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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RELEASE BOOST ~ FROM ICE TO FLAMES by A.M. Hargrove is now available!

We are delighted to share A.M. Hargrove’s all-new romantic comedy standalone, FROM ICE TO FLAMES

One Rule: No More Men.
Two years ago I walked away from a marriage I thought would last forever and all I got from it was Dick …
And I don’t mean the one between my stupid ex’s legs.
I’m talking about the one hundred fifty pound furry dog said ex dropped off at my doorstep.
But I’d take Dick over any man, any day.
So why did I resemble my dog, panting and drooling, whenever I ran into Hudson West, my sexy new neighbor?
True, the gorgeous veterinarian was hotter than sin.
And my new roommate only made it impossible for me to avoid conversation with a man I didn’t need.
Until tragedy struck and some jerk decided to run Dick down.
It was hotter than sin Hudson who came to his rescue.
Then it became impossible to ignore him.
It was only supposed to be a fling, a quickie, a one and done.
We both had reasons to keep it that way … my one rule and his five-year-old son.
Except things didn’t quite work out that way.
One turned into two, then three, annnnd you get the picture.
Before we knew it, he gave me a lot more than puppies and fairy tales.
And that stupid rule?
I should’ve stuck to it because now more than my heart was at risk.

This is a full-length, stand alone, single dad, contemporary romance.

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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

When you have an attractive divorcee, a hunky vet, a lovable five-year-old boy and a giant fur baby, you’ve got the perfect combination of characters for a light-hearted romantic comedy. This book is a West Brothers novel but can be read as a standalone.

Millie is recovering from a failed marriage so she up and moved out of their marital house and became Hudson’s new neighbour. As if being newly single and lonely isn’t bad enough, her ex showed up at her doorstep and dropped two bombshells on her: he’s leaving the country and he’s leaving Big Dick with her.

Hudson West is a successful veterinarian, a single dad with a precocious kid. He’s been badly scarred by his ex-wife and does not plan to go down that route again. His been-there-done-that view towards marriage is pretty much the main reason for the conflict between the two protagonists. Will he allow himself to have another go at relationships or being neighbours with benefits is enough for him and Millie?

Told in alternating points of view, this is a well-written romantic tale. It will not only make you giggle and smile, but it also provides enough drama from wicked exes to make this book a very interesting read. The secondary characters are as engaging as the protagonists, especially Hudson’s brothers. The witty banter, funny one-liners and comedic moments involving a little boy and a number of four-legged friends make this book very entertaining. As well as laughter, Hudson and Millie’s love story gives you the brilliant family dynamics of the West family. If you want to get the perfect remedy for a book hangover, this is the one. And yes, I can’t wait to read Pearson’s story!

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One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

Reader, Writer, #WalterThePuppy Owner, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Vodka Aficionado, Coffee Drinker, she believes coffee and ice cream should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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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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IF WE FLY by Nina Lane is LIVE!

 

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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BLOCK SHOT by Kennedy Ryan is now available!

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“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author

Block Shot, Kennedy Ryan’s enemies-to-lovers, second-chance standalone romance is LIVE and FREE in KindleUnlimited!

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

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Reviewed by TRACEY LOU ON BEHALF OF KFF

Another great read from Kennedy Ryan. Block Shot is a second chance love story that not everyone is lucky to have.

Banner Morales is a strong independent, intelligent kick-ass woman who takes no sh*t from anyone. My kind of woman! This journey takes you from her college years to the present day. A Girl who carries her insecurities around with her to a woman

Jared Foster. Beautiful alpha male, strong, commanding yet loves deeply. Meeting Banner in college would change his life forever. It wasn’t all about studying at the laundromat where they would sometimes meet. A pledge, a spiteful rich boy who was jealous of Banners success, and a misunderstanding was part of the reason why this couple would be separated for years to come.

When these two characters reconnect years later, both are successful in their chosen careers. How uncanny was it that they were both in the same business, sports management. Banner working her way to the top and Jared opening up his own management company with his brother and relocating to LA.

Even though Banner was in a relationship, the feelings she had for Jared was still there. Jared felt jealous when he heard that Banner seeing someone who just happened to be her client. The attraction was ever present, but would they act on it? It wasn’t going to be straightforward for these star-crossed lovers…would love prevail? Would they get there happy ever after?

What I loved about this book was Kennedy Ryan’s style of writing. It was absolutely flawless. The story flowed throughout and made it an enjoyable read. Both characters were strong, likable and at times I just wanted to fist bump with Banner who’s so feisty and dynamic. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my fellow bookworms. Congratulations on a superb piece of writing. 5 stars just don’t seem enough.

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I stretch my arm toward the wall and turn out the lights.

With the light snuffed out, my other senses rise, hunting for her in the dark. The smell of her hair and her quick, shallow breaths. My sight adjusts until the heavy black curtain completely obscuring her fades to gray. Light from the outer room spills under the door, revealing just the shape, the outline of her, but still camouflaging details. I cup her cheek, taking a moment to appreciate the softness of her skin, the silky hair brushing my knuckles. I’m not an idiot. She wants the lights out because she’s self-conscious, but from my perspective, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

“I think you’re beautiful, Ban.”

“You do?” she asks, her voice hushed.

My words surprise me as much as they seem to surprise her, because I don’t say shit like that to girls. The prettiest ones usually seem to already know, which makes any admiration I’d express redundant. But Banner . . . she’s so beautiful, and I’m not sure she knows.

“I do.” I push the hair away from her face.

“Uh . . . thank you.” Her laugh isn’t much more than a breath. “The lights are out, so I’m not sure that compliment counts.”

“I know your face by heart. You have seven freckles here.” I swipe a finger over the straight bridge of her nose and drift down to caress her full lips and the tiny dent in her cheek her smile displays. “And a dimple right here.”

I explore the smooth skin of her nape, under a heavy fall of hair.

“Now I want to know your body, too,” I say softly. “Take off your clothes for me, Banner.”

After a sharply indrawn breath, she raises her arms. The rustle of her clothes—the sweatshirt, jeans, socks, shoes—being discarded whisper in the dark. I approximate her by touch, reaching for her arms and closing my fingers around the softness, the velvety skin. I lower my head and run my nose along her neck, discovering.

“You always smell so good.” I’ve wanted to tell her that since the first night we studied here.

“Pretty Pastel,” she replies, her laugh low, nervous.

“What?” I pause.

“The smell. It’s my dryer sheets. The scent is Pretty Pastel.”

“I like it.” I resume my exploration, running a palm over her shoulder, her collarbone until I find the soft, full weight of her breasts, testing them in my hands, cupping them, holding them, brushing the nipples with my thumbs until they pebble and her breaths come harshly.

“You like that?” I ask.

I see her head nod in the semi-darkness. “Yeah. It feels good.”

Her touch startles me in the best way, her hand finding my face, traveling over my mouth, eyes, and hair. I sense her approach, feel tiny pants of breath on my lips, and anticipation has me panting, too, shortens my breath and sharpens my senses. Her mouth seeks mine, eager and sweet when she kisses me. Her pleasure, her excitement matches, answers, fans mine.

I guide her back down to the couch, and with a hand at her shoulder, urge her to stretch out. I’d shave points off my GPA for a glimpse of her, but she doesn’t want that. I get it, so I settle for a taste.

 

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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FROM ICE TO FLAMES by A.M. Hargrove is LIVE!

We are delighted to share A.M. Hargrove’s all-new romantic comedy standalone, FROM ICE TO FLAMES

One Rule: No More Men.
Two years ago I walked away from a marriage I thought would last forever and all I got from it was Dick …
And I don’t mean the one between my stupid ex’s legs.
I’m talking about the one hundred fifty pound furry dog said ex dropped off at my doorstep.
But I’d take Dick over any man, any day.
So why did I resemble my dog, panting and drooling, whenever I ran into Hudson West, my sexy new neighbor?
True, the gorgeous veterinarian was hotter than sin.
And my new roommate only made it impossible for me to avoid conversation with a man I didn’t need.
Until tragedy struck and some jerk decided to run Dick down.
It was hotter than sin Hudson who came to his rescue.
Then it became impossible to ignore him.
It was only supposed to be a fling, a quickie, a one and done.
We both had reasons to keep it that way … my one rule and his five-year-old son.
Except things didn’t quite work out that way.
One turned into two, then three, annnnd you get the picture.
Before we knew it, he gave me a lot more than puppies and fairy tales.
And that stupid rule?
I should’ve stuck to it because now more than my heart was at risk.

This is a full-length, stand alone, single dad, contemporary romance.

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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

When you have an attractive divorcee, a hunky vet, a lovable five-year-old boy and a giant fur baby, you’ve got the perfect combination of characters for a light-hearted romantic comedy. This book is a West Brothers novel but can be read as a standalone.

Millie is recovering from a failed marriage so she up and moved out of their marital house and became Hudson’s new neighbour. As if being newly single and lonely isn’t bad enough, her ex showed up at her doorstep and dropped two bombshells on her: he’s leaving the country and he’s leaving Big Dick with her.

Hudson West is a successful veterinarian, a single dad with a precocious kid. He’s been badly scarred by his ex-wife and does not plan to go down that route again. His been-there-done-that view towards marriage is pretty much the main reason for the conflict between the two protagonists. Will he allow himself to have another go at relationships or being neighbours with benefits is enough for him and Millie?

Told in alternating points of view, this is a well-written romantic tale. It will not only make you giggle and smile, but it also provides enough drama from wicked exes to make this book a very interesting read. The secondary characters are as engaging as the protagonists, especially Hudson’s brothers. The witty banter, funny one-liners and comedic moments involving a little boy and a number of four-legged friends make this book very entertaining. As well as laughter, Hudson and Millie’s love story gives you the brilliant family dynamics of the West family. If you want to get the perfect remedy for a book hangover, this is the one. And yes, I can’t wait to read Pearson’s story!

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One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Aly Martinez is LIVE!

The conclusion to the heart-stopping Truth Duet by Aly Martinez just went live!

Today we are celebrating the release of the second book in The Truth Duet by Aly Martinez.
THE TRUTH ABOUT US is now available!
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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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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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