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Speakeasy

Speakeasy

by Sarina Bowen

39900826Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…
May

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it.
Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.
Alec
I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job.
It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.
Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

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Excerpt:

Someone appears in my peripheral vision. I get half a glance at a lithe body and long hair as a woman appears and then just as quickly retreats.

Wait. Was that…?

I ease my way down the aisle, past the snowboard bags and ski duffels, and then I peer around the corner just in time to spot May Shipley exiting the store.

Several lengthy strides carry me right out the door after her. May has exquisite long legs, so she’s making good time escaping from me across the parking lot. I put two fingers in my mouth and make a cat-call whistle.

May halts midstride. Busted. She turns around and regards me with a sheepish smile.

God, just one smile from her and I feel better already. I raise a finger and beckon. Then I lean against the brick exterior of the shop and wait.

She lifts her chin and walks toward me.

“May Shipley,” I complain as she approaches. “Am I crazy or did you just leave the building to avoid me back there?”

She puts one hand over her pretty eyes and laughs. “Okay, you caught me. Don’t make me feel worse.”

“Do we have a problem, here?” I reach out and tag her hand, then pull her closer to me. We’re toe to toe, though several layers of winter clothing separate us. Still, my whole body hums at the memory of her riding me in my truck. Gawd. So hot. “I get that our lawyer party date got a little crazy.”

“You think?” she squeaks. “I’m so embarrassed.”

“Why? So we had a little spur-of-the-moment sex. You really enjoyed my spur for a moment.”

“Omigod, stop.” May throws her head back and laughs. Her eyes dance, and I’m wearing a giant smile and feeling much more like myself.

“Don’t be embarrassed. I had a lot of fun.” That’s an understatement. I can’t stop thinking about it. Spontaneous truck sex with a long-legged beauty moaning on my dick? That night has made my personal hall of fame.

“Okay. I’ll try.” But the color in her cheeks is unmistakable. It’s cute as fuck.

“Come here.” I pull her into a hug, and she feels terrific against my body. “Let’s not be weird.”

May lifts her face in surprise. “I said that same thing to a good friend once.”

“Did it work?” I whisper because we’re so close together.

“Nope. Still weird.” She grins.

I laugh. And then I kiss her. I don’t even know how it happens. One second I’m just appreciating her smile, and the next second I’m owning it with my mouth.

May lets out a surprised whimper before her mouth softens under mine. I take my time kissing her until her hands spread the two halves of my jacket, finding my chest, gripping my flannel shirt. I need to taste her, so I part her lips with my tongue.

Suddenly my shoulder blades hit the bricks as May presses me up against the wall.

No, ma’am. I’ve just spent five nights imagining a scenario where our next encounter plays out in reverse—with me in charge. So I spin her around and back her up against the wall instead. And for good measure I pin her questing hands in mine, just because I can.

She makes a hungry noise, and I feel it in my balls. And then I dive back into her kisses, one of my thighs between her long legs.

May fights me, if by fighting me you mean she presses her hips against mine and gives me a nice, dirty grind.

I never liked the Shipleys, but now I realize I was hanging out with the wrong ones.

We lose our minds for several amazing minutes until the door of the ski shop opens suddenly. I take a quick step backward to preserve what’s left of our dignity.

Not that it works. We’re both flushed and panting, and I look like I’m trying to conceal a ski pole in the crotch of my jeans.

The young woman exiting the shop gives us a quizzical look as she bleeps the locks on her car.

“Jesus,” May breathes as we blink at each other.

“I know.” Every part of me is horny now. It’s cold outside, but I’m hot everywhere. My clothes feel constricting. I want to drag May back into my truck and have my way with her again.

“What are we doing?”

“Well, babydoll, we’re dry-humping each other in a parking lot.”

“Alec!” She reaches up, clapping a hand over my mouth. “That was a rhetorical question.”

I nod to show her I understand. But then I stick out my tongue and lick her palm where it’s pressed to my lips.

“Omigod, stop.” She removes her hand and wipes it on my flannel.

“You don’t really want me to. Admit it.”

“No, really I do.” Her embarrassed smile comes back. It’s so fucking cute. “I don’t need to be arrested for indecent exposure.”

“Fair enough. But that’s why you’re going to come over tonight. Late. Like eleven.” I’m supposed to be tending bar until ten and then closing up early, because it’s Sunday night.

“Why?”

“Why do you think? So I can strip you down and lick you all over until you’re screaming my—”

May puts that hand over my mouth again. “Anyone could hear you.”

“Nah,” I say from under her hand. She removes it. “I have brick walls at home. It helps with sound control. So even when my headboard starts to bang while I’m fucking you—”

She tries to cover my mouth again, but this time I catch her hand in midair, because I’m a sex ninja. And I hold it in mine. “Just come over. I’ve been thinking about you all week. Once wasn’t enough.” I lift her palm to my mouth and kiss it tenderly.

“Apparently not.” Her cheeks pink up. “But I really can’t get involved with anyone right now.”

“Duh.” I actually roll my eyes. “I’m your rebound lay. Relationships aren’t my style, and I’m allergic to commitment. So we’ll have exactly the same expectations—some very athletic sex.”

Her lips part on an dreamy expression, but then she snaps them closed again.

“Don’t overthink it, counselor. The judge orders you to his chambers at ten.”

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Review: 

I’m a huge fan of Sarina Bowen’s True North series. It was a warm and heartfelt series about a family operating an apple orchard in Vermont. And it totally makes me want to visit Vermont and be one of those fall foliage tourists. Speakeasy follows the first sister of the Shipley family, May. And I have to include a shot-out for an LGBT heroine since May is bi and just got out of a relationship with a woman. And she’s a recovering alcoholic! Yay, complex characters! The hero, Alec, is the brother of the heroine from the previous book. However, he’s also a bit of a struggling bar owner which I wasn’t the happiest about for a match with a recovering alcoholic. That being said, I did enjoy watching May and Alec’s relationship grow. They both grew up in the same town and knew each other but their relationship goes from kinda friends to a hookup when May needs Alec to act as her date at an event her ex is also attending.

I felt that both May and Alec grew a lot during the course of this book. May coped with her addiction as well as the turns her life had taken. Alec struggled with being seen as a serious businessman and with the problems facing his bar. They both learned that they were more than their past and to create a future together. Sarina Bowen always knocks it out of the park with her True North series and doesn’t shy away from difficult issues. She created complex, believable, and relatable characters in May and Alec and it was a joy to watch them fall in love.

Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Captivated- Release Day

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By Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield

Book Release Date: June 11th

 

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Blurb:

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone…not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

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Excerpt:

 

“Ms. Reynolds, you were telling me why you chose to draw me into your sex-picture.”

Several beats passed as her gaze dipped to his bare chest and traveled the length of him, top to bottom, side to side. “I really hope you won’t be offended, but you’re rather large and spectacularly intimidating and I’ve always had a-a…wish.” Her chest rose and plummeted, her words puffing out like little gusts. “A fantasy, really. To be jailed. Kept prisoner. Your likeness is sort of reminiscent of someone who could—not would, just could—do that to me.”

The blood running through his body rose a thousand degrees in temperature. “It turns you on. The idea of me holding you captive.”

She crossed her arms over her chest, but not before he caught sight of her stiff nipples poking through her t-shirt. “I guess you could say that. But—”

“Do we fuck, Ms. Reynolds? In that little head of yours?”

A squeak left Autumn and he watched as her thighs pressed together. “Um, maybe? I mean yes. Regularly, I’m afraid.”

Unbelievable. They’d barely exchanged a word since she moved in, yet they’d been mentally screwing each other’s brains out from two floors away. “Do you still want to know the face I made when I saw the drawing?”

“No. I mean yes. I mean…it was a good face, right?”

Blake advanced on her, cataloguing everything. The way she backed up, then steeled her spine and attempted to hold her ground. The way she shivered and glanced at the door. Her very real apprehension forced him to make a decision. “Go home.”

Her expression was the physical embodiment of a record scratch. “Wait. What?”

“Go home, Fun-Size.” He took the drawing out of his pocket and offered it to her. “I don’t hold scared little girls prisoner, even if I look like I do.”

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Tessa Bailey

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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eleven years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

Eve Dangerfield

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Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels ever since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own unapologetically sexy tales about complex young women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her sister and a zen-like rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can usually be found drinking, dancing or making a mess. Often all at once. Calling her an author will get you kissed*

*circumstances are subject to change.

 

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Liam

Title: Liam
Series: Devil Souls #4
Author: LeAnn Ashers
Genre: MC Romance (Stand alone)
Release Date: June 7, 2018

 

Paisley 

 

I met Liam when I was sixteen years old. There was something about him that tempted me to break all the rules. I was enthralled by his bad boy ways, but I knew there was so much more to him—a side of Liam that he didn’t allow people to see.
Little did I know, he’d save me on what could’ve been the worst day of my life. At that point, there was no going back. He was my everything. I felt safe in his arms.
Until someone tried to kill me.
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I was only seventeen years old when I met Paisley, and I haven’t been able to keep my eyes off her ever since.
She was everything I wasn’t, but that didn’t stop me from wanting her, from making her mine. I’d love and protect her with my life.
The cartel started gunning for her, and that was the worst decision they could have made. They’ll never know what hit them…
Me.

Review:

I’ve been waiting for Liam and Paisley’s book since I read Torch. Their love-story has run through the previous books and it was get to see them grownup and finally reuniting. In this story, there is continuation of a threat to the Devils Soul members and their women from the previous books. This leads to danger for Paisley and causes most of the drama within the book. Liam and Paisley’s relationship is firm from the beginning and there is only physical threats to them. Their connection and love for each other is beautiful to witness. And it offers a pleasant contrast from the easy violence towards enemies displayed by both the Devils Souls members and their women. Those squeamish over violence should proceed with caution. This series is one of the gritty MC romance series I read. However, I’m fan because of how much the heroes love and respect their heroines.


 

LeAnn Ashers is a blogger-turned-author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can’t wait to see where this adventure continues to take her. LeAnn enjoys writing about strong-minded females and swoon-worthy, protective alpha males who love their women unconditionally. 

 


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Intimate Intuition

 

Intimate Intuition

(Lotus House Book #6)  
by Audrey Carlan
 #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author 
Releases 8th May

Synopsis

Silas McKnight is the owner of multi-million-dollar musical production company Knight & Day Productions. He’s rich, attractive, and loyal to his core. He’s the man every woman wants but none can have. He’s suffered immeasurable loss, and he doesn’t plan on ever going through that hell again.
Dara Jackson, the quirky, stunning meditation teacher at Lotus House Yoga, is also the owner of Sunflower Bakery. She’s always dreamed of being a baker―and a mother. Having grown up an orphan, Dara knows what being alone and feeling unwanted is like. 
Silas and Dara meet one fated night and spend a single evening worshiping each other’s bodies. All is beautiful until Dara discovers a secret and disappears before the sheets are even cold. Except Dara and Silas can’t escape one another. Destiny has spoken, and these two are about to become far more intimate than they ever thought possible.


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Meet The Author


Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times and International bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Audrey writes wicked hot love stories that have been translated in over thirty different languages across the globe. She is best known for the world-wide bestselling series Calendar Girl and Trinity.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she’s not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her “soul sisters,” or with her nose stuck in a steamy romance novel.


 Review:

To be honest, I read this book twice before writing my review. The first time was just for the sheer enjoyment of Silas and Dara. The second time was to analyze the book a bit more and determine what I loved so much about it. Even after my second read, I still can’t pinpoint just one reason why I loved this book so much. Rather, I realized it was the combination of many factors that made this such an excellent read. Audrey Carlan has taken a common plot, the one-night stand resulting in a baby, and execute it in a perfect and believable manner.

Silas and Dara have mutual friends, characters from the previous Lotus House books. When they’re first introduced, sparks fly and they have an one-night stand. However, a misunderstanding leads to Dara leaving the next morning and then discovering a few weeks later that she’s pregnant. While the misunderstanding with Silas quickly gets cleared up, the trauma of his past, which caused the misunderstanding, lingers. Despite that, when he learns about the pregnancy, Silas throws his all into a relationship with Dara. This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Dara is an awesome heroine, fiery and just yoga calm and a baker to boot. However, Silas really takes the cake (see what I did there). His past is traumatic but when he learns about the baby, he works to overcome that past and be supportive for Dara and his future child.  He’s complex and fleshed-out and totally heartbreaking and a believable hero all in one.

What I especially enjoyed about this book was the lack of drama. I’ll admit, most of my love for the baby trope in romance comes from how drama-filled the books are. However, in Intimate Intuition, Audrey Carlan takes a more realistic approach. Sure, there’s a little drama with the misunderstanding in the beginning and with Silas’ family later. For the most part though, the relationship between Dara and Silas is immensely healthy and supportive. They both decide that they’re all in for this baby and for making a relationship between them work. Sure, they have issues to overcome but they address them in adult and logical ways. It’s actually comforting to watch their relationship play out. The love that grows is of course passionate (Audrey Carlan is a queen at steamy scenes) but more than that, it’s strong and binding and steady. I loved this book because of the pure beauty of their relationship. Sure, circumstance jumped-started that relationship but it became so binding and beautiful that only outside forces could threaten it. They face issues together and the roots of their love grow so strong and sure that the reader truly believes that nothing can sever them.

 

 

 

 

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Disturbing His Peace

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Disturbing His Peace

by Tessa Bailey

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She’s got probable cause to make her move . . .

Danika Silva can’t stand Lt. Greer Burns. Her roommate’s older brother may be sexy as hell, but he’s also a cold, unfeeling robot. She just wants to graduate and forget about her scowling superior. But when a dangerous mistake lands Danika on probation—under Greer’s watch—she’s forced to interact with the big, hulking jerk. Call him daily to check in? Done. Ride shotgun in his cruiser every night? Done. Try not to climb into his giant, muscular lap and kiss him? Umm…

Greer doesn’t let anythingor anyone—distract him from the job. Except lately, all he can think about is Danika. He’s wanted the beautiful, cocky recruit since the moment he saw her. But she’s reckless and unpredictable, and Greer is painfully aware of what can happen when an officer doesn’t follow the rules. Probation seemed like a good idea, but now Danika’s scent is in his car and he’s replayed her voicemails twenty times. Christ, he’s a goner.

Danika’s melting Greer’s stone-cold exterior one ride-along at a time. Being together could have serious consequences… but breaking a few rules never hurt anybody, right?

Review:

In case you haven’t been following my reviews, I adore Tessa Bailey. She’s absolutely one of the best romance writers I’ve read and I love everything she writes! She’s also the queen of dirty talking heroes and Greer is my new favorite! Side note, it’s weird to be typing “Greer” and referring to the hero. I just read American King by Sierra Simone and Greer was the heroine’s name.  Disturbing His Peace is the last book in Tessa’s The Academy Series which follows three friends as they finish the NYPD police academy. This book has one of my favorite plots, the teacher and the student. Or in this case, the serious instructor and the vivacious future cop!

Like in all of Tessa’s books, the chemistry between the main characters is scorching! Greer and Danika have been circling each other since the first book and it was so satisfying when they gave into their attraction! What I loved most about this story is how relatable Danika is. She ends up assuming the problems of her family and being the person that handles everything. Even when she makes mistakes, some of which cause problems in her relationship with Greer, they are relatable and mistakes that I would make myself. She is a competent and self-assured woman and yet can still be vulnerable with Greer.

Greer. Oh, Greer. You’re not Elijah level in my list of Tessa dream heroes but you’re pretty damn close. What can I say, I have a huge soft spot for the silent and solemn heroes. He fights his attraction to Danika so hard and yes, is an ass at times. But he totally makes up for it by loving and supporting her. His biggest fear is losing those close to him and Danika being a cop terrifies him. However, he still supports her dream and wants her to be the best cop possible. Behind his brooding demeanor is a dirty talking, ass-slapping hero and Danika is his perfect fit. Plus, who can’t help but love a cop who organized a book club for officers in therapy?

I’m sad that this series ended but Danika and Greer’s story was the perfect finish. I loved watching the sparks fly between them in the early books and when they finally got together, it was just so satisfying!

Giveaway:

In honor of Greer and Danika, I’m giving away one kindle copy of Disturbing His Peace! Please enter on the link below!

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aef3f-tessa2bbaileyAbout the author: 

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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American King

American King

by Sierra Simone

32734333Description:They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.

Long live the king.

Review: 

I finished American King last night. I actually started it right when it came out but stopped after 20%. I was just crying too hard and was so afraid of the ending. When I was teenager, I was a big Arthurian fan and read most of the books Sierra mentions in her afterword. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for a heartbreaking ending that I know goes hand and hand with Arthurian legend. I will warn now, this book really cannot be read as a standalone. To get the full impact, you must read American Queen and American Prince first.
However, yesterday. For some reason, I was okay to go on the emotional journey that is American King. It could have been that I was feeling emotional and knew that I needed to read a book that would make me sob. And it did. Oh god, it did. I think I sobbed straight through the last 15% of the book. Reading the last chapters was difficult because I couldn’t see through my tears. I finished the book surrounded by gross, used tissues, and through bloodshot eyes from my tears.

I loved it and I hated it. I hate it because the story of Ash, Embry, and Greer was so heartbreaking and difficult to read and totally worth every single tear. I hate it because it’s done and know I have leave New Camelot and face real life. I loved it because it was what the Arthurian legend needed. A story where Lancelot and Guinevere don’t cheat on the noble King Arthur but actually all three love each other so passionately. This story translated so well to modern politics and love, it was just amazing. Of course, I had still had issues like how can Greer, a medieval historian literally writing a book about Arthurian legend, not see the Arthurian parallels in her life such as knowing someone like and named Merlin and her husband having a child with her sister. However, the small issues do not take away from the overwhelming beauty of love between Ash, Embry, and Greer. This book was such a hard read and yet totally worth it. Without spoilers, Sierra Simone has expertly adapted the Arthurian legend for a modern audience and created a believable ending for this romance novel. I’m honestly out of words right now. Just stock up on tissues, stop everything else, and read Sierra Simone’s New Camelot Trilogy.

 

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Getaway Girl

 

Title: Getaway Girl

Author: Tessa Bailey

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Blurb

This unlikely getaway driver never expected to help the mayor escape…

After a six-year absence, Addison Potts is back in Charleston to stir things up. And what better place to make her villainous return than her estranged cousin’s wedding? Only, the nuptials hit a snag when the bride doesn’t show, leaving Addison to play getaway driver for the jilted groom. A groom whose heartbreaking smile and deep, southern drawl she should not be noticing…

Elijah Montgomery DuPont is the future mayor of Charleston. From his military career to city hall, every detail of his life has been meticulously planned. Until now. His only respite from life’s sudden upheaval is Addison, his new, improbable best friend. She makes him happy. Grounds him. And public disapproval be damned, he’s not willing to give her up. But with an election on the line and public pressure rising, Addison and the cruel hand of fate—might not give him a choice.

 

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Excerpt

“Well…” I stop to clear the rasp from my voice. “If there’s no picture of us together, we should take one.”

“Good idea.” He crooks his finger at me, unwittingly sealing his fate. “Come here.”

I put my jacket on downstairs when I thought we were leaving, but I take it off now, simply letting it fall. “I want you in the mayor’s chair.”

His eyes stray to my pooled jacket, then tick to mine. “You what?”

“In the picture. I want you sitting in the chair.”

“Oh. Right.” He slides out the brown leather, high-back executive chair and drops
into it. “What about you?”

My bravery slips. Whose wouldn’t? This powerful, gorgeous man sits before me, outlined by the city he’s been elected to run. His thighs are thicker than my waist, his sleeves caught up around his elbows. A strong man. A man of conviction who will not be seduced unless he really wants to be.

Or is driven out of his mind and can’t resist.

Before I can second-guess myself, I move between his outstretched thighs and ease myself onto his lap. “Addison.”

I send him an innocent look over my shoulder. “Yes, Captain?”

His chest rises and falls. Once. Twice. “Take the picture.”

The fact that I’m playing with fire stops psyching me out…and begins to excite me. Maybe it’s the gravel in his tone…or the big fists that come to rest on the desk. No…it’s definitely the way he presses his nose to my hair and inhales. As if I’m not going to notice. But I do. I do and it makes me braver. Makes me throb between my legs.

“The picture, Addison.”

“Sorry.” I lean across the desk where I set my purse, taking my time digging through to find my cell before pulling it out, searching for the camera app. All the while, his muscles bunch beneath me, harder and harder…and that’s when I feel it. His erection lifts under my backside, so thick and glorious, I bite my lip to stop from crying out. I want to, though. I want to sob at the proof that he’s physically attracted to me and at least I have that much.

My hands are shaking as I lift the camera, my instincts screaming at me to grind down. Elijah’s breath is pelting the back of my neck. Other than that he’s completely still, though. But when I flip the camera around to selfie mode and get my first look at his face, there isn’t a jury on the planet that would rule him unaffected. His eyes are closed, nostrils flared, mouth open against my hair.


“You’ve got five seconds,” he says. “Take it, or—”

“Or what?”


Elijah stands up and takes me with him, my ass pressed to his lap, feet
dangling off the ground. As if I weigh nothing more than a child. It only lasts
for a couple mind-blowing seconds, though, before he settles me on the ground
behind his desk. His heat begins to leave me and I sense my chance slipping
away, so I twist around to face him. Still mere inches away from me, he pauses
with his head tipped forward, hands flexing at his sides. “We could be more
than friends.” After easing myself backwards onto the desk, I snag his necktie
and tug him closer, guiding his hips between my open thighs. “Just for
tonight.”

His laugh is more like a rough expulsion of air, the scent of bourbon hitting me. “That’s not how things work,” he says, his palms scraping up my thighs, twisting in the hem of my dress. “Goddammit, Addison. You’re not supposed to tempt me like this.”

Tempted. He’s tempted. My blood cells crash together.

“I don’t always do what I’m supposed to,” I murmur, leaning up to bring our mouths close, a breath separating them. “If I wasn’t your friend, would you kiss me right now?”

His eyes fasten on my mouth, seeming darker than usual. Predatory. “You felt what you did to my cock, sugar. You know the answer to that.”

Author Bio

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Review:

Oh my gosh. Coming up with the right words to describe my love for this book is so difficult. The amazing Tessa Bailey has been hinting about her bubble-butt hero on her Facebook group for months and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on him! I got an “early” copy of this book at Apollycon this weekend and had to stop myself multiple times from reading it right away. I knew if I opened the book, I won’t stop until I finished and I had Apollycon events to go to. However, once I got home and settled, I grabbed Getaway Girl and a cup of tea and basically didn’t get off my couch until I finished it. And I adored every minute of the read. Addison and Elijah are my new favorite characters. I cannot express how much I love them.

Okay, gushing over. Now I’ll focus on why this book is my top of 2018 already. This is a friends to lovers romance. Addison crashes her cousin’s wedding to Elijah in time to see him being left at the altar. She offers him a ride and thus becomes the “Getaway Girl”. To be honest, I was a little concerned this book would turn into a “run away from your problems road-trip” which sometimes can annoy me. However, to my delight, Elijah basically crashes at Addison’s place for a night and then goes back to face his new reality. But with a new friendship. Addison, who is in Charleston after her grandma’s death, has a harsh family history and reputation hanging over her head. Elijah, in contrast, is the darling of Charleston and is running for mayor. Addison becomes his escape from life in the public eye and Elijah becomes her support for changes she makes in her life. Both fight their attraction to each other to avoid ruining their friendship. But when they do give in, wow, do sparks fly. Tessa Bailey has always been the absolute queen of dirty-talking heroes. And Elijah does his fair share of dirty-talking. However, it’s Addison who really has the hot mouth. And her appreciation of Elijah’s thick bubble-butt, which he is self-conscious about, is just perfect. I don’t blame him for being self-conscious, I would be too if my butt had it’s own Twitter! As you can see, Tessa interjects humor into the sensuality of this story.

There were moments in this book that made me cry. There were moments that made me stop and screenshot parts to Tessa’s Facebook group because I wanted to share the humor. When I finished the book, I honestly hugged it to my chest. And then I went and bought a copy for my friend’s birthday so she can share in its total awesomeness.  This book just had so much heart and heat. It truly touched me and I can not share enough how much I loved it. If Getaway Girl is the only romance novel I read for the rest of my life, I would die happy. Stop everything and read it now!

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Whiskey Rebellion

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I have to make the pain stop.

I want to feel alive, and I do when I’m drinking and partying the way I should have when I was a teen. Instead, back then, I was preparing to become the Whiskey Princess, a role assigned to me from birth.

A lady never drinks to the point of blacking out, nor does she go home with men she meets in bars. But I went home with him…Jackson.

He was more than just a one-night stand, but I learned that a wee bit late and he was gone. Or so I thought.

For when I return home, Jackson is there, and he finds out very quickly who I am.

Problem is, I’m not sure that I’ve ever known who I really am.

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I can tell by looking into her blue depths that she’s absolute trouble, but I have to have her. It’s only for one night. Some fun, and I’ll be on my way. My time here is done, and I’m ready to move on to my next adventure.

What I don’t realize at the time is that she is my next adventure.

Lena excites me. She blows my mind. And her brogue? It has me in knots. I don’t even care about the rumors that surround her.

She’s hurting. I want to help her, but then my time is up.

Can I leave her?

I have to leave. I have no choice.

But I love her.

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Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

About the Author:

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

Connect with Toni!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonialeo1
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Review:

I was a fan of the first two books in this series and was really happy to learn that Lena was getting her own book. It was surprising to start reading and see the pits of despair and pain that had overtaken her life. However, meeting Jackson and then her family needing her, slowly puts Lena on track for putting her life back together. Jackson, the bartender she slept with and who then shows up in her hometown, is a world-traveler running from his own demons. However, Lena and the pain she is feeling calls to him and they slowly start to heal each other. This book is truly a wonder because it doesn’t shy away from the pain of life. Both characters are broken but learning to fix themselves. The emotional depth Toni Aleo reaches for both Jackson and Lena is astounding and definitely makes this a satisfying read!

 

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Top Ten Reviewed Romances of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today I put together a list of the Top Ten Romances I reviewed in 2017. Honestly, this isn’t my top ten list of books I’ve read last year. I’ve read some amazing books like An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, and Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai. However, I did not get around to reviewing them or any of the Kristen Ashley books I binge-read this year. Maybe after a re-read I’ll sit down and write the reviews. Anyway, here’s my list of Top Ten Reviewed Romances of 2017! Please click on the titles for links to the reviews!

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  1.  Silver Silence by Nalini Singh- check out my review at Alpha Book Club !
  2. Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey – check out my review at Alpha Book Club !
  3. Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
  4. Can’t Get Enough by Gena Showalter
  5. Follow by Tessa Bailey
  6. Ride Wild by Laura Kaye
  7. Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter
  8. In the Crease by Toni Aleo
  9. Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye
  10. Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

 

 

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Follow

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Follow by Tessa Bailey 

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He wants her soul. Too bad she already sold it.

Family is everything to gambling den darling, Teresa Valentini. Blood comes first, especially before men. So when her brother lands himself in hot water, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to save him. And showing up topless in her unwitting savior’s motel room is turning out to be the furthest thing from a hardship…

Will Caruso is the bad boy of New York’s financial scene…and he just found out the very thing that drives his success is a damn lie. Now, he’s exchanged his high-stress life for the open road, no one but his Great Dane…and half a million Instagram followers to keep him company. When a mysterious beauty arrives, her secrecy prods his suspicions, even while she tempts his lust to the breaking point.

 

Teresa met Will under false pretenses, but the bond consuming them is real. They’re strong enough to overcome a little betrayal…aren’t they?

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Excerpt: 

“Here we are.”

My face heats over being caught even imagining such things. We’re at my door and I have no recollection of entering the motel. Come on, Teresa. Stop letting this guy get to you so bad. “Right.” I fish for the key card in my pocket, but cease all movement when Will brushes his fingertips down my arm, then trails them back up. Slow. And all the while, he invades my space, eliminating inches at such a leisurely pace that I’m panting by the time our mouths are a breath apart.

“What are you going to do when I close this door behind you, Teresa?” He grazes my bottom lip with his teeth, making me gasp. “You going to get undressed in front of the air conditioner, thinking it might cool you down after teasing my cock for over an hour in the bar? It won’t. I give you five minutes before you’re face down in bed, riding your own fingers.”

My knees threaten to buckle. “That’s my business.”

“Make it mine.”

Mayday. Mayday. “Will—”

He stops my admonishment with a drugging kiss, his tongue stroking in and out of my mouth. His hands grip my elbows, lifting me up on my toes in desperate degrees, meshing our bodies, our lips, until I’m moaning, letting him have rough intercourse with my mouth. Just when I’m on the verge of giving in and begging him to take me up against the door, he steps back, eyes glittering, wiping away the moisture on his mouth with a wrist swipe. “I’ll be out on the balcony. If you’re going to finger yourself in my honor, I want to listen.”

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Review: 

Wow, Tessa Bailey has always written steamy, sexy romances with dirty talking heroes but Follow and it’s hero, Will, makes everything she wrote before look like Puritan romances. The chemistry between Will and Theresa is so scorching that even me, with absolutely no romance reading shame, blushed while reading it doing my lunch break. In addition to the pure sensuality of this book, the overall plot focused on Theresa and Will. She is sent by Will’s criminal father to convince Will to come home. Will, on the other hand, is traveling around the country with his sick dog, giving him one last adventure. Cue tears over the adorableness! As can be expected Theresa quickly and totally falls for the sexy, dirty-talking Will and many steamy shenanigans and role-playing scenes occur. In addition to the sexy-times, this books has adorable dog/owners moments, road-trip adventures, and moments of angst. Over a short time, Will and Theresa really bond and the connection between them is able to withstand the opposing outside forces. I one hundred percent recommend this book for a steamy introduction to the amazing Tessa Bailey!

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