Master Baker by Pippa Grant



Title: Master Baker
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Lori Jackson Design

Photo: Wander Aguiar

 Release Date: June 27, 2019



They call me the sugar whisperer.

Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes?
I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.

You’re talking to a master baker.

But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.

My best friend.

Correction: My former best friend.

She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The
wish in my bone.

She’s the one who got away.

After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by
life, but she’s back.

Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.

Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.

So now I have to decide—which do I want more?

My bakery?

Or the woman I never should’ve let go in the first place?Master Baker is a deliciously fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy
featuring a smooth-talking baker, the one who got away, and a goat with more
matchmaking tendencies than a nosy old grandpa. It stands alone with no
cheating or cliffhangers.


My review:

I’ve read every single one of Pippa Grant’s books. The first several ones, loosely centering around the same group of friends/family, were delightful. I loved America’s Geekheart. But lately, I noticed I am finding her books exhausting. It’s almost like the previous books were so organically funny, that the author is trying to keep up and outdo the previous book in humor each time, except that there is too much of a good thing. It’s more slapstick and cartoonish.

BUT that isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this book. Quite the opposite, actually. Grady and Annika are incredible together. Annika’s relationships with her mother and sister are heartwarming. I adore how the three of them are there for each other. The support their towns show each of them is the best part of small town life. However, all of that can still be brought to life without a zany-animal-for-a-pet gimmick and over-the-top supporting characters. I mean, I get a small town rivalry. I can easily see residents of each town goading the other with their trash talk, but then all getting a beer together after work on Friday. But these people hate each other simply because they live 10 miles away! And as wonderful of a mother as Maria is, and big sister that Annika is, why doesn’t either one stop and tell the 13 year old that it actually *isn’t* okay to hate someone just because they live in another town?

There are some incredibly touching moments in the book, too. Every time Annika and Bailey celebrated one of their mother’s accomplishments. Amy coming to interview and why she was there. But my heart broke for Annika during the competition when she saw the cameraman.

Overall, this is a great book like the previous books Ms Grant has written. Don’t miss a fantastic love story because too much comedy fell into the batter.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies. 


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Chasing Paige by Ellen Devlin

Title: Chasing Paige
Series: Washington Guardians Hockey
Author: Ellen Devlin
Genre: Hockey Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

“Love at first sight.” It’s such a cliché. But when I saw her across a crowded room I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
One can say I’m the modest type. I don’t walk up to a girl, introduce myself and expect her to fall at my feet just because I’m a NHL player. If friends didn’t give me a little push me in her direction, I probably never would have approached her. But I’m so glad I did.
The electricity between us blew me away. From our first kiss to the first night we spent together it was clear. Paige was the one.
But something is holding her back, And with the trade deadline looming, she’s using it as an excuse to push me away.
Luckily, I know how to chase dreams; it’s how I made it to the NHL. I like a challenge, and I never quit until I get what I want. 
And what I want is Paige.

My review:

Paige is a high school English teacher sharing an apartment with her best friend Liz. Chris “Becks” Beckman is a professional hockey player who is very shy off the ice, except when performing job-related interviews or events. They meet and he is head over heels in love with her and waiting for her to catch up.

I wanted to love this book. I didn’t exactly dislike it, but I was very disappointed in it. I did receive this book as an ARC so I hope that some of the mistakes were corrected before release – namely Paige’s mother having the same last name as Chris when they first meet, although she is referred to by her correct name later. The first several paragraphs of the book were hard to figure out. They were written with an omnipotent POV, so we got both Chris’s actions and his best friend’s end of the phone conversation equally to the point where I wondered why they were on the phone to each other if they were in the same room, and also to figure out exactly which one this book was about.

I did like Chris and Paige’s relationship for the most part. They were sweet and adventurous. Paige just seemed off the entire time, though, as if the author never quite figured out the character. Sometimes she was almost Puritanical in her innocence – both sexually and in how life works in general. Other times she acted like they were shooting a porno with her actions and commentary. Not that there is anything wrong with that between two consenting adults, but the complete personality shifts were head-spinning. But one scene that really didn’t make sense for the character was after she and Chris had been together for a few months, she and LIz were watching a game on TV and he was involved in a fight during the game which was noted as a rarity for him. One brief punch on the ice and Paige is suddenly questioning their entire relationship, acting like he’s a terribly violent person and she couldn’t be with someone like that. So many times during the book it’s pointed out how intelligent Paige is, and yet she cannot separate one minor event during a tense hockey game with the real-life person she has been intimately involved with for months? The same illogical behaviour comes about later in the book, too, because of a hypothetical situation that may never even happen in Chris’s career. And for real: how many times can Paige call Chris “big guy”? I get it, she’s tiny and he’s a NHL player but come one! Several times per conversation just sounds cheesy.

I did like Liz a lot, and also Zee, Chris’s teammate. I would happily read a book about either of those characters. I would not, however, read this one again.

Rating: ♥♥♥


Red Hatter Book Blog – “Chasing Paige is dipping cotton candy into powdered sugar and topping it off with frosting and sprinkles levels of sweet.”



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Writer of steamy romance by night.
Hockey fan all the time.
Ellen lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband and two sons, along with various furry and scaly creatures.
Life is good.


The Accidental Girlfriend by Emma Hart


The Accidental Girlfriend, an all-new hilarious romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!


Top Tip: Don’t put out an online ad offering your services as a fake date. Someone will take you up on it.

And it won’t just be for one night.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I ended up being Mason Jackson’s fake girlfriend.

He didn’t even want me to be. No—his sister was solely responsible for me being his date for his ten-year high school reunion.

Now, she’s responsible for telling his parents our relationship is real.

We have no choice. We have to act like this isn’t all a mistake, like it’s not all fake, like we’re totally, completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with each other.

Simple, right?


My review:

This book is so freaking hilarious. Seriously, I had not anticipated laughing out loud without being able to control myself, in the middle of a hospital cafeteria on my lunch break. Lauren is insane in the best way – the things that came out of her mouth were so unexpectedly hilarious. And Mason was able to keep right up with her.

Mason’s family was just as amazing. I could picture the crazy aunt and uncles (and I tried hard *not* to picture Grandpa), they were all so well written. There were so many one-liners in this book, too.

I can’t think of one negative thing about this book. It was sweet, it had poignant moments (Lauren confiscating her niece for a day so her sister could deal with her postpartum depression was wonderful). You should definitely read this book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥



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Deceitful by Victoria Ellis

Title: Deceitful
Author: Victoria Ellis
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: June 21, 2019


As a bestselling author, Marlowe Nicholson strives to live the simple life while saving the intense storylines for her readers. So far, she’s succeeded…
Until she wakes up one day in a cabin she doesn’t recognize. A year is missing from her memory, and the man serving her breakfast? He’s the long-time boyfriend she just dumped. Or so she thought.
While Nate has all of the perfect answers to her persistent questions, she can’t help but feel as if there is more than he is telling her…
And that he has much more to do with it than he lets on.


My review:

Holy crap what a book.

A good psychological suspense novel keeps you questioning everything, and this one definitely does that. Marlowe wakes up with a headache, apparently married to the boyfriend she dumped last night which is now over a year ago. He has answers for all of her questions and logical explanations for the lack of photos, but her instincts tell her that something is very wrong. What follows is such a mindfuck that the reader doesn’t even know what to believe. Is she believable? Is Nate telling the truth? Is she really losing her mind? And then the ending – holy crap. I won’t spoil anything but I completely did NOT see that coming.

This book is most definitely worth reading. I usually reserve 5 stars for books I want to re-read but this one is like The Sixth Sense – it isn’t the same when you already know what will happen so a reread just doesn’t have the same effect. But this definitely deserves a five star rating.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥



Victoria Ellis is a new author who publishes Psychological Thrillers and Suspense novels.
She is the founder of Cruel Ink Publishing, LLC and her debut novel is Sinners’ Retreat.
Victoria resides near Chicago, Illinois with her husband and an abundance of animals.




Behind the Veil by Kathryn Nolan


Just because the marriage is fake doesn’t mean the attraction is…

Delilah Barrett is a head-turning beauty on a quest for justice. The former cop with a checkered past has made a career of recovering stolen rare books with her private detective firm. She’s level-headed, smart, cool under pressure… and entirely unprepared for her new assignment.

When a centuries-old book worth an astronomical fortune disappears from Philadelphia’s Franklin Museum, Delilah is paired up with Henry Finch, a brilliant rare book librarian and celebrated academic.

Their orders: Go undercover as a married couple and recover the book by whatever means necessary.

Henry can speak four languages and wear a suit like he was born in Armani. But he’s never squared off against criminals. Never operated in this underground society of glamour and greed. And he’s certainly never pretended to be married to a woman who both dazzles and distrusts him.

Delilah’s keen instincts are her greatest gift, but her growing attraction to the sexy librarian is messing with her head. Every feigned caress, every for-the-audience kiss only heightens the seduction, building a fire that refuses to extinguish. As the danger intensifies, so does the temptation to let their fake desire become real. With a priceless artifact at stake, can this undercover couple learn to trust each other…before it’s too late?

My review:

I could not put this book down! Henry is a rare books librarian who is recruited by Codex, a private detective company that retrieves and returns stolen priceless books. Delilah is an agent with Codex and brilliant at her job. When she and Henry are mistaken for newlyweds by their target at a party, they go undercover as a newlywed couple to befriend the target and retrieve the stolen book.  Before too long, neither one is pretending about their feelings but they also don’t want to jeopardize the team.

This book is fantastic. It is well-paced, and the story is completely engrossing. And Henry and Delilah together are so freaking hot. I can’t wait to read more of this new series.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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Kathryn Nolan is an adventurous hippie chick that loves to write steamy romance. Her books are filled with slow-burn sexual tension, memorable characters, tons of heart — and are often set in wild and beautiful locations.

Kathryn started her writing career in elementary school, writing about Star Wars and Harry Potter and inventing love stories in her many journals. She blames her obsession with slow-burn on her similar obsession for The X-Files.

Kathryn is a wanderer at heart, and loves to spend her free time hiking, camping, and traveling in her camper van (“Van Morrison”) with her cute, nerdy husband and Walter, their rescue pup. Kathryn is a Philly girl who just moved back home after spending more than 8 years living in Northern California — and six months traveling across the country in her camper van.


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Cover Reveal: Like A Hurricane Duet by Kristie Leigh


Title: Wrecked by Her
Series: Like a Hurricane Duet #1

Author: Kristie Leigh

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Taylor Sullivan, Imagination Uncovered

Release Date: August 7, 2019


Loving Jules in high school was easy — gentle and natural.
But that was eight years ago, before she left town. Before she took off and
left my heart shattered.
Now she’s back…with a kid I’ve never met.
A hurricane, that’s what she is — powerful and potentially
destructive, yet so thrilling and intense.
If she leaves me wrecked again…I won’t survive.



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Title: Saved by Him
Series: Like a Hurricane Duet #2
Author: Kristie Leigh
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Taylor Sullivan, Imagination Uncovered
Release Date: August 21, 2019




I’m always running, hiding to avoid the reality that has
become my life. Hunter didn’t deserve the destruction I left in my wake—I just
hope it’s repairable.
Because I need him.
I need him to love me like he used to, to make me whole
again. To remind me that my reality doesn’t have to be like this.
Most importantly…I need him to save me.
Author Bio
I’m a feisty redheaded Canadian/American who fell in love
with romance novels when my friend Phil bought me a Kindle that hasn’t left my
side since.
My favorite books to read are anything taboo and super sick
and twisted. I’m not sure I will ever write anything dark, but I would love to
give it a shot one day.
I live in South Florida with my high school sweetheart and
three kids.
I grew up in Burlington, ON, Canada but made the move to
South Florida in 2013 and definitely don’t miss the snow.
I’m not sure where this writing journey will take me but
either way, I know it will be a fun new adventure, and I’m super excited about
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Blog Tour: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

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The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Release Date: June 18, 2019

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The Lemon Sisters, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Jill Shalvis.

When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

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“Okay,” she said. “Time for me to go to bed.”

“Or you’re running,” he said. “Again.”

She closed her eyes and told herself to ignore the soft taunt. No matter what they’d been – or hadn’t been – to each other, she wasn’t looking for love with anyone, and certainly not a wash and repeat with the one man who could destroy her. It wasn’t as if she’d been a monk. She’d dated, but she hadn’t let anyone in. Not ever. Even Cole had complained about the brick walls she’d encased her emotions in.

And he was right. She could get involved to a point, but she always pulled back.

“You don’t have to run from me, you know,” Garrett said. “There’s no reason for there to be anything but honesty between us.”

Yes, there was… “Maybe I’m just not feeling it.”

Another soft laugh. “Okay.”

“Hey,” she said and poked a finger in his pec. His hard, ungiving, sexy pec. “If I was feeling it, you’d know.”

“Yeah? How?” he challenged.

“I’d be …flirty. I certainly wouldn’t be thinking of all of your faults.”

He grinned. How like a man to not be worried about his faults.

“So what are these so-called faults?” he asked, curious. Still not concerned.

“Well, for starters, you’re wearing black knit boxers with bananas on them.”

This made him laugh outright. “Someone sent me a subscription box. They come once a month. Last month’s pair had cocks all over them.”

“Like … chickens, or…?”

He was still smiling. “If you’re curious, I’ll be happy to wear them tomorrow and give you a peek.”

“Whatever,” she said. “And the fact that some woman sent you a subscription to undies is another reason I’m not feeling it. You’ve stayed friends with every single person you’ve ever met.”

“And that’s a fault?”

She shrugged. Of course it wasn’t a fault. It was the opposite of a fault. “Well, except for me, of course.”

“Because you don’t answer phone calls, texts, emails…” He tilted his head. “Tell me something.”

Oh boy. “What?”

“Why did you and your last boyfriend break up? That Cole guy.”

“I told you, he’s my boss.”

“But you’re sleeping together,” he said, his eyes holding hers prisoner. “Or you were.”

“How do you know that?”

He smiled grimly. “You just told me.”

Dammit. She crossed her arms over her chest. “We’re not together if that’s what you’re asking.”


“Why what?” she asked.

“Why aren’t you together?” he pressed.

“Because I don’t like him like that.”

Did his eyes warm very slightly, or was that her imagination? “Because you’re just not feeling it?” he asked mockily, using her words.

She rolled her eyes. “You think you’re funny. How about we talk about you. Tell me about the girlfriend you said you don’t have. The one who called you the other day for a hookup.”

“It wasn’t a hookup. She dumped me.”

She snorted. “Right. You expected me to believe a guy who looks like you do, and is funny and smart like you are, got dumped?”

“Actually, I expect you to believe whatever I tell you.” He shifted close until they were knee to knee. “Because I’ve never lied to you, Brooke. Never will.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter



Most people would probably be
embarrassed to land themselves back in their hometown and working at a pizzeria
after an ugly divorce.

Not me.

It’s home, and I have one last shot to make Wren Daniels see me as more than just her brother’s best friend.

When the opportunity to show her what’s been right in front of her this whole time presents itself, I take it, holding nothing back this time.
Wren thinks we’re pretending, but there’s nothing fake about the way I feel.

After all, she’s always had…a pizza my heart.

Standalone Brother’s Best Friend Romcom! 

My review:

I have a very short list of authors whose books I can preorder or one-click buy and be 100% confident I will love. Teagan Hunter is one of those authors. Her books have the perfect blend of humor without being eye-rollingly silly, heart without excess angst, substance without senseless drama, and passion without sounding like a porn script. She has also mastered the art of writing twentysomethings with maturity – something many New Adult authors haven’t figured out. Not that they don’t act like twentysomethings, but they also don’t act like fifteen year olds who can legally drink.

Anyway, A Pizza My Heart. Foster and Wren. This book is everything. Slice 10 (chapter 10) made me laugh out loud. The characters made me fall in love with them all. Randy and Blythe, Drew, Simon, Sullivan (he MUST have a story to be told!), and even Winston all drew me into their little world. Foster and Wren, though, are fire. They are the most perfect book couple I’ve read in a very long time. I loved their teasing, their humor, and their sweetness. And they were hot.  I wanted to stand up and cheer, though, when Foster was asking Winston (Wren’s twin brother and Foster’s best friend) if he was okay with them together. Winston’s answer? “You’re my best friend. She’s my sister. Big fucking whoop. I’m not here for the dramatics of that bullshit bro-code shit. Can’t help who your heart digs.”

THANK YOU! Now, let Winston go visit alllllll the other books with brother’s best friend tropes and teach them a thing or two! The whole bro code, controlling who the sister can date thing is a huge pet peeve of mine and Winston’s response was the perfect one.

Now, drop everything and go read this book. It’s free with Kindle Unlimited, or you can buy Kindle or paperback versions.

PS I want a real-life restaurant like Slice. That place sounds amazing.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥




I’m a Missouri-raised gal,
but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old
dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza,
and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV
shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more
paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.

Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.


Grace by Jennifer Hanks



Title: Grace
Series: The Dimarco Series #6
Author: Jennifer Hanks
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 20, 2019

One. Chance. Encounter.
That’s all it should have been. 
Angry, cold and intimidating is a bad combination for any man, but for Tyler Morgan who has lost everything, it’s who he’s become.
And all he wants is to be left alone.
Until bad decisions and a tragedy bring a woman into his life who refuses to let him be alone any longer.  A woman who’s capable of looking beyond the hard shell and the cold encounters to the man beneath.  A woman determined to teach him how to live again after he’s lost the most important things in his life.
Grace Dimarco has a secret.
Growing up with seven older brothers has always made her feel it’s her against them, with no one in her corner, and no one who understands her need to become her own
Until she meets a man who encourages her to be the woman she needs to be.  A man whose sheer size is intimidating to most, but comforting to her.  A man who
will take on anyone in her defense.
Including her brothers.
But someone knows Grace’s secret and is using it to his advantage.  Someone who’s forcing her to face her own fears.  Someone who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
What he wants is Grace Dimarco.
But Tyler Morgan isn’t willing to lose the woman who saved him.
And he will do whatever it takes to protect her.

My review:

I have been wanting to read this book since the brief hospital scene occurred in a previous book. I was intrigued and just knew there was a story with Grace and Tyler and that her brothers would make things difficult for them. But this was so much better than I anticipated! Tyler is a gentle giant who avoids confrontation until he is forced into it, but his size and reputation on the field make everyone assume the worst about him. Grace, sweet soul that she is, sees past that and embraces the side of himself that Tyler tries to hide. When his world is upended she is the only one in his corner and she brings her entire family into his life. Likewise, when Grace’s seven brothers talk over her and treat her like a child who cannot make her own decisions, Tyler is there to get them to stop and listen to her and back Grace up when she’s used to fighting her battles against her family on her own.

Every DiMarco book is like catching up with old friends. While they are all standalone stories, the eight siblings are so involved in each others’ lives that no one story is 100% finished. We get new babies and new friends with each addition to this series. And Jack and Anna DiMarco are goals.

I loved how Tyler was able to stop the brothers’ chaos when they needed to stop and focus as a unit on their sister to keep her safe. And Sophie and Seth just stole my heart. I was Seth as a child and I loved how the little family that came about helped him to bloom. But Grace and Tyler balance each other out so well and are so very good together. Their book didn’t just live up to my expectations but surpassed them. I was sad that it ended.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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is the author
of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series. Her stories are
contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of
the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After.
Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has
steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to
all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in
Pennsylvania with her two children. When she’s not reading or writing, she can
be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently
filled with any combination of her children’s friends, nieces, nephews and a
variety of pets.
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Blog Tour: Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn

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“A fantastically fun, HOT love story.” – Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

Parental Guidance, an all-new, sexy and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!


All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me.

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan.


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“So why are you on Bramble?”

She took another small bite from her roll before answering. “My best friend is blackmailing me, and my dad wants a SAG card.”

That was definitely not the answer he’d been expecting. “And I thought my reasoning was twisted.”

“I’m sure it all makes sense in Gemma’s head,” Zara said. “She thinks I work too much and need to loosen up. She’ll let me be her plus-one to go meet a collector if I do the Bramble five dates thing. And my dad? Well, let’s just say he’s never met an unlikely plan he didn’t think he could pull off.”

All the possibilities this created sped around inside his head until one broke free like a perfect fast break late in the third period when the game was on the line. All he had to do was put the biscuit in the net.

“So neither of us really wants to be here,” he said. “We’re each other’s solution to getting back to our regular lives as soon as possible.”

It was fucking perfect. Petrov’s job with the team would be safe for another season—well, as safe as he could be, considering he didn’t have a no-trade deal in his contract.

Zara, though, didn’t seem to be seeing the genius of it, going by the suspicious look she gave him as she took another bite of her roll. Instead of giving him a straight-up no, though, she started eating. The words—okay, begging pleas—were bubbling up inside him but for once, he kept it in lockdown. He wasn’t about to rush this play, no matter how it had every nerve in his body jinglejangling.

Finally, she used her napkin to wipe the corners of her mouth, straightened her spine, and looked him dead in the eye. “We’d have to have ground rules.”

“Sure. Whatever you want.” Ice Knights season tickets? He’d make that happen. A photo op with her dad’s favorite player? Done. Whatever it took, he’d do it.

“This isn’t a real or fake relationship, it’s a temporary alliance,” she said without an ounce of humor in her tone. “I’m not pretending to be your girlfriend or the random chick you’re banging this week.”

“Agreed.” All of that sounded like it would cause more problems than it would solve anyway. “I’ve got a condition. Dressing up is not required. I’m not putting on a suit.”

The best thing about the off-season was not having to strangle himself with a tie multiple times a week just for a bus ride to the rink or a plane trip to another city. Coach Peppers was old-fashioned about doing things the original way.

“Fine.” Zara held up three fingers. “The third stipulation is that I’m not putting on a good attitude. If it’s been a crappy day, I don’t have to pretend to be a manic pixie dream girl.”

He snorted. “No one who’s met you would believe that. You’re a little salty.” That was putting it mildly based on her attitude when she showed up for their date.

“I have my reasons.” She added another finger, so she was holding up four. “Oh, and no making love. Sex?” She paused and looked him over quickly. “Maybe. Emotional, heartfelt, staring-each-other-in-the-eyes making love? Not gonna happen. No offense, but you’re not my type.”

What the hell? Not her type? He was a professional athlete making millions. He’d been led to believe he was everyone’s type.

“Not a problem, since I don’t think we could see eye to eye while having sex unless you magically grew a foot,” he said.

“You’re not into being creative?” Zara rolled her eyes. “I guess that’s expected for someone who has probably had women throwing themselves at him for years. You haven’t ever had to work for it.”

Caleb had no idea what to say to that. He’d been punched square in the face by the most feared goons in hockey and it hadn’t knocked him as senseless as this little five-foot-nothing of a snarky woman had done with a few choice words.

“I have one more rule,” she said, reaching for another roll. “Five dates and we’re done. Period. Do we have a deal?”

About Avery


USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staff knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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