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New Review: Fortuity (The Transcend Series Book 3) by Jewel E. Ann

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Fortuity, an all-new inspirational and moving standalone contemporary romance from
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

 

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Forty-something Gracelyn Glock is living the dream.
No husband.
No retirement plan.
And since her self-imposed man-ban—no need to shave above her knees.

After a tragic accident, Gracelyn inherits her ten-year-old nephew. She signs a lease on a San Diego beach house and learns their neighbors for the summer are a sexy anatomy professor and his young daughter.

Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last decade being a single dad . . . and not having sex.

So when he discovers Gracelyn has a peculiar outdoor stripping ritual, a million inappropriate thoughts fill his responsible mind.

When kisses are stolen, man-bans are broken, and summer comes to an end, will hearts stay in one piece and hope stay alive? Or will saying goodbye destroy everything?




Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

LOVED IT!! This book had everything I needed right now – humor, sweetness and sexiness all rolled into one.
Gracelyn has struck out 3 times at love and at 41 years old, she has decided she is done with men for good. After a tragedy, she finds herself guardian to her 10-year-old nephew, Gabe, and lets that be her sole focus in life. She isn’t sure how to be a parent but she can be his friend and try to help guide him in the right direction.
Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last 8 years traveling around the world with his 10-year-old daughter, Morgan, and is spending the summer at a beach house in San Diego before returning home to Wisconsin for good. He’s used to living a celibate life, focused solely on being a single parent. He never expects his life to be upended when Gracelyn and her nephew move in next door.
Sparks fly almost immediately between Gracelyn and Nathaniel but they are both determined to not act on it. However, since Morgan and Gabe have become best friends, it becomes too difficult to ignore the chemistry between them. What starts as a no-strings fling, quickly grows to something more but how will it work when Nathaniel and Morgan’s life awaits them in Wisconsin and Gracelyn and Gabe are staying in San Diego?
I loved this story!! Just as every other book of Jewel E. Ann’s, I was drawn in from the start and could not put this book down. The characters in this story are fantastic, even the 10-year-olds. I was so excited for Nathaniel to get his own story and this one did not disappoint in any way!! Even though this is book 3 in the Transcend series, it can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this book and all of Jewel E. Ann’s other books as well!!



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Excerpt:

“What took you two so long? Don’t worry, we saved you some cake.” Mr. Hans smiles from his recliner with Hunter on the sofa, her thumbs dancing along her phone screen. Gabe will get along well with her.

“Cake, Morgan?”

My steps falter when I hear Nate’s voice from the kitchen.

Mr. Hans winks at me. “I invited Nate for cake too.”

I nod slowly. “I see. Whose birthday is it?”

“Life is a celebration. Cake needs no excuse.”

So much for having some time to digest what Nate said to me and my flirty reaction to his kiss comment. I put on a neutral face and drag my timid ass into the kitchen.

“Cake, Gracelyn?” Nate glances up from the counter, a knife in one hand and a plate in his other hand.

“Mmm … yes, Gracelyn. You want cake.” Morgan rolls her eyes back in her head as she slowly chews a bite, standing next to Nate.

How am I supposed to look at him when I saw him barely an hour ago and he said he wanted to kiss me, and I returned the desire without the actual kiss? I guess we’re going to be two people who want to kiss but know that it will never happen.

“Thank you.” I take the cake, giving Nate a two-second glance. It’s all I can give him without completely self-combusting into a pile of ashes.

“Mr. Hans … this is so good.” Morgan traipses out of the kitchen.

“It is good. I haven’t had cake in a long time.” I slowly lick the frosting from the fork.

Nate glances at the floor, eyes narrowed, and hunches down. After a few seconds, I move around to his side of the island.

“Did you drop something?”

Hunched like a baseball catcher, gaze still to the floor, he crooks a finger at me.

I set my plate on the counter. “Did you lose a contact lens?” I squat next to him behind the counter.

He lifts his gaze to meet my squinted eyes. The corner of his mouth bends just as his hand slides behind my head and his lips press to mine.

What the hell?

My lungs freeze while my heart pauses and my mind explodes. There’s no tongue to this kiss, just hungry lips. It knocks me off balance, and I fall to my knees, resting my hands on his shoulders.

Nate pulls back half an inch, letting his lips hover next to mine, the warmth of his breath covering my stunned mouth. “I’m not even sorry.” He shrugs.

My mouth opens as if it wants to speak, but I have no idea what to say.

“Dad …”

Nate bolts up, leaving me on my knees. “Yes?”

“Can Hunter use—” Morgan’s eyes narrow at me, my head barely peeking over the counter. “Gracelyn, what are you doing?”

“I’m …” I give her a tight smile.

Nate says, “Picking up a few crumbs.”

At the same time, I say, “Tying your dad’s shoe.”

His explanation is much better.

Morgan laughs. “Um … okay. You’re both acting weird.”

I climb to my feet.

“Can Hunter use what?” Nate asks.

“Your bike so we can go for a bike ride.”

“Are you going to stay around here?”

Morgan nods. “Pinky swear. We won’t go too far.”

“I’ll need to put the seat down for her.”

“Yes! Thanks, Dad. I’ll go tell her.” Morgan runs out of the kitchen.

Nate covers the cake with plastic wrap and nods to my plate with the half-eaten piece of cake. “Are you going to finish that?”

Cake. He wants to talk about the cake?

My head inches side to side.

“Too good to let it go to waste.” He picks up the plate and finishes my cake.

YOU KISSED ME!

“By the way …” His gaze remains on the plate as he scoops up the last bite. “Morgan knows I know how to tie my own shoes.”

 

About Jewel
www.annajon.es

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

Connect with Jewel

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New Review: Rebel Desire by LK Farlow with Excerpt

 

Title: Rebel Desire
Author: LK Farlow
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 4, 2020
Blurb
As a wedding photographer, it’s no surprise that Ashley
Murphy, despite her perpetual singleness, is a little in love with love.
When she catches a hunky best man checking her out while on
the job, her heart all but shouts, “He’s the one”. Until he opens his
mouth. Colton Banks is a cocky lawyer with a mean streak a country mile wide.
Colton prefers order to chaos. He believes there’s a time
and place for everything, so when a lilac haired hottie sends him a flirtatious
wink while she’s on the job, he’s less than impressed.
When she shows up at his office a week later asking for
legal help, his first instinct is to send her packing. But day after day, she
returns, finding new elaborate ways to break him down.
 It’s not until a life-altering surprise shows up on
Colton’s doorstep that things start to change. Ironically, the answer to his
problem may be his incredibly annoying, free-spirited new “friend.”
Complications. Lust. Attraction. Love.
As their tenuous friendship grows, the chemistry between
them becomes a raging inferno, and everyone knows you can’t deny your rebel desires.



Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

Super cute enemies to lovers story!!
When Ashley meets Colton at a wedding she is the photographer for, she feels an immediate connection to him and knows he is the one for her. However, Colton does not see it that way AT ALL. He is annoyed by how unprofessional he sees the “purple haired menace.” But when circumstances keep throwing these two together, Colton slowly warms up to Ashley’s unique ways and this unlikely pair has amazing chemistry. Can these opposites make it as a couple?
I loved this story! I was immediately drawn in to this book and loved these characters!! Colton’s son, Cruz, is so adorable and was one of the stars of this story as well. If you enjoy romcoms with a side of heartwarming sweetness, this is definitely the book for you!



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Excerpt
“Hello, this is Ashley.”
“Am I supposed to find your antics clever?” A growly yet refined voice barks in my ear. Colton.
“Actually, you’re supposed to say ‘thank you.’ Or are you one of those men who feels emasculated by receiving flowers?”
“No, I’m the kind of man who isn’t swayed by paltry attempts at bribery.”
Why would fate assign me such a monumental jackass as my soulmate? Clearly the universe has a sick sense of humor. “Good thing I’m not trying to bribe you, then,” I say, lying through my teeth.
“Aren’t you, though? Muffins, flowers, what’s next? Maybe a box of chocolates? Half of your peanut butter sandwich? I’m not your grade school crush. I’m a professional, Miss Murphy, and only work with other professionals, which you have demonstrated time and time again, you are not.”
I tap the speaker button on my phone and toss it down on my desk. This man makes me insane. “You are truly the most condescending man I’ve ever met. You don’t know me well enough to have formed these kinds of opinions about me.”
In all honesty, his extreme dislike of me hurts. A lot. Especially with how my heart and soul long for his. He means for his words to dissuade me—to break me—but every single insult and rebuff only makes me want to prove him wrong that much more.
“They say the truth hurts, Miss Murphy. It’s not my fault you’re ill-equipped to handle the pain.”
I clench my fists so tightly my nails dig into my palms, leaving behind little crescent-shaped marks. This man makes me want to commit felonies—you know, like murder. I wonder, since he’s my soulmate, could it be classed as a crime of passion? “I can handle everything you dish out and more.”
Colton makes a noise low in his throat, and I can nearly picture the sneer on his face. “Is that a threat?”
“It’s a promise, Mr. Banks. Do your worst; I’ll not only take it—I’ll return it back tenfold.”
“You don’t have it in you.” He laughs cruelly, the dark tenor of it winding around my heart in inky swirls.
“I’m far stronger than you give credit for.” Not to mention, my plan of attack is to repay his barbs with kindness. Something tells me that will knock him off guard far more than volleying back with harsh words or petty.
“You mistake strength for stupidity.”
“And you underestimate me.” I end the call before he can reply, crumpling down to my desk chair with my heart thundering and my pulse racing.
I’ll show that sexy, arrogant jackass exactly who he’s up against. I may be quirky and kind, but those two qualities are exactly what give me an edge. Colton Banks is used to sharks and snakes, but he’s about to be brought to his knees by a creature far more deadly—a woman scorned.
Author Bio
LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for
words. She’s been writing stories for as long as she can remember. A Southern
girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA–that’s Lower
Alabama, y’all–with her amazing husband and four rambunctious children. When
she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows
while she crochets or with her nose in a book.  
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Favourite Hello. Hardest Goodbye by E.S. Carter Release Tour with Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ($25 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!)

Title: Favourite Hello. Hardest Goodbye.
Author: E.S. Carter
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Ellis.
I feel him.
Before I even lay eyes on him, I sense him.
The air in the room seems charged, my awareness of him heightened, but he is a stranger to me.
Unfamiliar, yet familiar.
Unknown, yet known.
And something inside me says, “Hello, I’ve been waiting for you.”
Macsen.
I see him.
I’ve seen him a hundred times before and I know this will not be the last, but each time I do, I feel it.
That invisible tether.
I remember everything.
I remember him.
His eyes lock with mine and then move away too quickly.
I am nothing more than a stranger, another face in the crowd.
While he is my favourite hello, and my hardest goodbye.



Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

Another hit from ES Carter!! This is a wonderful, beautiful love story unlike most other romance books!
Macsen has been very successful in the world of business but thinks nothing of walking away from it all based on a gut feeling. His gut feelings have never steered him wrong and knows that if he’s right, everything he is searching for is in Lily Bay. Prior to arriving in Lily Bay, he bought an old run-down manor at auction that he plans to restore to its former glory.
Ellis has lived his whole life in Lily Bay and loves being the owner/chef of Safe Harbour, a local pub. He’s always felt like there’s a piece missing inside him and has never had a fulfilling personal life. He isn’t sure if the reason for that is because of his sexuality and living in a small village or if it’s something else.
When Macsen sees Ellis in Lily Bay, Macsen knows that he has found his home and what he has been looking for. Will he be able to convince Ellis that they are meant to be together forever?
I loved every part of this story!! Macsen and Ellis are amazing characters and their love story is nothing short of epic!! This story is full of the feels and has all of the elements of a fantastic romance. I was sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put this book down. ES Carter is such a talented storyteller and I love every book she writes. I highly recommend this book as well as all of her other works!!



“You’re in front of me, I can see you, but not only with my eyes. Your voice, the way you speak to me, I hear it, but not only with my ears. My body knows yours, Macs.” I rub a hand over my abdomen. “It knows you in here.” I tap my temple with my finger. “It knows you in here.” And finally, I place a palm on my chest over my heart. “And in here, in here it’s hollow, empty, waiting, always waiting.”
“For what?” His words are a mere whisper of air.
“For you.”

USA Today Bestselling Author, ES Carter, lives in Cardiff, South Wales—the home of castles, dragons, and folklore.
 
Her family joke that she was born with a book in her hand, and the urge to write stories soon followed.
 
At eleven, she won her school’s literary prize. At ages fourteen to sixteen – her poetry phase after falling in love with Dylan Thomas and e.e. cummings – she had a few poems published, but life, love, and family overtook her dreams, and she was in her thirties when she began the scary journey of self-publishing.
 
Her debut and internationally best-selling series, ‘Love by Numbers’, are a set of interconnected stand-alone romances, all with varying themes of love. From second-chance to romantic comedy and M/M romance. These stories do not need to be read in order (apart from the opening duet Nineteen/Twenty One), in fact, she is often guilty of advising readers to start at the last book and work their way back through.
 
Contemporary romance is not the only genre she writes, her second series, ‘The Red Order’, is as dark and twisted as you can get, but there is beauty there too if you can open your eyes and look.
 
With many more stories bursting to be set free, she hopes you stay along for the ride.
 
She loves to connect with readers, so please feel free to friend/follow her on Facebook, IG, and Twitter or join her reader’s group, E’s Elite ❤
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Charmer by Kayley Loring Review/Release Blitz

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Charmer by Kayley Loring is LIVE!! You will be enchanted by this steamy romantic comedy about Nico, a dreamy singer-songwriter who falls hard for a single mom and her young son! #OneClick today!

 

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NICO

She serves me coffee late at night when I come around to write lyrics,

but it’s not the caffeine I’ve gotten addicted to.

We’ve got the spark, but she’s the only woman in town

who seems to be immune to my charms.

When it’s time for me to leave for my cross-country tour,

I just can’t imagine not seeing her for months.

So I offer her a job on the road with me.

KAT

Everyone in LA knows that Nico Todd has a way with songs and with the ladies.

What he doesn’t know is that I would love to let him have his way with me.

But my life can only revolve around one infuriatingly cute guy—

the six-year-old that I live with.

Imagine my surprise when Nico finds out about my little boy

and tells me to bring him and my mom on the road too.

And imagine Nico’s surprise when he realizes my son

is the biggest charmer of them all.

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Danielle’s Review

4 STARS

I love rock-star romances and this one did not disappoint!
Kat found herself a single mom as a result of a one night stand. 6 years later, she has made a good life for her and her son, Tate while living with her mother. She is very devoted to her son and providing for him is her sole focus in life. Kat is working as a waitress in a local coffee shop when she recognizes a customer as an actor from one of her favorite shows as a teenager. She begins to feel a connection with him as he becomes a regular customer of hers but she is determined to not let him be anything more than a customer.

But Nico is on a mission to convince Kat to give him a chance. When he discovers Kat’s passion for photography and film-making, he hires her to do a documentary of his upcoming tour. And how can she say no if he invites her son and mother to come along as well? How long can Kat keep things platonic and professional with Nico?

I loved Nico and Kat’s story! Both are great characters and I loved watching the growing relationship between them. This story is the perfect mix of funny, sweet and sexy. The relationship that develops between Nico and Tate is heartwarming as well. This is the second book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed them both. Kayley Loring is definitely an author I will continue to read!



 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

 

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New Review: The Life You Stole by Jewel E. Ann with Excerpt

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“Hold on with both hands because you’re about to experience the ride of a lifetime. All the stars for this masterpiece.”

-Marni Mann, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Life You Stole, the compelling and stunning conclusion to the binge-worthy Life Duet from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

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Sex.

Lies.

Revenge.

On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.

Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.

“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”

When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.

“We weren’t unbreakable.

I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”

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Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

This duet is by far a top read for me – not only of 2020 but among my top favorites ever! Not only because the writing is impeccable but also because I love books that I can’t stop thinking about for days/weeks after.

 

In the first book, I thought I knew these 4 friends pretty well but now I know that I was wrong. The twists and turns that the first book took were nothing but a drop in the bucket compared to TLYS. This book picks up where The Life That Mattered left off and the suspense picks right back up as well. This book utterly broke me, to the point that I had to put my kindle down, try to contain my tears and take some deep breaths before I could continue. I was almost too afraid to keep reading because I didn’t know how much my poor heart could take but I am thankful that I kept going. This was a beautifully unique and complex story and I love that one of my favorite authors of all time wrote it! Highly recommended!!




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Excerpt

 

I jumped, shutting my computer, and glanced up at Graham paused at the threshold to my room, loosening his red tie. He always looked handsome in a suit and that red tie I gave him for his birthday. I didn’t expect to see him. My assistant said he was at the Governor’s Mansion. I rarely stayed there, but he used it as an occasional “getaway.” Probably from me. So when she told me he was there, I made the assumption (actually hoped) he’d decided to stay the night and get some work done.

“It’s not even seven.” I tucked my bare feet beneath me, still wearing my navy skirt suit and silk scarf—my long hair in loose curls down my back and around my shoulders just like Graham liked it.

He took calculated steps toward me, completely untying his tie, letting it drop to the floor before working the buttons to his starchy white shirt. I tried to forget my internet search, not that it mattered because I couldn’t hide anything from my husband. He elicited a warring of emotions from me. An icy tingle slithered along my spine, making every muscle rigid, while the warmth in my heart fed on the way my pulse reacted to his proximity, the way it always had done. That never changed. It was how I knew we weren’t broken.

“Did you miss me?” He smirked, shrugging off his shirt, revealing his defined torso—abs for days beneath a thin smattering of dark hair on his chest.

I was the envy of so many women. Every day I reminded myself of that.

“Nice scarf.” He knelt in front of the chair.

I returned a nervous smile, hoping the man before me was the man I loved. Graham untied the scarf, sliding it from my neck as slowly as he’d slid off his tie just seconds earlier. The scarf floated to the floor. Gentle fingers swept my hair off my shoulders, exposing my neck.

With the same feather’s touch, he traced the bruises. “It’s nothing …” His lips replaced his fingers, kissing my neck. “You’re fine. Right?”

I wanted to believe him. Could denial become truth if we just believed hard enough?

“I’m fine,” I murmured, closing my eyes.

“Want me to show you how much I missed you?” he whispered next to my ear.

Was he asking me for permission? Governor Graham demanded me. Pre-marriage, pre-Governor Graham asked … begged me to surrender to him.

JewelEAnn

About Jewel

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

Connect with Jewel

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2Qzj2iq

Twitter: http://bit.ly/2urUQG0

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2ZZwpLD

BookBub: http://bit.ly/2s4ftr1

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Unbreakable (Cloverleigh Farms Series #4) by Melanie Harlow Blog Tour with Review & Excerpt

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“Unbreakable is everything you expect from a Melanie Harlow novel: emotional, sexy and a love that’s worth risking it all for. I could not get enough of Henry and Sylvia’s story!”

— Corinne Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

Unbreakable, an all new “do not miss” sexy and emotional second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!

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In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.

Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?

For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.

Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.

Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.

But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.

But deep down, I’m terrified.

Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?

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Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

Loved this super sweet romance by Melanie Harlow! This is the 4th book in the Cloverleigh Farms series but you don’t have to have read the others to enjoy this one.
Sylvia has returned home to her parents’ farm with her two children, looking for the comforts of home and family to help mend her heart after her husband leaves her for another woman. She needs to take the time to figure out who she is as a single mother and what she wants for her future. While out for a walk one evening, she stops to talk with Henry, an acquaintance who also happens to work at Cloverleigh Farms in the vineyards. Even though Sylvia had seen him a dozen times over the years at family events, she isn’t expecting the sparks that fly between them this time.
Henry has been working himself nearly to death since the collapse of his 10 year marriage. He wants to avoid all the awkward questions nosy people ask and just do what he loves. He has heard that Sylvia has returned home to Cloverleigh Farms with her two children and newly single. Henry has seen her several times over the years and even though he thought she was beautiful, would never stray from his wife. When she stops by to say hello, he’s surprised by how attracted he is to her and how they seem to have so much in common.
Is it too soon for Sylvia and Henry to move forward from their failed marriages? How many times can they deny the chemistry that is sizzling between them?
I loved this story! Although I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series, I didn’t feel lost and immediately fell in love with Sylvia and her entire family. And Henry is a wonderful, swoon-worthy character himself! I loved that the connection they built seemed so sweet and true and not solely based on a physical attraction. Sylvia’s children endeared themselves to me as well. I hope there will be more stories from Cloverleigh Farms so that I can catch up with Sylvia and Henry again in the future.

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“Want to unzip my dress?”

“That would be a hell yes.” He took my hand and pulled me to my feet. “Turn around.”

I turned, lifting my hair off my neck. Slowly, he pulled the zipper down my back, and the red dress fell to my feet. Stepping out of it, I suddenly felt self-conscious. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of a man without the cover of darkness in a long time. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of anyone but my ex since I was twenty—and I didn’t have that body anymore. I’d had two children. Even though I knew it was stupid, that nagging little prickle of insecurity still stung . . . I’d been left for a younger woman. He’d told her I didn’t excite him anymore. Was my body to blame? Before I could stop myself, I covered my chest with my arms, wrapping one fist inside the other and tucking them beneath my chin.

“Hey.” Henry turned me by the shoulder so I was facing him again. “Don’t do that.”

“What?” I had trouble looking him in the eye.

He tipped my chin up. “Don’t hide yourself from me.”

“I’m not hiding,” I said, but of course I was.

Taking me by the wrists, he forced my arms down to my sides, and looked at me.

I started to panic a little.

I was totally bare before him—stretch marks, C-section scar, less-than-perky breasts and all. Unlike many of my friends, I’d never had surgery to restore my post-baby body to its former tight, bouncy, unmarked state. Now I was kind of wishing I had.

I’d never felt so naked or vulnerable in my life.

“Sylvia, I’m going to say this once,” Henry said seriously. “And then, since you’ve learned not to trust words entirely, I’m going to spend the rest of the night showing you that it’s true—I think you are the most exquisite woman on the face of the earth, in every way. There is no part of your body, no inch of your skin, that isn’t perfect, because it’s yours.” He took my head in his hands and kissed me, hard but sweet. “And all I want to do is make you mine, even if it’s just for tonight.”

“Yes,” I whispered. I rose up on my toes, pressing my lips to his again while my hands went to work unbuttoning his shirt. “Make me yours tonight, Henry. That’s all I want to be.”



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USA Today bestselling author, Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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The Life That Mattered (The Life Series #1) by Jewel E. Ann Blog Tour with Review and Excerpt

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“The wildly talented Jewel E. Ann consistency finds a way to level up. Every book she writes leaves me desperate for more! The Life That Mattered is a must-read.” – Ella James, USA Today bestselling author

The Life That Mattered, an all-new emotional and poignant novel from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

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Sex isn’t love.

Love isn’t sex.

And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.

When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.




Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

Jewel E. Ann delivers another phenomenal read with this one!! Each book she writes becomes my new favorite, and this one is no different.

Evelyn meets Ronin while on vacation with her two best friends who happen to be engaged to each other. They share a cup of coffee and a fantastic conversation. Evelyn is pleased to discover that Ronin is relocating to Aspen, where she lives.
When he stops by her shop, the pair pick up where they left off the day they met and soon become inseparable. Will this whirlwind romance be the HEA they want it to be?
This is a story unlike any other I’ve ever read. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat and left me hanging with an enormous cliffhanger!! Anyone who knows me knows I hate cliffhangers but waiting to read a book by Jewel E. Ann is out of the question. I love her writing and the elements of surprise that keep me hooked until the story ends. This book made me feel so many emotions and I loved every word of it!! Now bring on part 2!!



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I wasn’t opposed to the occasional drunken one-night stand, but not with Evelyn. We weren’t drunk, and I wasn’t okay with an arbitrary time in the future that I may or may not see her again.

“I’ll walk you to your door,” Evelyn said as she turned off her Jeep.

“God …” I laughed, shaking my head. “That’s messed up. Now I feel a huge urgency to get my own vehicle. I think I’ll go tomorrow to buy one just so you don’t ever have to walk me to my door again.”

She climbed out. “I don’t have to stop at your door. We don’t have to play by the rules of dating. I think we’re past that age. How old are you?”

I found her hand and led her to the front door. “Thirty-five.”

“I’m thirty-four. Have you ever been married?”

We stopped at my door and faced each other. “No. You?”

She shook her head. “The rules don’t apply once you’re past thirty.”

“The rules?”

Evelyn grinned. “The courting shit. The baseball game.”

“The baseball game?” My head canted to the side.

“Yeah. The sexual bases? First base is kissing. Second base is—”

“Yes.” I fished my keys from my pocket. “I’m familiar with the bases.”

“Well, I don’t know if you’re a fan of baseball or not, but I am.”

I unlocked my door and motioned for her to go inside.

She wet her lips and stepped into my condo without an ounce of hesitation. “You’re inviting me in. So you are a fan of baseball.”

Not so much. Skiing, football (soccer), rugby, cycling, tennis … but not baseball. However, something told me Evelyn might make me a baseball fan.

“Are you sure you’re living here?” She glanced around at the sparse furnishings of my two-bedroom condo.

“I never stay in one place long. No need to own much. It’s just that much more to sell or move.”

Books.

I owned books and a place to sit and read them. My parents didn’t believe in letting Julien and I watch television while we were growing up. Julien embraced art. I embraced fiction—mysteries and sci-fi.

“What do you consider not long?” She ran her fingers along the back of my leather recliner before dropping her bag to the floor and slipping off her jacket.

“Three to five years is a nice stay.” I tossed my coat onto one of two barstools at my kitchen counter.

“Okay. So our marriage will be short.” Her teeth trapped her full bottom lip.

“Probably.”

I’d dated enough women to know there existed a sequence of events that took place way before the M word should ever be discussed. I’d never reached the point of discussing the M word. Not even with my longest relationship, which lasted two years.

Two years and we didn’t talk about marriage.

I was out of my realm of experience with Evelyn. We joked about marriage, but who joked about that? Then there was a baseball discussion happening, and I didn’t even like baseball, but I waited with restless anticipation for Evelyn to make her point. Something told me it could be brilliant.

“Kenny was a guy I dated my first year in college. He played baseball.”

I could not have cared less about this Kenny guy, but he brought her back to the baseball talk, so I folded my arms over my chest, leaned against the counter, and gave her my full attention as she walked in slow circles around my furniture. A predator with calculated moves.

Who was I to judge? I walked into her shop that day and basically said we needed to expedite our dating status—laid out my plans to eat dinner with her, close down bars, and sip hot chocolate.

“He was a solid hitter. Always got on base, but he never hit a home run. I honestly think he lacked the confidence to go for it. His coaches told him to just get on base, so that’s what he did because that’s what you do when you’re young like that. You spend a lot of time on the bases.”

Were we still talking about baseball in the literal sense?

“I think once you hit your thirties, no one should judge if you just hit it out of the park your first time up to bat.” Her lips twisted as she stopped in front of me. “The goal is to hit it home. If you can do that, then why the hell not, right?”

I thought I understood the metaphor. But if I was wrong, I could get thrown out of the game.

“Can I get you a drink?”

Evelyn shook her head.

My eyes narrowed, studying her for a few seconds.

“First base is fine.” She shrugged.

Fuck me …

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About Jewel

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Thick & Thin (The Chubby Girl Chronicles) by Tabatha Vargo Review Tour

Title: Thick & Thin
Series: The Chubby Girl Chronicles
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: January 21, 2020

Jenny Michaels
We promised to stay best friends through thick and thin, but that was before the kiss that changed it all. Before he went off to war and left me behind angry and bitter. Now he’s back, turning my world upside down, but I’m not the love-sick tomboy he left behind. And even though he always promised through thick and thin, something tells me I’m a little thicker than he had in mind. 
Joshua Black
I made promises to Jenny, but I’m not the boy I was when I left for Afghanistan. I’m broken, scarred, and not nearly good enough to hold her heart. I tried to do the right thing and stay away, but my family needs me, which means I have to go home. Jenny hates me, and maybe that’s a good thing because I only want to do right by her. That means keeping my hands off her newly rounded curves. No matter how hard that might be.



Danielle’s Review

5 STARS

LOVED!! I have followed Tabatha Vargo for quite awhile on social media but for some unknown reason, I have never read a book by her until now and I can honestly say I am a fan!!
Jenny and Josh have been the best of friends since they were little, where one went, the other wasn’t far behind. Most of their childhood memories are tied to each other. But now that it’s nearly high school graduation time, they are about to go their separate ways. Jenny noticed her feelings for Josh became something more than friendship a couple years ago but didn’t want to jeopardize what they had. She’s concerned about him enlisting in the military but knows this is what he wants to do and is prepared to fully support him and miss him every day he is away.
Josh has always loved Jenny, his best friend, but has come to realize he loves her as more than a friend. He isn’t sure about making any promises knowing that soon he will be far away from her, with him in the military and her several states away in college. Ultimately, he decides he can no longer hide his true feelings and is pleasantly surprised when his feelings are returned.
Can these two nearly lifelong friends make the transition from friendship to lovers? What happens when adult, grown-up issues interfere with their HEA?
This story was truly beautiful!! Tabatha Vargo does a wonderful job telling the story of the sweet friendship that bloomed over the years between Josh and Jenny. I was so invested in these two characters that when they hurt, I hurt with them and when they were happy, I was as well. I shared the feelings of every high and low in between that these two experienced and was sad when the story ended. As a full-figured woman myself, I can identify with some of the feelings that Jenny had about herself years after high school when her body changed and she had gained some weight. The insecurities were exactly what I myself have felt. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be catching up on her other books!!



Tabatha is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.
 
Tabatha writes in all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn’t afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion, as she proved with her dark, prison romance, Slammer. 
 
She’s an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.
 
Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes.
 
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Rebel Soul by LK Farlow Release Blitz with Review & Excerpt

Title: Rebel Soul
Author: LK Farlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Dramatic Comedy
Release Date: January 23, 2020
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West Larson comes from old money—the kind of wealth that comes with expectations steeped in archaic traditions. So, it’s not surprising when he learns the conditions of his trust fund: produce an heir before he turns twenty-five.

Enter Stacia Kellan. Her lowkey personality makes her the perfect baby mama…without the drama. And thanks to her wild-ass hair, colorful tattoos, and smart mouth, she’s exactly the kind of girl his parents would never approve of. Add in the fact that she’s a total smokeshow…knocking her up certainly wouldn’t be a hardship.

Stacia lives her life fast and loud. The idea of settling down isn’t on her radar. So, when her long-time friend asks her to have his baby, her immediate answer is a big, fat hell-to-the-no. Seriously, is he crazy?

West pulls out all the stops in wooing her and with every heated encounter, Stacia finds herself falling a little more for his charm and wit. Oh, and his forearms…yum.

Obligations. Lust. Friendship. Love.

The lines begin to blur as emotions enter the equation and besides, everyone knows you can’t deny your rebel soul.

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Danielle’s Review

4 STARS

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Really liked this story!! Although this trope has been done many times before, the story didn’t feel stale or boring. This story gave me so many feels and made for a quick, easy read.
West has just learned that his a$$hole of a grandfather has put a clause in his will that in order for West to inherit the property his grandmother left behind for him, he must have a child before he turns 25. Although he isn’t required to also marry, he doesn’t have much time to find a suitable woman to agree to have his child that he doesn’t mind interacting with for the next 18 years. His best friend/attorney has agreed to help him with the process.
Stacia’s father has been arrested for a crime she knows he didn’t commit and her mom is nearing a nervous breakdown, leaving Stacia to figure out how to raise the money for her father’s bail and defense. Stacia needs a cheap place to stay so she can focus on saving money for her father and West offers her a place to live, after all they are friends and that’s what friends do.
After living together for a bit, West soon realizes that Stacia is the perfect woman for the role of baby mama. All he has to do is convince her of that as well. Will Stacia be able to refuse West when he is determined to get her to say yes?
I loved Stacia and West!! West is rich and sexy and has the sweetest side that will make any woman swoon. Stacia is a beautiful spitfire who’s not about to let anyone take advantage of her. The banter and chemistry between these two make this story great! If you like this kind of story, I would definitely recommend this one!
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“Can I drive?” I ask, rubbing my hands together like an evil genius who just hatched a plan.

West appraises me for a moment before laughing. “That’d be a hell no.”

“Why?”

“This car’s got a lot of power.” He leans back against the passenger door smirking.

“Yup, sure does.”

“And you think you can handle it?”

Scoffing, I say, “I know I can.” One of the many things AJ and I bonded over when we became friends was our love of cars; while she prefers old, American muscle, I lust over supercars. Either way, she and I both like to go fast—really fucking fast. “Don’t tell me you’re one of those misogynistic assholes that think women can’t drive?”

“Not at all. I’m just territorial about my car.” A calculating glint shines in his blue eyes. “Give me one good reason I should let you behind the wheel of my baby.”

“I’ve wanted to drive one of these ever since it completed a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in just over seven minutes. You do realize you own the seventh fastest street legal vehicle, right?” I step into him, pressing my front to his, my hands roaming over the hard planes of his chest. “No lie, the thought of handling it gets my panties…”

I trail off and West gulps, sliding his arms around me, tugging me impossibly closer. “Gets your panties what?” His voice is rough and gritty, rubbing over my libido the same way a stubbled jaw would my skin.

Bring my ears to his lips, I whisper, “Wet. It gets them wet.”

“Fuck,” he groans, every bit of his longing plain for me to hear—and feel, judging by the bulge pressing into my belly. “She’s all yours.”

I step back from him, a smug, victorious smile plastered to my face. “I knew you’d come around.”




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LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for
words. She’s been writing stories for as long as she can remember. A Southern
girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA–that’s Lower
Alabama, y’all–with her amazing husband and four rambunctious children. When
she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows
while she crochets or with her nose in a book.  
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Unspoken Words by K.M. Golland Blog Tour with Excerpt & Review

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This is a story of unspoken words and how loud they can be.

Unspoken Words, “a wonderful story of first love, first heartbreak” from K.M. Golland is available now!

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Connor Bourke and I met when we were twelve years old. He was a quiet boy with so much to say and only one way to say it—through song. He’d lost his best friend to cancer, so I showed him there was love and life in loss, and to hold on to his memories, always.

Eloise Mitchell was a blazing fire when my world turned dark. She’d shined so bright and burned so fierce that the wall I’d built around myself simply melted to the ground at her feet.

We shared everything together:

Our first kiss,

first love,

first mistake,

and first regret.

She taught me to speak,

to forgive,

and to never forget.

Through his music, he could say all he needed to say except for, ‘I love you’.

I could never tell her those three words.

Yet, I knew he meant them, that he loved me beyond all measure, beyond time

… beyond a broken heart.

I loved her more than anything.

Our bond was unbreakable.

Our love was ever after.

But, then, we tend to destroy the ones we love most.

And all bonds break, especially when the heart is what holds them together.

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Danielle’s Review

4 STARS

If you want a story that will make you feel every emotion and then some, without a traditional HEA, this is the book for you. 


Meeting one summer at the age of 12, Ellie and Connor are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. Connor had just lost his best friend to cancer and will hardly speak to anyone and Ellie is determined to help ease his pain and help him find light in the darkness. They form a friendship that summer with a bond so strong, it will never be broken. After a while, the two become more than friends and continue on together through most of high school until an argument leads to mistakes being made that this pair may not be able to come back from. 


Can these two find their way back to each other and forgive past hurts? 


I loved the bond that Connor and Ellie shared. It is truly a bond that a good romance is made of. The struggles they face and the ups and downs are realistic and heart and gut-wrenching at the same time. This was the roller coaster of all roller coasters in a book and for that, I say a job well done by KM Golland. I struggled with writing my review because while the story was beautiful, I had high hopes for a better ending. Overall, a well-written book and I am open to reading this author again.   


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“Eloise.” Connor’s hand shot out and clasped mine. “Don’t leave.”

“Please let go. I can’t stay here right now. I need air.”

He didn’t quite chuckle but waved his hand at the space around us instead. “There’s plenty of air.”

“Yeah, but you’re stealing it,” I choked out, unable to hold back my tears. “You’re always stealing my air.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You!” I shrugged out of his clasp so that I could point my trembling finger at him. “You breathe air into me and then you steal it, and I’m left gasping. Why do you do that? Why can’t you just let me breathe with you?”

Connor’s wide eyes searched mine, darting from side to side like a ball in a pinball machine. He looked so lost and helpless, and stupid, so I elaborated. “Every second we are together, I feel alive. Every kiss, every touch, every unspoken word breathes life into me and I tether myself to it, afraid to let go. But then you refuse to tell me how you truly feel with the words you were given, words I know you can damn well say and choose not to, and it sucks that air right back out of me, and I … I can’t breathe.”

He closed his eyes, his shoulders sagging.

“Why’s it so hard for you to say?”

Connor didn’t respond. He just kept his eyes pressed shut, as if I weren’t even there, and it ripped me in two.

“JUST SAY IT,” I shouted. “Just tell me you love me. I know you do.”

“If you know I do then why do you need to hear it?”

“Because some words mean so much. Some words need to be heard and spoken.”

“Not those.”

“Of course those. They’re the most important three words anyone can say.”

“No, baby, you’re wrong.” Connor opened his eyes, grasped my arms, and pulled me to sit on his lap, securing me tightly, his finger tracing a heart over my own. “My love for you goes beyond what words can say and do, so yeah, I choose not to say them. Those three words are empty where we’re concerned.”

I sobbed. “But I need to hear them.”

“You don’t,” he whispered, pressing his palm over my heart and placing my palm over his, the pressure firm, both of our hands unmoving. “Do you feel that?”

A reverberating beat travelled through my body into his and from his into mine, our pressed hands a bridge, one beginning where one ended. We begin where we end.

What I’d written in my notebook before we made love hit me like a truck, and I jolted and gasped.

“What, Eloise? What’s wrong?”

“I get it.”

“Get what?”

“I get that you don’t want to say what you feel or that some words to you are empty. I get that, deep down, we don’t need words to prove our love, that what’s in here,” I said, massaging my fingers into his chest, “and here,” I added, twitching my other hand over my breast, “speak for us.”

A small smile crept across his face.

“But,” I continued, “words mean a lot to me. You know that. They’re not empty where I’m concerned. They could never be empty.”

He sucked in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “If you want words so desperately, I’ll give you words. But they’ll be my words. No one else’s.”

“All I’ve ever wanted was your words, Connor Burke.”

“Okay,” he said, cupping my face. “You’re. My. Ever. After.”

A tear spilled down my cheek. They weren’t the words I’d expected him to say and, yet, to him, they meant more. They meant always and forever.

They were perfect.

Sinking into his arms, I let Connor cradle me for what felt like an eternity, and I realised in that moment that an eternity with him would never be long enough, that always and forever was too short.

 

About K.M

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a best-selling author with HarperCollins, and a ranty, married, mother of two who is quite happy to support a very healthy high heel obsession. A lover of rabbits, doughnuts, bridges, and cars, she traded her legal work for her love of writing and found her dream career.

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