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RELEASE BLITZ ~ SEX, NOT LOVE by VI KEELAND

We are thrilled to bring you Vi Keeland’s all-new sexy standalone, Sex, Not Love!

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Photographer: Rafael Catala

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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Keeland’s writing wizardry leaps off the pages in Sex, Not Love and the title couldn’t been more fitting, either. Bearing in mind the plot revolves around a subject that isn’t a recipe for romance, you’ll see it becomes the perfect metaphor. Of course, the book wouldn’t have been so undownputable if the author hadn’t complicated matters, making the readers doubt right up until very the last moment whether the protagonists were going to make or break their friends with benefits pact with a time limit included. And the cover or better said, the model on it, is exactly how I imagined the male character to be! Something about those eyes, that come-hither look is him to a tee. Or is it really because I was certainly in for a surprise or two!

It’s not an overly angsty read; however, trying to fathom out why Hunter Delucia had a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude kept me guessing and oh boy, was I way off with my presumptions. Okay, the guy’s totally scrumptious, a tad conceited but has a heart of gold! A real charmer and a dirty-talker to boot got me swooning like all the women in his presence do! But a question arises. Is Natalia Rossi prepared to go that extra mile; stay true to her feelings about the opposite sex and not get emotionally involved? Certainly food for thought.

What a really liked was the build-up of sexual tension throughout the story. There is a wham bam, thank you ma’am feel about it in the beginning and you may ask yourselves if they…you know…did or didn’t do it! Saying that, both of them aren’t into having a stable relationship for reasons to be divulged. But when Nat dropped a bombshell, I had trouble getting my head around the bizarre situation she was in. Seeing as she’s in her mid-to-late twenties with family responsibilities which she never shied away from, made my connection with her was that more intense. Her sassy sense of humour and patience with someone close is exemplary, too.

The narrative technique used is an interesting one. Told in past tense from a dual point of view, the reader is taken back in time as Hunter’s past unravels. Not a happy one, it was not what I expected and I cried. He’s not at all forthcoming with his feelings, fears or his perspectives for the future; whereas Nat…she puts him in the picture and has nothing to hide. Her crystal clear personality overwhelmed me to the point of giving her kudos. She literally left me with my mouth wide open.

I liked how Keeland broke the story down into different time periods…it wasn’t rushed, it certainly held my attention and I have to say her characters were flawlessly developed. Hunter and Nat are on the same level in so many ways, but his crushing predicament always seems to hoover in the background, dampening his chances of finding true happiness. Not surprisingly, Nat who has no idea what’s going on inside his head, gets more and more frustrated. I found his negative stance totally understandable though.

The banter has to be mentioned. Nothing less than spot on in my book; pun unintended, it gave me more than one moment of utter joy! Family life has its importance, the secondary characters were quite honestly marvellous, except one who kept a few folk, myself included, on ours toes. Ooh, and the bedroom scenes—steaminess abounds. My advice to future readers is go in blind, live these two beautiful people’s experiences without any hint of what is to come. You won’t regret it! Bravo Keeland for a beautiful and unforgettable read!

 

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Other books from Vi

Beautiful Mistake

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EGOmaniac

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Bossman

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The Baller

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Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Beat

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Throb

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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)

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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

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Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

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The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

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Standalone novels

Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

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KFF’S  5 ★ Review ➜ HERE

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First Thing I See

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Books by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Dear Bridget, I Want You

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Mister Moneybags

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Playboy Pilot

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KFF’S  3 ★ Review ➜ HERE

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Stuck-Up Suit

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Cocky Bastard

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KFF’S  5 ★ Review ➜ HERE

 

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BLOG TOUR ~ PRINCE CHARMING by CD REISS

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Prince Charming, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Keaton Bridge is one hundred percent bad boy.

Cassie doesn’t need a boy and certainly not a bad one. Nope. She fights crime for a living, and everything about this guy screams trouble, from his charming British accent to his mysterious past.

And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.

Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility.

All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her.

All they have to do is walk away.

But neither of them ever walks away from a challenge.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I have to say I found the title an interesting one. I’ve always been led to believe that a prince charming would save his damsel in distress but in this case, not is at all what it appears to be. And the cover conjures up a sense of mystery which couldn’t have been better seeing as the main man is clouded in a world of espionage! Thrown into a conundrum of hacker words which of late has become Reiss’ forte, my first impression was would I be able to grasp the cyber terms and who is the real him behind them! I’d conjured up a vague idea of him in in King of Code, but little did I realise until well into this standalone that the man of many facets would go out of his way to confuse not only me, but also the leading lady! So, talking about methods behind his thoughts and desires isn’t in it, but I can honestly say fathoming out how he ticked was a joy in itself… She, the woman in question who’d caught his eager eye for reasons to be divulged, was in for a ride and a half. And I freakin’ well loved their contrasting aspirations! She wants in, he wants out and say no more!

The author’s character development is indisputably good. Keaton Bridge is charmingly Brit to the core. And to top the lot, the author has pulled off his British enunciation to a tee and that’s coming from a Brit! His is a modus operandi calculatingly aloof; reservedly subtle, quite perfectly English! Cassie is ambitious, wary, her weaknesses controlled up to a point; however, up against rules and regulations on the reverse side complicates matters like you would never believe. Ahh…but here’s the trick, Reiss offers her readers a plot that makes the reader doubt just about everything!

No spoiler here! Even though Keaton Bridge had me at the drop of a hat which was really not on considering he’s an online paradox of anonymity and cause for such concern, there’s a ring of truth to all cloak and dagger situations of trust, secrecy and abounding intrigue. Will he give Cassie what she so sorts after is for you to discover. Is it infatuation, love or does he have something more up his impeccable sleeve to keep her on her toes? And more important, who plays who?

Narrated from dual points of view in present tense, Reiss’ offering has grabbed this reader’s attention with sassy banter, angst in the right places, a digital age storyline and without a doubt, the build-up to amorous scenes nothing less than swoon-worthy. I loved meeting up with Harper and Taylor again and the ending…to say I was gobsmacked would be putting it mildly. The missing star; perhaps my impatience for what was to come in the first quarter, or maybe too many codes and computer jargon which quite honestly shouldn’t have got the better of me but all in all, I highly recommend one-clicking this standalone! Bravo CD!

 

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The list of crimes that happen on the dark net bounce through my brain as he holds me. Is he going to kill me? Strangle me right here in the parking lot of his own factory? Maybe he wants to try. He’s well-built but I’m pretty sure I can take a computer nerd in hand to hand combat. I just can’t let him get the jump.

He goes for me.

I’m surprised and prepared for it at the same time. I didn’t actually believe he’d try, but I’m reaching to block an attack while he’s leading with his head, which is weird, but I got this.

When his lips smash against mine my body is a split second ahead of my brain. It’s processed the list of dark net violence and thus completes a series of moves to bring down a frontal attack.

Even as I’m using his weight against him by holding his arm still while I swing him, letting his high center of gravity do all the work of stripping him of his balance, my mind processes the kiss. Because it was a kiss. A real soft-lipped-slightly-open-mouthed-I want-her-to-like-it kind of kiss.

By the time those nice thoughts register I’m slamming him up against the car. I’m a little disappointed that I can’t take back my counterattack. I would have let him kiss me a few more seconds before taking him down.

His eyes are open wide and the breath’s knocked out of him. The thump of his body against the car door fades into the night.

“Why did you do that?” I ask.

He looks at me as if I asked him why he pees standing up. Brows knotted. Arms out. Mouth half open as if he can’t contain the sheer number of answers he could give me right now.

“What?” He says it like whot and it’s endearing and haughty at the same time. Damnit. I should have taken that kiss and not gotten all black belt on him.

“Don’t sneak up on a girl like that.” I sound like a brat.

He straightens himself out, pulling his cuffs down and realigning his jacket.

“I’m going to pretend you didn’t just do a very impressive judo throw and tell you, out front, that I am going to kiss you. First, I am going to put my hands on your face, because I would like to feel your mouth move when I do it. Then I’m going to tilt my head to the right, so please, you should also tilt your head to the right.” He waits for me to nod, and when I do, he comes close to me and lowers his voice. “I’m going to wait a second once our lips touch, just to make sure we’re both appreciating this first contact. When I open my mouth a little, I want you to do the same. You need to accept my tongue in your mouth.” He puts his hands on my shoulders. “Is that enough of a warning?”

“What happens after that?”

“It’s unwritten.”

He moves his hands up to my jaw, laying his thumbs against my cheeks. He strokes them and I lean forward.

He kisses me just like he said he would. His tongue tastes like ice water, and his lips curve into the shape of mine. The adrenaline in my veins blends with something newer and warmer. He slides one hand back and tugs my hair which sends fluids and sensation and pleasure and all my attention between my legs. I push against him just so I can feel him resist. I need to fight him hard as I want him.

He’s rigid and yielding all at once, turning us around until I’m the one with my back against the car. I shove him away and he separates from me with a sharp intake of breath.

He doesn’t say a word, still holding me by a fistful of hair. The cold clouds of our breath mingle between us. He’s a predator, a criminal, and a mistake. But his jaw is tight and his nostrils flare when he breathes. He’s all those things and a bull charging for the red cape.

“Push me away again,” he says, finally, “and we’re done here. And I know for a fact that’s not what you want.”

I am the red cape, and I need to be yanked away as much as I need him to charge at me again and again.

“When I want you to stop I’ll say so.”

I shove him again, and he smiles before laying a kiss on me. It’s not a kiss I fight. It’s a kiss I want. He pauses, pulling his mouth away as if giving me a second to tell him to stop, but I don’t. I don’t start pushing against him until our mouths are locked again. His hips grind into me. I feel his erection through our clothes.

I’m clutching his coat without any sense. I want to tear away every stitch of fabric. I push and pull with equal ferocity. I want to spread my legs but my coat’s too long. I want to punch him. I want that hard dick stretching me and I want it to hurt. My mind is wiped clean of everything but need. I don’t have a job or a career. I don’t have dreams built from childhood. I don’t have a name. I’m just a pillar of desire. I’m reduced to movement and hunger. I want his body inside mine. Nothing else.

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About the Author

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

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

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

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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COVER & BLURB REVEAL ~ ONE MORE TIME by LAURELIN PAIGE


 

One More Time by Laurelin Paige

Audio Release Date: January 30th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Narrated by Erin Mallon & Rupert Channing

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Available in audio-first, a scorching, heart-tugging new standalone by New York Times bestselling author Laurelin Paige!

 Ten years ago, we were the toast of the town.

Tanner’s acting career had just begun. He was hotter than the stage lights, and twice as

captivating. The gorgeous Australian A-lister was everyone’s teenage dream. And he’d picked

me. Or so I thought, until he proved to be as false as everything else about Hollywood. Now I’ve

finally scored the perfect opportunity to star in a major film. The kicker? Tanner will be my co-

star. I don’t know if I can do this one more time….

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Right now, we’re the talk of the town.

Jenna’s even more beautiful than she was the last time we were together. And just like before, I

can’t keep my hands off her. She still doesn’t know the truth. The secret of what really happened

back then. Now I have the length of this shoot to convince her to rewrite our script. But if I have

her one more time, will once ever be enough?

ONE MORE TIME ebook will be available for purchase May 2nd!

 

Meet Laurelin 

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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  KFF’s END OF YEAR 5 ★ READS ROUND-UP

KFF’s 5 ★ reads this year! To see more, click on our Goodreads link HERE

 

What a year for contemporary romance overflowing with suspense, romcoms which had as laughing out loud and sagas that had us wishing for more! Have a read of a few of our 5 ★ reads for 2017! 

 

SEPARATION GAMES by CD Reiss ~ Review HERE

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MIST OF THE SERENGETI by Leylah Attar ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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GOODBYE PARADISE by Sarina Bowen ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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UNPROFESSIONAL by J.D. Hawkins ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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TORTURED by Nicole Williams ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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ILLICIT by Ava Harrison ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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THE BED AND BREAKFAST ON THE BEACH by Kat French ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE by Vi Keeland ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL by Louise Bay ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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GHOSTED by J.M Darhower ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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GUARDED by R.C. Martin ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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KING OF CODE by CD Reiss ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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WISH YOU WERE HERE by Renée Carlino ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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A CHARM OF FINCHES by Suanne Laqueur ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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FOREVER RIGHT NOW by Emma Scott ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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DRIVE by Kate Stewart ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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LOVE ON THE EDGE OF TIME by Julie A. Richman ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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SINFUL EMPIRE by Meghan March ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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EVEREST by S.L. Scott ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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CALLING TIME by KA Sands ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT by Sylvain Reynard ~ Review, blurb and buy links HERE

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BLOG TOUR ~ BEHIND THE BARS by BRITTAINY C. CHERRY

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

When Cherry puts pen to paper, the reader knows the eloquence of her writing is going to be spoil them. She simply has a way with words and in the case of Behind the Bars, her narrative is nothing less than lyrical. An extremely high standard was set with the publication of The Air He Breathes and quite honestly difficult to beat. However, I have to say her latest full-length novel had me enthralled. And seeing as I’m a lover of Jazz, the references made to this music genre in its birthplace of New Orleans was outstanding. The cover has to be mentioned, too. The protagonists have been meaningfully depicted not as teenagers, but as a requiem of two mature souls who intentions are to be together in their musical world.

“No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.”

Although I’m an avid music listener, I’m not so keen on reading love stories about musicians. Ah, but this one is so very different and not at all what I expected! Once again, Cherry’s storytelling wizardry seduced me. Some would say she’s written a second chance romance. I’d say it’s about friends who lost their way in the worst possible scenario and after much suffering, eventually find a sliver of light worth fighting for. That light came from a source which I can’t possibly mention without spoiling the read for you, but believe you me, Cherry went to great lengths to get the message home with a sensitivity second to none.

“…music shouldn’t live in a basement. It’s meant to be spread around to fix people’s scars or something. I hate doing it.”

Words didn’t flow easily for Elliot Adams. He interpreted them the only way he knew how; by playing chords on the bar lines, by giving his natural gift all he had to give, making himself be heard. But this wasn’t the only reason someone’s attention was brought to him. Unfortunately, growing up with a handicap at school can not only become a burden, but also a nightmare. I fell head over heels for Elliot and everything he went through, broke my heart into smithereens. The crux of the matter comes to a head too late. The damage is done to a damaged soul…and I cried.

“In life, you have the nobodies and the somebodies,” he explained. “It just so happens I’m a nobody.”

If Elliot was going through hell, Jasmine Greene had her own problems of a completely different nature. Her eventual maturity astounded me, so why did I not take to her as quickly as I would have liked to is probably because I thought she could have stood up for herself more. She certainly knew how to stand up for others; however, I felt some of her actions were erroneous and unnecessary, causing more harm than good. Clearly, her intentions were to help and protect, not hinder or aggravate matters further. Also, she was too eager to please and would do anything to make that one person who had a strong hold on her, whose ambitious determination reflected on their own persona, love her for what she was. Not because Jasmine had a deep-rooted musical aptitude. Here, I have to say that as always, the author’s character and storyline development is sublime.

“Being strong is loving the broken pieces of your loved ones.”

As the story unravels, time is of great consequence and not to be taken lightly since the reader is taken on a healing journey; an insightful and extremely emotional recovery of two beautiful broken protagonists. It becomes a reflection on how to forgive and is certainly a harsh lesson we could all learn from. Told from both points of view in past, what I really liked was how Elliot would turn a comment into a question. And I can’t say how much I loved Cherry’s narrative of family values which reminded me never to take life’s simple things for granted. An excellent read I highly recommend one-clicking. Bravo Cherry!

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“Yes, Elliott?”
“I’m going to kiss you?”
I laughed lightly. “Is that a question?”

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.

About the Author

Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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BLOG TOUR ~ THE BRITISH KNIGHT by LOUISE BAY

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The British Knight, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Louise Bay is available NOW!!!

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The British Knight by Louise Bay
Release Date: December 5th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

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Alexander

My workout this morning had been punishing. The harder I worked, the harder I worked out. I was a big believer in that if I wasn’t physically fit, I couldn’t perform as well in my job. And I was willing to do whatever I had to do to be the best barrister I could be. As a result, I’d been up since five, worked out until six thirty, and then had a conference call with Dubai at seven. I hated days when I was late into the office, but this morning couldn’t be helped. My commute had been . . . unusual. The woman I’d knocked into while getting off the tube had been beautiful, and I couldn’t keep the image of her gazing up at me in the middle of Lincoln’s Inn Fields out of my brain. I needed to focus. And perhaps get laid when I got the time. But it wouldn’t be tonight. I’d be working. I had hundreds of witness statements to go through and my opening statement to draft.

In three days, I’d be in court, and that was my sole focus. There was no time to be wasted on fantasizing about women.

As I trawled through my emails, trying to pick out the important ones from the hundreds littering my inbox, someone knocked at my door. I resisted the temptation to growl. I hated being interrupted—I needed a sign for the door.

“Come in,” I barked.

The door swung open, and I could tell by the footsteps that the head clerk had swooped in. “Mr. Knightley.”

“Craig.” I didn’t take my focus off my laptop screen. Craig was an avuncular and charming man in his mid-fifties. He’d been in the business since he was fifteen and had clerked my father. If anyone could interrupt me, he could. And he knew it. Over the years, I’d tried to get him to call me Alex, but he insisted all the clerks and admin staff call the barristers by their surnames. The bar could be a very old-fashioned place.

“I want to introduce you to your new assistant, Violet King.”

I paused, my fingers hovering over my keyboard. I knew nothing of this and would never have agreed to it—I worked alone. Slowly, I turned to find Craig in front of my desk, his eyebrows raised in expectation.

“My what?” I asked. A figure moved in beside him and I slid my gaze to the right. I found myself staring straight at the beautiful woman who’d invaded my thoughts since I’d arrived in chambers. What was going on? I looked away from her, sure that Craig would see my attraction to her if my eyes lingered over her for more than a split second.

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★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

As always, Bay is true to her writing modus operandi. All her contemporary romances are standalones, but I can’t put into words how much I loved the reappearance of other characters from previous releases giving me that déjà vu experience. She does it in such a canny way that for those of you who haven’t read King of Wall Street, Park Avenue Prince or Duke of Manhattan will want to! And the book cover is no less titillating than the others!

Overall, The British Knight is a superb read; however, a third of the way in and I was itching for something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At this point, I’d found the story’s pacing a tad slow, but it could well have been my impatience to ascertain how Alexander Knightly and Violet King’s story was going to pan out. I shouldn’t have been so concerned though. Halfway in and it had me engrossed! Regardless of the sizzling attraction written ‘à la Bay’ which I have to say, is brought out in full force, there’s a hell of a lot of ruminating going on; adding, of course, to the intrigue! Hence, the author’s narrative par excellence in past from both protagonists perspectives certainly gave me every opportunity to delve into her characters’ verbal stream of consciousness. Believe you me, it’s totally worth listening to their plans for the future! Do they coincide? Hmm…that’s for you to fathom out in a story that’s not new but most certainly has its hook effect.   

Alexander’s negative traits. It’d be easy to make a list as long as my arm; nonetheless, I’d much rather you meet this drop-dead gorgeous barrister and fathom them out for yourselves. I couldn’t help but like the man. Even though him being a workaholic and work ethics worried me to the point of frustration, his ideals were replaced with an infinite number of truly positive intentions. His controlling attitude at work contradicted his true personal feelings. It’s difficult to dispute someone so head-strong, who has to live up to personal expectations for one reason or another. Always partial to a suit, white shirt and tie, Alex wears them to fit like a second skin. Was his attire a false pretense? Did he know any better?

Violet. My-oh-my! Love at first sight would be putting it mildly. My kind of American heroine who has her head on her shoulders, who is all for the London experience. The first thing that came to mind is once bitten with a huge bite and try to forget about the past! So how did this gal verging on insolent grab me? Her backbone! Her being true to her beliefs and never wavering. An opportunity given with a bit of cajoling and she steps into an unknown ambience with her head high literally bowled me over. Intelligent and unpretentiously beautiful, she grasps the job offered with a no nonsense approach. Quite honestly, it was a joy to see her in action. Especially how she dealt sassy sarcasm out to Alexander who couldn’t have made her life more difficult. She’s a winner in my book, but…there is so much more than meets the eye in a love story of two totally contrasting people.   

Bay seduces the reader with her thrilling storytelling. She makes you sit back and think; she makes you pay attention, want to know more about the whys than the wherefores. Four strong stars for this sizzling romance which I highly recommend one-clicking! Bravo Ms Bay!

About the Author:

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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RELEASE BLITZ ~ BEHIND THE BARS by BRITTAINY C. CHERRY

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is LIVE!

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Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: December 7th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

When Cherry puts pen to paper, the reader knows the eloquence of her writing is going to be spoil them. She simply has a way with words and in the case of Behind the Bars, her narrative is nothing less than lyrical. An extremely high standard was set with the publication of The Air He Breathes and quite honestly difficult to beat. However, I have to say her latest full-length novel had me enthralled. And seeing as I’m a lover of Jazz, the references made to this music genre in its birthplace of New Orleans was outstanding. The cover has to be mentioned, too. The protagonists have been meaningfully depicted not as teenagers, but as a requiem of two mature souls who intentions are to be together in their musical world.

“No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.”

Although I’m an avid music listener, I’m not so keen on reading love stories about musicians. Ah, but this one is so very different and not at all what I expected! Once again, Cherry’s storytelling wizardry seduced me. Some would say she’s written a second chance romance. I’d say it’s about friends who lost their way in the worst possible scenario and after much suffering, eventually find a sliver of light worth fighting for. That light came from a source which I can’t possibly mention without spoiling the read for you, but believe you me, Cherry went to great lengths to get the message home with a sensitivity second to none.

“…music shouldn’t live in a basement. It’s meant to be spread around to fix people’s scars or something. I hate doing it.”

Words didn’t flow easily for Elliot Adams. He interpreted them the only way he knew how; by playing chords on the bar lines, by giving his natural gift all he had to give, making himself be heard. But this wasn’t the only reason someone’s attention was brought to him. Unfortunately, growing up with a handicap at school can not only become a burden, but also a nightmare. I fell head over heels for Elliot and everything he went through, broke my heart into smithereens. The crux of the matter comes to a head too late. The damage is done to a damaged soul…and I cried.

“In life, you have the nobodies and the somebodies,” he explained. “It just so happens I’m a nobody.”

If Elliot was going through hell, Jasmine Greene had her own problems of a completely different nature. Her eventual maturity astounded me, so why did I not take to her as quickly as I would have liked to is probably because I thought she could have stood up for herself more. She certainly knew how to stand up for others; however, I felt some of her actions were erroneous and unnecessary, causing more harm than good. Clearly, her intentions were to help and protect, not hinder or aggravate matters further. Also, she was too eager to please and would do anything to make that one person who had a strong hold on her, whose ambitious determination reflected on their own persona, love her for what she was. Not because Jasmine had a deep-rooted musical aptitude. Here, I have to say that as always, the author’s character and storyline development is sublime.

“Being strong is loving the broken pieces of your loved ones.”

As the story unravels, time is of great consequence and not to be taken lightly since the reader is taken on a healing journey; an insightful and extremely emotional recovery of two beautiful broken protagonists. It becomes a reflection on how to forgive and is certainly a harsh lesson we could all learn from. Told from both points of view in past, what I really liked was how Elliot would turn a comment into a question. And I can’t say how much I loved Cherry’s narrative of family values which reminded me never to take life’s simple things for granted. An excellent read I highly recommend one-clicking. Bravo Cherry!

“Jasmine?”
“Yes, Elliott?”
“I’m going to kiss you?”
I laughed lightly. “Is that a question?”

 

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