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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Room Mate by Katie Ashley

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No, **Stand-alone set in the world of Running Mate and Office Mate**
Subject: How close should you get to your mark?
From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I'll lose everything if I pursue her.

Growing up as the only girl with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy—he was someone I could fall for.

**Stand-alone set in the world of Running Mate and Office Mate**

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The perfect body guard/ secret service and mark story.

She is the last woman he should want but the attraction between them is something he can't hide or fight anymore, she is perfect.

Caroline has never felt like this before, she is fantasizing about him and can't stop herself from wanting him. It's wrong but it feels so good, how can this not be the right thing?

This book is amazing! Hilarious at times and keep you at the edge of the seat kind of moments too. 

How can Caroline resist him when he is the perfect man inside the hottest bad ass caveman package. We all like our men strong and rough, and Ty is the epitome of that.

Will Ty be willing to risk everything, his job and his career for love? Can he be hers and still do his job? 

Get ready for an exiting story with some sexy moments and some definitely thrilling and nerve wracking situations too.

Author Bio:
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.  With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.


More Than Anything: A Christmas Romance by Serena Grey

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: Falling back in love with your soulmate.


A chance encounter in an empty stairwell leads to a magical Christmas for Hollywood actress Allie Gilbert and enigmatic billionaire Braden Rhodes.  

Now, two years after a whirlwind romance, secret wedding, and an abrupt separation, they would both rather forget that passionate Christmas when they fell in love... 

...but fate has other plans. 

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Sometimes two people meet at the wrong time in their lives and even though they are perfect for each other the universe just keep pulling them apart. 

This is exactly what happened to Allison and Braden, they met that magical night and while they lived in their little bubble they were the happiest the have ever been.

Once the bubble was popped they couldn't find each other again, and the space between them grew so much till the point where they had no connection at all.

Now years later they meet again, but if they want to even try to get their connection back they need to let their grudges go and actually talk to each other. Ignore all the media drama and everyone around them and just be themselves back inside the bubble.

Will they be able to be perfect for each other again? or will the distance became so much that every last piece of feeling linking them together would snap?

A beautiful Christmas story.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Unzipped by Lauren Blakely

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: Learning the true way to love someone.
Wanted: Dating coach to help hot nerd win back the woman of his dreams...

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. 

There’s only one little problem. 

My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. 

The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she'll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that's what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. And boy, do I ever need that. 

Now I don't want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who's been helping me all along. 

Trouble is - she thinks I'm in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out. 

He's the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him. 

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A fun and sexy nontraditional love story.

They totally have a meet cute first encounter, and from there the story is full of amazing sexually charged moments and hilarious adventures.

Finley is struggling in her career and she is in need of inspiration. Tom is a gift from the gods, she isn't sure how she ended up hanging out with this super cute, funny and sexy nerd muse, but she can't seem to stop writing.

Tom is clueless about how women work and if this crazy unconventional girl wants to teach him, then he is not gonna say no.

Along the way things get complicated and boundaries are crossed. Can this two oh so different people who weren't meant to be together click into place like a perfect puzzle piece? Or will one or both of them end up with a broken heart?

Finley has been hurt in her past by someone who started a relationship with her, when he was still in love with someone else. How can she trust Tom's intentions and feelings are real, and this isn't all a game to him?

Tom had no idea what real love was, and now that he sees the whole picture he is not sure he can follow through with his plans.

Sometimes you find exactly what you needed without even looking for it.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Dirty Ones by J.A. Huss

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: Not everything is what it seems.

They say write what you know.
So that’s all I did.
I wrote dirty. I wrote erotic. I wrote… the truth.

And then they called me a liar. 

But it’s not me who’s lying.
It’s them.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors releasing December 4, 2018.

A thrilling story that will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time.

A group of friends, that are not really friends anymore. 

A book where their darkest deepest secrets exist and only one has read them all.
A tower where they fulfill their tasks.

A mysterious new book that could destroy everything.

Meeting the Dirty ones we realize that a lot more than studying went down at this college.

They have a dark secret they all share and from the moment we open the book we are caught into this strange world they are part of, where fantasies and real life are separated by a thin line. 

This book was way more than just a romance story; I was scared for the characters and shocked by the events happening! I can truly say that this was an amazing read!

Unfortunately I can’t say anything else without spoiling the book so that’s it for now… A MUST READ!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hunky Heartbreaker (1001 Dark Nights #93) by Kendall Ryan

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, 1001 Dark Nights #93.
Subject: A sexy lawyer he can't resist.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Whiskey Kisses series… 

Everything’s bigger in Texas.

And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite.

Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with.

When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down.

After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**





Duke is a ladies man and he has never met anyone who made him want to stick around for more than a night, until he meets Valentina. She is annoying and strong minded, and he can't stop thinking about her.

She only came here to help her friend, she was definitely not counting in running into a sexy as hell half naked cowboy, who doesn't seem to take no for an answer.

Succumbing to their desire might mean their destruction, but they will have fun on the way down. 

Incredible chemistry and some sexy and steamy moments make this book an amazing and thrilling read.

Can a man be tamed? Is it possible for him to turn his life around just because he met the woman of his life?

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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“I’ll drink to that,” I replied, flagging the bartender down for another round.

Just then some movement over Valentina’s shoulder caught my eye. A woman had just walked into the bar, her chin-length, curly brown hair bouncing with every step. Our eyes met, and she smiled like she knew me. I gave her a half smile back, which quickly faded when I realized who she was. Amber, my ex from college who’d moved away shortly after we graduated. Her hair was different, but her face was pretty much the same. The same round cheeks, full lips, pale blue eyes. Eyes that bore into mine as she turned the corner, making her way to our table.

It was then that I noticed she wasn’t alone. She had a boy with her, and when his gaze met mine, my stomach dropped.
That kid could have been my clone.

Brown hair, green eyes, same nose, same chin. He even had my same damn dimples. My heart was beating so hard, I thought it might jump right out from my throat. What the hell?

“Earth to Duke, are you paying for this round, or am I?” Valentina’s voice broke me from my panic just in time for Amber and the little boy to reach our table.

“Hey there, Duke. I was hoping I’d find you here.” Amber’s voice was just as sweet and syrupy as ever, but in that moment, it sounded to me like nails on a chalkboard. She smiled broadly at me, her hands on the boy’s shoulders, while the boy stared blankly up at me.
“Hey, Amber,” I said when I finally found my voice. “What’s it been, ten years?”
“Almost eleven.”

I nodded, my mind still spinning, and that’s when I noticed Valentina. She was sitting up perfectly straight, her lips pulled into a thin, taut line across her face. Her eyes were wide and trained on the boy’s face, her expression unreadable.

“This is Valentina,” I said, gesturing to her, but the moment the words left my mouth, Valentina stood and grabbed her purse.

“I was just leaving,” she said, quickly tucking her chair in behind her and forcing a smile at Amber and the boy.