HAPPY HOUR by Piper Rayne is now available!

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Happy Hour, an all-new hilarious enemies to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling duo Piper Rayne is LIVE!

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The perfect man for her is the one she hates most. #gofigure

Dating is hard.

Dating in your thirties is even harder.

Dating in Chicago is harder still.

I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, but in the age of swiping right and Netflix and chill, I’m wondering if everything is as temporary as my marriage turned out to be.

Truth is, there is one guy I can’t get my mind off of.

Roarke Baldwin has salt and pepper hair I’ve dreamed of running my hands through and I’m pretty sure that if I checked he really does have a six pack of abs underneath his suit. And I’ve always wondered what that stubble on his face would feel like between my thighs.

The problem? He’s the one man I hate more than my ex-husband…

His divorce attorney.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

I can sum Happy Hour up in one sentence, it’s as good as the blurb sounds. How could any reader not be hooked by the blurb for this one?

‘The perfect man for her is the one she hates most. #gofigure
…The problem? He’s the one man I hate more than my-husband…
His divorce attorney.’
 

I’ll be honest, I missed reading the first two books for this series (Manic Monday and Afternoon Delight); did this detract anything from this swoon worthy read? Answer: not in the least. Did I find Chelsea, Victoria, and their sexy men less because I hadn’t read their stories? Not at all. I am wishing I had read them though, purely from the fact that both Reed and Dean appear so perfect that I’m dying to find out if they have any blemishes or scuffs on them.

Happy Hour became one of those little gems that a reader finds so infrequently. The ones where the characters appear human and their personalities shine so bright that each interaction between them comes across as if the reader is actually sitting around the table lapping up the zingers as they’re thrown back and forth.

I adored the interplay in this book. There were so many funny moments to enjoy. Happy Hour runs the gambit of emotions and at times, doesn’t take itself seriously. Though when it comes to the main characters, their emotions felt so real that they left me with goosebumps more than once.

“Why do I feel like you have more to add?”
“That was just my opening statement. I have more to add.” I playfully roll my eyes. “I can only imagine what you’re going to say now.” He clears his throat.
“I’ll make it short.”
“Short doesn’t seem like your style.”
 

I’ll be sure to keep an eye on these authors in the future. Thank you and congratulations.

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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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MODEL BOYFRIEND by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick is LIVE!

MODEL BOYFRIEND by Stuart Reardon
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SYNOPSIS

A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international modelling.

What’s it like dating one of the most beautiful men in the world? A man whose face is on every magazine and ad campaign?

Not as much fun as it sounds, as Anna Scott is about to find out.

Retired from rugby at the age of 33, injured and bored, Nick is given the chance to enter the high stakes world of fashion photography as a model.

But behind the glittering façade lies an ugly reality: drugs, alcohol, all the deadly sins, and people willing to sleep their way to the top.

It’s a tough life and tougher on relationships.

Nick needs to learn to navigate the treacherous path quickly or risk losing it all—including the woman who has become his reason for living.

In this glamorous world, there is no room for error. Being a MODEL BOYFRIEND has never been harder.

Can nice guy Nick find his way through, or will he be tempted to risk it all? Because the one thing he despises is failure.

He’s a lot more than a pretty face.

This story continues where UNDEFEATED left off, although it can also be read as a stand-alone story in its own right.

 

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Reviewed by ANNA GREEN ON BEHALF OF KFF

Model Boyfriend is the follow up to Undefeated, Anna and Nick’s story. It gives you a closer look on the real life behind the glitz and glam of the sports world and modelling. If you haven’t read Undefeated, I would suggest that you read it first so you can get the full background of this pair.

This is the book where you go beyond the happy ever after: this is Anna and Nick’s reality. In Undefeated, the authors gave us the fast paced world of rugby; however, this time we get a deeper insight into the glamorous but tawdry world of modelling. With Nick’s career in rugby closing to an end, his retirement brought up feelings of aimlessness and boredom. Anna’s insecurities rise to the surface again and the antagonist from the previous book makes a vengeful return. How in the world can this couple deal with their relationship when real life sets in?

Although I felt that some parts of the book were slower paced albeit interesting and more about the ins and outs of the fashion world and technical aspects of photography, the tempo picked up when other new characters were thrown into the pot. The authors’ writing style showed cohesiveness and is well written; I felt Nick’s pain when he was at a loss and he struggled in finding an alternative goal, and I shared Anna’s dread when she slowly felt Nick starting to distance himself again. I am glad that Brendan, Anna’s personal assistant and best friend played a bigger part in this book. He was the much needed “lift” in this romantic tale, someone who made me laugh with his outrageous and funny quips. I am so happy that Brendan’s character wasn’t made out to be a caricature of the gay best friend as he deserved more. The authors did him justice in giving us his story and was definitely an added bonus. I totally enjoyed reading about Anna and Nick again and I am sure you will too.

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It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.

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BROKEN EDGE by CD Reiss is LIVE!

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Twisted and sexy, this story grabbed me from the VERY FIRST WORD and never let me go. 6 STARS!” —Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author

Broken Edge, the highly anticipated third installment to the “intensely sexy” and “mind-blowing” Edge Series by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!

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You think you’d go far for love?

Think again.

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She really knows how to push a man.

She finds the cracks and she goes right for them. She’ll travel across the world just to break me apart, piece by piece, until every last secret is exposed and every weakness revealed.

I swear to God, I love her so much I’ll let her do it.

I’ll let her do anything.

But when she hurts herself to protect me?

That’s a line in the sand.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Reiss is an expert at leaving you hanging on a precipice. Fortunately, for those of us who are hooked lock, stock and barrel on this series, the wait for Broken Edge wasn’t at all long. I couldn’t get her two protagonists out of my mind and was anxious to see what the author had in store for them. Surprises, there are! Book three picks up where On the Edge left off and if you’re like me, the last maneuver Caden made probably left you aghast. I didn’t think he should have done it; however, there’s quite a twist going on here and much to his wife’s dismay, nothing was going to stop him.

Actually, this is the first time I really got annoyed with Caden. I thought he could have solved his personal issues alongside his wife who would do anything in her power to help him. But oh no, he had to go and complicate matters. Of course, in his eyes he was only trying to make a really complicated situation better. Now then, in this story, everything goes haywire. Greyson’s decision to indirectly join forces with him didn’t please me, either. Yet on reflection, I shouldn’t have expected any less of her seeing as she’s madly in love with her husband. Believe you me, there’s never a dull moment in this read and since the author wouldn’t let her readers have it any other way, the build up to an unanticipated scenario is excruciatingly angst-ridden. In general, the plot’s pace is fast; nonetheless, there is a lull just before halfway which gave me some breathing space. I kid you not! From the second-half onwards, it felt as if I was on a collision course, waiting for the impact to happen.

My lack of trust regarding one of the characters who plays a crucial part in Caden and Greyson’s story, got worse as the story evolved. Man, is this guy bad news or what! His self-importance and pretenses, false or not, enraged me no end. I saw through him though, or at least I think I did. Question is, will this couple and is it really what it seems because I should be used to Reiss twisting the truth by now! When Caden eventually confronted his fears, I let out a sigh of relief only to be thrown back into a turmoil. The ending which isn’t the ending…well, I’m at a loss for words.

I really don’t want to spoil this must read for you; therefore I shall cut this review short. What I do I have to mention before going is that I was in two minds whether or not to give Broken Edge 4.5 or 5 stars. The previous books were like, what the heck am I reading! Even though the setting in this one is harsh, emotions don’t seem to run so high and gave the read a different feel to it. I cannot deny that Reiss’ wizardry storytelling and spectacular prose kept me stuck to the pages throughout. I liked the books structure too, and as always, narrated from different points of view in past tense is my kinda stuff. The banter. Bloody marvellous! So five stars it is, and well-deserved I might add. Bravo!

About CD Reiss:

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

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

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

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BLOG TOUR ~ DISGRACE by Brittainy C. Cherry is now available!

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Disgrace, an all-new romantic and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Jackson

“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest. “Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”
Jackson

“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.

“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”

“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”

“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

 

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I know when I pick up a book by Cherry, I’m going to need a man-size hanky at hand. Her words dance off the pages; her characters’ sorrows and triumphs become yours, and although it sounds cliche, their story comes alive. Disgrace is no less emotional than her other publications; however, this standalone novel has a totally different feel about it.

I always imaged betrayal by someone you trust with all your heart would one way or another have its reprisals. This isn’t Grace’s case though. Her love for her husband has no boundaries and she’s prepared to go all out to make him hers again. Now then, I wasn’t at all sure she was taking the right path as it was clear a breakdown in communication knocked the marriage off track; apart from of course, other issues which I’d rather you find out for yourselves. But as I read on, discovering that another person she knew well was involved changed Grace’s opinion and I could have given her a high five. Yet one family member’s influence is not only overbearing, but what they wanted her to do I found downright ridiculous. Question is, will she take their advice to appease? Fearing the town’s gossip mongers and keeping up appearances play a huge part in this story and it’s not until Grace meets Jackson that everything goes really haywire.

Even though Jackson is disliked for reasons to be revealed, I adored him. A young man of few words, he couldn’t give a damn what people thought of him and just wants to be left alone. But when he does have something to say, he’s blunt to the point of being rude and takes his frustration out in his place of work. Strangely, I was more emotionally invested in Jackson than I was in Grace. Don’t get me wrong, I liked and felt sorry for her; however, Jackson’s story moved me to tears. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, a past event which in Cherry’s style was held back, came to light at a crucial moment leaving this reader and Jackson floored.

If there were ever two more divergent characters, it has to be Grace and Jackson. From completely different backgrounds, one has the patience of a saint and is generous of soul, so unselfish that at times I got annoyed with them. The other is broodingly dark, misunderstood but under all those layers, a beautiful heart resonates. Their struggles to find their own identities grow at a steady pace, keeping me involved throughout the story. A relationship I never expected to work, I was delighted to see how their mutual respect and the space they gave each other flourished. Finding their way is by no means a bed of roses but as they say, when there’s a will…

The character development is sublime. I had a lot of mixed feeling regarding some of the folk; nonetheless, this just made the story feel more lifelike. Now then, besides a strong religious tone, indirect cheating is rife! Yeah, it kind of clashes, doesn’t it? So be warned if it’s not your cuppa! Dare I say this detail didn’t bother me in the least? It happens! Narrated in past from a dual perspective allows the reader to delve into the protagonists’ thoughts, many of them extremely heart-wrenching ones. The author has delivered a story I truly wasn’t expecting and since I went in blind, the surprise was tenfold. And as always, Cherry brings home a message of hope. Bravo!

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BLOG TOUR ~ DEVOTED TO PLEASURE by Shayla Black

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There’s a fine line between his business and her pleasure…

Devoted to Pleasure, an all-new sexy romantic suspense standalone from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black is available NOW!

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BOUND BY DUTY…

Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty–no matter the cost. Now he’s taking one last high-octane assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.

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As the star of a steamy television drama, Shealyn West knows fame well, but it has come at the expense of her heart. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security and keep her safe, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.

As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.

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“That and taking a bullet for you is my job. I do it well. You must believe that, too, or you would have hired someone else.”

“You are one stubborn man. My grandfather’s mules could take
lessons from you. I’ll be out in ten minutes.” She whirled around and headed for her bathroom in the back, then shut the door.
Cutter couldn’t stop the smile from creeping across his face. Had
Shealyn just compared him to an ass?
He’d decided she had when she emerged in a gauzy white dress trimmed in lace that accentuated the hint of gold in her sun-kissed skin. The thin straps clung to the tips of her shoulders, as if threatening to slip down at any moment, and played peekaboo with her blond tresses. The garment stretched tight across her breasts, the three little buttons keeping the bodice shut threatening to pop if she made a too-
sudden move. The flimsy thing also ended well above her knees and, with her white cowboy boots, framed her sleek thighs.
Cutter felt his thoughts evaporate and his tongue go dry. The rest of him turned stone hard. He shouldn’t think twice about Shealyn as a woman, but so far, that seemed to be asking the impossible.
“You’re wearing that?”
She cocked her head at him. “What’s wrong with it? Or are you suggesting this dress is somehow dangerous?”
Her challenge and sass turned him on even more. Hell, everything about her did.
But he was way out of line. The dress portrayed precisely the image she’d cultivated. It was sweetly sexy. Wearing it, Shealyn looked like a gorgeous siren with western flair… and a hint of innocence. The problem—and obviously all the lust—was his alone.
“I’m making you aware that you may attract unwanted male attention in public. But I’ll handle it,” Cutter promised, meeting her gaze and doing his best to shutter the desire burning through his blood.
She stared back, a hint of a smile playing at her lips. “You think I’ll attract male attention, huh?”
Was she fishing for compliments? Her green eyes danced with something he couldn’t put his finger on. Mischief? Flirtation? No. Why would she come on to him when she was already in a high-profile relationship? Shealyn didn’t strike him as one of those women who got off on yanking a man’s chain. Then again, he didn’t know her well.
Whatever she was up to, he couldn’t rise to her bait.
“Ms. West?” He kept his voice as inflectionless and polite as possible.
“Mr. Bryant.” Another hint of playful dare rang in her tone.
“I told you, it’s Cutter.”
“All right. Cutter.” She damn near sighed his name. “You going to answer my question?”
What the hell did she want him to say? Some reckless part of him he’d sworn he didn’t possess itched to simply show her, cross the half- dozen steps between them, take that wisp of a garment in his grip, and tear it off. Once he’d exposed every inch of her body, he would love to put his hands on her, his mouth on her, so she understood what a dress like that did to him. Hell, what she did to him.
A sudden pounding on the door broke the moment between them.
“You ready yet?” Tower shouted from outside.
Despite the man’s insistence, she didn’t move to admit him or even answer. She just stared Cutter’s way. “I’m waiting.”
Cutter searched for a discreet reply. “The dress reveals more skin than it hides. It might give a man the wrong idea.”
“What idea is that?”
The kinds of ideas racing through his head with juggernaut speed and jetting blood south to his cock. “That he can touch you. That he can have you.”
“Is that what this dress makes you think?”
The flash of her eyes and the husky voice she used to ask the question torqued him up. She was definitely fishing for his reaction. Was she hoping he bit because she needed the ego stroke… or was she baiting her hook and tossing it his way because she was actually hoping to reel him in?
“What I think about the dress doesn’t matter.”
“Then why does it bother you? You saw me in less on set.”
Oh, he’d seen her damn near naked. Hour after hour of exposed skin had taunted him with all the beauty a country boy like him would never have the right to possess. But this dress appealed to his deepest fantasies. She looked wholesome yet sensual, a woman aware of her appeal. A female who knew exactly what she wanted in her man… 

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

The trope in this book was one that has been used time and again; however, it was done within an entirely new scenario. Cutter Bryant a former military man turned personal bodyguard is completely selfless. Pledging to help his oldest friend in whatever way matters, knowing how small towns can be and that Brea isn’t as strong as she could be.

Cutter is called away to L.A. to protect an up and coming actress by the name of Shealyn West, only things are not at all what they were originally described as. The romantic electricity zings back and forth right from the first page that these two meet. Both grew up in small towns in the American South, and both believe in living honest and decent lives.

‘Yep, he was going to fall hard for Shealyn West and there wasn’t a thing he could do to stop it anymore. At the moment, he didn’t want to. He’d deal with the fallout later.’ 

Between scenes highlighting the hard slog of working on a night time soap in Hollywood, and the sexual tension between our stars; there is tension and mystery. Someone(s) is blackmailing the small town Hollywood star, threatening to release one of biggest regrets and ruin her life and her career. The mystery and action was hard and intense, bringing Cutter and Shealyn into near enough distance that they kept circling each other like a hunter looking for the death shot on their wounded prey.

As a lover of mysteries and thrillers, it takes a lot to pull the wool over my eyes. I’m more often than not correct when it comes to pinning the tail on the correct donkey. Only here I never saw half the pieces of the puzzle until Ms Black was ready for me to.

‘Cherished it. Enjoyed the heck out of feeling her ecstasy.
And he climaxed to it, the heady. Dizzying, sizzling sensations burning him, disintegrating him, transforming him.
Yeah, no doubt. He’d fallen in love with the one woman h3e couldn’t have beyond this assignment and didn’t deserve forever.’
 

I’ve had several books this author has penned sitting in my TBR pile for such a long time. However, Devoted to Pleasure was too tempting to pass up. I just wished the beginning of this book wouldn’t have been so hard to get into at first. I relished the character interaction and the realism to the story. I wistfully wished the evil paparazzi would just get sucked up into a vortex and leave these poor celebrities along, and I truly hoped for a happy ending. Thank you Ms. Black for such an incredible read.

Meet Shayla

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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PRE-ORDER, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY ~ EIGHT GOODBYES by Christine Brae

We are so excited for Christine Brae’s upcoming Contemporary Romance, EIGHT GOODBYES

Release date: 28th August, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Okay Creations

Model: Stuart Reardon

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

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Synopsis:

One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas, and I had the privilege of meeting you.” –Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

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5+++ Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

To say Eight Goodbyes is a gem of a read would be putting it mildly. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and even after finishing it, I had an unappeasable urge to reread which I might add, I did. Narrated in third person, the book’s structural framework is an unusual one as it’s split into eight goodbyes, chapters included and in three parts. What really caught my attention was the female protagonist’s growth throughout the book. It’s a very character and plot-driven novel, the different sections highlighting a distinct change in a relationship that appears to be ill-fated from the start. Passions didn’t quite seem to coincide and made me constantly question if the one who loved unconditionally deserved so many goodbyes, their steadfast commitment to conquer all the setbacks literally left me reeling.

“I have this insatiable need to know everything about you. Maybe it’s the scientist in me. I want to be able to figure you out,”

Time is an equally important element in the story’s different settings as you will see. Also, Brae aroused my suspicions by insinuating something ominous was brewing on the horizon. Those very same subtle snippets completely threw my thoughts off kilter. Clutching at straws, I prayed a love that has its boundaries, timezones and crossed countries, would have a chance to flower. She took me on Simon and Tessa’s emotional journey to beautifully described spots around the world, some I’ve been to and others are on my bucket list.

“Next steps scare me.”

I openly admit that I wasn’t too keen on Tessa’s stance in the first part. Her stubbornness and selfishness caused me to say a few choice words to myself which I’d rather not repeat. I wanted her to be on Simons’s wavelength, to be honest with herself, look hard at what she’d achieved, its worth and handle her restlessness differently. However, learning about her past, what she’d been through and how she’d coped eventually helped me connect to her. Then, when the tough got going, I fell head over heels for her. I’d like to mention that if it weren’t for Brae’s par excellence character development regarding Tessa, I wouldn’t have changed my opinion so easily.

“I’m sorry. You must know more and more, I die with every goodbye. It used to be okay. It used to be easy to separate you, keep you in a different section from the rest of my life. Now, all I want is for you to be in it.”

Simon Fremont. Ambitious, seriously nerdy in his field with a fabulous sense of humour verging on sarcasm, is a gorgeously lovable Brit and from my adopted town in Essex to boot! Coincidences and jokes aside, us Brits do have a unique wit and his softened even the hardest moments. It baffled me at times since he has a grave problem and knowing full well his plans weren’t to be rushed, he manoeuvres carefully, always with his heart in Tessa’s hands. And tick tock…the clock won’t stop…does his patience and love have a limit? Will his tolerance fade and will time run out for both of them?

“I know if I push too hard, I’ll lose you. I’m going to give you time to figure it out. Don’t take too long…”

I honestly couldn’t find fault with Simon, whereas Tessa, well…hers aren’t exactly faults per se but what she has on her plate does tend to stand out and certainly consumed me. On reflection, there were times I felt I wasn’t being totally fair to this writer of romance novels who’s trying to find her purpose in life, so please don’t be put off by her. I disliked her demanding literary agent and the influence she had over Tessa irritated me no end. And Andrew…hmm, wasn’t too keen on him either. On the whole, the secondary characters are a very likable bunch, especially Tessa’s brother and his girlfriend.

“Live is short, we have to make the most of it.”

Details. I recently read a book where the pace of the narrative was stunted by overuse. I lost interest because I found them immaterial. This is most definitely not the case in Eight Goodbyes. Brae’s offering is as such that I couldn’t help but cry out for more, so much so I did an all-nighter and believe me, this book isn’t an easy one in the respect that I spent a lot of the dark hours sobbing into my pillow. The storyline. In all its originality and a ginormous twist I never in a million years saw coming, the author gave me hope and made me realise every precious moment in our life is worth cherishing. Her magical penmanship has given this standalone a real life feel and undoubtedly while you’re reading, a variety of emotions will arise. Embrace your feelings and every single moment of this love story. You won’t ever regret it. Bravo Brae!

Meet Christine

Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.

Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

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REVIEW TOUR ~ THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE by Meghan Quinn is now available!

This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved.

This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would.

This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself.

No, this is my story.

A story about sacrifice.

A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl.

A story I wish I never had to tell.

This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is book 2 of The Blue Line duet, a follow up to The Upside of Falling in Love. If you haven’t read the first book I strongly recommend you read that one first or it will feel like eating half a scrummy sandwich or wearing one shoe on and one shoe off, you know what I mean?

As I don’t want to give away any spoilers I won’t mention any names. However, I would like to expand on the heroine’s character and her live-for-this-moment attitude; her life changing decisions and sacrifices for her family, her zeal to pursue the man she wanted to be with shows her strength of character.

“Life is full of chances. Opportunities. Challenges. But it’s what you do with them that counts.” 

The protagonist in this book is a broken shell but hides his inner turmoil with his carefree facade but will he ever find happiness through the woman he always dreamed of or is his psyche too damaged to be fixed?

“The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness.” 

I was wrong when I assumed that this would be one of those cookie cutter fluffy romances because this is probably one of the best I have ever read, a tale full of unforgettable heroes with great hearts and minds, selfless and generous to a fault. The author’s words will shatter your heart in one chapter and glue it back together in the next. Told from different points of view, this well written epic love story will make you soar to great heights, it will give you goosebumps and will make you cry. Prepare to be dazzled! I highly recommend this book.


 
Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.

My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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