Before Girl by Kate Canterbary


She’s the girl next door.
He’s the guy who’s loved her from afar.
They’re in for an unexpected tumble into love.


Title: Before Girl
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: November 13, 2018


She’ll juggle your balls.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She’s a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She’s known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.

But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.

He’ll fix your broken heart.
This ex-Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he’s adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he’s exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.

Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.

But Stella isn’t convinced she’s anyone’s forever.

My review:

Cal and Stella meet while jogging in the park. He sees her first, and can’t stop thinking about her. After months of trying – and failing – to get the courage to speak to her, they end up colliding by accident one morning. He fixes up her cuts and scrapes and she insists on going for coffee. So begins their non-relationship.

What I liked: So much! Seriously, I had to make myself stop reading so I could go pick up my daughter from school. I’m entertained by lots of books, but this one made me *feel* what the characters felt. The butterflies, the awkwardness, the elation, the happiness, the heartbreaks, all of it. I also loved that these characters are not twentysomethings. Not that I have anything against twentysomethings, but it’s nice reading about characters in my own age group. Stella is 36 and a successful sports PR manager. She cleans up athletes’ messes and she’s good at it. Cal is 42 and a renown cardiothoracic surgeon. They aren’t angsty and full of unnecessary drama. The supporting characters also add a lot to the story.

What I didn’t like: I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like.


Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥



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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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New Release: Royal Tease by Nana Malone


Title: Royal Tease

Series: Royals United Duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2018


Roone…The plan was simple, go undercover, protect my best friend’s little sister. It
should have been the easiest assignment of my life.But Jessa isn’t your usual princess. She’s feisty, and sexy, and stubborn, and
gorgeous. Did I mention she hates me? From the moment I carried her over my
shoulder out of a bar fight, I’ve been persona non grata.

But the stakes are too high to mess this up. The monarchy is at risk.


I can’t stand Roone Scot.

There I said it. Shoot me.

We go together like lightening and water. His quiet, steady obstinance is going
to cost me my job. A job I have worked very hard to keep. No one is messing
this up for me. I’ve had enough crazy in my life.

Not to mention the way his eyes track me every time I move, makes me
uncomfortable in an I-need-my-batter-operated-boyfriend kind of way.

But even if I wanted him – which I don’t, but if I did – I can’t ever have him.
My life is not my own. I’ve known that since birth.

(Book 1 in the Royals United Duet)


My review:

Roone is a Royal Guard, former SAS and best friends with the now King of some Caribbean island and his brother. Roone and his partner Ariel have been assigned to London to protect Jessa, who doesn’t know she’s a princess and sister to the king and his brother. She works at a PR firm and is good at her job. She does not like Roone, and resents being stuck with him as a coworker and neighbor (undercover). But there are sparks neither one of them can deny, and the more time they spend with each other not fighting, the more they actually like each other.

Fair warning, this book does end with a cliffhanger and book 2 will be released in January.

What I liked: Jessa’s attitude, and her ability to handle herself. Roone is a good guy, and they are good for each other. He resents not being allowed to tell her the truth about who he is and why he’s there but does everything he can to keep her safe anyway.

What I didn’t like: This feels like book 2 or 3 in a series, and not book 1. The back story of Roone, Sebastian, and Lucas is referred to repeatedly in vague terms, but something big happened and we have no idea what. Also, hello cliffhanger! But I did know what I was getting into with this book so I can’t hate on that too badly.

Overall, a good, interesting read but you probably want to wait until the second book is out and read them back to back to avoid CliffHangover.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2


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Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all
things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she
borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious
thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner
Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own
characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime
works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as
sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle
and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books
list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working
hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances
for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding
in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and
puppy in sunny San Diego.

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