The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

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The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

Release Date: August 27, 2019

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The Aussie Next Door, an all-new standalone romantic comedy by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London.

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…

Jace Walters has never wanted much––except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy. Sure, his American neighbor is distractingly sexy and annoyingly nosy, but she’ll be gone in a few months…

Except now she’s determined to find her perfect match by checking out every eligible male in the town, and her choices are even more distracting. So why does it suddenly feel like he—and his obnoxious tight-knit family, and even these two wayward dogs—could be exactly what she needs?

My review:

This one was pretty good. I found myself getting frustrated with the characters, but how they frustrated me did fit with their backgrounds and personalities. Both Jace and Angie have a lot of baggage that influences their behaviours. One big difference between this and other romance novels, though, is that Jace is autistic. He has a large, supportive family and a successful career as a cartoonist. Angie had a traumatic childhood and then exploited by someone who was supposed to protect her. She is making a new life in Austrailia, and has found the community she’s always yearned for.

While this was a decent book, it didn’t blow me away. I did, however, love Angie’s group of ladies at the assisted living facility where she volunteers, and Jace’s family is amazing.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

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Judging by the way Angie was talking to Elijah, smiling sweetly and toying with the end of her ponytail, she was definitely “vibing,” as Chloe put it. An ugly, foreign feeling surged up inside Jace that made him feel the exact same way as when he’d watched his brother flirting with her.

Turn around and walk away. It’s none of your damn business.

But before Jace fully thought through the consequences of his actions, he was crossing the road with Truffle leading the way. As soon as the little white dog caught sight of Angie, his tail started going a million miles a minute.

Stop. You’re not going to get involved. Don’t be a hypocrite. Other people in this town meddle and you hate it.

It was true. He came from a family of meddlers, and it drove him nuts. But maybe there was some meddling-specific chromosome that had been passed on from his parents without his knowledge, remaining dormant all this time and waiting for the right moment to strike.

“Jace.” Angie looked at him with wide eyes, almost like she was a kid with her hand stuck in the cookie jar.

“I was taking Truffle for a walk.” He raked a hand through his hair like he was totally relaxed and going about his day. The truth was, he had no bloody idea what he was doing. “How was yoga?”

“Awesome.” For some reason, Angie’s voice seemed an octave or two higher than normal. “Super great, actually. Excellent.”

Hmm. Three ways of saying the same thing. She did that whenever she was nervous.

“Are you into yoga?” Jace asked Elijah.

“Yeah, man. With all the firewood I have to chop for the pizza oven, my back gets real tight.”

Jace resisted the urge to roll his eyes. How did he manage to say shit like that without coming off like a total douchecanoe?

“But I could always use some tutoring.” Elijah shot Angie a flirty look, and her cheeks turned the prettiest shade of pink. “Any opportunity to expand my skills.”

“I’m sure Chloe could help with that,” Jace said stiffly.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Truffle sniffing around Elijah’s leg. He’d done the same thing to the coffee table earlier that morning—inspecting his target. Jace really should put a stop to it…

“I wasn’t talking about Chloe,” Elijah said, his eyes still trained on Angie.

Angie laughed and gingerly stuck her hand in the air. “I volunteer as tribute.”

Jace forgot the dog and stared at her hard. Was this one of those gray-area things he’d never understand, or did Angie really like this guy? He had no freaking clue.

Just then, Truffle jumped up on his hind legs, hooking his front paws around Elijah’s calf. His hips started to hinge back and forth, and Elijah glanced down, a what the hell do I do now expression on his face as he and Angie looked down at Sir Hump-a-Lot.

“What the hell?” Elijah stumbled back, and Truffle dropped down to the ground, looking mightily miffed that his sexy times were interrupted.

“Truffle!” Angie snort-laughed. “So inappropriate.”

“It’s a dominance thing,” Jace said to Elijah. “He tends to do that whenever he thinks he can overpower someone.”

Angie shot Jace a raised brow, but she squatted to give the dog a scratch behind the ears before he could figure out exactly what she was thinking. Was the comment too much? He’d blurted it out without thinking, and Elijah seemed off his game now.

About Stefanie:

USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.

Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.

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Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

Title: Forget the Stars
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Friends-to-lover/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Cover Design: Danny Manzella


“From August 26 to September 26, 2019, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”

“If you want a book with eternally endearing and relatable characters, a heartfelt, captivating, poignant storyline, and one that has the potential to compassionately enlighten the reader, ponder it no more and get your copy of this one today.” – BookAddict


“I can’t forget the stars when I have to give this book all the stars! Seriously. All the stars in the universe. I can’t even begin to tell you how special Forget The Stars is. I just want to go around to everyone I know yelling “READ THIS BOOK!”” – Red Hatter Book Blog

Guitarist Chad Wilcox’s life isn’t going according to plan. 
At thirty, he never thought he’d still be unmarried and living with his parents. And with the added stress of his poor health, he’s convinced the only thing within his control is the success he’s found as a rockstar.
After reconnecting with his childhood best friend, Chad sets into motion a new plan to regain control over his happiness, and things start looking up. But when he finds himself diagnosed with a potentially debilitating chronic illness, he begins to wonder…
Is this as good as it’s going to get? Or is it at all possible for a guy like him to get everything he’s ever wished for?

My review:

Chad and Molly were best friends from birth, until they weren’t any more. Then nearly two decades later they reconnect in a beautiful way.
This isn’t your typical rock star romance. Chad has a good bit of fame, but he isn’t a household name. He isn’t the leader of the group like most novels in the genre. He is also dealing with a serious health issue. Molly found herself in the years they were apart, growing from the tormented girl who would hide behind her protective best friend to a confident yogi who sings and plays guitar at a local bar three nights a week. Turning 30 just a few months apart, they are both at  crossroads in their lives.
I did really enjoy this book. The moms are adorably meddling, but also we get to see the various reactions to Chad’s diagnosis. This book also addresses how things go viral – both good things and bad things – and is quite thought provoking. Chad and Molly, when they are finally together, are perfection and have a connection that comes from already knowing each other as well as they know themselves. And Chad’s bandmates – Sebastian cracked me up! I haven’t read any of the other band members’ books but now I feel the need to go read them to get more of those characters.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥




“What’s that look for?” she asked with a giggle, as she reached around to secure her bra.
I shook my head as a smile stretched over my lips. “Nothin’. Just …” I swallowed at the warmth crowding my heart and my lungs. “You’re my best friend.”
She tugged a tank top on and sighed, her exhale lingering in the air. “You’re mine.”
Mine. The word was simple and yet held the world. It was an agreement, it was possession. It was an invisible contract that lingered between us, and I would’ve gladly used my own blood to sign on the dotted line.
But instead of pricking a finger and sealing the deal, I simply nodded, as only two words left my mouth.
“I’m yours.”




Kelsey Kingsley is an author of eight, almost nine, novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.


Tactical Heart by SK Rose

Title: Tactical Heart
Author: S.K. Rose
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2019
My name is Scarlett Mavis. I have a sweet tooth, no filters, and video games are my life.
Let me clarify that last part: They’re not a hobby; they’re not a way to kill the time; They. Are. My. LIFE.
Where family, men, and humans, in general, have failed me, video games are always there waiting for me to return to their warm and accepting embrace.
In real life I may be a heartbroken geek, but put a controller in my hands and I become an indestructible warrior.
What else does a girl really need?
Enter player two, Kane Decker.
Handsome, nerdy, incredible kisser, and just my type. Our first date was perfect in every way.
Then, like always, reality came crashing down with one simple truth. 
He wasn’t my teammate; he was the enemy. And there’s nothing I’m better at than taking out a rival player.
But this isn’t a game, and the stakes are all too real.
For the first time in my life, I may have met my match.
Game on.

My review:

This book, guys.

This book is incredible. Scarlett is a gamer girl – and she is phenomenal. She has skills that few gamers do. Kane is also a skilled gamer. Neither of them have had much dating luck, since not many people get gaming or accept it.

I loved so much about this book. As someone who is very familiar with this lifestyle, I really enjoyed reading about “my people.” And there are so many amazing lines. I even took a screenshot of one, where Scarlett is talking about her online best friend since middle school, and sent it to a friend:

People always say online friends aren’t “real friends” but that’s a crock of shit. We’ve never physically met, but we talk every week, and he’s always been there for me when I needed him. If that’s not a “real friend” then I’ll just have to stick with my fake ones.

Someone *gets* it!
But anyway, this story is full of sassy, competitive gamers, amazing friends, kickass family game night, and an intense gaming competition, and it even includes a glossary of gaming terms so you don’t even have to be into gaming to understand this book. Scarlett and Kane have an incredible push-pull relationship throughout the entire thing. Their chemistry is off the charts but so is their online animosity, which makes for some interesting interactions.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


Red Hatter Book Blog – “OMG. TATICAL HEART IS AMAZING! I laughed so hard throughout this entire story.”


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Naughty Librarian Blog – “S.K. Rose hit it out the fucking park with her first ROMCOM”

S.K. Rose lives in the hellish desert of Arizona with her newly appointed husband and two obnoxious cats. When she’s not writing, Rose enjoys reading, gaming, swearing like a drunk sailor, collecting swords, and obsessing over the magnificent sea creature: the octopus. Remember the Reaper is her debut series with many more to come.


Checked by Jacob Chance

Title: Checked 
Series: Boston Terriers Hockey
Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2019
They call him ‘Wilde Man’. Rumor has it he’s an animal on the ice and between the sheets.
Like the rest of the female population, I’ve been crushing on Clancy Wilde, the captain of Boston University’s hockey team, since the first time I saw him. Big, blond, and charming, he ticks all the boxes. 
When we find ourselves at a wedding, drunk and flirting, I know I can finally check this tattooed, bad boy, hockey player off my wish list.
One night is all it was meant to be, until I see two pink lines on the pregnancy test.
How did the notch on my belt turn into a ball and chain?

My review:

Tensley has had a crush on her best friend’s cousin Clancy since they were kids, but he lives in another state and her cousin warned her away from him repeatedly. A one night stand ten years later, though, has consequences neither of them saw coming. Tensley is 21 and a junior in college; Clancy is a senior so around 22 years old. I was impressed by the maturity both showed about their situation. I also liked how supportive each set of their friends were, and especially how Clancy took the initiative to educate himself about everything Tensley would be going through.

However, the book was a bit uneventful. Outside the unplanned pregnancy between two people living 7 states apart, there isn’t any real drama. Tensley has a strained relationship with her mother, but the only interactions we see between them are pretty mild and don’t really explain that tension. And at the end, after the birth, Tensley mentions to Clancy some bullying issues she had been dealing with the entire pregnancy. Getting to experience them along with Tensley would have given this book so much more depth. Honestly, even though this was an interesting story and a decent read, Tensley is a bit boring and Clancy is a bit of a male Mary Sue. He doesn’t seem to have any character flaws at all.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. The main plot is the pregnancy and mostly how Clancy deals with his impending fatherhood, to the detriment of developing the other characters further. This book would probably be enjoyed more by someone closer to the age of Tensley and Clancy and can relate to them better.

Rating: ♥♥♥


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“No one writes a confirmed bachelor turned swoony, love-of-your-life like Jacob. Get ready ladies, Clancy is going to steal your heart!” – Keri Loves Books

“Anytime Jacob Chance releases a novel I spare as much time as necessary to devour his words!” – Words We Love by Blog


Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.


A writer of sports romcoms and romantic suspense, he plans on providing you with many more stories.


Something Like Hate by Claudia Burgoa Review + Giveaway


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Something Like Hate

By Claudia Burgoa

Release Date: August 15, 2019


Between a troublesome client and my fake-girlfriend-for-my-sister’s-Cancun-wedding canceling at the last minute, I’m having the day from hell.
Then I spot Claire. Sexy. Smart. Sassy. 
So one of my superstar employees is boarding the same plane. 
With her help, I could kill two problems with one tequila shot.
That thing about never mixing business with pleasure? 
I should’ve remembered.
Now the hottest one-night stand I’ve ever had is my biggest business rival.
We’re after the same client.
I’m after her heart.
The trick is how to win one without losing the other.
Because when love has you by the balls, it’s time to play dirty.

USA Today bestselling author Claudia Burgoa spins a new romantic comedy. This hot office rivalry romance will have you swooning and laughing your panties off!

Something Like Hate is a full-length novel based on Miller and Claire’s short story, “The Accidental Hookup,” which was previously released in Spring Fling: A Romance Anthology

My review:

I loved Claire and Miller in “The Accidental Hookup” and was excited to get more of their story. This was so much better than I expected! Even if you’ve read the previous short story, read this one. The beginning is the same, but this version is so much more. Claire is a strong, kickass woman who knows her worth. Miller is great once he gets out of his own way. I love their interactions, too. And their families! The moms together was comedy gold.

This book has so much: Love, passion, lust, family, backstabbing, betrayal, forgiveness, persistence, and hope. Read this book!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Happily Ever His by Delancey Stewart Review + Giveaway


Title: Happily Ever His

Series: Movie Stars in Maryland Duet #1

Author: Delancey Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 15, 2019
Tess was used to being in the shadows. But when movie star Ryan McDonnell pulls her into the spotlight, her whole world is threatened. Can a relationship that starts as a secret fantasy ever survive in the real world?
My sister Juliet has always gotten everything she wants.
It’s fine though. I never wanted the spotlight. That was my sister’s domain. And now that she’s America’s most popular starlet? She can have it.
But when Gran—the feisty woman who raised us, and who I cannot seem to wean off video games, an afternoon doobie, or her daily Manhattan—has a huge party to celebrate her 90th birthday, Juliet brings the Hollywood madness straight to Maryland.
In the form of my ultimate movie-star crush, Ryan McDonnell. I can barely form a
sentence around the guy (at least I don’t still have a poster of him on my wall). And I definitely can’t get over the fact that he’s Juliet’s new boyfriend.
I just need to get through the weekend with them—and with the magazine people who are covering them and the party for a feature. I just need to stay away from Ryan and his warm curious eyes, his perfectly chiseled arms, and the impossibly sexy things that come out of his mouth when we’re alone together.
It’s only one weekend, and I just need to remember that Ryan is an actor. A good one. Because I almost believe him when he tells me we have a chance together. 

My review:

This book is fantastic.
I admit that at first I was wary, yet I have read enough of Delancey Stewart’s books to trust that this isn’t a cheating book, which is a dealbreaker for me. Ryan and Juliet are in a fake relationship for the press. However, no one else knows that. Juliet doesn’t even want to tell her sister and Gran.
By the way – this book is a must read even if you hate romance novels, because Gran is probably the best character I have ever read. She dominates in World of Warcraft, drinks, smokes weed, curses like a sailor, and yet is one of the wisest and most insightful people. And she is 90. She is simply amazing.
Tess and Ryan had great chemistry, and I can’t wait to read Juliet’s book to experience more of this family.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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My sister slid from the back seat of the car looking every bit the movie star she was. I hoped everything was going to meet her standards. The security guys had looked around the property for God-only-knew what, and asked me questions about our alarm system (nonexistent), our security perimeter (also nonexistent) and our emergency evacuation CONOPS (seriously? Once they explained what a “CONOPS” was—a concept of operations, in case you’re wondering—I explained that was also
My big sister Juliet lived in a world I could barely begin to understand, where movie stars were people you actually knew. People like Ryan McDonnell. 
Sigh. Deep, lovelorn sigh.
My sister had never really belonged here, and she didn’t fit in any better now, with her huge dark glasses and slim-fitted pink capris and high-heeled sandals. The second I saw her, I felt myself inching toward invisibility again. I loved her, but my life worked better when Juliet wasn’t standing at my side, begging the world to wonder how two sisters could be so different. 
I pushed down my own insecurities and smiled at her. 
“You look great,” I told her. It was true. She always looked great. 
“Hey,” she said in that breathy voice she’d become famous for. She pulled me into a tight hug, smiled at me, and then took a step back, ducking her chin a tiny bit as she
said, “I want to introduce you to someone.” 
A pair of long jean-clad legs slid out of the car behind her, attached to a broad tall body that I already knew too well was Ryan McDonnell. I was more than familiar with
this particular ‘someone.’ He’d been my on-screen crush forever, though I hadn’t seen him in anything lately. There had been a movie I hadn’t seen—one that hadn’t done too well, but it included zombies, which were not my thing, even if you added in Ryan McDonnell hotness.  
The object of my movie star affections had bright blue eyes, perfectly tousled dark hair—cropped close now, I noticed—and a body that appeared to have been carved from stone, or so I’d thought in the last role I’d seen him in as a comic book hero reimagined as a dark avenger. God, he was hot. 
“Tess?” My sister’s voice cut through my stupor. 
“Sorry,” I said, shaking off the dreamy haze. “Yes.”
“Yes?” He asked me, a smile spreading slowly across the perfect lips I couldn’t stop staring at. He chuckled, and I realized he hadn’t asked me a question. Embarrassment surged inside me, making my stomach churn.
“No,” I said, covering my affirmative declaration with an equally unnecessary negative word. “Or, I … um, hello.” 
“I apologize for the short notice,” Ryan said letting my idiocy slide. People probably acted like loons around him all the time. I tried not to look at him, but there were parts
of my body that were not listening at all to my brain. Ryan’s smile was like a speeding train coming right at me and freezing me to the spot where I stood, stupid and dazed. “I hope it’s not an inconvenience having us both here,” he said. 
I watched his perfect full lips as he spoke, almost unable to process the actual words. I was having trouble being human, thanks to his actual existence right in front of
“Sure,” I said, my voice higher than I remembered it being. 
More answering questions no one asked. My sister was smiling at me, shaking her head. Juliet knew about my long-time Ryan McDonnell affliction, and it was pretty obvious at this point. I hated that she undoubtedly knew I was flustered just trying to form actual words around her new boyfriend. 
I forced myself back to sanity.
“Can I help get your things?” I had no idea if it would be weird to acknowledge his status as my favorite actor or if it was rude to pretend I had no idea who he was.
I settled for a moronic silence on the topic.
Juliet put her arm around me. “You don’t need to get the bags,” she said lightly, as two of the men from her security team emerged from a second car, all black T-shirts and muscled arms pulling suitcases from the trunk. Of course not. My sister had people for that.
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Wrecked By Her by Kristie Leigh



Title: Wrecked by Her

Series: Like a Hurricane Duet #1

Author: Kristie Leigh

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
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.


My review:

I have so many thoughts about this book so I’ll try to get them out coherently.

We first meet Jules and Hunter at the end of high school, during the time of various going away parties for friends going off to college. Jules had broken up with Hunter because she was moving to California from Florida for college, even though they both still loved each other. Eight years later, a phone call brings Jules and her two year old son back to her hometown.

Let’s start with what I liked. Hunter was an all around great guy. He ran the family business, he was kind and helpful, and he still had tea with Jules’ mom every week even though he and Jules had broken up eight years ago. He was supportive of Jules when she needed and her rock to get her through a nightmare. Jules is a good mom to Calum, too. That kid is adorable. I also liked Taylor and her relationships with both Jules and Hunter. And even though I hate crying, certain scenes near the end had me sobbing (in public!) and that’s a rarity for me and a representation of how real the author’s writing is. And Margaret next door is a treasure.

Now, what I didn’t like. There was a scene early in the book, with Hunter and a friend in a bar talking relationships. They both kept referring to it as “chick talk” and implying that a “real man” wouldn’t have such conversations with his best friend. Because it’s feminine and therefore inferior to say “hey the love of my life is back in town after 8 years and I have feelings about that”?? That kind of subtle toxic masculinity burns me up.

Moving on…

The ending is not an ending at all, but a cliffhanger. It’s quite abrupt, though. We are taken from an intensely emotional experience to hope to a screeching halt of a WTF where did that come from? The cliffhanger is an angry one, with multiple characters involved. It will leave you feeling some kind of way, when you figure out what let me know. The good news is we don’t have long to wait until the second half of this book is released. However, if cliffhangers make your blood boil, you may want to wait until the other book is released and read them back to back.

Overall, it’s a good book and interesting story. I’m looking forward to seeing how this all works out.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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I’m a feisty redheaded Canadian/American who fell in love
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My favorite books to read are anything taboo and super sick
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I live in South Florida with my high school sweetheart and
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I grew up in Burlington, ON, Canada but made the move to
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Blog Tour: Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart

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Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke

Coming Up Roses, an all-new
must read enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is available now!


Everyone hates parts of their

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe
it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who
always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of
the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and
I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at

Except for Luke

The Bennet brothers have come
home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of
lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled,
without rules or constraint.

When he comes home to save
Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.


He doesn’t remember that night
I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it
meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job,
and I hate Luke Bennet.

Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love
with him.


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I wanted to kiss Tess Monroe.
I’d wanted to kiss her the second she walked into the shop a couple days ago, wearing overalls and a Cure T-shirt. I’d wanted to kiss her as I watched her scrub the wall with her little face wrinkled up in concentration. I’d wanted to kiss her when she fell off the ladder and into my arms. And all day today while we painted the shop, I only thought
about one thing.

I wanted to kiss her. And I was accustomed to getting what I wanted.
“Did you hear me?” Kash asked impatiently.
He rolled his eyes, his long body stretched out on the bottom bunk in our old room. “Man, what’s with you?”
“I’ve been scrubbing and painting the shop for two days. I’m tired.”
“Right,” he said, “and the redhead in the overall shorts has nothing to do with it.”
I leaned back in the wooden desk chair I’d taken up residence in, the hinge squeaking. “As if Tess Monroe would willingly give me the time of day.”
He shrugged. “Seems to me like she’s given you the time every hour, on the hour, for two days. What’s with her? She was different today.”
It was true. This morning, she’d walked into the shop, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to work with a smile on her face. She’d only insulted me seven times, and one of those was a backhanded compliment. My stats were down: the day before, it’d been twenty-three insults and a jab with a broom handle that I couldn’t be sure was

Not that I was counting.

“I dunno what’s gotten into her, but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth. I’m just taking the boon and moving on.”
“Man, she looked so cute with that bandana in her hair and paint on her nose. And her ass in those overalls…” He whistled up at my old bunk. I fought the urge to chuck my Batman paperweight at him.

“So are you going after her or what?” Kash asked, smirking.

“I just got her to quit treating me like a dog. Pretty sure anything more is off the table.”
“Maybe I’ll go after her then. Think I’ve got a shot?”
I snorted to cover my immediate fury at the thought. “She’s a girl with standards, Kash. If I don’t have a shot, you’ve got none in hell.”
“Maybe she just needs somebody older. More mature.”
“We were born in the same year, asshole.”
“I’m just saying. Maybe she’s looking for stability. Everybody knows you’re about as stable as uranium.”
“And you’re running your mouth like you want a foot in Uranus.”

Kash laughed. “I’d love to see you try.”
I eyed him. “You don’t actually like her, do you?”
“Nah,” he said, smiling. “I just want you to admit you do.”

A sigh of concession blew out of me, the pause filled with my thoughts. “We almost kissed yesterday,” I admitted.  Kash sat up so fast, he thunked his head on the bottom bunk.
“Goddammit—” He rubbed at his forehead “—Warn a guy before you go saying things like, 
I almost kissed Tess.
I laughed openly at his misfortune, hoping it left a mark. “She fell off a ladder in storage, and I caught her. Topless.”
His eyes bulged, hand still pressed to his forehead. “Tess was topless in storage?”
“No, I was.”
He rolled his eyes, chucking a pillow at me. I caught it midair and chucked it right back at him.
“I’m surprised she didn’t deck you,” he said, fluffing the pillow before leaning back again.
“Me too, if I’m being honest. She hates me. Hated me. Maybe still hates me a little.”
“What’d you do to her?” he asked. At this point, the question was rhetorical—neither of us knew, no matter how many times we’d asked.
“Who knows? But I think the last couple of days have helped my case. All I had to do was show up and not fuck up.”
“Don’t worry. There’s still time,” he reassured me.
“Trust me, I’m aware. I’ve been working on the installation for her in the back, and I’m both convinced I’m going to disappoint her and that I’ll knock her socks off.”
“Or her bra. Think you can knock that off?”
“If she were anybody else, I’d guarantee it. But Tess?” I made a resigned noise. 
He watched me for a second in that way he had about him, the quiet assessment that ran under his outward charm. It was a mask— that much I knew for a fact—armor to protect his soft spots. Everyone thought he was nothing but a girl-crazy flirt, just like me. But that was just how we liked it. Let them think we were empty.  There was comfort in being underestimated. We were constantly set to impress everyone.

About Staci

Staci has been a lot of things up
to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and
handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls
who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly
not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s
been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven
year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between
and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not
writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Preorder Alert: Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster


���� Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster is coming on Tuesday
August 13th!! We are thrilled to share a sneak peek with you! Make sure you preorder today!!

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Two besties and a baby make for an instafamily and a surprising romance in a delightful series by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of the Sugar Lake novels.

Ben Dalton has always been honest, except where his heart is concerned. He’s been in love with his best friend—saucy, smart-mouthed Aurelia Stark—forever. But Ben’s a planner, and timing has never been on his side. When he finally decides to make his move, Aurelia beats him to the punch with a move of her own—to a different town.

Aurelia loves her new life in the charming town of Harmony Pointe. She has a great apartment and her very own bookstore, and best of all, the sinfully hot, commitment-phobic friend she’s crushed on for years is no longer just around the corner. Maybe
she’ll finally be able to leave her unrequited love behind and move on.

But when a baby is left on Ben’s front porch—a baby that is presumably his—Aurelia is there for him. Neither one knows the first thing about babies, but how hard can it be? Ben and Aurelia are catapulted into a world of love, laughter, and tracking down the baby mama, and it might even add up to a very happily ever after… just not one either
of them expects.



Aurelia looked longingly at the muscular arm circling her waist and the large hand cupping her breast over her shirt and promptly closed her eyes, chastising herself for doing it again.  Always a bridesmaid, never a bride was beginning to ring too true, and it
was all Ben Dalton’s fault. She’d had a ridiculous crush on her Henry Cavill–lookalike best friend for
far too long, and it was getting in the way of her life, her thoughts, her everything. Every time she went out with a guy, she compared him to Ben, who looked rugged and yummy in jeans that hugged his thick thighs and perfect ass and could rock a suit like he’d strutted off a runway. But it wasn’t just his looks. She quickly bored of every date, waiting for them to be quippy, fun, and unknowingly seductive like Ben. If she wasn’t careful, she’d end up the spinster of Sweetwater, New York. Harmony Pointe, she corrected herself. Though she’d grown up in Sweetwater and had moved back to reopen her grandmother’s bookstore and combine it with the Ben’s sister Willow’s bakery, Sweetie Pies, Aurelia had recently changed directions. In an effort to stop waking up in Friendsville, she’d bought an adorable bookstore with an apartment above it on
the corner of Main Street and West Avenue in the next town over, Harmony Pointe.

She allowed herself another minute to enjoy the feel of Ben’s broad chest against her back, his titillating breath warming her neck, and yes, even his morning wood
pressing into her bottom. The situation would be sexier if the man child wrapped around her wasn’t
also drooling on her shirt. That was about all the action she’d ever see from him.

She’d spent the last month swearing she was done doing this with him. But when he’d called her last night and said, “Come on, Rels, hang out with me. I miss you,” that’s all it had taken. The way he said Rels always made her stupid heart melt. She’d been called Aurelia since the day she was born—the day her mother had died—by everyone except by Ben. He had coined the nickname Rels—or Relsy if he was in a particularly sweet mood—and he only seemed to use it when they were alone. It was ridiculous that a
secret nickname could made her feel special, but it did. She knew she was important to him. She was the first person he called to share any kind of news, and they were known in their circle of friends as
Ben and Aurelia—always linked, like Ben and Jerry. Two people who seemed to exist as one perfect combination.

Except she didn’t want to be Ben and Jerry.
She wanted to be the perfect combination of man and woman, like Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. The type of couple who had wild, crazy sex and woke up naked, tangled in each other’s sticky body parts, not clothed on a chaise lounge in the middle of Benjamin Unable-to-Commit Dalton’s couch with drool on their shoulders.

**This book is published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE Kindle ereader app to read it (link below) or order the paperback.


mel author photo headshot400Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.





Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke

Coming Up Roses, an all-new
must read enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is available now!


Everyone hates parts of their job.

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.

Except for Luke Bennet.

The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint.

When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.


He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

My review:

Tess hates Luke. Everyone else loves Luke, which irritates Tess even more. What’s worse is the fact that Luke can’t remember why Tess hates him so much. But she loves the flower shop more than she hates him, and they must work together if the shop is going to be saved.

I loved this book. Staci Hart is a fantastic writer. Not only is there romance in these pages, but humor and family and some real wisdom bombs. I was highlighting so much. And their families! Tess’s dad was #dadgoals. The Bennets were all wonderful. I hope we get a whole series of Bennet books!

Read this book, people. It’s so good.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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About Staci

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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