacted my experience. If anything, I had a more open mind about her than someone who had read her exploits in the previous books.

Along comes Edward. I didn’t know half the time whether I wanted to throttle him or kiss him. The man is a walking dichotomy. He pushes and he pulls and even at times twists arms. He would do anything, and I mean anything to get what he wants.

When it comes to the elite of this book, there are multiple belief systems implemented that are dated circa 1950s, and we all know what they represent.

Though my mind bounced back and forth between Celia and Edward; about who was worse than the other, and I still even at the end of the book still have yet to come to a definitive answer. They are fighting battles neither of them can really win and yet they can’t seem to take a step back and just breathe. High intensity, high voltage; Edward and Celia both have ideals of what they want and of how to get it, I just don’t think they have any idea how much impact damage the other can create. Burning heat and enough tension to uncoil a spring, Edward and Celia come to blows fantastically. Leaving both themselves and the reader fully charged with the potential to shoot thunderbolts.

Nothing can ever beat the end to this dark gem. I was left breathless and agape. How in the world can anything overshadow that ending? Roll on October for the second instalment. Well done Ms Paige for excelling in what you do well, darkness, heat, passion and betrayal.

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© Laurelin Paige 2019
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Sitting like this, on the arm of the chair, his back straight, we were practically the same height. It occurred to me that this was the closest we’d ever been to having equal footing, and somehow that made me both heady and encouraged.I reached out to rub the collar of his shirt between my thumb and forefinger, my breath stuttering under the thick weight of apprehension, my mouth watering from how close I was to touching his skin. This close, I could smell the liquor on his breath and the musky scent of his cologne and the fainter scent underneath of pure man.

“Tell me your requests.” Was it my imagination or did his voice suddenly seem darker? Less steady?

“There’s only one.” I leaned in until my lips were near his ear. “I want to add sex to the deal.”

He made a sound low in his throat, half like a laugh, half like a moan. “What, now?”

He turned his face toward mine, and now our mouths were only inches away from touching. I could feel the warmth of his exhale on my skin, sending a trail of goosebumps down my arms.

“Now, sure.” Fuck, I was wet already. “But I meant in the marriage, too.”

His lips danced around mine. “You don’t know what you’re asking for. You want to be humiliated, degraded, and hurt?”

Yes.

Because that was the goal of The Game.

But, also, YES!

Because, in that moment, there was nothing more I could imagine wanting than to be all those things, to be humiliated and degraded and hurt, by him. I wanted it so much I ached. Ached in places I hadn’t known could feel.

I reached my neck forward, pushing my mouth toward his.

Just when I thought the kiss was inevitable, he leaned back. “You couldn’t handle it.”

 

 
 

 

Meet Laurelin

With over 1.5 million books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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BLOG TOUR ~ DECEIT by Ava Harrison is available now!

Today we are delighted to be on tour with Ava Harrison’s brand new contemporary romance stand-alone, DECEIT

 

I needed to get away.
My ex was getting married.
So, I left.

The English countryside was a picture-perfect escape.
The dashing stranger an even better one.
And what started as a chance encounter quickly became more.

He promised to show me how to live, how to feel alive and forget a past best forgotten.
He made me believe things could be different.
That was until I found out who he was . . .

He was Oliver Blackthorn.
The 16th Earl of Lockhart. Thirty-third in line to the throne.
And a liar.

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Meeting both Addison and Oliver for the first time was quite an intriguing event.

Oliver comes across as a devil may care kind of chap. A smooth talking, easy to like and even easier to fall for gentlemen, I do not use the word “gentlemen” very often in real life, often because real gentlemen don’t exist in my world. Oliver, however, is a true red-blooded male with all the benefits of life thrown his way but still able to be humble and honest…well…that is until events spin in such a way that he has no choice other than to be dishonest, or so he thinks.

Headstrong and determined, Addison doesn’t understand the meaning of surrender let alone quitting. At the pinnacle of her career, she knows how to crack heads and take names. One wrong move though has her jetting off to England, where of course she meets our enigmatic man of the hour. What starts off as a fun night ends up with high stakes and going all in, for both Addison and Oliver.

Describing Oliver I could use a million words; suffice to say he had my heartbeat tapping out a full rendition of Lord of the Dance. Debonair and self-assured he has found himself a place in my heart. His life had been easy up until a heavyweight and black clouds were dropped on him.

Deceit isn’t a whirlwind romance, the story runs over several months of time and this gives the reader a chance to see how the characters move through life.

This author has been an auto-click author for quite a while now and I can’t say she has ever disappointed me. She’s one of those authors who can take any idea and spin it into pure gold. Her books are always going to be emotionally charged and hard to put down.

Addison and Oliver go through emotionally destructive times and both lash out, just like the old saying goes: We always hurt those we love.

Thank you, Ms. Harrison, for once again giving me a reason to hide from the real world, laugh out loud and cry my heart out all in the space of just one book.

 

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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ANOTHER LIFE by K.L. Shandwick is now available!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing K.L. Shandwick’s all-new second chance, single dad, tear-jerker standalone romance.

What happens to you when you love someone with all of your heart, but that love now has nowhere to go? 

Heartthrob, Cole Harkin counted his blessings with a gorgeous wife and the couple’s excitement of a first baby on the way.

Just when he thought his world was complete, Cole becomes devastated and overwhelmed when his future is ripped out from under his feet. With little choice in the matter, Cole has to face living another life…

A very different life to the one he thought he and Grace had planned.  

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Any synopsis worded in a way such as this one was, it becomes clear very quickly what type of book this is about. Is this an easy book to read? Yes. Is it hard on the reader? Absolutely. Cole Harkin lost his heart and soul in an instant.

The darkness Cole carried within him at times is tangible. I witnessed his heart bleeding out of him more than once. Every single aspect of his persona is so true to the reality of his situation. The author nailed it! No matter how far he wanted to sink or how many times he wanted to quit, someone or something would keep him from faltering. He is a rock star but that doesn’t mean that he’s a grade A bad guy. His employees have been with him so long, they all act more like family. Throughout they stand by his side and call him on his bad moves.

Another Life spans over years of Cole’s life, moving through the vicious pain and anger at what he lost and moves onwards carrying us through his attempts to rebuild what he lost. His daughter Layla is his shining star. The reason he gets up and moves through the motions. I guess it’s true what they say. Love can rebuild a broken heart.

Another Life left me with deep thoughts and feelings about life and the cruelty of what happens to good people. It took real dedication to create a book with such accuracy and realism, enough light seeping in through the edges of the black to give the reader just a little hope.

This isn’t an easy book to get through for many reasons. It’s a foray into heartbreak and the lengths and breadths people will go through in order to survive. Shandwick has such potential and I adore where this book went. She certainly made me question my feeling. It held me captive even when I found it hard to continue. Cole Harkin will remain in my heart and mind for some time to come. Thank you, Ms. Shandwick, for giving voice to one of the biggest killers of women everywhere.

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Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy. She loves creating new characters and storylines. Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation of her stories, and each character has his or her own voice. She doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside in the UK and writes full-time.

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TO LOVE A PRINCE by Nana Malone is available now!

THE ROYAL ELITE PRINCE DUET is now complete!
Today we are thrilled to be bringing you Nana Malone’s second book in the Royal Elite Prince Duet, TO LOVE A PRINCE

The good news is, I’m out of exile and I have the woman I love by my side. And I still have my crown, tarnished though it may be.

The bad news is…all of that is temporary.

There are those that want me as far away from the crown as possible. I still have a killer on my tail who has a more permanent solution in mind. Oh and there’s the small matter of all the secrets I’m keeping from Ariel.

For her I risked it all, but will she wind up paying the price?

Once she knows my secrets. What will she do to protect me and the crown?

What will I be willing to do to protect her?

The answer is: everything.

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I couldn’t wait for this little beauty to hit my Kindle. Ariel has fascinated me since I entered into the world of the Winston Isles. There was always something enigmatic about her. The quirkiness and her superhero abilities with a computer, I was always enthralled with her. The relationship she has with Penny has always warmed my heart. Ariel has the keen ability to see the truth even if it’s hidden under multiple camouflaged layers. She possesses a rare type of instinct; one that sees through people. She has this uncanny ability of being able to cut through all the nonsense and get to the crux of any issue. As I had previously said: Ariel and Penny are Thelma and Louise (before they drive off the cliff.)

Tristan comes with his fair share of secrets. Secrets he believes will ruin him forever, especially when it comes to his blossoming relationship with Ariel.

‘She was mine. After ten years, Ariel was mine again. Now all you need to do is hold on to her. Good luck with that.’ 

With ten years of growing up between them, their dance in this duet is careful and often cumbersome. Fears, ingrain insecurities and knee jerk reactions lead to several very combustible situations.

Mystery still surrounds the who, where, why and what of whom is behind all the attempts on Tristan’s life. The mystery has spanned the duet and not for one moment has this been drawn out or ever felt pointless. In a Nana Malone book, every situation happens for a reason and there is no useless padding.

Spending time with Sebastian and Penny is always a joy. After reading Cheeky Prince and Cheeky Royal they have become my favourite characters…well up until I got this book, that is. Ariel and Tristan have real chemistry, there are sparks and explosions all the way through this book. Nothing is concrete until it is.

The end has left me wondering one thing…who is the man with the grey eyes. Thank you, Ms Malone, for once again giving me a respite from real life.

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They said I’d never come home again…they were wrong.
There is one person worth returning home for. Her.
One little problem.
She hates me.
She should, I left her behind.

Now I’m back and I have a score to settle.
I’ll do whatever it takes to win her back.
Even if it means spilling my secrets.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me: nana@nanamaloneromance.com

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A PERFECT LIE by Lisa Renee Jones is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be bringing you Lisa Renee Jones
all-new romantic suspense,
A PERFECT LIE

 

 

 

Secrets. Lies. A man. There’s always a man. And there’s always a truth to be told. 
I’m Hailey Anne Monroe. I’m twenty-eight years old. An artist, who found her muse on the canvas because I wasn’t allowed to have friends or even keep a journal. And yes, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m that Hailey Anne Monroe, daughter to Thomas Frank Monroe, the man who was a half-percentage point from becoming President of the United States. If you were able to ask him, he’d probably tell you that I was the half point. But you can’t ask him, and he can’t tell you. He’s dead. They’re all dead and now I can speak.

 

 

 

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This is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark world of politics, a relationship fraught with betrayal and manipulations. And I loved it!

Hailey is the only daughter of a prominent politician whose main goal is to be the man at the Oval Office. Hailey grew up aiming to please her father. She is an artist but has to abandon the dream because it doesn’t suit the needs of her family. Her relationship with her father is multifaceted. And one finds out that there is a steep price to be paid when one’s ambition takes precedence over love when power disregards honour. “Growing up in politics teaches you that lies are avoided by the many versions of the truth.” 

I must say that I love this author’s style of writing. This book written in first person narrative is more of a flashback of events. Each chapter begins with Hailey’s inner thoughts, her questions and her doubts. At first, I was a bit confused reading the earlier chapters and I didn’t know which direction the author was trying to lead me to. Who killed who? Who is responsible? Who do you trust? This story deals with a complex father-daughter relationship and the consequences of betrayal. “Torment and passion turn people you don’t believe can kill, into killers; therefore, emotions become the weapon that transforms love into hate. And in hate all things are possible.” 

Although this book’s plot is tight and the pacing is fast; especially in parts two and three, Hailey’s character left me cold. She is one of the least sympathetic main characters I’d read but maybe this is how the author wants me to feel. Hailey was groomed to be the perfect future president’s daughter, she toed the line and followed the piper’s lead. Even her relationships lacked warmth and the only passion she felt for is her art but I also get why she is what she is, she is surrounded by sycophants and wheeler-dealers. This book is so well written and I love that it made me think hard and dig deeper into the personas. I have mixed feelings about the ending though, but I’m not one to give out any spoilers, so I guess you just have to buy this book and read it. Highly recommended!
 
 

 

 

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“Can I join you?” he asks, motioning to the table.There’s interest in his eyes, the kind a man has for a woman, but who knows, maybe it’s real or maybe it’s not real. Maybe he knows who I am and sees a path to power and fame. The way Tobey wanted me for money and power, right up until the moment I’d called his number aka his agenda; thus, he has not called me since I left. Maybe Harvard will lie even better than Tobey did. Maybe Harvard will at least kiss better than he did, and the lies would taste like temptation rather than convenience. At least then, if I’m used, I’ll enjoy being used.

Whatever the case, it’s clear I might actually be angry with Tobey and that aside, the interest that Harvard has shown in me, must be controlled before my Denver sanctuary is destroyed. “You can join me,” I say, “but only because I’m trying to save the rest of the place from the attorney in the house.”

I am pleased when Harvard laughs, where Tobey would have scowled, proving that Harvard has a sense of humor, which is rare for those in my life. I’ve barely completed this thought when he moves forward and claims the seat next to me, not across from me, settling his briefcase on that chair instead. In the process, his leg brushes my leg and for the briefest of moments, I’m transported back to the place that I’m now trying to forget: to Austin, to Drew’s leg next to mine, his wink, and I do now what I did then. I jerk back. If Harvard notices he doesn’t react. “Since we haven’t been formally introduced,” he says, resting his naked hands on the table. “I’m Logan. Logan Casey.”

“Logan Casey,” I repeat trying to ground myself in the present, at least for now, but some part of me is still swimming in that memory, which naturally has me wondering if this man is a shark in the water around me. “Two first names,” I add. “Sounds like your parents fought over who got to pick your first name. Did they draw straws for which choice became your middle name?”

“You’re actually right on target,” he says, laughing again, and it’s a nice, masculine laugh, and oddly this thought feels familiar while Logan does not. “No one has ever guessed that,” he adds. “My mother won the name war. The women always win. Speaking of names. Do you have one?”

“Hailey Anne Pitt,” I say, “and in my house, my father won the name war.” Because in my father’s world, I add silently, the women don’t win the wars. At least, not that he knows, not in an obvious way. I’ve learned this well.

“Well then, Hailey Anne Pitt,” he says, “what’s a Stanford girl like you, doing in a place like this? You’re a long way from school.”

I’m smacked in the face with a lesson I’ve long ago learned and forgotten with this man; strangers do not always remain strangers and all offhanded remarks can come back to haunt you. “That was a joke,” I say, shutting the door connected to my real life, and a path that leads to my father. “I hate attorneys, remember?”

He narrows his eyes on me, and for no reason other than instinct, I believe he’s looking for a lie that he won’t find. I’m simply too well-taught from birth, too skilled at being more than one person to allow such a detection. Well that, and the fact that I really do hate attorneys, which is why I’ll be a good one.

“That was a joke?” he confirms.

“Yes,” I say. “Are you amused?”

“Yes, actually. I am. What does a lawyer-hating smart ass like yourself do for a living?”

“When not busy taunting those who went to law school,” I say. “I’m an aspiring artist.” Both honest answers, if you put a “was” in front of the “aspiring artist” which I’d thought that I’d come to terms with, but the knot in my stomach says I have not.

Logan motions toward the art room. “Your career explains why you ended up here.”

“I guess it does,” I say, as this place serves me well to reconnecting to the Pitt part of my life, which is a place I really need to be right now, for all kinds of reasons.

“Are you good?” Logan asks, as if he’s read my mind.

My father’s words answer him in my head. Art is useless unless you’re famous, he used to say often, because of course, it was inconceivable that I might be good enough to be famous. “Art is like movies and food,” I say, shoving aside that bad memory. “Good is subjective.” I don’t give him time to reply. I ping the conversation back toward him. “What kind of law do you practice?”

“Corporate,” he says, and this time he pings back to me. “Do you live in the neighborhood?”

“Yes,” I say simply. “Do you?”

“I bought a building a few years ago where I live and work which means this is my home turf, and why I know you’re new here.”

“I am,” I say and since he’s clearly going to ask for details, I quickly preempt with an on-the-fly story. Actually, it’s the suggested story, Rudolf included in my file. “I came here for a job, and my new boss owns a house he’s rented to me for dirt cheap.”

“And what does an artist do but create art for a living?”

“I’m working for a private art acquisitions firm. I now hunt for treasures for a living.” This lie is actually my dream job that I’ve never been allowed to entertain.

The horror flick loving waitress delivers my coffee and brownie. “Thank you,” I say, because every politician’s daughter has manners beaten into her.

“No problem,” she says, “but if you come to your senses and want a better version of that coffee, just shout.” She eyes Logan. “I already know you want a crappy tasting coffee, on endless pour and a chocolate chip cookie. Coming right up.”

“Thanks, Megan,” he says, giving her a wink that I don’t classify as flirtatious, just friendly, and Megan is gone.

“Obviously you’re a regular,” I comment, “and they even like you.”

“And they like me,” he confirms, “despite knowing I’m an attorney.

“Because you’re good looking and use it to your advantage.”

He arches a brow. “You think I’m good looking, do you?”

“Oh, come on,” I say, crinkling my nose. “Everyone thinks you’re good looking. I’m simply stating a fact. We use what we have and those of us that are smart, know what we have.” I move on from what is really quite inconsequential. “Why work here, not at home, or in the office?”

“I find I get a lot of work done with a cookie, coffee, and no access to streaming television,” he explains.

No one in my D.C. crowd would make an admission of being human and distractible. Some people in my situation might take comfort in that fact, but I don’t. Logan’s an attorney, and my gut, which I’ll confirm with research, says he’s a powerful one, the kind that radiates toward my father. Maybe that’s a coincidence and maybe it’s not. Maybe he’s testing how well I execute my cover story. The possibilities are many. Though in all fairness to Logan, perhaps I’d lean toward his innocence, if not for the laundry list of recent events such as Tobey being gay and the FBI agent, who is likely working for my father, that I slept with to prove I was a) still desirable and b) not a killer.
 

 

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.
In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

 

 

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