Saturday, June 24, 2017


From USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec comes an emotional, breathtakingly romantic new book about the power of first love and the promise of second chances.

How much can a man take before he breaks?

1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.

Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.

Eli and Shelby were together in high school and then life, the military, and things beyond their control both separated them and left Shelby thinking that Eli was dead.

Shelby moves on with her life, sort of, and gets quite a shock when it turns out that Eli is not only alive, but coming home after a number of years as a prisoner in a foreign country.

The angst is there, the stress and joy of the first time they see one another, the difficulty of finding common ground after that many years, and the stress of what they have both been through are all handled fairly well and in a way that I thought was realistic.

I liked so much of this book, the pacing was strong, the characters interesting and the writing was wonderful.  Right up until the end.

The last about 15% of the book took it from a strong 4.5 to the 3 that I have given it.  Not for the twist that appears, but for the timing of it.  I was not able to believe that the characters were able to get to their happily ever after in the time that was left for them in the book.

Saying what happens is a huge spoiler.  But I can say that if it had happened earlier, I would have loved it, and I would have been totally able to believe what was happening...but the combination of how much happened before you found out the twist, and there not being enough time for the issue to resolve, meant I was left feeling this book was close, but not quite there.

I do recommend this title, as I did enjoy it overall.

Friday, June 23, 2017



From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…THE KNOCKED UP PLAN! A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done. What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments.


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There are three little words most guys don't want to hear on the first date. Not those...I mean these... "knock me up."

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it's not true love. It's a bun in the oven, and I'm not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming -- and he's also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won't fall for him, he won't fall for me, and there's no way baby will make three.


**** There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date -- "your place or mine?"

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place -- as well as any position -- I can't refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There's no way I'll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

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Top Five Reasons You NEED to read The Knocked Up Plan

1. Sexy, swoon worthy hero
2. Sassy and strong heroine
3. It's sexy-and has a hell of a first kiss
4. Fun, refreshing plot
5. Lauren Blakely wrote it.

I'm always a fan of Lauren Blakely's work-her writing is my kryptonite. When I see her books on my kindle they immediately move to the top of my TBR list-and I devour them. I try to savor...but I just can't. The concept this particular book sounded so different that I was dying to get my hands on it. I wanted to see the journey these two took. As I've come to expect from Ms. Blakely this book had me laughing out loud in spots, and swooning in others. It even had me crying-more than once.

From the very first sentence I was sucked in. Nicole charmed me immediately-I adored her. I GOT her. I thought she was funny and sweet. She's a strong woman who isn't afraid to go after what she wants. Her support system is great-both family and friends-and I loved cheering her on as I read along.

Ryder. Holy sexy Ryder. I was expecting to find him fun and to fall in love with him a bit but he stole my heart. He's funny and smart but there's this vulnerable side I didn't see coming. Watching him evolve personally was incredible. He had me swooning and sighing.

Now these two together? Prepare for your kindle to melt. The spark between them quickly becomes an inferno. Their first kiss is going down as one of my top five first kisses ever written-it's that good.

But it's not all heat between them. Don't get me wrong, the sexy times are fantastic, but it's the relationship these two begin to unintentionally craft that had me grinning. Crazy fun dates, sweet little moments. The situation these two choose to put themselves in is tricky-and the author shows the balance they need to have perfectly. I haven't found another author who portrays the reality of a relationship as well as Lauren Blakely does.

I *have* to mention the supporting cast of characters here. If you've read any of this author's other books be prepared to see some past characters make an appearance. I loved seeing these characters (even if they were just briefly mentioned) and catching up with them. I literally danced in my chair when my all time favorite Lauren Blakely hero made a cameo appearance. Don't worry-If you haven't read other books it's ok-this IS a standalone.

I'd rate this book higher than five stars if I possibly could. It's just that incredible. This is a book I will read over and over. It has everything-humor, heart and heat. The characters are sexy and fun and real. Ms. Blakely has shown again why she is an immediate one click author for me and I eagerly look forward to her next book. I highly recommend The Knocked Up Plan.


Kind of like Ryder and Nicole have to be with each other, I need to be totally honest.

I have a confession to make about this book. I am not the biggest fan of the "baby" books. In fact, I don't usually read them. I feel, and I know this is probably just me, that I want the romance to happen between the adults who choose one another, and not between 2 people who fall in love (or are brought together) for another reason. I get it, a baby is a big deal, but as I said, not a favorite trope of mine. (In case you are worried where this is going, it is ok, I promise. I gave the book 5 stars and I am picky.)

When I heard about this one, I wasn't sure how excited I was about it, as it is not my preferred trope...but, it is Lauren Blakely, and, really, she can do no wrong. So, I was excited, and I admit I was REALLY excited when it showed up on my Kindle, because new words by Lauren Blakely are ALWAYS exciting.

Wow, can she do no wrong. I am not going to say I am a fan of the "baby" book, but if they were all written like this, I would read every single one of them going forward. This wasn't a book about a baby, or even a romance about 2 characters and a baby, it was one of the most heartfelt romances I have ever read. The aforementioned 5 stars? Not enough.

Ryder, well, he is definitely on my top Blakely heroes list. Nicole picks him to be the "sperm donor" for her child, and she does it because of how great he is, that he is the whole package, sexy, smart, and a genuinely great guy. As a reader, you get to know this great guy, the guy who has been burned by love and doesn't want it back in his life, but who has such an ability to love the people in his life that your heart aches for him. You want him to get his HEA and you want him to get it in the way he doesn't think he wants, with a family with Nicole and their new addition. You WANT this for him, and when he gets it, you are just a little teary because you are more than a little in love with him.

Nicole, I loved her, although maybe not as much as Ryder does by the end. I loved her heart, I loved how important it was to her that Ryder knows she picked him for the whole package, not just the missing part she needed donated for her to have a baby. And, you love this about her. She cares, she wants him to be happy, she comes to genuinely care about him. And, without a spoiler, I absolutely love the way the ending is written. Any worries you had that these 2 were only together because of the baby? Gone...well, they already were, but if there were any worries lingering, completely gone.

In romance, it is often the woman who is a little fragile and the man who comes in and shows her all is ok, who heals her heart and makes her trust in falling in love again. But in this, Ryder is the fragile one. He wants to be in love, and he misses the idea of being in love, if he didn't, it wouldn't hurt so much that he had that, or so he thought. As often is the case, his past has colored him from moving to his future and he is now off relationships.

Nicole shows him the selfless love of a woman who wants a child, and then she shows him the love of a woman who not only loves the father of her child, but the man.

There's no way Ryder is going to be able to resist her, and he doesn't. Watching a man with such a big heart give it to a tiny baby and the woman he is meant to be with is one heck of a ride.

I loved this book and recommend it.


Yanking open the door, I head inside. I stride to the small cafe where Ryder said he’d wait for me.

My chest falls. The man is known for punctuality. I scan the white bakery case and the five round iron tables, but he’s not here. When I spin around and survey the bookshelves, my heart nearly leaps from my chest.

He’s in the . . .

Oh my fucking God, he’s waiting for me in the . . .

I bring my hand to my mouth, and I want to run, to leap into his arms. When he sees me, his blue eyes twinkle with mischief.

I am a teapot about to whistle. I am a dog dancing before dinnertime.

He taps the shelves and holds up a book.

A pregnancy guide.

He’s ten feet from me. But I sprint anyway, and I grin like a fool. I stop two inches from him and clamp my hands on his broad shoulders. “Is that a yes?”


I tackle-hug him before he can say anything more. I knock the breath from him in an oomph as I rope my arms around his neck and crash into him.

“But I have one condition,” he says, embracing me back.

I’m crying tears of happiness, so I don’t care. “Anything. Name it.”

“You better hear it before you agree.”

The moment screeches to a halt. He’s going to want visitation rights. He’ll want lots of money. He’ll want summers, or weekends, or evenings out.

I unwrap myself from the warmth of his strong chest and swallow. “What’s your condition?”

“I thought it would be best to present it in the form of a column.”

“A column?”

“Top five list and everything.”

I groan inside. He has five conditions? Maybe my mother was right. Maybe asking for baby-mix from someone you know is a big mistake. Anonymous donors request nothing but greenbacks.

I steel myself as he fishes in the back pocket of his jeans. The paper is square, folded in quarters. He hands it to me. “Open it.”

I unfold it then read the headline out loud. “‘Top Five Positions for Getting a Woman Pregnant’?”

I blink and stare at him. The cogs turn slowly in my brain. I part my lips to speak.

He raises a hand to silence me. “Hear me out. You explained how it worked. The room, the cup, the magazines, the videos. The whacking off in a fucking public place. The cost. But most of all . . . the wait.
You’d have to wait for an appointment for me, for the testing, for the jerking off, then for your special date with the turkey baster.” He cups my cheek. His hand is big and warm. “What if we did it the
old-fashioned way?”

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"A refreshing take on the baby trope, The Knocked Up Plan is as sweet as it is naughty. Blakely not only balloons Nicole and Ryder’s incredibly powerful chemistry to new heights with their steamy love scenes, but she also infuses sweet emotion into every single one of their interactions."

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“Wildly romantic! Incredibly sexy! Hilarious and sweet! The Knocked Up Plan HAD IT ALL! The PERFECT romance to kick your Summer into HIGH GEAR! Ryder and Nicole are Lauren Blakely's BEST CHARACTERS YET!”

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 A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!    

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Title: It Happened One Bachelor
Series: Windy City Bachelors #3
Author: Caitlyn Blue
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 19, 2017


Sometimes you can’t help falling in love with the wrong person.

Successful art director, Brynn Callahan has had it in for adventure vlogger, Paxton Mercer since he introduced her fiance to the love of his life and caused her engagement to end. But when their group of friends heads to the tropics for a fun getaway, an unexpected kiss to end all kisses convinces her what she needs is a little adventure with a man who knows how to have fun.

But a vacation fling isn’t enough to build a relationship on and Brynn is a girl who has her future all planned. Once they’re home it’s going to take more than flirty banter or through the roof electricity for Brynn to take a chance on someone who goes wherever the wind blows him.

Can a guy who lives on the edge convince a woman who loves to play it safe to risk her heart with him?

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I toss my suitcase onto the bed and unzip it. Unpacking gives me a reason not to stare at Paxton. Obviously he’s already settled in because he’s swapped jeans and a T-shirt for a ridiculously bright pair of swim trunks and nothing else. They ride low on his hips, showing off his ripped body. My fingers twitch as I pretend to be absorbed in my task, but I can’t stop myself from biting my lip as my pulse starts to race. Damn it. I can’t afford to be attracted to him. He ruined my life. I don’t like him.

It’s just a simple physical reaction to a gorgeous man. I haven’t had sex in a long, long time and there’s no question that he’s hot.

“Hey, I have those. They’re great.”

He’s referring to the travel cubes that hold all my clothes. Made of nylon and mesh, they come in various sizes and enable me to keep everything organized and wrinkle free.

“You mean you don’t stuff everything into a duffel and head out?”

“With all the traveling I do, I needed a better system than that.” He gives me a long, lazy look. “Hey, there’s something else we have in common. I bet we spend the weekend finding out that we’re two peas in a pod.”

I don’t like the way he’s looking at me. Heat begins to build beneath my skin and suddenly I’m imagining the two of us in that huge shower I can see in the bathroom beyond him, naked and going at each other. I’m almost overcome by the urge to moan.

I. Am. Not. Attracted. To. Paxton.

I can’t be. His actions resulted in my broken heart. How many times do I have to remind myself of that?

“Look,” Paxton says, “I want to be cool with you this weekend.”

Cool? I’m feeling anything but that. I grab my make-up bag and head toward the bathroom. He backs up just enough to let me by. Again I’m assaulted by the scent of him. Bittersweet citrus, mint, and something peppery for heat. Clean and manly. Faint enough to make it necessary to lean close. Almost before I realize what I’ve done, I suck in a deep breath. Sharp desire spears straight to my core, awakening a keen ache.

And suddenly I want something besides my lungs filled with him. My stomach drops as I imagine wrapping my legs around his waist as he enters me. Damn it. I hate carnival rides and that’s what being around Paxton is like. Pulse stopping dips and exhilarating twists.

As I scowl at his reflection in the mirror, it’s no challenge to pitch my voice into frustrated tones. “But that’s going to be really hard if you talk to me. At all. Why don’t we keep the distance of the house between us at all times and everything will be great.”

“So you need me to stay away from you to remain cool? What happens if I get close?” His voice is a self-satisfied purr. “Are you going to heat up?”

He demonstrates by setting his hand on the countertop and shifting in my direction. My heart hammers so hard, I’m sure he can hear it. There’s no missing the bright color that pops into my cheeks or the sudden glazing of my eyes. Despite the warmth of the room, goose bumps appear on my arms.

“Please.” My voice breaks on the word. “Don’t play with me. It’s not fair.”

“I’m not playing.” And he’s not smiling. His gaze is keen and probing as it meets mine in the mirror. “I’m deadly serious about you.”

My mouth opens to ask a question but nothing comes out. I don’t want to know what he has in mind or why. “We’re not a good fit, you and me.”

“Are you so sure?” The light kiss he drops on my shoulder make my toes curl. “You’ve never given me a chance.”

I gape at him. “Why should I after what you did?”

“I mean before. Back in high school.”

“High school?” We’d barely known each other. We hadn’t had any classes together and I’d hung with my own friends. I didn’t know who he was before Julie started dating Zach. And I don’t think I said two words to him after that. “We ran in completely different circles.”

“You with the future leaders of America,” he says with the lightest touch of sarcasm. “Me with the future losers?”

“I’d hardly call you, Paul, or Zach losers.” In fact, they all owned their own businesses and had done exceptionally well. “And I’m no leader.”

In fact, when I allow myself to think about it, I’m disappointed in both my career and personal life.

“Besides,” I continue, “From what I remember of you then, I wasn’t the sort of girl you were interested in. You liked to party and that wasn’t me.”

“That doesn’t mean I wasn’t interested.”

“We would have been a terrible fit.” I don’t know why I’m so insistent that he agrees with me. “It’s no better now.”

He doesn’t say anything for a long moment and then shakes his head. “I disagree.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017



Vegas Heat, a series of sexy STANDALONES from Erika Wilde is now live!!!

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Game of Chance

A former Marine and Las Vegas vice cop, Nathan Fox has seen it all and then some. Heading up security for the Onyx Casino is tame compared to his dark past, but it's not his only job. Working for the Reliance Group is his real passion project. His current case: a missing woman. His mission: to find her. Easy enough, until he finds himself tangled up with sexy Nicole Hutton, a stubborn—and stunning—journalist who's nosed her way into his investigation . . . and into his dirty, erotic fantasies.
Resisting Nicole is impossible, and he soon discovers that in this dangerous high stakes game of chance, falling in love is the greatest risk of all.

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Game of Chance was my first standalone novel from Erika Wilde. She has partnered up before with another author and I enjoyed those books so I thought I would give this a try. I'm so very glad I did. This story was sexy, sweet and had me on the edge of my seat suspense wise at times. There were also some moments that broke my heart.

I really liked Nicole right from the start. She's a confident woman, professionally and personally. She's trying to catch her big break as a journalist and when she's presented an opportunity-albeit very accidentally-she grabs it and runs with it. I liked that Nicole wasn't looking for a relationship-a character trait that is usually assigned to the male characters in romance novels-so that was refreshing. Her growth and strength in this book was good to me.

Nathan was hot! He has some issues from his past (who doesn't) but has such a good heart. He's not looking for a relationship either so when he agrees to do something for a friend and winds up meeting Nicole, it's no surprise that they tumble into bed after. But it's how they act around each other after that I enjoyed. Watching Nathan realize that he could be happy, and should be happy was very satisfying.

These two had insane chemistry. I felt it and believed in it right from the very beginning. I feel that their relationship was paced exactly right for them which was great. Nothing felt rushed or forgotten for me there.

I will say this book has some issues that could be triggers for some (sex trafficking). It's hard to say without spoiling it, as the blurb doesn't imply it-and I almost wish it had. I will say the issues were well presented and well written, I just wasn't expecting to have them as a main focus. I applaud the author for not shying away from a prevalent topic.

This book is a great start to this author's Vegas Heat trilogy. It's full of heat and suspense. I would recommend this title and look forward to the next in the series.

Take a Chance

The son of a con-artist, Sean O'Brien learned the hard way that living by your own rules comes with a price. After a brief time behind bars, Sean is now ready to live an honest life, and pay for his past mistakes, and he's fortunate enough that a member of The Reliance Group sees Sean's potential for good and gives him a job at the Onyx Casino.
Zoe Russo has met all types of men on the Vegas strip. But when Sean pays a visit to her boutique, she's certain her luck has changed for the better. They share an immediate, irresistible attraction, and for the first time in her life she's found a man she thinks she can trust. But when Zoe stumbles onto the truth about Sean and his reasons for pursuing her, she can't help but question everything they'd shared. Are his feelings for her real, or has she been a fool once again? Until now, nothing has prepared her for the thrill and risk of taking a chance on love.

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I enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to dive into book number two. Overall, I liked this book. It wasn't my favorite of the three in this series, but it was a fast, well written read.  While part of the Vegas Heat series this can be read as a standalone.

Sean and Zoe share a connection-one that Zoe isn't aware of when the book begins. Now sometimes that trope can really work, but here I just didn't buy into it fully. I liked these two separately, and I believe Sean redeemed himself, but I never fully connected to them as a couple. Did they have some steamy moments? Yes. But other than that I just thought they were ok together.

Part of my issue may have been that there was a second romance brewing in this book, one between Zoe's best friend and her ex. I love second chance romances, they're one of my favorite things to read, but I felt like these two pulled away from the main characters a bit. Did I enjoy reading about them? Absolutely. I just think I would have enjoyed both couples more if I had read them separately.

This book was tightly written. The plot flowed well and kept my interest. This was a quick read for me and overall I did enjoy it. I would recommend this book.

Last Chance

As the Executive Casino Hostess for The Onyx in Las Vegas, Valerie Downing is always on the lookout for the night's biggest winners. When she spots a man―one of the sexiest she's ever laid eyes on―generating huge excitement at the craps table, she knows she's in luck. Her goal: To make sure the high rollers stay at her hotel, and that any further gambling is invested right back into the casino. His aim: To enjoy some other "perks" that Valerie might have to offer…
Turns out Chase Pierson is already a VIP guest who happens to be working with Valerie's boss on a top-secret mission for the Reliance Group―one for which she too has been recruited because of her psychic abilities. But Valerie, bold and gorgeous as she is, is first and foremost a professional. No fraternizing with Onyx clientele is her motto…except this hard-bodied, infuriatingly charming client is tempting her to break all the rules.
LAST CHANCE contains light paranormal elements (heroine has psychic abilities)

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Last Chance was my favorite book in the Vegas Heat series. From the moment I started reading I was sucked in and couldn't stop. Now, there are some things that might not be for everyone (it's not a spoiler that the heroine has psychic abilities) but I thought it was smartly written and well done.

I loved Valerie. I loved how complex of a character she was, getting to explore her depths was fascinating. She's gifted, which adds a unique twist to this book. It was a different perspective to add to this romantic suspense story.

I'm going to say it took me a little bit to warm up to Chase-and I'm kind of glad. It kept me intrigued. His gift is a little bit different from Valerie's, and I'll say that it definitely piqued my interest. I thought his profession was really cool-a modern day treasure hunter with a twist.

These two had instant chemistry. I mean, it was off the charts. But they were also determined that it was not going to turn into anything. It's always fun to see how wrong the hero and heroine can be when it comes to what they think they'll be getting out of a relationship. I rooted for them as they went on this wild chase and loved every minute of it.

This book is a standalone within a series. Had I started with this book I would have absolutely gone back and read the previous two. The writing was flowed, the pacing worked. I enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it.

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