BLOG TOUR ~ THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Aly Martinez

The conclusion to the heart-stopping Truth Duet by Aly Martinez
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Today KFF is on tour with the release of the second book in The Truth Duet by Aly Martinez.
THE TRUTH ABOUT US
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THE TRUTH ABOUT US (The Truth Duet, #2)

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Truth: Penn Walker entered my life like a summer storm—dark, ominous, and filled with thunder.

After witnessing my husband’s murder, I didn’t have much of a heart left to offer a man.

But Penn took it all.
Every jagged shard.
Every broken bit.
Even the dirty and twisted pieces that I wish never existed.

Lie: I didn’t need him to save me.
Lie: I knew exactly who he was.
Lie: Losing him wouldn’t destroy me.

But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

Before talking about The Truth Duet, I’d like to mention the book cover and titles which to my mind of thinking, were spot on. Both titles are simply perfect. When lies become truths, when layers of deceit are peeled away only to become cold facts. In The Truth About Lies, the author certainly made me doubt whether her hero’s strategy was the correct one. Saying that, it seemed to me to be a no-win situation whichever way he turned. So why then did I find The Truth About Us more gritty, suspenseful and riveting? Firstly, the truth about the protagonists is revealed after the author cracked the character and plot development in the first book. Now it’s time to sit back and really delve into this fast-paced, action-packed story.

Every page kept me on my toes, every chapter made me hold my breath. If the twists are subtle, just wait for the turns! And questions which had been niggling me would be answered. The stunning cover is so very them. I know it sounds terribly cliché…never judge a book by its cover but while reading, all I could see were these two gorgeous people who are made for one each other, who deserved a happy ending. Will they get it? you may ask yourselves. Just wait!

This is a lightish spoiler so for those of you who haven’t these books, please skip this paragraph. The ending in The Truth About Lies wasn’t at all what I’d expected. I honestly couldn’t suss out how Penn got himself out of such a tight spot when I thought he was put out of action. Did I miss something because I’m still wondering! As the whole scenario moved at lightning speed, I had to reread some parts again and was just as confused as Cora. However, later on the pieces fell into place.

The worst possible taint in a family Cora thought was well rid of rears its ugly head. Emotional blackmail not only threatens her loved ones, she’ll do anything to protect them. By now we know she never puts herself first. So, how she’s going to comply with such impossible demands from this manipulative individual was beyond me. He doesn’t simply ask, he takes and then gives back with strings attached. It’s a double-edged sword and someone’s going to get hurt regardless of what she does. She can’t trust a soul and although she puts her faith in Drew, many a time I captured her suspicious mind working overtime, questioning his motives. Certainly, a character to be reckoned with, I have to say how much I liked him. I loved the way he handled the whole debacle, always trying to control, always reassuring.

In steps our hero. Up until now, Cora had been completely left in the dark. In fact, why Penn acted as he did is out of utter devotion. Also, a deep-seated gnawing revenge had to be put to rest. He’s the man, the one who made sure Cora wasn’t going to go without. Neither did he think he’d find happiness but he’d have to fight tooth and nail for a semblance of normalcy. When the cat’s let out the bag, I got a tad upset with Cora. Forgiving Penn isn’t easy, but here he showed me what true love is, that everything he’d done had a good reason behind it, that saving more than one life was his duty.

Martinez spins an angst-ridden highly emotional tale, and although I found myself getting a tad jittery towards the finale, it was definitely worth the wait. I’d highly recommend giving this duet a chance. Bravo!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES (The Truth Duet, #1) is now available!

Truth: From over a thousand miles away, I watched on the screen of my phone as two men murdered my wife. And I was helpless to save her.

Consumed by hate and rage, I spent four years running from my memories.

Until a shattered woman gave me a reason to stop.

Cora lived in a nightmare, but through sheer force of will, she’d turned it into something beautiful. She had a smile that could pierce the darkest soul. And with one glance, she shredded mine.

Lie: I was only there for a fresh start.
Lie: I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Lie: There was nothing I could do to save her, either.

But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.

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Meet Aly

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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MORE THAN CRAVE YOU by Shayla Black is LIVE!

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Logical. Rich. Driven. And he wants her. . .

More Than Crave You, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black is LIVE!

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I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

This is no ordinary romance. This is the story of two people: one who always felt something and the other until having their nose pushed into didn’t see the other as anything other than their corporate right arm. For someone who reads mostly romance, it takes a lot to surprise me. Knowing this author has been hacking through books like most gardeners take out weeds you always know she’ll strike oil. This was certainly the case here, Evan and Nia were complex and down to earth (my favourite type of characters), Evan a billionaire tech entrepreneur is a demon in the boardroom, and yet in his personal life he’s stunted and inexperienced. Widowed only six months prior to the beginning of this book we shadow him through some of the hardest hitting scenes I’ve experienced in a very long time. He seems to see in so many shades of gray and just moves through the motions, and yet the moment his glasses are ripped off he makes such impressive strides to correct his wrongs. Never afraid to admit when he’s wrong, this is what truly makes Evan as impressive as he is.

For the many things they have in common is Nia and Evan live very different lives. She lives to the fullest and experiences as much as she can. Coming from the background she does makes Nia a fighter with a steel rod backbone and enough gumption to keep many a person literally on their toes. She’s quirky and endearing. She moves through life with her eye on the prize. She only wants to be taken seriously and to say she’s not afraid of hard work is putting it mildly. She constantly stays one step ahead of poor, hapless Evan. She’s the light to his dark. The one person he can always rely on and rely on her he does. As I said he sees her as his right arm and just like we move our arms without any real thought that’s how she operates with Evan.

For a long while I was left pondering where this story was going. When it finally stepped off the block we hurtled around the track like Usain Bolt. Evan assumes life should be organised, sorry Mr. Cook but nothing in life is ever practical or precise. His life though full of ambition is empty and bleak, so he can be forgiven for deciding to take outlandish options to correct his path. We all know only too well that dragging someone else into our lives when we’re not fit for ourselves is just asking for trouble. Nia tries to help him see the error of his ways but he just won’t see reason. Stubborn apparently is written into his DNA.

“I’m only ever honest with you”. I scratch my chin with a deprecating grin. “Sometimes to my own detriment.”
“I know.” She sounds about that. “And I appreciate that you don’t like to me about your feelings.”
“I never will, Nia. I promise.”
 

For many a chapter of this book I felt deflated and overwhelmed. Not in a bad way I hasten to add. Evan makes everything so much more difficult than it has to be for himself and in the process he drags others into the chaos. With all this turbulence came a large helping of sweat and heat. The sex scenes were off the charts, the story flowed like a well-composed piece of music. Up and down the notes until the ultimate crescendo, which thankfully wasn’t dragged out, my poor nerves couldn’t have taken any more negativity if I tried.

These two characters are meant for each other, but nobody is perfect, least of all Evan and he readily admits he’ll make mistakes but as long as they stick together they can work through them, together.

“Honey, no. You’ve made my life. Nothing would be right without you. Know why?” I shake my head because I can’t wait for her to either guess or demur. “Because I think—no, I know—I love you, too.” 

More Than Crave You is a story of the human condition. How human beings thrive and succeed on their darkest days, standing tall and strong in the face of the eye of the storm. As one of my most favourite quotes says: ‘You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting’. This to me encompasses completely what this book is about.

On a side note: I don’t know if it was meant to but I was left pondering one small worrying detail. I wonder if I’m right. Guess with time I’ll find out. More Than Crave You is the fourth book the series. It can be read as a standalone and I did read it as such; however, I really would have loved to have met the previous characters prior to this read, but it is not necessary for everyone. Give this book a go, you will not be disappointed.

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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LAWBREAKER by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion is LIVE!


It’s LAWBREAKER Release Day!

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Reader Warning: You’ll need to buckle up and load up on snacks and energy drinks, because this baby clocked in at 112,000 words. But the heartwarming story is filled with adventure, dry humor, quick-witted banter, a touch of mystery, and a hard-earned happily ever after. 🙂

 

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Raised on the streets, Shay Morgan yearns for a real family, where love is unconditionally offered—even when trust doesn’t come easy. Before that day arrives, she trespasses and steals in order to provide for the few people who’ve gone out of their way to protect her.

Born to privilege, Ben Bishop loathes his family for the despicable things they’ve done, and not done. He vows to be different, play by the rules, do the right thing. Building a thriving nightclub with those who share his values dominates his world.

One explosive night at his bar, Loading Zone, changes everything. For both of them. Forever.

A dance of opponents commences as they thwart with suspicion, start to trust, then sidestep to protect themselves from a fatal blow. Until they soon wonder if they’ve been fighting for the same side all along.

As they begin to open their hearts, they up the stakes with a one-week pact. She shows him the power in breaking the law. He demonstrates the virtue of following it.

Then a far-reaching crime is suddenly exposed—that his family committed. And for one chance moment, Shay and Ben hold the key to right the wrong, correct the injustice. But at what cost?

Will they be able to return from the other side together? Or will their differences tear them apart?

Flirting with danger…has never been so tempting.

***LAWBREAKER is a standalone, full-length new adult romance told in dual POV. Due to mature themes and adult language, this book is for those 18 and older.***

 

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From Ben’s point of view…The rumble of the idling V8 engine vibrated through the truck.Faint gasoline fumes wafted in through the cranked-down windows, then blew out just as fast on the crosswind.But none of those distractions fazed Shay.Her attention had fixed solely on me. “Why do you like me?”“More than like you.”

She didn’t say anything to my clarification. Instead, those expressive green eyes searched mine. Her chest rose with a measured inhale, fell on a slower exhale.

Her slender brows twitched down for a split second. “But why?”

A million reasons came to mind.

But in that moment, one echoed with more force than the rest.

“You live loud…without saying a word. When you’re around, you drown out all the noise. When I’m with you, there is nothing else.”

Silence filled the cab.

We sat on opposite sides. Lap belts held us securely down.

But she flattened her small hand over the worn leather of the bench seat, into the space between us.

I bridged the remaining gap, spread my fingers wide, until my larger pinky touched hers, knuckle to tip.

Long seconds drifted by.

The engine rumbled.

The crosswind blew.

But we didn’t move away from our fragile connection.

We stared at each other…and saw through every defense we’d built. As we inhaled and exhaled, breaths coming faster, shallower, I got the sense that we breathed common air for the very first time.

We’d come from different worlds, but we occupied the same space in that moment. In spite of our differences. Maybe because of them.

But on her next quick breath, her brow furrowed. Her hand twitched away.

Whatever she struggled with had broken through. That spiky armor clamped back around her.

Moment over.

And yet, she still stared at me. Gaze fierce. Jaw set. “When I’m with you, I become someone else. I forget who I am. And I can’t let that happen. You make me believe I can trust again. And that terrifies me.”

I stared back at her, undaunted. “I will never let you forget who you are. Become someone else with me, someone better. Get terrified; we’ll only grow stronger.”

After a long beat, she sucked in a deep breath. Then she pursed her lips and blew it out, nice and slow.

She remained silent. Committed to nothing.

But then I felt her pinky press against mine. Tentative, at first. Then firmer, solid.

She’d spoken, in her own way. And I’d heard loud and clear: I’ll become someone better, I’ll get terrified…just as long as you don’t let me down.

I gusted out a relieved sigh. “Well, hell. No pressure there.”

She didn’t laugh. Her eyes narrowed.

I reached farther and slid my hand over hers. “I won’t let you down.”

Nothing in the world could make me blow this…even though the weight of our world rested on my shoulders.

Including lightening the mood. Now. Before she changes her mind and bolts from your truck.

 

 


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COVER REVEAL ~ TICK TOCK by Jane Harvey-Berrick

KFF are delighted to share this stunning cover, synopsis and pre-order links for
Jane Harvey-Berrick’s all-new military romance
TICK TOCK, coming 1st November!

SYNOPSIS

“A story of courage and compassion in the darkest places”

 “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”

Forget SEALS, Marines, Fighter Pilots – I have the most dangerous job in the world. And I love it.

James Spears is part of an elite group who lives and breathes danger. Where others run from it, he walks towards it, calm, focussed ice-cold. James is a top EOD operative.

Explosive…

Ordnance…

Disposal…

You’d call him a bomb disposal expert. Or crazy. A guy with a death wish. He’s heard it all before and he doesn’t give a shit. He’s the best.

They say he doesn’t have blood in his veins, he has ice. They say he has no nerves.

All that’s about to be tested.

Amira is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate a terrorist cell living in rural Pennsylvania. She’s the perfect plant, no one would ever suspect her. Because her brother was killed when a bomb was dropped on the Syrian hospital where he was working as a doctor. And now hate burns deeply inside her. She’s perfect.

That’s what they tell James when he’s told to train her to be the best damn bomb-maker there is. In a secret camp, deep in the woods, James teaches her everything he knows about building bombs. He’s not a praying man, but now he’s really hoping that he’s doing the right thing.

Can he trust her? Will she ever trust him? Who is playing who? And who will pay the ultimate price?

Codename: Hansel and Gretel

Book 1 in the EOD Series

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Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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GUILTY AS SIN by Meghan March is LIVE!

 

Guilty until proven innocent.

That’s the way the world works, right?

I’m tired of being convicted without evidence, all because my last name is Gable.

The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules.

If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of this author; however, there’s always that thought in the back of one’s mind as to whether new books or follow-ups will live up to your expectations. Is there a limit to creativity? It seems March’s is boundless. Her writing, storyline and characters don’t just enthuse, they dazzle. As per usual in all of her series, cliffhangers are the name of the game. To my surprise, Guilty As Sin doesn’t exactly begin where Richer Than Sinner finished. We are taken back in time and not with Lincoln’s words, but Whitney’s. Flashbacks continue throughout the book from a dual perspective which was for me of extreme importance. Not in the slightest bit confusing and very well construed, it helped me understand how both her protagonists felt about a past omnishambles, a family feud totally out of control, and the present…get ready for more twists than turns.

In the heat of the moment, how often do we let go of our anger without taking into consideration the feeling of others? Then regrets set in and it doesn’t matter how hard we try, if you’ve hurt someone you love, earning their forgiveness isn’t just saying sorry. In Lincoln’s case, the only way he could convince Whitney of his regret was by showing her he’d move mountains. Hmm…a metaphor impossible to achieve, he’d still do his utmost to protect her from any outside interference without invading her space. Contrary to the first book which was very character driven, in this installment plot complexities abound. And although his stance never wavers towards his family, the legacy is questioned in more ways than one.

I really liked how Whitney pulled herself together and Lincoln…just wow! He demonstrated to me he’s one of those rare species of men who could put himself into the position of the woman that’d beguiled him from the word go. He discovers those lost years without her weren’t as he thought, is astounded by her natural gift that hadn’t been able to flower as it should have, even encourages it and learns how she was treated. Whitney changing her attitude was crucial if she wasn’t going to be walked over. Her positiveness made me want to jump into my Kindle and give her a high five; nonetheless, a certain manipulating individual is on her heels ready to disrupt the status quo.

Halfway through the read and it looked like everything was moving in the right direction. I could have kicked myself because there was no way March would ever let her readers off so easily. She cannily gave me reasons for being optimistic; Whitney and Lincoln began to relax with each other, their dialogue’s lighter, witty remarks are shared and I could see her slowly giving in to his charms. And all I’m going to say about the frisky scenes is HOT, HOT, HOT! Then a bombshell’s dropped and that is when the pace of the story really picks up and complications set in.

If you’ve read Richer Than Sin, I have no doubt you’ll be itching to get your hands on this one. March has once again delivered a thrilling angst-ridden read, her side characters are either lovable or you want to strangle them with your eBook reader cable charger! I can’t thank the author enough for not making us wait too long for Reveling in Sin, coming 23rd October ‘cause the cliffy, deary me…just wait and see! Bravo!

 

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a brand new saga of forbidden love and second chances.

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.

Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes.

I didn’t know or care what her name was.

Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man.

She hates me, and she should.

I objected on her wedding day.

Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger.

They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable.

I’ll never be done with her.

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Whitney Gable is the kind of woman you fight to the death to protect.

To keep.

To cherish.

I’ve finally learned my lesson, and it’s time to prove I’m the man who’s worthy of her.

I don’t care what it takes, because failure is not an option.

No matter who or what stands in our way—this time, she’ll be mine forever.

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A New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.

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FLIRTING WITH FIRE by Piper Rayne is LIVE!

 

Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…

What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.

That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.

Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.

One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.

As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my enemy.

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Madison Kelley what a relatable character she is. Any reader out there can relate to her self-conscientiousness. So many women see themselves as fat and unattractive. Scars from childhood still run deep in adulthood even though she is no longer the brace wearing wallflower she was in high school.

Flirting with Fire starts with our awkward and scared Maddie going to a bonfire party with her best friend Lauren, I should have said dragged to. Lauren was not taking no for an answer. At the bonfire party, Maddie bumps into her high school crush a very handsome boy by the name of Mauro Bianco. She worships the ground he walks on and he doesn’t even know she exists. Great start, right? But wait! This doesn’t go the way you think it will, the rest of the prologue left me positively enraptured. And this is as much as I’m saying about that part of the book.

Fast forward nine years and Madison is work as a house flipper when she comes across Mauro Bianco. Again, not all the story, but I can’t and I won’t give any more than this away. From here there is a tentative friendship. Does Maddie still hold a torch for Mauro?

The romance and heat was sweet and off the charts. Mauro is a true gentleman. There is a little cheese factor in the romance but I can’t emphasize how much it does not wreck this book. Sometimes a gal likes a bit of cheese with her romance and some of it was just so truly adorable. It made me grin like a mad woman, which is not easy to achieve.

‘Somewhere between the butterflies roaring into an uncontrollable flutter in my stomach and all my sensory alarms flashing overload, we sink into one another. Our mouths colliding one second, gentle the next.’ 

Throw in a little suspense and mystery; Mauro is a firefighter and there have been several suspicious fires that may or may not have been arson. A dead fireman results from one of these fires leaving the entire station thrown through a loop. Why would anyone set fires specifically to injure firemen? I had a few suspicions about this whole little storyline, but was I right or not? Read the book and find out.

“Just listen to the lyrics of the song, okay? It says everything I want to on this night.” 

Being the first in a new series, you’re well aware that secondary characters you meet will eventually have their story told. This is the case in this book. The secondary characters, i.e. Maddie’s best friends are larger than life. As a former wallflower, I can understand why Maddie stepped back so much with them both. Both Lauren and Vanessa could be intimidating and tenacious, especially in their love of their friend Maddie.

The authors have stated that the Bianco brothers have been in previous books, as a rather new reader to this dynamic duo I have not had the opportunity yet. Emphasis on yet! It takes a lot in a book to have me sitting for hours on end. I picked this one up and ended up getting to fifty-eight percent before I knew what had happened, and this isn’t a short book.

I cannot wait to see how Crush on the Cop goes. Will some of the questions I have be answered or will I just get more questions to add to my already growing list? Whatever it is these authors have they have it in spades.

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We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.
My brothers widen their stances, share a look of amusement and cock their eyebrows at me.

“Hate to break it to you, but Maddie didn’t bid on you. Lauren did.” Luca laughs while Cristian chuckles.

“I’m going out with a Madison and she didn’t go to our high school. Which reminds me.” I pull out my phone.

“Maddie is Madison, you idiot,” Luca says. “Her and Lauren were my year.”

“I went to high school with Madison?” I try to let her face come back to me, and though I can picture her bright blue eyes and long chestnut hair, nothing about her is familiar from high school.

“Yes, but she definitely wasn’t hanging out at the bonfires and football pep rallies.” Luca grabs his helmet off his bike. The only responsible thing I’ve seen him do in the last few years.

“Well, shit and she doesn’t even want to go out with me? Her friend bid on me?”

Luca straddles his bike with a grin. I look over to Cristian, but he’s putting his shirt back on and starts fiddling with his earbuds. They obviously think this conversation is over.

“Yeah, but we’re all in the same boat.” Cristian’s thumb moves over his phone screen. “Maddie’s awesome and I think you’ll have a good time with her.”

“She seemed pretty quiet and way too accommodating,” I say.

Luca kicks his stand up, letting the bike rock a little under him.

Cristian’s hands freeze on the screen of his phone. “And that’s bad?” he asks.

“I want a woman who knows what she wants. Has her own damn opinions. Doesn’t just agree with everything I say.”

Cristian peeks over his shoulder, a look of amusement that matches Luca’s. “You want a girl to come up and grab your nuts?”

“I want a girl who knows what her favorite food is, has an opinion about where she wants to go for dinner, likes whatever sports team she likes and doesn’t default to my favorites.” I stuff my hands into my pockets, digging out my keys for my truck.

“Well then, Maddie might not be the one. Like I said, she’s nice.” Cristian slaps me on the shoulder. “Treat her good though, okay?” He inserts one earbud.

“What do you think I’m going to do, leave her in Garfield Park?”

He puts his other earbud in. “That’s not even funny man. I have a friend in that district and the shit that goes down there…” He shakes his head.

Cristian loses the entire point of my statement—the fact I’m not a jackass. I’m not Luca.

“It’s one date,” I say. “And who knows, maybe she’s nice but still has a wild streak.”

Christian again glances over to Luca who’s smiling like he’s fucking Mickey Mouse.

“Well, good luck on your date,” he says.

Cristian jogs away and Luca’s bike starts up.

I head to my truck.

The conversation is over, but I’m curious now.

Where’s my damn yearbook?

 

 

 

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IF WE FLY (What If #3)

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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5 Stars~Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

If Lane left me gobsmacked in If We Fall, this last installment in the What If series literally played havoc with my emotions. I had a good idea what was coming; however, it was the author’s vivid and multi-faceted portrayal of her characters’ pasts clashing with the present that made the conclusion such an epic one. This exquisite love story brought out all the feels and even though I had a good cry, my tears didn’t stop me from turning the pages at a ridiculous speed. Also, apart from being the perfect Sunday read, it was one of those rare occasions when I could devour the book from beginning to end without interruptions or having to worry about a sleep deficit.

My heart went out to Cole. The townsfolk judged him unfairly and all because he’d buried a secret, inadvertently changing the path of lives and at the same time, sacrificing his own. I discovered why he’d held it so close to his chest, why he thought he’d done the right thing. Ahh, but sometimes it’s not up to us to make decisions for others. Now he’s got Josie back, or has he? Cole isn’t the boy she fell in love with years ago. Those very circumstances which broke them hardened him. She’s getting to know the new Cole, finding her way in a town she doesn’t know holds any kind of future.

At no time did Josie show anger towards the ones who loved her. Frustration and sadness; yes, and to my mind of thinking, a lot of patience. I felt for her while she tried to fit the pieces of a complicated puzzle together. Finding no answers and only receiving negative vibes from a close relative didn’t help matters either. Yet, the community rallied around. They were all aware that what she had to give was for their benefit. Saying that, in one scene she showed a moment of weakness, and I really thought she was going to throw the towel in. How could I have doubted this willful woman when all she’d had was misfortune!

Cole’s regrets are crushing, his love for Josie limitless. He thought he was protecting her by living a lie, and it was better than destroying her with what she believed to be the truth. Should he have ever questioned her strength or her feelings for him? He’d find out the hard way that love can move mountains if you trust in it. When she learns the facts, will forgiveness and letting go of the past give them a second chance? The only way you’ll find out is by one-clicking and if you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? If We Leap is free!

What. A. Read! Lane’s secondary character development is spot on. I loved the library atmosphere, the timid librarian, Charlotte and hmm…the extremely attractive Professor West who’s a mind of interesting information. And then her sister, Vanessa. It took me a good while to get on with her; especially seeing the way she’d treated Cole. Nathan, Allegra and the cameo appearances…all of them adding their voices to a story beautifully narrated from a dual point-of-view. Can I see a spin-off on the horizon? I really hope so! Bravo Lane!

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While I’ll take Josie wherever I can get her, I’d rather be with her at the cottage than anywhere else. Reminds me of our cramped apartment where we were always bumping into each other and never had enough room.As both a girl and an artist, Josie came with stuff. Hair bands. Fuzzy socks. Premium pastels. A thousand tubes of lip balm. I loved her stuff because I loved her. But I’d also been baffled by her inability to hang up a sweatshirt.Her cottage isn’t any neater, which is just one reason I like it there. She doesn’t answer my knock. I unlock the door and let myself in.

She’s sprawled on the bed in the sunroom, her body moving with quick, shallow breaths indicating a restless sleep. One shapely legs rests over a pillow, and her T-shirt is pulled up far enough to reveal the curve of her ass encased in panties printed with purple butterflies.

Much as I love the sight of her, I dislike like her insomnia, the way she sleeps in fits and starts. Though I haven’t seen evidence of a nightmare, that doesn’t mean she’s not still having them. And going back to the accident site…

My chest tightens. I sit in a chair by the window and rub a hand over the back of my neck.

Two weeks. That’s it. Then she’s gone. After that…hell, you don’t have to think about after. You just need to make sure the truth stays locked down. That means keeping her away from Peterson and any reminders.

Or taking her away.

A roll of half-opened Lifesavers rests on the windowsill. Peeling it open, I find a red one and stick it in my mouth. Sugar and cherry spill over my tongue.

“You’re going to pay for that.” Her sleep-husky voice draws my attention.

She’s watching me, her arms around a pillow.

“I’ll share.” I push to my feet.

“You’d better.”

After crossing the room in three strides, I sink onto the bed beside her and lower my mouth to hers. Though I had every intention of talking to her first, her kiss fires me with heat. The tension in my chest loosens. I brush her silky hair back from her face and slide my hand over her cheek. Breathe in her strawberry smell. My unease slides away, overpowered by her soft sweetness.

She flicks her tongue into my mouth and over the cherry candy. After passing it to her, I lower her back onto the bed. My dick is already getting hard. I cup her breasts and rub my thumbs over her nipples, urging them to tighten. Josie sighs and shifts, hooking her legs around my thighs and wiggling her hips against me.

“You need to stop wearing jeans when you’re here.” She pushes me away and rises up to unbutton my jeans and shove them off. “Makes it hard for this spontaneous sex thing we’ve got going on.”

“I’m always hard for this spontaneous sex thing.” I shed my clothes before climbing on top of her again. Nuzzling my nose into her neck, I lick the hot hollow of her throat. I fucking love that tender little spot where her pulse beats so fast.

I inch my hand up her shirt, pulling it up far enough to expose her breasts, her pink nipples sticking straight up. The sight of her naked body jerks my cock into full hardness. Josie breathes out a moan and grasps my dick.

“God, Cole.” She shifts, urging me closer and parting her cherry-red lips. “Put it in my mouth.”

“Not this time.” With effort, I detach her hand from me and bend to kiss her breasts, pulling her nipple into my mouth. Her groan of satisfaction fires my lust hotter. I slide my hand between her thigh and into her pussy. Ah, fuck, my girl is already wet and primed, like she’s been waiting for me.

Moving lower on the bed, I push her thighs open. She rises to her elbows, her eyes widening. “Cole…”

When we first got together, it had taken her a long time to let me go down on her. No matter how aroused she was or how careful I was, she’d tense up and get self-conscious about being so exposed. But we’d both persisted, and I’d started with gentle licks of my tongue that soon had her panting and pumping her hips. And when she came…more than once, I’d been unable to hold back and ended up shooting my load all over the bedsheets.

That’s not happening this time.

 

 

IF WE FALL (What If #2)

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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If We Leap (What If #1) is FREE!

Cole Danforth was a troubled kid with a bad reputation. When I was nine years old, he rescued me from bullies trying to steal my Halloween candy. Thus began my decade-long crush on him.

Now, the summer after my freshman year in college, I discover the boy has turned into a gorgeous man who makes me melt. Every part of me wants him — my heart, my mind, my body. But Cole, struggling with the burden of his past, refuses to accept how good we are together.

I believe in us hard enough to take the chance. But will Cole take the leap of faith with me?

This novella prequel takes place ten years before If We Fall. The reading order of the WHAT IF series is:

IF WE LEAP
IF WE FALL
IF WE FLY

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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