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Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval Blog Tour with Review

15 Aug

Little Pink Taxi

Little Pink Taxi

by Marie Laval

 

Synopsis

Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …

 



Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Little Pink Taxi is a delightful little gem of a book! Marie Laval managed to blend together a romance, a ghost story, and bit of intrigue to create a great read that kept my attention from the beginning until I finished the very last page.

Rosalie is one of my very favorite types of characters! She is smart, sweet, funny, witty, and quirky! I loved that her last name was Heart because that is exactly what she embodies. She has a huge heart. Because of that heart, she is able to knock down Mac’s walls around his heart. Let me tell you that is no easy feat!

I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about Marc in the beginning. He came across as arrogant, oftentimes rude, especially in that first chapter. He was ruthless in his business dealings, but as Rosalie got to know him better, so did I. I, like Rosalie, saw beyond his cold exterior and began falling for him too.

Not only were the characters well done, so was the story. Laval took her time developing every little detail of the book. I felt like there was nothing left out. The addition of the ghost of Lady Fitheach and the lure of a possible treasure just made the book even better. She also paid great attention to the setting, creating a place I could see clearly in my mind.

Laval is a new author to me, and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.



Purchase Links

9781781893999

Kindle UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Pink-Taxi-Choc-Lit-ebook/dp/B078KCQ5G3/
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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/little-pink-taxi/id1326824583

Author Bio 

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

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Blog:

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Bring Me Back Here by A.M. Guilliams Release Blitz with Review & Giveaway ($25 Amazon gift card + signed paperback of Bring Me Back Here (1 winner, US only)

15 Aug

 

Title: Bring Me Back Here
Author: A.M. Guilliams
Genre: Cowboy Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2018

 

Blurb
Four years ago, I left my heart behind in Colorado, the place I thought
I’d always call my home. 
My arms ached to hug my parents and siblings. 
My mind bled with the possibilities that I’d left behind. 
My heart hurt with the reason I had to leave in the first place. 
Who knew coming back home would be so hard?
I did. 
Which is why I hadn’t returned until my mother insisted on throwing me
a graduation party. 
The memories were too much to bear. 
The heartache still weighed heavy on my heart. 
One man caused my life to tilt on its axis and never to regain its
footing. 
Now that I was home, I had one more tough choice to make. 
If only he would allow me that opportunity. 
If only he knew how to leave well enough alone. 
If only he didn’t insist on finding a way to bring me back here. 
If only…



Danielle’s Review
5 STARS
Wonderfully written second chance romance!!
Ainsleigh moved across the country when she went off to college to escape the heartache and memories that were too painful to face. Four years later, she has graduated and returned home to Colorado to her family. Only, it’s her ex-boyfriend, Gentry, that picks her up from the airport and he wants answers to why she ran away. Ainsleigh must finally deal with the reasons she ran and talk to Gentry like she should have 4 years ago. Will these two finally be able to heal their hearts and move forward? Gentry doesn’t want to move forward without Ainsleigh back by his side but can he convince her that they are still right for each other even after everything went wrong? 
This is my first book by this author but definitely won’t be my last! It was a beautiful story about so much more than romantic love. I loved the bond between Ainsleigh and her brothers, Holden in particular. Ainsleigh’s best friends are also the greatest friends one could have and offer so much support to her and the story. This story is very well written and flowed from the start. I can’t wait to read more from this author!! I highly recommend this book!


Purchase Links
$2.99 for release week only!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Author Bio
A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction
author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and
fur babies. Books, flip flops, coffee, chocolate, The Walking Dead, and Chicago
Fire are just a few of her obsessions. Her love of books began with novels by
Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. When she’s
not writing, you can find her down by the river with her family, curled up on
the couch with a good book, or watching her favorite movies and television
shows.

 

 

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As Dust Dances (Play On, #2) by Samantha Young Blog Tour with Excerpt, 5-Star Review, & Giveaway

15 Aug

 

The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both. AS DUST DANCES is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!

 

About AS DUST DANCES:

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…

 

Excerpt

It was my turn to stare at him quizzically, but he didn’t acknowledge the look. He sipped his water and stared around the restaurant as if this weren’t awkward and weird. His nose had a slight bump in it, his cheekbones high, and his jaw chiseled and angular. Overall, he had a very hawklike profile, masculine, rugged, and intimidating. And at that moment I felt like prey, stupidly allowing myself to be caught.

Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that he genuinely didn’t want anything sexual from me.

I stared at him unabashedly, wanting answers.

He remained steadfast, ignoring me, until the waitress he’d called out to returned with a plastic carrier bag. “Will this do?”

“Aye.” He took it from her. “Thanks.” When I returned to the main restaurant, I put the folded-up wet clothes beside me on the bench, my underwear tucked out of sight.

I couldn’t meet the stranger’s eyes as I reached for the Diet Coke I’d asked for, savoring the taste. On tour, I’d needed lots of energy so I’d eaten well and drank plenty of water. Soda was a treat at the best of times. But I hadn’t had a Diet Coke in months, and it tasted great.

“Excuse me,” my companion’s voice jolted my gaze upward and I saw him wave down a passing waitress. “Do you have a bag?”

“A bag?”

“Carrier bag, paper bag. A bag.”

“Um … let me check.”

He held it out, staring at me with those eyes that would’ve been much more suited to a Lothario, to someone who knew how to be charming. “For your clothes.”

Oh.

It was a kind gesture, also at odds with his demeanor, and my suspicion increased. I took the bag, however, sliding my wet clothes into it and out of sight. Exasperated, I said, “What the hell do you want?”

“Food first.”

“So I’ll be well fed, satisfied, and more amenable to whatever the hell it is you want from me?”

He looked at me now, really looked at me, and the corner of his mouth curled up ever so slightly. “Exactly.”

“A good villain doesn’t admit to his plan, you know.”

“I’m not a villain.”

“What are you?”

“Fo—”

“Food first. Yeah, yeah.”

And so we sat in silence until the food arrived, and the smell of my sea bass made my stomach grumble loudly. Years ago, it would’ve embarrassed me. Now I couldn’t give a shit. All I cared about was that fish.

I dug in, closing my eyes in joy as I ate.

When I opened them to scoop up buttery mashed potatoes, I felt his gaze on me.

The furrowed brow, the glimmer of concern in his eyes, made me stiffen. But just like that, his expression cleared, blank, and he went back to eating his burger as if I didn’t exist.

I savored every morsel of that meal, including the Chocolate Fudge Fixation I ordered for dessert.

My belly felt full and satisfied, and exhaustion began to force my eyelids to droop.

And I knew it was time to pay the piper. “So …” I pushed away my empty dessert plate and slumped back against the booth, my expression baleful. “What the hell do you want from me?”

His answer was to reach into his wallet, pull out a business card, and hand it over.

I stared down at it, disbelief flooding me.



 

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Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Ahhh…this is one of those romances that makes my toes tingle and leaves my heart warm. It is full of romance with a bit mystery…I wondered why Skylar was now in the position she was in. I asked myself if Killian really knew who she was or what his real motivations were. Those questions and the romance is what kept this book interesting to me. It was the perfect balance.

Skylar was quite the character. She was living a life most of us would dream of and now she was homeless, facing danger as a single woman on the streets. As I read in the synopsis, I knew something drastic happened to Skylar for her to now be homeless and sleeping in a cemetery halfway across the world. This girl had guts!!!! She left everything familiar to her and went on a journey to figure out who she was and what direction she needed to take. I really admired that kind of strength.

Killian was a complex character himself. I wasn’t always sure what he was wanting from Skylar. However, Young does a great job of revealing to us who he really is. Oh man, could he make me swoon, especially towards the end when he tells Skylar how deeply he loves her. WOW!

As good as the romance was, the storyline itself was just as good. Even though this was Skylar’s story to tell, Young told us Killian’s too. The pacing was perfection, especially in the way she revealed more of her story in the States!

As usual, Young does such a fabulous job of describing her setting wherever it is. I saw that clearly  in her YA novel, The Fragile Ordinary. She did it again here in Glasgow. I have now added another place on my bucket list to visit.

I love when a romance has a deeper meaning for me. This one definitely did. Oftentimes, life is unpredictable and throws some major curveballs. It’s not necessarily those curveballs that determine our fate and happiness, but it’s how we deal with those. Skylar and Killian both proved that. Another excellent read from Samantha Young!



 

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Samantha Young’s AS DUST DANCES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 8th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Bellereadersthoughts – Review

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

iScream Books Blog – Review & Excerpt

Livelyreads – Review & Excerpt

Reading Under Street Lamps – Review

Shelf_Life – Review

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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August 9th

Avid Reads – Review

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K&M Sultry Reads – Review & Excerpt

Little Red Reading Hood – Review & Excerpt

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Simply Crystal – Review & Excerpt

Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt

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August 10th

Aaly and The Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic – Review

Garden of REden – Review

KsiążkowaPasja – Review

Lisa Loves Literature – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

The Review Loft – Review

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

August 11th

A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt

Fifty Shades of D and J – Excerpt

Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

SJ’s Book Blog – Excerpt

The Bookish Sisters – Review & Excerpt

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We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt

August 12th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

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Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

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The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Words are Life – Excerpt

August 13th

4TLOReading – Review

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Collector of book boyfriends – Excerpt

Kindle Friends Forever – Review & Excerpt

Literati Literature Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

Two Books in a Shelf – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

August 14th

Adventures of a Bookworm – Review

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Clare & Lou’s Mad About Books – Review

Jax’s Book Magic –Review & Excerpt

Marta Likes to Read – Review & Excerpt

Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt

Romance Readers Retreat – Review

The Curvy Savante – Review

TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt

August 15th

Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

Between The Lines – Review & Excerpt

Book Flame – Excerpt

Desperately Seeking HEA’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Margie’s Must Reads – Review & Excerpt

Novel Grounds – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Boyfriends – Review

Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

August 16th

Always Falling for Book Guys – Review & Excerpt

Badass Bloggettes – Review & Excerpt

Bookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review & Excerpt

Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt

Stuck In Books – Excerpt

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August 17th

Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt

Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt

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About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

 

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Not Quite Perfect (The Rocky Cove Series) by Rebecca Norinne Cover Reveal with Pre-Order Links & Book Trailer

15 Aug

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne. This is the first standalone title in The Rocky Cove Series, and it releases on September 26th. Check out pre-order links, and a trailer for the book, below!

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Pre-order NOT QUITE PERFECT Now

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NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne

Releasing September 26th

Blurb:

I can’t believe I met the perfect man …

On the ferry to my mother’s wedding, I met the most amazing man—his love of Faulkner notwithstanding. Professor David Carstairs was funny, intelligent, and had the sexiest hands I’d ever seen.

A conversation about classic American literature led to a romantic dinner at his house … and then a whole lot of dessert afterward. I’d never done anything like that before, but what we had was something special.

Unfortunately, everything came crashing down the next day. Because my supposedly perfect professor? His dad just married my mom, and now he’s my stepbrother!

Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot more complicated.

I’ve finally found the perfect woman …

En route to watch my father marry yet another young gold digger, I met the perfect woman—her hatred of Faulkner notwithstanding. Victoria Witherspoon was kind, witty, and had the most kissable lips I’d ever seen.

We spent the day together, and then stayed up all night exploring each other’s bodies. I don’t do relationships, but for someone as perfect as Victoria, I was ready to make an exception.

If only her mom hadn’t just married my dad, putting the object of all my fantasies firmly in the “off limits” category.

And I thought the holidays were awkward before.

Pre-order it Now

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Watch the Book Trailer!

 

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes sexy romance from the heart. Her heroines are bold and headstrong, and her heroes will do anything for the ones they love.

When not banging away at the keyboard, she is watching rugby, enjoying a pint of craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next book.

Originally from California, Rebecca currently resides in a small coastal community outside of Boston where she’s renovating an antique colonial built in the 1700s and trying valiantly not to be eaten alive by mosquitos.

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Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino Review Tour with Excerpt

15 Aug

 

 

 

From the national bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers, Swear on this Life, and Wish You Were Here comes a powerful story of two people who spend years denying their scientifically-proven chemistry.

Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio—and she was a dancer on the rise. Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably-decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.

The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering, And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.

For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change—and it’s his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection.

 

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers, Swear on This Life, and Wish You Were Here. She grew up in Southern California and lives in the San Diego area with her husband and two sons. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.



 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Blind Kiss is a very different friends to lovers/second chance romance, and I loved every moment of it. It was almost told backwards with flashbacks of very important moments shared between Penny and Gavin that would determine their future. It is one of those rare books that just wrapped me up into it, and I hated telling the characters good-bye!

While the book is full of angst and emotion, at its core, it is one of the most beautiful friends to lovers/second chance romances I’ve had the pleasure to read. To say Penny and Gavin had a complicated relationship over the past 14 years would be an understatement. One chance encounter, literally a blind kiss, brought these two together. It seemed like they were soulmates from the beginning, and love should have been easy. But, it was anything but that. Misunderstandings, hidden feelings would keep them apart romantically for years, but their underlying friendship kept them in each others’ lives, although at times, they hurt each other and those close to them.

I loved the way Carlino told the story, in the present and months and even years in the past. It showed the way in which their relationship/friendship developed and deepened over the years. I really liked both Penny and Gavin. They were far from perfect which made me relate to them even more. I could see how much in love they were with one another, and I wanted to slap them at times when they hurt one another or made the wrong decisions! Carlino was excellent at using secondary characters to show the emotion and feelings Penny and Gavin shared with each other, even showing how much pain their relationship caused their significant others.

As much as I wanted these two together, I also knew they needed to work on themselves before that could happen even though they were with other people during that time. I liked that Carlino told the story in both POVs. It gave me a great deal more insight into who Gavin and Penny were and what each one of them struggled with. It is always amazing to me when characters grow from the beginning of the book until I get to the end. Both of them were very different people by the end.

This is my very first read by Renee Carlino, and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about her writing, and she far exceeded everything I read about her. I can’t believe I waited so long to read one of her books. I have already downloaded her other books, and I can’t wait to read them!!!



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EXCERPT

 

WE SAT AT the bar of the pub as I continued to stare at him, a mixture of curiosity and fear boiling in my gut. He ordered a beer, and I ordered Chardonnay with beer-cheese pretzels.

“That’s different for you.”

I usually stuck to salads, an old habit from my dancing days, but I had lost a lot of weight in the past few weeks. “Don’t think you can distract me so easily. Tell me what’s going on. Did you break up with Briel?”

He took a long pull from his beer and stared straight ahead. “Don’t be mad, okay?”

I stared at him, wordlessly, the fear fully boiling over. And then he dropped the bomb on me.

The next few minutes were hazy as Gavin, the bar, and my glass of Chardonnay swam together before my eyes. I tried to reach for the glass but found it suddenly empty. That’s weird. It was full a minute ago. I motioned to the bartender for another, then poured it down my throat in a steady stream.

I was breathing fast when I slammed the glass on the bar, shattering my fugue state—and bringing Gavin into sharp relief. I was reeling.

“Shit, Penny! Be careful. You almost shattered your glass!” He practically yelled.

“You’re moving to fucking France?!” I yelled back.

The bartender jerked his head toward the door, and within minutes Gavin was forcibly dragging me out of the bar by the arm. I slipped out of his grip and stood in the middle of the parking lot, seething, very much drunk, and fully freaking out. “So, do you love her?”

“Briel? What kind of question is that?”

“Just answer me.”

“Fuck, Penny. That’s not what this is about. I don’t really have a choice here, though, do I?”

“You always have a choice.”

He glared at me. “That’s fucking rich, coming from you.”

I shook my head vigorously. “Totally different situation.”

“Like hell it was.”

“When do you leave?”

“In two days.”

“WHAT?!”

He ran up and shook me by the shoulders. “Jesus, if I knew you were gonna take it like this, I wouldn’t have told you in public. Pull yourself together.”

I screamed at the top of my lungs and then made a guttural sound as I hunched over and held my stomach.

“First Milo, now you?”

“Don’t you put that on me. I’m not the reason why you’re about to be alone and unhappy.”

“Fuck you, Gavin!”

“Fuck you, Penny!”

He didn’t turn around—he just stormed off in typical Gavin fashion: petulant, recalcitrant, and a total shithead. People in the parking lot were gawking, appalled, covering their children’s ears. But no one made a move to leave. When Gavin and I got like this, we were like a car wreck by the side of the road, impossible to look away from.

Gavin slid into his ’67 Chevelle and fired up the engine. I hated that car because he loved it so much. It had a black leather interior, a flawless paint job, and tinted windows, like it belonged to some kind of celebrity—which Gavin definitely wasn’t. It was his only possession worth a dime, besides his garage, a few guitars, and a Zippo lighter he swore River Phoenix had given to him at the Viper Room the night of his death.

I ran to the exit and stood in the middle of the lane, daring him to run me over as he ripped out of his parking spot and raced around the corner toward the exit. “We’re not done talking, you coward!”

He slowed but let the car idle while he revved the engine. “I dare you!” I yelled.

He stuck his head out the window, leaned his tattooed arm against the door, and actually grinned at me.

So smug. What a dick.

“You look ridiculous standing there. Get out of the way!”

I walked toward his window and noticed that his demeanor had completely softened. There was even humor in his expression. He wanted me to block him, and he knew I would.

“Can’t you have a proper fight without running away?”

“You were lecturing me, yet again. I have a mother, thank you. You have a child you can order around . . . and a husband you can control. I don’t need your shit, okay? Don’t you realize that I’m freaking out, too? I’m going through the hardest time of my life, and you’re making this all about you.”

“You’ve been going through the hardest time of your life for the whole fourteen years I’ve known you.”

“And as my friend, do you think you’re helping my situation right now?” he spat back, his mood shifting once again. “Don’t even. Don’t you dare act like I haven’t been a good friend to you. You’ve put me in the most awkward situations, you’ve bolted on me, you’ve stopped speaking to me for weeks at a time, but still . . . I make myself available to you. I’ve been here for you, always. And now you’re moving thousands of miles away when I need you most?”

He shook his head slowly. “That’s right, Penny. You have been here. You’ve been right by my side, lecturing me, rolling your eyes at me, pressuring me to get serious about Briel, all so I could go and fuck up my life even more while you sit in your nice house, with your KitchenAid mixer, your Oracle espresso machine, and your fucking yellow Lab.”

“Don’t talk about Buckley that way! He’s a good dog. And you love our espresso machine.”

Gavin’s lips turned up at the corners. “You’re so messed up, Penny. You definitely have a chemical imbalance.”

I pointed to my chest, shocked. “Me? Look who’s talking? Please, pull into a parking space. I don’t want to stand here anymore, making a spectacle of myself. Some parent from Milo’s school is probably watching this whole thing. There’ll be whispers at the next PTA meeting. Is that what

you want for me?”

“Don’t pretend like you go to PTA meetings. And look around; everyone’s gone. It’s just us.”

He was right. The parking lot had cleared out. Gavin was sitting in his idling car while I was standing outside his window like a moron.

“I resent you for saying I pushed Briel on you. And yes, for your information, I do go to PTA meetings.”

You encouraged me to go out with her, then you needled me about it until I finally did.”

“You were horribly depressed! I thought you were gonna jump off a bridge. I told you to go out with her and to have some fun. She’s a nice girl. I didn’t say turn your life upside down, pack up, and run away with a foreigner! You’re thirty-six-years old, Gavin. I think it’s time you grew up.” I shook my head. “God, I can’t believe you.”

He jerked his head back and squinted. “Great band but not totally PC to call someone a foreigner, Penny.” His voice was low.

“Are you going to become a French citizen now, too? You better brush up on your French.”

“Everyone speaks English there.”

“No, they don’t! People always say that, but you’ll see. They might be able to communicate to a degree, but it’s not conversational English.”

Why am I still standing here, screaming about French people?

I needed to tie this conversation up in a pretty little bow. I needed closure. I couldn’t say good-bye to my best friend without it. He was leaving, going to France to chase a girlfriend

I knew he didn’t love. I was losing him. And it was my fault. We couldn’t leave each other angry.

“I’ll figure it out,” he said. “Try not to make me feel worse about my situation, though I know that’s hard for you.” “Your situation? It’s always your situation. What about my situation?” He just stared at me. He was hurting; I could tell. But I was hurting, too. “Listen—”

“What?”

“Don’t interrupt me.” I cleared my throat. “Gavin . . . it’s just . . . I’m going to fucking miss you, okay? I’m having a hard time right now, and life is about to get a whole lot harder the second you leave.” I started to cry.

He hated it when I cried, but he didn’t ask me, “Why are you crying?” He never had to ask. He took a deep breath in through his nose, then released it forcefully in a burst of frustration. A second later his car stalled. He put it in gear, got out, and swooped me up in a bear hug. “Penny, Penny, Penny . . . my crazy girl,” he said as he rubbed my back. I was wiping my snot-covered nose on his black T-shirt and he didn’t care one bit.

He held me for a long time. When he started to release me, I said, “It’s not enough.”

He picked me up again and squeezed me harder. Tucking his face into my neck, he said, “It’ll never be enough.”

“Why?” I said, fully bawling against his shoulder. He brushed a strand of my hair, damp with tears, behind my ear. “I have to go, and so do you. You need to be with your family now.”

I felt the lump in my throat growing. “You don’t have to constantly remind me that I have a family. I love my family. But you’re a part of it, too, and that’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m fucking crying in the parking lot in front of Bank of America.”

He pulled away and we stood there, two feet apart, staring at each other, as if we were committing each other to memory. Allowing one another to really look at and take the other person in, stripped down to our bones, without scrutiny.

“Is this it?” I asked.

“This is it, P.”

I shook my head, leaned up on my toes, and wrapped my arms around him. We hugged again for a long time before he got into his car. I tried to hold on to the feeling of having him in my arms, or maybe I was trying to hold on to the feeling of being held in his.

He started the engine as I stood there, waiting for him to leave.

“We’ll talk on the phone or email or something, okay?”

“Okay,” I told him.

He swallowed nervously. Looking up at me from the car window, he said, “I wish it were you, Penny.”

That was my bow. He knew I needed it, good or bad—no matter what feelings it shook loose from our long and complicated history together.

 

 

 

 

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates, comes GOOD TIME COWBOY—the third standalone novel in her Gold Valley Series!

GOOD TIME COWBOY releases on August 21, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

 

GOOD TIME COWBOY Synopsis:

In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden desire just might turn into the love of a lifetime…

When Lindy Parker lost her cheating husband, she gained a vineyard. She’ll do anything for Grassroots Winery, including teaming up with the hottest devil she knows, rancher Wyatt Dodge. Wyatt is her ex’s friend and has an ego as big as the bulls he rides. But in spite of that, disciplined Lindy has always wanted him…

Lightning struck Wyatt Dodge the first time he saw Lindy Parker. But there were two problems with that: she was married to his friend, and Wyatt doesn’t do strings. But now Lindy is free, and the two of them can finally explore the heat that’s burned between them for so long. But can Lindy make this good time cowboy decide on forever?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

 

 

 

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How About No (Bear Bottom MC) by Lani Lynn Vale Cover Reveal

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Today we’re revealing the third cover in the Bear Bottom MC series by USA Today Bestselling Author, Lani Lynn Vale. HOW ABOUT NO is coming November 6!

Title: HOW ABOUT NO
Series: Bear Bottom MC
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: November 6
Photographer: Furious Photog
Model: Wes Holland

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Wade had everything he could ever want in life…then he lost it.

Now, his life—his forever girl—is living in a house he built for her while he’s struggling to move on and find meaning where there isn’t any to be found.

Landry Hill was his girl. his everything. His high school sweetheart. His first kiss. His first and only love. His old lady and wife

Then one day he does something monumentally stupid. And she walks away knowing she’ll never come back.

Fast forward five years, and he’s still just as in love with her now as he was when she left. The only problem is that she’s moved on with her life, found a new man, and seemingly forgotten him. Then there’s Wade—stuck in the same awful place where she abandoned him. The only thing he has left is his job as a police office and the Bear Bottom MC.

Just when they both think things can’t get any worse, life kicks them both in the teeth, and Landry finds out really quick that the only person she can depend on is the one that let her walk away.

With understanding comes a deal. One that Landry has no hope of ever breaking free from, and one Wade will do everything in his power to make a reality.

But one thing is still certain. The force that split them apart is still out there. And there’s no hope of escaping fate.

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About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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