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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lies by Kylie Scott

Lies FOR WEBMy Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.

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Betty's and Thom's relationship was a regular boring one, they were both in a loveless relationship, they weren't connecting on a deeper level and she's has enough. 

She realized she needs and deserves more out of a partner, not being alone is not good enough of a reason anymore. And Thom is never there for her, he is just a nice guy, but he is never there, even when he physically is.

She never thought leaving him would result into the chain of events that would change everything and show her that the man she was with was nothing like she thought he was.

Thom's life is a mystery to his girlfriend, he has been hiding a huge secret that might just put them in the most dangerous situation. 

Spies, guns, death and a traitor in the mist, make this book a thrilling tale.

Can you fall back in love with someone if they show you a whole different persona from the one you knew? Well Betty is about to find out that maybe this time falling for Thom will not be a walk in the park like last time, and she might not be able to walk away from it again.

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“You’re going to break his heart.” “No, I’m not,” I say. “That’s sort of the whole point. If I really thought leaving him would break his heart, then I probably wouldn’t be leaving him in the first place.” My best friend, Jen, does not look convinced. Boxes fill a good half of the room. What a mess. Who knew you could accumulate so much junk in only twelve months? At least we weren’t together so long that I can’t remember who owns what. One year is about the sweet spot for this issue in relationships, apparently. “The fact of the matter is, we’re not in love. We have no business being engaged, let alone getting married.” I sigh. “Have you seen the packing tape?” “No. He’s just such a nice guy.” “I’m not debating that.” I climb to my feet, then head up the stairs to the second bedroom. Thom’s unofficial workout room/home office. Not a room I normally go into. But it only takes a bit of rummaging to find what I’m looking for. Whatever else might be said about them, insurance assessors are organized. The bottom drawer of Thom’s desk has a neat stash of stationery. I grab a couple rolls of thick tape. “And leaving him this way…” Jen continues as I head back down. “How many times have I told him we need to talk? He’s always putting it off, saying it’s not a good time. And now he’s away again. I’ve been messaging him for the last week and he barely replies.” “You know he has to drop everything once a job comes up. I realize he’s not the most exciting guy, Betty, but—” “I know.” I smack down a line of tape with extra zest, sealing the lid of the last box. In this Operation Abandon Ship Posthaste, I know I’m definitely slightly the bad guy. But not totally. Say sixty/forty. Or maybe seventy/thirty. It’s hard to tell to what degree. “I do know all of that. But he’s always busy with work or away on some business trip. What am I supposed to do?” A sigh from Jen. “When you realize you’ve made such a monumental mistake, it’s hard to sit and wait to fix things. Nor is it fair on either of us to keep up the pretense.” “Guess so.” “And the fact that he’s yet again made no effort to prioritize our relationship and make a little time for me in his busy schedule is just further proof that I’ve made the right choice in ending this now before it gets any more complicated. End of rant.” Nothing from her. “Anyway, you’re supposed to be on my side. Stop questioning me.” “You wanted to get married and have children so badly.” “Yeah.” I sit back on my heels. “I blame it all on playing with Ken and Barbie’s dreamhouse when I was little. But it turns out that being in a relationship with the wrong person can be even lonelier than being alone.” Jen and I have been friends since sharing a room in college. We’ve witnessed the bulk of each other’s dating ups and downs. For some reason, I’m the type of girl who guys will go out with, but don’t tend to stick with. Apparently, I’m fuckable—just not girlfriend material. Maybe it’s my smart mouth. Maybe it’s the whole not fitting current societal expectations of beauty i.e. I’m fat. Maybe I was born under an unlucky star. I don’t know; it’s their loss. Like anyone, I have my faults, but all in all, I’m awesome. And I have a lot to give. Too often in the past few months, I’ve had to keep reminding myself of this fact. “There are just so many jerks out there,” Jen says. “I was happy that you’d found a good one.” “I think I’d prefer a jerk who was genuinely into me than a nice guy phoning it in. Honestly, I’d rather go adopt a dozen cats and settle into old age and isolation than be with someone who treats me as if I’m an afterthought.” She looks at me for a long moment, then nods slowly. “I’m sorry it didn’t work out.” “Me too.” “Time to start filling up the cars. Boy, do you owe me.” I smile. “That I do.” Jen stands and stretches before picking up one of the boxes labeled kitchen. “I just didn’t want you to do something you’d regret, you know?” “I know. Thank you.” Alone in the two-bedroom condo, everything is silent. My parting letter sits waiting on the coffee table with his name written on the front. A slight bulge in the envelope betrays the shape of my engagement ring. It’s a sweet, simple ring. One small diamond perched on a band of yellow gold. My hand feels wrong without it. Naked. They say there are different love languages and you have to take the time to learn your partner’s needs. It’s like he and I never quite got there. Or maybe I’m just crappy at relationships. The bridal magazines I’d collected are in the trash. Perhaps I should have taken them into the florist shop where I work so someone could get some use out of them. But this feels more symbolic, more definite. My family are a couple of states away, and I have only a few of what I’d classify as good friends. Being an introvert makes it hard to meet people. A boyfriend, a husband, would mean I’m no longer alone. Someone cares about me and puts me first. At least part of the time. Only Thom doesn’t any of the time, so here we are. I tighten my ponytail of long dark hair. Then, in a rare display of dexterity that my yoga instructor would be proud of, I stack three boxes in my arms and head outside into the hot afternoon sun. Jen’s Honda Civic is parked at the curb, the trunk standing open as she moves things about inside. My old Subaru sits in the driveway waiting to be filled. Birds are singing and insects chirping. It’s your typical mild autumn day in California. That’s when the condo blows up behind me. 

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Once Upon a Time in Bliss (Nights in Bliss, Colorado #8) by Lexi Blake

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My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Nights in Bliss, Colorado #8.

Go back in time to Bliss’s first happily ever after…

Once Upon a Time in Bliss, an all-new sexy romance in the Nights in Bliss, Colorado Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak, is available now!

CIA operative John Bishop arrived in Bliss, Colorado, seeking a respite from the high-stakes game of blood and lies that sent him to the worst corners of the world. A week playing the role of vacationing professor Henry Flanders would recharge his batteries, especially if he found a gorgeous woman to occupy his time.

Nell Finn has spent her life focused on helping others, but when she meets the tall and mysterious Henry Flanders, she can’t stop imagining what he might do for her. When Nell and her mother are threatened, Henry comes to her, offering his protection and comfort.

But as the threats escalate out of control, Henry discovers that the beautiful and innocent Nell is much more than a plaything. Can he save the woman he loves without exposing the secrets that would drive her away?

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I am speechless, Lexi has done it again, every time I grab one of these books I know I will never be the same afterwards.

Bliss first happily ever after, and it's worth every page. I always wondered about Henry and Nell's story; from the other books we can tell they are amazing people, and that they love each other, but I was not prepared for the heartbreaking story of how they fell in love.

I always thought of Nell as a little crazy free spirited woman, but she proved me wrong. She is strong and determined, she is not scared to take a leap for what she believes in and risk it all for a chance at love.

Bishop aka Henry, is just planning to have a little vacation with his old friend Bill. He was not planning on running into this strange, beautiful, infuriating yet irresistible woman. But now that he's had her, he is not sure he can let her go. 

Knowing the Henry from the future, it was hard to understand this cold and detached man, but it was beautiful to see him turn into this person. How Nell changed him forever.

I cried my eyes out when it was time to say goodbye, even though she didn't understand the reasons behind his choices, Nell trusted his feelings and hers, and she was never gonna forget him, he will forever be at her side. 

What would Henry give to be able to keep her? How can he leave his past behind and keep her safe?



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“Is there any way you could drop me off in town?” He felt his eyes narrow because she had plans. That was obvious. He was fairly sure that he wouldn’t like her plans. “Why?” “Because I need to start scheduling the repairs.” That wasn’t all she was planning on doing. She was hiding something. It was right there in the way she wouldn’t look him in the eyes. And why had she talked about her mom staying with Pam Sheppard and not herself? It was time to start herding Nell in the proper direction. He crowded her. It wasn’t hard in the small bedroom. The minute she realized how close he was, she backed up, ceding the space until her back hit the door. “Henry?” “How do you intend to pay for those repairs?” This cabin would require extensive repairs. Everything would have to be replaced. The door alone would cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention fixing the windows. He would bet a lot that Nell didn’t have that money. Her face flushed the closer he got. Yes, she was aware of him, finally. That was what he wanted. “I don’t know that’s your business.” “So it’s my business to take care of this for you, but not to know how you’ll take care of yourself? Is that how you work when you help someone out? You do one piece of the job and send them on their way?” He was playing on her sympathetic soul. And her body. He leaned in. She smelled sweet, like milk and honey. Damn, but he could eat her up. And there was no way to miss the way her nipples peaked under her sweater because she wasn’t wearing a bra. Her voice was slightly breathless. “I think it’s nice that you want to help, but I don’t need it. I can fix everything.” He loomed over her, well aware that he was using his height to intimidate her. “How, Nell? Do you have a job you haven’t told me about?” “I have a computer I can pawn,” she said quietly. He’d wondered what she’d intended to do, and still his freaking cold-as-fuck heart softened a fraction. All she’d talked about on the way over here was her writing. “I thought you wrote books.” Her back was against the wall. She had nowhere to go, and that was just what he wanted. Her eyes had dilated. They roamed from his face to his neck to his chest, taking him in even as she spoke. “I do, but I have to admit, I don’t think I’m very good at it. I keep getting rejected, so I might as well get rid of the computer. Do you have to stand so close?” There wasn’t a trace of irritation in that question. It had been asked with a delicious breathiness that let him know she was interested. “If you didn’t want me to stand so close, you should have gotten a bigger bedroom,” he said, well aware his voice had gone low. He stared down at her, unwilling to let her off the hook for a second. Now that he was close to her, he was damn sure he couldn’t let her go. Oh, eventually he would. He would go back to his life and she would move on with hers, but for a week or so, he was going to be in her bed. He was going to be in her body. And he was going to solve a few of her problems. “You can’t pawn your computer. How will you keep up with your protests? How will you know what to protest in the first place?” It didn’t make any sense, but he couldn’t stand the thought of her walking into some crummy shop and giving up her computer for half of what it was worth. “I’ll figure it out,” she replied, her eyes round. And selling the thing wouldn’t do any good. It would be a drop in the bucket of what she would need. “It won’t work, Nell.” He backed her against the wall. “Let someone help you. I can loan you the money.” It wouldn’t be a loan, but she didn’t have to know that until he was long gone and she couldn’t find him. “That’s not a good idea.” Her head tilted up. “None of this is a good idea.” But her lips, those fuck-me, take-me lips, were trembling. Her hands were moving to his waist like she couldn’t help herself, and he didn’t even want to try to help himself. Everything about his life was plotted and planned and decided on for the best of whatever fucking mission he happened to be on. He didn’t want to think. He wanted her. That was all that mattered. “It’s the best idea I’ve had in a long time.” 

About Lexi Blake

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Wicked Promises (Wicked Bay #7) by L.A. Cotton

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, WICKED BAY #7.
The edgy, angsty, addictive YA/NA crossover series from L A Cotton continues...

Forever is a long time.

Summer Stone-Prince has her whole life mapped out. Attend college with her childhood sweetheart. Graduate. Get married and live happily-ever-after. But all it takes are two little words and everything changes.


Lost and alone, Summer finds herself wondering how she’ll ever weather the storm.

Until she finds comfort in the arms of an unexpected savior.
There’s only one problem—he can’t promise forever, he can only give her right now.
Wicked Promises is the seventh book in the Wicked Bay series but can be read as a standalone

 Wicked Promises, an angsty, emotional new adult romance from L A Cotton is live!!!



"The angst slapped me in the face and I was alternating between crying and laughing throughout the whole story." Wendy's Wycked Words 
"A story of heartbreak and healing, LA Cotton has just once again proved why she’s a 1-click author for me." ~ Queen of the Books


I love redemption books and this story is just that.

We hated JB, he was the bad guy in Lo and Maverick’s story and he was the brother of the devil, but this time we get to really meet him.

Being out of school changes a lot, and he is not the same person he was before, he has a deeper understanding about the world and his family. After the truth came out about his dad and his injury, something changed within him and he is no longer happy in his life the way it is now.

Summer’s life has taken a seriously bleak turn, her future is no longer set in stone, and her forever guy has broken her heart. She has no clue what to do about school and she is holding onto a big secret that could change everything.

When she is at her lowest and in need of someone, her world crashes JB’s. And even though he is the last person she would think could help her, he is there for her all the way.

She sees him under a different light, and both of their lives at this point needed one another, making these chance meeting feel like destiny full filled.

Can these so different people make it work and survive? Summer is used to the shadows and blending in, while JB is comfortable in the spotlight. Will she be able to survive in his cutthroat world or will the crash and burn destroying their new love on the way?


Edgy. Angsty. Addictive Romance.

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dating Roulette by D. Kelly

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Seven Dates.
Seven chances to win my heart.
It’s not hard – 
Don’t put ketchup on your eggs.
Don’t wear tasseled loafers.
For the love of all that’s Holy, don’t ogle the waitress.
See? Simple…
Yet no one can get it right.


Dating Roulette.
It’s Bexley’s game.
Correction - it’s her life.
A constant rotation of dates.
You might get one; you might get seven. 
No one has ever gotten to eight. 
There’s only one rule – 
Don’t commit a dating sin. 
I’ve watched for years and bided my time. 
Now, it’s my turn to play.

And I play to win.







Tristan and Bexley story is the perfect best friends to soulmates tale. 
She was stuck in a rut and has been for a while, her dates never lead to anything other than disappointment. She has set this system up where no one can win, because her standards are so high. Her role model is her perfect parent's relationship so there is no way any guy can ever get close to winning.

That is until Tristan decides that he is done with being a bystander and he wants in the dating roulette. Ever since he met her he's known that he was never leaving her side, and even though he has convinced himself that they are just friends, he has always been waiting for her.

Together they embark themselves into a crazy ride to determine if they are meant to be or if their friendship will change forever.

The problem is that the pressure is on for both of them, Tristan is terrified of making a mistake that will get him kicked out of the dating roulette and Bex is killing herself over what would happen if he figures out they don't belong together.

I have no idea how they stayed apart for so long, given the crazy chemistry they seem to have. When they decided they were doing this, they couldn't keep their hands of each other, it was like all the passion they had been holding in was released at the same time, burning them up with lust.

Tristan overcoming his doubts and his past might be what makes them or breaks them.

About the Author

D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.








“Has anyone come in, angel?” I ask. She gives a high-pitched whimper at the pet name. She likes it. 

“No.” She gasps breathlessly. 

“Good, because you’ve been teasing me tonight, and now it’s time for some payback.” As I bring my lips to hers, I slip a hand under her skirt. She stifles a cry when my fingers dance along the seam of her silky panties. She’s hot and wet in all the best places. I’d rather be doing this with my tongue, but if I play my cards right, my patience will be rewarded. 

Our kiss escalates, and I slide my hand into her panties. My fingers glide easily through her excitement, and she kisses me deeper as I circle her clit. She’s a ball of pent-up sexual frustration, and it’s hot as hell. I thrust a single finger inside her, flick her clit, and pinch her nipple in the perfect combination. Bexley explodes, and I swallow her cries as her pussy pulses around my digit. She rides my hand through her orgasm, and I slide my hand out from under her shirt and caress her cheek. As her orgasm subsides, our kiss slows. 

“Tristan,” she says softly, pulling back from our kiss to look at me. 

When I slip my hand out of her panties, she reaches for a few napkins she stuffed in her purse earlier. She watches, eyes locked on mine, as I bring my finger to my mouth and suck her sweet essence from my skin with a tortured groan. 

“I can’t believe you’re doing that right here,” she hisses. The theater is still empty, but even if it wasn’t, I’d give no fucks at this point. 

“And I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on your taste for ten fucking years.” With both hands, I pull her face to mine and kiss her like the starving man I am. Our tongues entwine, and my cock aches with the knowledge I’m sharing her flavor with her. 

She pulls away, gasping. “This is so damn dirty.” 

I pull her close until our foreheads touch. “You think this is dirty? Wait until I come in your mouth and then devour your lips after. You can call it dirty, carnal, depraved, but I call it a fantasy fulfilled, and I can’t wait.” 

She bites my bottom lip and soothes the sting with her tongue. 

Our sexual chemistry is incredible, but the small part of my conscience that’s been whispering to me all night is becoming louder. Bexley isn’t a hot hookup for the night—she’s someone I could easily see myself building a future with. As sexy as it is to get her off in public, she deserves to know her worth. “Bex, I am sorry. You deserved a much better second date than this.” 

Her fingers lace through my curls, and she tugs my hair gently and smiles. “Are you kidding me? This is exactly the date I wanted. I know we’re pretending in a sense, but . . .” 

“Hey, this might be a form of pretending, but my feelings are real, and if I make it past date seven, you better bet the boyfriend title is a given. I want you to be mine, Bexley. Now I need to figure out how not to fuck that up.” 

After placing a brief kiss on my lips, she gets comfortable in her seat and leans her head on my shoulder with a sigh. “That makes two of us. If it helps, you’re getting extra credit for the orgasm that was above and beyond.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Justified / It's All About That Cowboy (Loveless, Texas #1) by Jay Crownover

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Loveless, Texas #1.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.

Includes It's All About That Cowboy, a bonus novella by Carly Bloom! 

We are so excited to celebrate the release of JUSTIFIED by Jay Crownover by being part of the blog tour today! JUSTIFIED is part of the new Loveless, Texas series and it is available now!
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JUSTIFIED by Jay Crownover 
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I LOVED this book! I was already in love with the Lawton brothers from the first book, and getting to know Case a little more was perfection!

He is the older one, the responsible one, who had to deal with dear old dad the most. He has been on a race fighting against becoming anything like his father, and it is harder than anyone could understand. The town wants to see him fall and he is on the verge of losing everything. 

Little did he know he’s had a guardian Angel looking out for him all along. 
Aspen is back in town, and her life looks nothing like she thought it would. Her only friend and biggest crush hates her now and her marriage is not making her happy. But when her life is falling apart Case is the one there to save her, once more he has become her hero and this time she is not a teenage girl. 

She knows what she wants and she is not taking no for an answer. 

Case has always felt different about Aspen, first it was friendship, and she always seemed so strong she fascinated him. Then there was the hate, and like always, when you have strong feelings for someone and those feelings turn south it’s not just a little hate, it’s a crazy storm. 

He blamed her for everything wrong that happened in his life. Last but not least, this new feeling he couldn’t define. Seeing her get hurt switched something in him and now there was no turning back.

He had to save her, keep her close and safe; and after that he might let her go, unless he could make her stay.

Letting go of your past seems to be the theme in this book, she needs to let go of her fear of being different and embrace this new side of herself. And Case needs to let go of the hate he once felt, and really listen to her, because he might be surprised what he finds out. 

Hating someone only destroys you little by little, stealing precious energy you could be using for better things. 

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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. Connect with her: