REVIEW                     ROMAN CRAZY by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

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Title: Roman Crazy

Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Series: Broads Abroad #1

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 13th September, 2016

Published by Gallery Books

 

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SYNOPSIS

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

 

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There was always this nugget of hope that somehow, someway our paths might cross again and I’d be granted the privilege of seeing this man once more, to remember what I knew so well, what I loved so dearly.

Mama mia! ‘Vivere la vita’ is an Italian way of life and how better to experience it by reading this book. It will take you on a journey set in summer in one of the most historical cities in the world, Rome. A strong sensation of déjà vu hit us and lingered from the beginning of Avery’s voyage to the very last page. Since we’ve both been fortunate enough to have visited this amazing place on more than one occasion, we truly felt like we were walking on the cobblestone streets alongside the story’s characters. Vespa scooters whizzed past us, cars hooted constantly and the smell of delicious food wafting through the air reached our taste buds. Mouth-watering, eh? The authors certainly built up our appetite when explaining the necessary ingredients for making such delicious dishes. In other words, the descriptive writing is meravigliosa!

“Mr. Pickpocket did get my favourite lipstick and a starlight mint.”

“A starlight mint huh?”

“I wanted to have fresh breath when I arrived.”

“I hear that. There’s so many hot men in this city, sometimes you just never know when you’re going to fall on one of their mouths.”

The first chapter stunned us. Well, we weren’t the only ones to be left with our mouths wide open and although Avery tried to take it lightly, she couldn’t! So she did what most women would do under her situation—face the music. Ooh boy, sorry mums-in-law but Avery’s takes the cake. Avery’s handling of such a delicate issue had us in fits of laughter, her decision to do something about it, we applauded. Actually, both of us discussed as to whom wrote this scene and many others and despite us having our suspicions, we’re not letting on! 

“I always forget how funny you think you are, Avery. Daniel always was fond of your sense of humour.”

Our feelings for the man who caused her to take the initiative was what the heck! A wimp with a capital W! In the blink of an eye, her life with him had become a sham, had to be sorted out and opened our eyes as to how the other half lives. Hmm. . . we didn’t care for it a bit.

“So what’s up? Seriously what’s up?”

“What else do you want me to say? What can I do for you? How can I help you? Are you lost? Sorry I left you hanging about the dry cleaning?”

“What’s up is that I wanted to see you. To talk to you, and make sure that we’re doing the right thing here.”

Avery had chosen the life she lived for reasons to be divulged well into the book. Only then did we understand why she didn’t carry on with her passion. Her true colours shine brightly in Rome though. How could they not? Rome awoke her senses; she’s artistically in her element, hungry to know more…, and of course, being with her bestie Daisy was just what she needed. Ooh, and we have to mention Daisy’s generous heart. Inquisitive and witty, she encourages Avery in every possible way. We couldn’t help but adore how she brought out her friend’s sassiness; teases and more important, gives sound advice. Even so, neither of us argued about who our favourite character was. The joy of seeing Avery find her bearings in her new surrounding was what made this story.

“Hairy is never a good word to describe anything. Unless it’s a redheaded prince of England.”

Marcello and the ambience he is in shows Avery that you can be happy and don’t have to be surrounded by luxury or live a charade. We adored the friendly and working relationship he has with Daisy who had absolutely no idea that he and Avery have history. What we didn’t care for was one of his actions; nonetheless, this is real, what happens and wasn’t candy-coated over.

“Turn around so I can fix my shirt.”

“You know I have seen you. All of you. Many times.”

“That was college-age Avery. Before things started shifting and sinking like your Colosseum.”

We really enjoyed the flashbacks which put us in the picture regarding past events, but we felt some of them could have been enhanced a tad. However, we did learn that Avery missed the boat and regretted it. Now she has a second chance and doesn’t want miss it again. Not everything is what it seems and she takes a long while to come to grips with what she’d done. How it comes to light gave us the tension we yearned for. She eats humble pie, puts her big girl panties on and deals with it!

“Do I pick one of the ninety-five thousand churches to confess in, or is Rome just so holy that you yell your sins outside at the sky and wait for judgement to befall you?”

The build-up is slow boil. What we were offered beforehand was a sightseeing tour of all the most symbolic monuments in a city that doesn’t sleep. And it’s not in the slightest bit exaggerated. We have to put emphasis on the fact that whatever hour of the day or opportunity the Romans have to meet up with friends, there is always time to savour their wholesome cuisine washed down with a glass of wine.

“Come, let’s go home. I’d thought a nice walk through the gardens would be a nice way to end the day, but ….”

“But?”

“But now all I can think about is getting you into bed. Or up against that cabinet in the entryway. I am not picky.”

When Marcello and Avery go to the next level, steaminess abounds. Gosh, there is nothing like a Latin lover and no wonder they have the reputation for being so chivalrous, hot and totally into keeping their loved ones close to them.

“What do you want Avery? Tell me.”

“You know what I want.”

Told in past tense from Avery’s point of view, we’re crossing our fingers that in follow-up we’ll see what Marcello has to say. This gorgeous guy certainly deserves to be heard and if not, well, we can’t wait to go back into town and find out what’s on the cards for Daisy. Bravo Ms Clayton and Ms Bocci for offering us a fun read and for making us laugh out loud.         

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Nina Bocci

NINA BOCCI is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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                                          REVIEW                                            THE PROTECTOR by JODI ELLEN MALPAS

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Title: The Protector

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 6th September, 2016

Published by Orion Books

 

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Blurb:

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever: Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon

Four Stars

 

**ARC kindly received by Orion Books via NetGalley for an honest review**

We’re both huge fans of Jodi’s books so when were invited to read and review her new offering, we jumped at the chance. Different from what we’ve read before since all previous books have been trilogies, our delight was tenfold seeing that this is her first standalone. Told from dual points of view in present tense just happens to be at the top of our list, too! So what more could we possibly have asked for? Well, there’s no doubt Ms Malpas has delivered. Her words have a way of getting under your skin, draw you into the story to such an extent that we were left overwhelmed and wanting more. The banter isn’t overflowing though. We thought we’d miss it; however, the authors’ modus operandi which isn’t her usual one, effectively allowed us to get inside the protagonists’ heads giving us the opportunity for an in-depth look into their personal issues. Putting it lightly, we have to say that we were taken aback by them.

“Does it swallow you up like it does me? Does it consume you so much you think you might never break free? Tell me you feel the same. Tell me I’m not alone.”

Jake Sharp and Camille Logan’s backgrounds aren’t at all comparable. Not an insta-love by any means, the chemistry kicks in almost instantly. It’s a very hands off situation they’re in. Neither of them are over the moon about spending 24/7 together for reasons to be divulged, although we couldn’t help but love the friction this caused. The age gap. This detail didn’t concern us in the slightest. In fact, it gave a depth and realism to the story which we easily related to. Albeit the plot being an extremely well-thought-out one; strong and perfectly structured, it took us a while to really get into it. That being said, the element of surprise is there and shook us. The blurb. We read it before reading the book but would suggest that future readers don’t do the same so as not to be influenced. Regardless, it only scratches the surface of a really complex love-entangle. One factor which swayed us was the metaphorical phrase, ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Taken in its pure sense, it couldn’t have been more fitting when a scene kicks in depicting this outstanding couple. Jump for joy, we did! And if it were ever possible to fall even more head over heels for Jake, we did, too!

. . . I haven’t a burning need to unravel the puzzle that is Jacob Sharp. I want to know so I can help him. Because I love him.

Him…Lord above! As you can see, it’s obvious that we’re enamoured with Jake. We felt ourselves melting into his arms so can you imagine you how Camille felt? Most of the time this sassy, independent and truly sensible lass had no idea what was going on around her or who would steal her heart. Hmm… Jake is cold, totally professional and has had a really daunting past he’s still having trouble coping with. Yet this drop-dead gorgeous bossy man who’s constantly punishing himself in ways you will see, has a job to do and it’s not exactly what he’s used to or to his liking. What he wants isn’t up for discussion when the carrot is dangled in front of him. He accepts the challenge by someone he has little respect for and discovers that there is much more to the assignment than meets the eye. Investing in Jake as the saying goes, was piece of cake. Investing in Camille was a yes underlined!

“I’m not going to tell you that it isn’t true. I’m not proud of it. I screwed women. Nothing more, nothing less.”
“Stop.”
“No, I won’t. When I couldn’t distract myself with work, that’s all I had. They were faceless women, angel. I see you.”

What sold us was despite her privileged upbringing, she’s not spoilt, stands up for herself and doesn’t want to rely on anyone for anything. She’s also had her fair share of problems and only her iron-will to overcome them keeps her on the right path. She certainly earned ours and Jake’s respect. She’s so much more open with her feelings. He’s a closed book, not proud of a past happening and it’s going to take a lot of patience on Camille’s part to get through to him. The gravity of his mistake is revealed well into the read, and only then did we realise why he was so affected by it. But his confessions aren’t going to stop Camille giving him a run for his money… pun unintended! Camille’s a tad annoyed that she’s had her wings clipped and it’s not until a very unfavourable event takes place that it’s brought home to her that all this bodyguard business is not just a double-edged sword. Of course, there’s plenty of cloak and dagger goings on and far too close to home for comfort. The cause for nail-biting scenarios is right under her nose and made us squirm. To think that someone you trust could go to such lengths to cover up their tracks at the cost of someone dear we found horrifying.

“You calm me, regardless of the fact that you’ve actually made my life the most chaotic it’s ever been. You’ve found me, despite the fact that I never wanted to be found.”

As per usual, Jodi’s character development is of the highest quality. We loved how she’d entwined witty comebacks into their dialogue and Camille teasing Jake not only exasperated him, but also made us laugh our socks off! Yeh, there’s no doubt whatsoever that he needed a little distraction in his life and she was the one to give it to him. Even though she has a complicated relationship with one of the members of her family, she’s blessed with other folk who are always concerned for her well-being. But what we really have to mention is our favourite part of the book and it was the ending! Never before has a chapter evoked such strong emotions from us and we were completely blindsided by it in a truly amazing way. Up until this point, it had all been about Camille and Jake, but on the fringes of their story we were given snippets of another character that plays a very significant role; nonetheless, we didn’t get to meet them. We couldn’t possibly tell you who this person is as it would spoil the book totally. What we can tell you is that it brought us to our knees!

“Where’s home?”
“Where do you want it to be?”
“You’re my home now. Wherever you are that’s my home.”

If you’re already a fan of this author’s works like us, or if you’ve yet to dip your toes into her marvellous world of alpha males, then we highly recommend you read this new standalone. We guarantee that you’ll be enthralled by this couple from chapter one to the very last page! Bravo Ms Malpas and well played!

 

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Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

 

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                             5 ★ REVIEW ALERT                                SWEETEST SORROW by J.M. DARHOWER

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Title: Sweetest Sorrow

Series: Forbidden #2

Author: J.M. Darhower

Release Date: 28th August, 2016

 

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Dante Galante has evaded death a few times in his life, but held captive in a sweltering basement, he’s certain that death has finally caught up to him. Bloody and barely breathing, he tries to stay strong, but there’s only so much a man can endure before darkness takes over.

As a critical care nurse, Gabriella Russo witnesses suffering often. Thick-skinned, forever cautious, she doesn’t take her work home with her… until Dante Galante lands himself in her hospital. Recklessly grieving the sister he believes he’ll never see again, Dante needs a friend. Just a friend. That’s all it’s supposed to be.

But life has other plans for them, just as it had for Matteo Barsanti and Genevieve Galante. Away from the chaos, building a life of their own, there’s only one thing that could ever bring them back to New York: Dante.

Rules get broken and boundaries are crossed as the fight between rival families continues on, drawing them all deeper into a war they want far away from… for good reason.

 

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Was it worth the wait? No doubt about it! True to her style, Ms Darhower has once again captured the essence of the Mob’s way of thinking and their modus operandi. Savouring every word in this long read was a doddle, a pleasure and mustn’t be rushed. The culmination of this epic series sucked us in from the first page and as always, left us in awe of her penmanship. Not forgetting, this woman’s an expert in weaving whatever tale takes her fancy. What she’s actually done here is tell two stories in one. Ooh boy, did she surprise the hell out of for us! Let’s be honest . . . even though we’d reviewed By Any Other Name, the mere fact that we hadn’t read the synopsis of Sweet Sorrow meant we had little idea what to expect. Why, you may ask! Well, the release of the second book in this series was literally sprung on us and we hardly had any time to react.

Two heads of Mob families have been on a collision course for an eternity. A blood feud so strong and so ingrained turns into outright war and ooh boy, did we feel their seething hate simmer off the pages. Well before time, a vengeful inheritance for those close to them dictates a no questions asked policy. Established rules are unbreakable; victims become perpetrators and counterattack each other. The price has to be paid regardless of whom happens to be in the way. And this folks, is exactly what this story is about.

“Every single one of you will pay. I’ll see to it. I’ll have your jobs. I’ll have your lives!”

Galanti or Barsanti! Which team did we choose to be on then? Neither! Both capos are much to be desired. You’ll see why Primo Galanti made our skin crawl and why his archenemy, Roberto Barsanti had the same effect on us. However, not all their children felt the same about carrying on a personal vendetta which could cause a feared backlash for injustices committed.

“So do I grieve her? Absolutely. I grieve the loss of her every day. But not for the reason you’re thinking.”

Genevieve Galanti or Genna with a G and Matteo Barsanti, Matty-B, both endearingly named by someone close, have a secret. Left hanging on a huge cliffy in book one, we couldn’t wait to see how something as prohibited as theirs would play out. Genna’s been mollycoddled most of her life. Reasons there are, but she’ll go to great lengths to outwit those who have protected her. Young, sassy, headstrong and a tad irresponsible, it was a joy to see her put her big girl panties on and make the best of a bad situation. We have to confess that we didn’t connect to her straightaway but the change in her swayed our opinion no-end.

“You might prefer to live in the moment, but I like having a plan. The easiest way to keep out of trouble is to always stay a few steps ahead.”

Ooh. . . Matty! Delectably chivalrous and hard-working, could we possibly have asked more of this man who manned up to the occasion without a blink of an eye! He’s been able to shun wishes from higher powers for many reasons. Why he chose to ignore goings on was not only self-preservation, but also to keep someone he loathed at arm’s length. But now he’s experiencing the fallout. Despite new revelations and a grey cloud hanging over him, he shone brighter than bright since his optimism for a better future never swayed.

“What kind of job? You’re gonna need to elaborate, Matty.”
“The kind that earns money.”

Dante and Genna Galanti. Siblings whose very special relationship is perfectly conveyed throughout both reads, tested our emotions fervidly. By now, we’re in a total and utter mess and all we wanted was for them to find out the truth. Only the reader and assumingly, two other people discover who is behind a guarded secret and it’s quite frankly SHOCKING! Freakin’ awesome, actually! Forgivable? You’ll have to make your own minds up.

“. . . I did nothing, when I could’ve. But instead, I waited until her fate was sealed, and even then. . .”

Loyal to his father, dangerous and true to his word, Dante is like a cat with nine lives counting down. Trapped in a series of uncontrollable events had us sitting on the edge of our seats. Someone made sure he was around to suffer the consequences of his mistakes though. So much so that we cried, no lies. . . we sobbed out hearts out for him. To say we crossed our fingers and backed him up wouldn’t be an exaggeration, either. Unbelievable as it may seem, this formidably pig-headed guy has a guardian angel and a friend he could lean on. Against all odds, his story unravels and pity him, we did!

“You know how it feels to have hope. It feels like maybe you won’t die in the dark alone.”

We never questioned Gabriella Russo’s stance. Even though she was in the right place at the wrong time and aware of what she was letting herself in for, her rule-bending seemed totally appropriate to us. Fearless and astute, she puts two and two together. She knows what she’s doing, she guards her thoughts to herself. She also becomes a decisive cog in the wheel in ‘this thing’ she had always swept aside. Where her trust lies and who she never doubted cannot be disputed.

“I trust you to give me CPR if I stop breathing.”

Gavin Amaro’s part in this story is of such importance that we can’t help but mention him. He was a breath of fresh air and his light-hearted sense of humour so welcoming. Loyalty can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, how he went about calming troubled waters gained our respect at the drop of hat. Are we asking too much of the author for more of him? Ms Darhower, he truly deserves to be heard!

“You don’t know what you’re talking about. Vito Corleone had a cat.”

For the very first time ever, neither of us agreed about the author’s narrative structure. Told in third person; I, Sharon, thought it could have been a tad shorter. Me, Rachel, said to her that Ms Darhower had put her heart and soul into every minute detail. Sharon recapped taking into consideration the flowing banter and had to agree. Conclusion. Fan-effing-tastic! Thank you for keeping us in the loop with your marvellous characters and their struggles for a better life. BRAVO!

 

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                              DISCLAIM by PAM GODWIN

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Title: Disclaim

Author: Pam Godwin

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: 31st August, 2016

 

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Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city.
She will stop at nothing to end them.
Even if that means becoming a slave again.

Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication.
Except him.
The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart.

Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy.
Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her?
Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?

DISCLAIM is book #3 in the DELIVER series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but if you intend to read the preceding books, do not read DISCLAIM first.

 

Kindle Friends Forever 4.5 ★ Review by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

Disclaim can be read as a standalone; however, if you haven’t read book one and two and want to, we recommend that you don’t read Disclaim first. After reading the synopsis which titillated our curiosity no-end, we decided to give it a chance without having any idea about how we were going to cope with past events, names, dates and places. Our concern was most certainly unfounded since the author went to great lengths to make sure the new reader understood the storyline. Reading in third person was also quite a challenge for us. We have to confess that this narrative technique which gives an omniscient point of view isn’t one of our favourites. We find it so much easier to relate to first person from a personal perspective. Again, we shouldn’t have been concerned. After reading the first few chapters, to say we’d become totally invested in the characters would be putting it lightly. Another important factor is the dialogue. Flowing constantly, it helped us immerse into their quest.

As far as reviewing goes together, we’re a classic case of Yin and Yang. Our tastes in genre are very similar; however, one of us isn’t overly enthusiastic regarding this type of read. Me, Sharon; asked Rach to hold my hand. Rach well knows how I feel about dark-subject-matter. Me, Rach; told her to put her big girlie pants on and knuckle down. The advice was taken and there was no looking over our shoulders. Goodness, there’s some really nail-biting moments. Gritty, no doubt about it… an eye-opener into shady organisations’ modus operandi, most definitely. Neither of us expected Camila, Nico and Matias’ story to pan out as it did.

“I won’t tell you to trust me. You’re not there yet. But I want you to listen.”

Two of the protagonists had had a history long way back. And although it’s beautifully depicted, the truth as to why their lives were turned upside down and inside out gets lost in a grove of circumstances. Entwined in deception, many questions we had at the beginning slowly come to a head and literally knocked our socks off. Ooh boy, we felt Camila’s ire simmer off the pages! Driven by a past experience, she courageously walks into the unknown putting her life on the line causing us an infinitive amount of stress. Whether her crusade was going to have positive results or not added one hell of a lot of angst to the story.

“If you get yourself killed, I’m going to hunt you in hell and blister your fucking ass. Here me?”

“Noted.”

Like the person he is, even Nico’s surname is a mystery. Gorgeous, in control and feared, when he did have something to say, we hung on to his every word. It was clear to see the camaraderie between Nico and Matias had routes. Just a look at each other is enough for them to know what the other is thinking. In fact, in some scenes we were shocked to see how they didn’t bat an eyelid. Trying to fathom out the reasons behind their seemly tight relationship wasn’t an easy feat for us; until of course, the truth is revealed. We can assure you that we weren’t the only ones to be left with our mouths wide open!

“If Nico tells you to do something and you ignore him, he cannot let that slide.”

Did we doubt Matias and his ways of submerging the love of his life into his world? Hmm. . . we had no option but to put our faith in him. Holy moly! How he goes about reconquering the woman who’s been kept in the dark for so long was abso-freakin’-lutely fantastic! This guy is not only lethal, he’s also a walking-time-bombshell of the first degree. He’ll go to any lengths to eradicate anyone who messes with his people. And you’ll see his principles aren’t at all what they seem. Get ready for some huge twists in this story! They are of such importance that to mention them would be a crying shame. So mum’s the word!

“You’re not going to make this easy on me, are you?”

“The best rewards are the hardest to earn.”

We would have loved a playlist. No amount of good songs came to mind. One of them being Police’s song, Every Breath You Take. We loved the secondary characters who back Matias and Camila up throughout the story, and despite the plot being a tad farfetched, it’s really well-developed. This we easily excused since it had us sitting on the edge of our seat from the first page until the very last. Hence, if you like non-stop action thickly coated in emotions, explicitly described scorching hot scenes, one-click! Bravo Ms. Godwin for this marvellous offering.

 

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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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                                      5 ★ REVIEW                                               LONG LIVE THE KING by WS GREER

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“LLtK is diamonds.”

Title: Long Live The King 

Author: WS Greer

Series: An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2

Genre: Mafia Romance

Release Date: 5th September, 2016

 

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ALL IT TAKES IS A YEAR TO BUILD AN EMPIRE…

Dominic Collazo has taken the infamous Giordano crime family to even greater heights in the year since he became the boss. The Family is making more money than ever, and they’re doing it quietly. Things couldn’t be better for the young kingpin.

ALL IT TAKES IS LOVE TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON TOP OF THE WORLD…

Alannah Sullivan may not have many friends, but when you’re lucky enough to spend your life with your soulmate, you feel untouchable. When the love of your life is the most powerful man in the city, you roll with the punches and proudly stand by his side.

ALL IT TAKES IS BETRAYAL FOR IT ALL TO COME CRASHING DOWN AROUND YOU…

There’s a traitor in The Family. Someone who knows everything. Someone who’s sabotaging business and bringing heat to Dominic that can only end in his fall from power. And everyone knows there’s only one way for a mob boss’ reign to end.

ALL IT TAKES IS A MOB KING WHO’S WILLING TO DIE TO PROTECT HIS QUEEN…

Dominic would never let anything happen to Alannah, no matter how dangerous things become, or how guilty everyone around him looks. Even if everyone he ever trusted turns against him and he has to burn it all down to save her. He’ll let it burn, even if saving her means he’ll be consumed by the blaze.

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It’s not often that KFF review a book which hasn’t been offered to us as an ARC and we’re not exactly proud to admit it, either. There’s always one in hand and more often than not, with a deadline. Saying that, we couldn’t be more grateful to those who choose us to give our honest opinion. Seeing that there are so many authors’ works to discover and since one of our fave genres is Mafia romance, we one-clicked the first book, Kingpin. We went in blind, we were enthralled, we loved it! WS’s storytelling modus operandi, his writing talent to construe characters that toyed with our emotions made us sit back and think. WOW, this guy knows what he’s doing! And now we have the finale of an epic romance.

Firstly, I have to say how much I appreciated the author mentioning all the characters in the first chapter. Trying to remember who is who in a sequel can at times be a tad arduous. And then I was thrown into the thick of Alannah Sullivan’s problems. Defending the love of her life causes quite a dispute; her way of dealing with it certainly earned my respect. This sassy opinionated gal is not alone regarding her man’s charms. You can imagine who else is!

“Fuhgeddaboutit. Unfortunately, I know exactly what you mean.”

My first thought was would Dominic Collazo be able to live up to his reputation. Kings come and go, don’t they? I thought that maybe he’d gone a bit soft on me; however, I couldn’t have been more mistaken. He’s not the exactly same person I got to know, though. And seeing this slight change in him is quite understandable as he’s got other things on his mind. We were given a hint of things to come in the cliffy in Kingpin which figuratively speaking, made me throw a few choice words at the author! Still, in LLtK this snippet tangled and an event that follows slowly build up and is by no means in his favour. I certainly got the impression that strict rules within such an organised and tight-knit clan as is the Mafia weren’t going to be respected.

“The only reason you’re alive right now, is because I have all these fucking rules to follow.”

It becomes a make it or break it situation for Dominic with so much in play. Street-wise beyond his years, he prepares himself for the worst after Alannah voices her doubts about allegedly trustworthy people. Getting ready to take on the whole ‘system’, hands full juggling his legit businesses, his foremost worry is protecting the woman he loves. But would trying his hardest be enough? When the tough gets going, would she keep her thoughts to herself?

“Mercy? What are you, crazy? This is the Cosa Nostra, there is no mercy!”

Nevertheless, Dominic’s uncanny ability to sense imminent threats and where they lie will above all, help him to unravel a complex plot with all the odds against him. My, ooh my, in consideration of the foregoing, perhaps his negotiating skills were a tad, humph… unethical. I questioned his stance, but it didn’t take me long to realise that he had no option if he was going to survive the storm. A hell of a lot of the angst in his story; there is, and you definitely have to read LLtK to make up your own mind as to whether or not methods were correct.

“No matter what happens, we’ll figure it out together. We’ll beat all of this. Because we have to. Because this isn’t just you and me…”

I was left aghast towards the end of this read that has plenty of vividly described scenes. Surprises abound—good and not-so-good. The cause of such devious goings on and so close to home has its aftermath, too, and simply knocked me backwards. Now to sum up this sequel. Theirs is a beautiful thing. I adored how honest both of them were with their feelings. How Alannah accepts her man for what he is with his traits included was for me, of utmost importance. His dedication to her, their utter devotion to each other, sold me. How they strived to reach their goal showed me love conquers all. The supporting characters’ personality development cannot be ignored and to say I could’ve gladly strangled some of them would be putting it mildly. The lingo used is appropriate, the banter really good and the storyline flows at a pace that I found very much to my liking. Sadly, this is arrivederci Dominic and Alannah. Bravo WS!

 

 

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What a beautiful message from WS Greer. KFF would like to take this opportunity to wish him the very best for his new release!

“Well, I can’t believe we’re already doing the cover reveal for this book. Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1) was such a success, I’m so excited for the sequel/completion. This book took me to places I’ve never been before in the writing process, and I can’t wait to see how people respond to it. I had success with doing exactly what I wanted with Kingpin, so I felt so comfortable doing it again with Long Live the King. It was like being on another planet when I was writing this one. I felt great, and I know it’s going to be a big one.

I’m releasing Long Live the King on September 5th, which is my 32nd birthday. Here’s hoping it’s a great day!! Get ready to be blown away. No, seriously. This book is going to blow you away! I’m living up to my logo!!”

 

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WS Greer is an international bestselling author of romantic suspense, and an active duty military member with the US Air Force. He’s been serving his country since 2004, and has been an author since his debut novel, Frozen Secrets, was released in 2013.

WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003. Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam.

WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career. From romantic suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter Trilogy and Defending Her, to contemporary romance with Worth Saving.

WS has learned a lot about writing over the years, and his goal is to build a loyal and thriving fan base in the romantic suspense genre from here on out. His stories are deeply rooted in suspense, but WS loves the added drama of intense, emotional characters. Emotion, suspense, and drama is what WS does best.

WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you. You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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RELEASE DAY / BLOG TOUR ~ KING OF WALL STREET by LOUISE BAY

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Title: King of Wall Street

Author: Louise Bay

Release Date: 22nd August, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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SYNOPSIS:

AN AMBITIOUS BOMBSHELL IS ABOUT TO BRING THE KING OF WALL STREET TO HIS KNEES.

I keep my two worlds separate.

At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless.

At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with.

I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water.

I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch.

And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body.

If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don’t just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.

Reviewed by Donna ~ Five Stars

Max King is Manhattan’s shrewdest businessman going. His junior researcher, Harper Jayne, is ambitious and focused in getting ahead with her career. Max is a father in his personal life to a fourteen-year-old daughter. Two worlds are set to collide; two strong characters are set to ignite in a relationship which is not only a working one. And oh boy, I can’t put into words how much I loved the contrast.

Harper’s truly sassy and a really career-minded young lady. However hard she works, she finds it difficult to please Max professionally. He is cold and blunt towards her. Consequently, she’s always tied in knots and not only because she has always wanted to work for him. Hmm…showing him her worth is going to be a feat and a half and you’ll see why!

I was sucked into the story wondering how Harper was ever going to get any recognition for her efforts when Max’s stance seemed to be so volatile. Nevertheless, sound advice is given by Harper’s bestie, Grace. She enchanted me so much and for various reasons. Firstly; they are chalk and cheese but their relationship works to a tee. Secondly, irrelevant of Grace’s wish to see her happy, one compliments the other. As well as Max’s sisters, his daughter surrounds Max with a strong female personality. Professionally, he had me laughing out loud at times since his clear frustration wasn’t only controlled by being level headed in the boardroom. I felt like I was watching him operate under undue stress. And that stress has a name, a body, and just WOW!

Max and Harper cross a line in their personal lives in unexpected circumstances and their passion is off the charts. Hot and steamy, you’ll be fanning yourselves with the anything at hand which I can assure you, won’t be enough. Max is just as bossy in the bedroom as the attraction between the two is hot and fiery; but back to the boardroom. It’s as if nothing had happened!

I lapped up the unpredictability of this story. Boss and employee isn’t at all clear cut. Due to the fact that both of them have their past issues certainly made for a truly interesting read. Harper is a little hard on herself. Inner battles of her childhood, being brought up by her mother and an absent father gives her this slight bitterness. If only she’d give herself a chance to accept the way things turned out. Will she?

I cannot do this review without mentioning Amanda, Max’s daughter. She is a funny young lady who’s very clever at twisting Max around her little finger, or so she thought. Me too! The relationship between the two had me smiling, especially since Max didn’t want his little girl to grow up. The shopping trip had me chuckling when Amanda wants to look a little more grown up then her father wanted her to. I’ve read a lot of books with children figuring in the story and I must say the character development of Amanda was brilliantly done.

I gave this offering five stars due to the fact it was light, funny, sexy and has a really beautifully written storyline. Max and Harper have fast become my favourite couple. I highly recommend future readers to put it on their TBR. It’s certainly worth reading, and I would actually go as far as to say I would revisit a another read in the future as it was that good.

Reviewed by Sharon ~ Five Stars

Ooh my, this book really knocked me sideways! However, it didn’t give me that wow effect straightaway. I shouldn’t have been so impatient though! And to my utter contentment, being able to read it in one sitting was a doddle and a half. After these few words mentioned, it’s easy to imagine the huge smile I had on my face after turning the last page!

“I want your battles to be my battles.”

Don’t expect nail-biting suspense or twists and turns at every corner; but yes, it has a huge build-up totally fitting for Max and Harper’s story. Why did I love this read so much then? For a couple of reasons, actually. Firstly, it’s romance at its very best. Secondly, becoming emotionally invested in the protagonists’ story was an important factor since theirs is a confusing relationship which at times, I found difficult to fathom. Not only was this aspect crucial for me, but also kept my curiosity piqued throughout the read.

“You’re an arrogant pig.”

Facing facts, how they’re both going to interpret their feelings wasn’t going to be a bed of roses for either of them. More often than not, I felt like I was looking through their own eyes. Better said; I literally felt like I’d converted into a Peeping Tom with a huge urge to see how they were going to be able to deal with their personal quandaries. Even though the angst level isn’t the highest of high, when the drama does kick in, I still bit my tongue. I worried. Good sign, eh? Hmm—I’d be fibbing to you if I said that the steaming hot scenes weren’t explicitly well-described. What is more, I’d be fibbing to you if I said that the author chose not to break boundaries by making the reader wait for them. Quite the reverse, so get ready for a scorching hot scenes entwined into a solid and passionate storyline.

“Watch your manners, Ms. Jayne. If you’re not careful, I won’t let you come.”

Harper Jayne’s interior struggles have deep routes. Hurting, those very routes make her a stronger person. At times, her ways of going about things I felt a tad incorrect. Nevertheless, I had to take into consideration her age and inexperience which you will see, is of utmost importance. She’s ambitious; her reasons for being so proud, understandable and to be divulged. Definitely not afraid of a hard day’s work, her drive to achieve her goal in life I never once disputed. The stumbling block she has is her boss with a capital B. Believe me… I took great pleasure in capitalising this letter. Okay! He is the sex-on-legs-bloody-gorgeous, and beyond driven in his field but…

I. Could. Have. Given. Him. A. Backhander! But I fell hard for this man who doesn’t mix his personal life with business. Shame on me for admitting this fact but quite honestly; his stroppy personality was so damn fitting in so many perfectly construed scenarios that he gave me no chance to think otherwise of him.

“You’re being pretty harsh with her, and I don’t think it’s about her performance in the office.”

I loved, no… adored the premise of this story. If you want to know more about it, read the synopsis but I highly recommend going in blind since getting into Max’s head was for me, ‘rien ne va plus.’ So therefore, his thoughts and how he goes about running such a monstrous conglomerate wasn’t easy-peasy. His personal life is a completely different story. When I did manage to suss him out, there was no stopping me respect him and ‘swoon’ big time! This word is undermined in any dictionary where Max is concerned! His huge soft spot I can’t possibly mention as it would spoil the story for you. Or can I?

“You know I love you, right?”

While writing this review, foremost in my mind is someone who truly impressed me. She knocked me sideways and is without a doubt; his anchor, his world even. Max lets all false pretences down when he’s around her and she just knocked the living daylights out of me! Sassy, she’ll cajole him, run rings around him and he’ll even make time to listen to her craziness. Regardless of whether or not he agrees with her ideas, Max is smitten. His selflessness shines in her company. More swooning going on here, so find out why Harper and I were completely enamoured with this little-huge-lovable person for yourselves!

“Okay, well you be patient with me and I’ll try not to have a meltdown.”

The secondary character development is par excellence. Harper’s bestie’s always objective and her support is what anyone would expect from a good friend. Max’s secretary is all for giving sound advice, his family…hmm, might there be another offering in the works? I wonder! Humour abounds in this really well-written book. Told in past tense from two points of view, it is so cannily narrated that most of the time I felt I was reading in present as the banter flows constantly. The editing is perfect and that’s saying something coming from a grammar monster! My recommendation is read it! Bravo to you, Ms Bay, and thank you for such an outstanding read.

Ooh, and how could I ever forget not to comment on the cover is a blasted sin. Take a look at those hands! For goodness sake, they’re Max’s hands. To say I’m lost for words isn’t in it! The quotes. I’d highlighted many and tried my best not to let on which was a difficult task.

“You see a pretty girl in the corridor and offer her a job sharpening pencils?”

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USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful and Hopeful and the novella series’ The Empire State Series, What the Lightning Sees and Calling Me. The novels and together the series are stand-alone although there are some overlapping characters.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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                                       BLOG TOUR                                          BLUE MOON by SYDNEY JAMESSON

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The conclusion of the epic love story, The Story of Us, is NOW Available! Blue Moon by Sydney Jamesson is Live!!!

 

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Series: The Story of Us: Into the Blue #3
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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“If anything happens to Beth, I’ll cease to breath; the sky will fall and time will stand still, but not before those responsible for ending our lives are six feet under and en route to hell.” ~ Ayden Stone.

As The Story Of Us comes to a climactic conclusion, Ayden and Beth come face to face with their worst nightmare—losing the one person who means more to them than life itself.

Parted by a thousand miles across land and sea, they prepare to fight back; the clock is ticking, dark forces are edging closer and their chances of surviving are becoming less with each day that passes.

But nothing is as it seems…

They are knee deep in danger and deceit, and enemies remain too close for comfort. Will they be able to weather the storm of secrets, family feuds and broken bonds?

After a lifetime of waiting, Ayden and Beth Stone are so close to fulfilling their destiny, but will they get to live out the fairy-tale they promised each other over twenty six years ago?

A love like this comes along once in a blue moon—it’s worth fighting for.

But is it a love worth dying for?

 

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We get the final chapter in the Story of Us following the lives of Ayden and Elisabeth Stone. It has been a magical six parts to their story. Full of suspense, mystery and a very passionate love. And what a thrilling story it has been.

As have all of them, this book included, has been inspired by music and while I have the radio gently playing in the background, strangely The Power of Love is playing by Gabrielle Aplin and how apt when writing a review for such a deep love story.

Ayden and Beth have been in grave danger from an unhappy source since time beyond memory. He had been involved in a sting operation, and although their love can never separate them, Beth has been sent away for her own safety. Ayden will go to great lengths to save his Beth and their unborn children even if that meant sacrificing himself to keep them from harm.

“You’ve made every wish I ever had come true, Ayden. This is beyond wonderful. To think that our children can grow up here in this magical place… I can’t believe it.”

This last segment rounds off a wonderful story told exquisitely well by Sydney. Her storytelling techniques drew me in from the very first page of this series right up until the last one. Her style is profound, balanced and I would even go to the great length of saying, poetic. There is no doubt whatsoever that her dab hand in penmanship helped me visualise the muse. It was as if I was with them, willing for all the evil to become banished and for the pair to live out their fairy-tale with a happy ever after. But it’s not going to be an easy feat to get to their destination in life. I was on a rollercoaster; mesmerised and invested in the evil insurgents to get their comeuppance and let them live in peace.

“Assessing?”
“No. Enjoying. Always enjoying.”

I’ve chosen these quotes because they have always been my favourites throughout their magical romance. How they are ‘always enjoying’ each other at everywhither; how they saved each other along the way, literally enchanted me and made this read so exceptional. I watched Beth grow stronger from the beginning to the end and was delighted to see that in turn, she became the protector of Ayden. Despite the fact that it had been the other way around, this showed me the depth of their relationship and their true feelings for each other.

I don’t want to give too much away but just to reiterate The story of Us, it is a love story unlike any other. I am a huge fan of Sydney and although it is sad to say goodbye to the Stones which I have learnt to adore, we get closure in their story. I gave five stars because it was gripping, exciting and exceedingly hot and steamy.

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Behind me the door opens. I don’t bother turning. Only when I hear the lock turn and the light is switched off do I clench my fists, but before I can stand someone scented with a familiar fragrance slides their hands over my shoulders, and slips them inside my jacket in a kind of criss-cross. Spontaneously, I take hold of their slim wrists.

“Woah! What the…?”

“Calm down, Mr. Stone,” she whispers in my right ear, her hair tickling my neck. “This is going to be fun for both of us. Why don’t you sit back and enjoy the ride? I know I will.”

I tighten my grip on her wrists and remove her hands from my chest, drawing my fingers over her left hand, along a wedding band and a large engagement ring. “I’m waiting for a friend. You’d better run along, I’m not interested. There won’t be any free rides tonight, sweetheart.”

Still cloaked in darkness, she runs her fingers through my hair and circles the chair, raising her other hand to her mouth seductively. “That’s a shame. I heard you like to play.”

“Maybe I could sit on your knee?” She pushes my right leg from its comfortable position and attempts to slide across my knee.

She’s petite and I sense, from her voice and svelte movements, probably very beautiful, not unlike Beth in shape and size—but she isn’t Beth.

Is she?

The outline of her hair tells me it’s shoulder length, dark…

Beths blonde

I tip her body backwards from left to right, resting my hand for a split second on her stomach, aligning her face to catch what little luminosity there is from the blue neon light spearing its way through the decorative wrought-iron work. I catch a glimpse of a nicely defined jawline, bright eyes… I try to lift her forcefully from my knee, but she wraps her arms around my neck and folds her body into mine, provocatively. Her hot breath grazes my neck.

“You don’t feel like you’re not interested,” she whispers, positioning her left thigh on top of my burgeoning erection. “Are you playing hard to get, Ayden?”

What?

“I…”

“I’ve come all this way to see you and here you are, fighting me off. Now that’s a first.” She giggles into my ear.

Beth?

Taking her by surprise, I flip her off my knee and turn her over and onto the desk, taking both of her arms and positioning them above her head, pinning her in place. She tries to wriggle free but I have both her wrists firmly in my one-handed grasp.

Pressing my body over and into her, gently, I whisper into her ear. “Now who’s playing hard to get?”

“Is this how you treat strange women you meet in the dark, Mr. Stone?” she asks, with little humour, her left cheek pressed against the leather surface.

“Not as a rule, but I’m willing to make an exception for you, Mrs. Stone.” Her body shakes beneath me as she laughs, rocking against a cock which is now attempting to escape from my boxers.

I give her wig a gentle tug. “Are you in disguise?”

“Not really. I read somewhere that you liked brunettes.” She smiles that smile and suddenly—in a flash—everything’s right with the world; like a man suffering from a terminal disease who has found a miracle cure. I’m healed.

I feel her warm palm against my right cheek and lean into it and close my eyes. “Am I glad to see you.

“How did you know it was me?” she asks, tipping her head to one side, searching my eyes for any trace of a lie.

Removing her wig to free her blond locks from the cap, I explain, “Among other things, I recognised your voice—“

She snaps back. “—but I disguised it.”

“Baby, you could whisper the phone book and you’d have my cock twitching. Did you seriously think I wouldn’t recognise your voice?” I rub my nose against hers. “Are you pouting? Would you have preferred me to carry on longer, letting you think I was about to fuck some random woman?”

She shakes her head.

“I didn’t think so. You didn’t like it when I bent you over the desk. I felt you tensing and squirming beneath me.”

She gives my tie a tug. “That’s because I was convinced you didn’t know it was me.”

“I thought so, and, as for Jake … he wouldn’t bring me here to set me up with another woman. He wouldn’t do that. So … how long do we have?” I reach down to her derriere and scoop her up in my hands, pressing her against me.

“An hour and a half at tops.” She sighs.

“So, my dear wife, now you have me at your disposal what do you propose we do with the limited time we have?”

Aiming to tease me further she nibbles her thumbnail in that adorable way she does, feigning innocence. “There is something I’d like to do. If you don’t mind…?”

Just name it.

“There’s little chance that I’ll mind—whatever it is. I’m about to bust a zip here.”

She bites her lip. “I’d noticed that.”

Turning us around, so my ass rests on the edge of the desk, she reaches behind her and pulls the chair closer.

“I’m listening.”

“I want to take you in my mouth and make you come. How does that sound?”

I throw back my head at the very thought of it. “How does it sound? Are you kidding me? After three days of jerking off in the shower … I’d say that sounds fucking awesome.” I’m nodding and smirking, trying unsuccessfully to hold off the laughter.

I love this woman. Not for the fact that she’s travelled a thousand miles to see me or that she’s about to blow me, but because she instinctively knows what I need—the closeness, the intimacy that we’ve both been denied for too long. Little does she know all that is about to change.

I cradle her face in my hands, caressing her cheeks with my thumbs, sliding my fingers into her hair, breathing her in like an intoxicating drug I can’t get enough of. “Distance can stop me from kissing you, but it can’t stop me from loving you, Beth. You’re never far from my thoughts, baby. To have you here, is more than I could have hoped for.”

Sensing my need for attention, she smiles, descends my body, undoing my tie, leaving it spread out across my jacket while she unfastens buttons, then a belt, then my zip; all the time maintaining eye contact, holding me captive with the intensity of her stare.

I feel my breathing faltering as she dusts my tensing stomach muscles with feather-light kisses.

With the chair perfectly positioned, she sets about releasing me from my boxers, leaving my clothing pleated around my groin. She follows the dark trail leading to my throbbing cock.

Momentarily her eyes stray from mine, and she looks down at the extent of my arousal. She says nothing but there are words hanging in the air like heat rising from our bodies. With little need for actual words, she rests her cheek against my groin, almost reverently. I lift my right hand from the edge of the desk and fold it over her head, not to increase pressure, but to offer her my blessing. This half-light has created the perfect ambiance; there’s a stillness, a serenity that silently reminds us that the distance between us these past weeks has not lessened the depth of our love—if anything, it has brought us closer. We’re here together at this makeshift altar, ready to worship each other with saintly devotion.

 

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Catch up on the Series:

US

The Story of Us Boxed Set
Touchstone for Play (Story of Us Trilogy Book 1)
Touchstone for Giving (Story of Us Trilogy Book2)
Touchstone for Ever (Story of Us Trilogy Book 3)
Blue Genes (The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue 1)
Blue Hearts (The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue 2)

UK

The Story of Us Boxed Set
Touchstone for Play (Story of Us Trilogy Book 1)
Touchstone for Giving (Story of Us Trilogy Book2)
Touchstone for Ever (Story of Us Trilogy Book 3)
Blue Genes (The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue 1)
Blue Hearts (The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue 2)

About the Author:

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Sydney Jamesson is an English teacher by day and a USA Today bestselling author of romance, suspense by night. She is nocturnal by nature and loves nothing more than staying up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. She has always scribbled things down; in her home is one enormous waste paper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightning in the middle of the night or whilst parked up at a set of traffic lights. Her bestselling trilogy, The Story of Us is available worldwide, and she’s thrilled to continue Ayden Stone and Beth Parker’s epic love story in The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue, comprising: Blue Genes, Blue Hearts, Blue Moon.

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