Just As I Am by Mandi Blake

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Blurb

Adeline Rhodes has spent years locked away in a New Orleans apartment controlled by her criminal boyfriend. After a daring escape, she realizes just how far she has grown from the things in which she once believed.

Declan King has lived a life of solitude and duty for the U.S. Army. When the deaths of his grandparents bring him home to his family farm, he is forced into contact with people who know too much about his past to simply leave him alone.

When Adeline’s past catches up to her, the two strangers find themselves thrust into a fake relationship to protect Adeline from her vengeful ex. As their chance meeting begins a journey that heals old wounds, they struggle to stay ahead of the danger and deny their growing attraction to each other.

Declan will do anything to protect her, and failure isn’t an option when Adeline’s life is on the line.

My review

Adeline has escaped an abusive, controlling boyfriend and fled to Georgia to stay with her aunt and uncle. Declan is recently home from the military and struggles with being around people and crowded places. Both have walls like crazy to protect themselves. Addie’s aunt and uncle run into Declan at a store and ask him to keep an eye on her, check in on her occasionally at work because they worry about her ex boyfriend Jason finding her. He agrees, and meets her that afternoon for the first time. That night she is attacked by her ex and Declan saves her. They decide to spend a lot of time together publicly and draw Jason out so he can be arrested. Of course they fall in love and their fake relationship is very real.

This was a good book. Declan and Addie just work together. They seem to complete each other and they are just the sweetest together. This book does have a huge religious tone, with both characters praying and attending church together and talking about their faith. They also don’t do more than kiss. There is also a lot of action and some suspense with Jason on the run and after them. Again, bonus points for having an awesome German Shepherd in the book.

There is one part at the end of the book that REALLY didn’t sit well with me and bothered me for a long time. After everything is over, Addie’s narration takes a dangerous turn. She says she should have done more to help Jason, that she should have prayed for him harder and implied that would have stopped him from everything he did to her. Then she says she’ll visit him in prison and pass him evangelical materials to try to help him. That’s fine and all, but the part where she implies that she didn’t do enough to “save” her abuser who literally tried to kill her throws up all kinds of red flags to me. I grew up in the Bible Belt, I get where she is coming from, but NO. This just screams to young women that the abuse is partially their fault because they didn’t pray hard enough. That’s not how it works.

Except for those few sentences near the end, this was a better book than I was expecting.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Mandi Blake was born and raised in Alabama where she lives with her husband and daughter, but her southern heart loves to travel. Reading has been her favorite hobby for as long as she can remember, but writing is her passion. She loves a good happily ever after in her sweet Christian romance books, and loves to see her characters’ relationships grow closer to God and each other.

 

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The Orchard Inn by AM Kusi

 

 

Title: The Orchard Inn
Series: Orchard Inn Romance #1

Author: A. M. Kusi

Publisher: Our Peaceful Family

Genre: Contemporary/Interracial Romance

Release Date: May 16, 2019

 

Blurb

Can she trust him with her heart?

 

Ella is desperate for a fresh start. After years spent with her abusive ex, the
emotionally scarred woman finally breaks free and moves to a small New England
town. She has inherited the Orchard Inn — her safe haven — from the only man
she trusted.River has everything he could want; a thriving job, money, and status in
Boston. However, the optimistic and successful consultant still feels something
is missing from his life.

Meeting each other at the front desk of the Inn, there’s an instant and undeniable
attraction between them. As hard as they both try to not mix work with
pleasure, the magnetic connection is impossible to ignore.

Outgoing River is captivated by the tattooed beauty. He knows she is what’s
missing in his life, even though they live in opposite worlds. Reserved Ella
can’t resist the electric pull his green eyes have on her. He awakens parts of
her that she never knew existed.

But will River be able to tear down the wall that shields Ella’s heart, before
her past catches up to both of them?

If you like small town and opposites attract romance with a dash of suspense,
then you’ll love The Orchard Inn.

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The Orchard Inn is the first book in the Orchard Inn Romance Series but can
be read as a standalone novel.

 

My review:

Ella Shaw had a rough life. Growing up with a mother who stayed in an endless string of abusive relationships, she finally escaped only to be caught up in one herself. Beaten and broken, she ran away to the only man who had ever shown her kindness, her mother’s ex boyfriend Mac, owner of The Orchard Inn in Vermont. Ella inherited the inn after Mac’s death and has made it a success. River is vising the area on business and staying at the inn for the week. They are attracted to each other, but Ella hasn’t dated in the seven years since escaping her ex boyfriend and doesn’t want to get involved with someone who will be gone in a few days. They strike up a friendship, and the feelings come anyway. They decide to try a long distance relationship, slowly, to get to know each other and to give Ella a chance to ease in and learn to trust River. Just when things are going well, she learns a secret that changes everything about both of their lives.

I really liked this book. Ella is not a victim, she’s a survivor. She is vulnerable but she is tough and working on healing. She has amazing, supportive friends who look out for her daily. River is successful but grounded. He works for his father’s company and is being groomed to take over one day, but he doesn’t love the work. He is so patient and understanding with Ella and I love that. He doesn’t see her scars as flaws but as symbols of her strength.

This is a slow burn book. Ella and River are together for a long time before much happens between them because Ella just isn’t emotionally ready. Thanks to her best friend and her therapist, however, she is able to learn how to allow herself to love and be happy.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

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River swallowed the bite of pizza and turned his head to look into Ella’s eyes. He wanted to ask her how she had learned the obvious tough lessons in her life. What was it that made her keep him at arm’s length? He could tell she was attracted to him as well, but something held her back.
He lowered his face towards her slightly and she bit her lip. He had a sudden urge to kiss her and taste her. He saw her eyes glanced down at his mouth, and felt a pull towards her. He glanced at the throbbing vein in her neck and saw her heart was racing just as fast as his. Ella’s closeness flooded his body with heat. Her closeness was making it hard to think clearly.
Author Bio
A.M. Kusi is the
pen name of a husband and wife team (Ashley and Marcus) who enjoy writing love
stories that are inspired by their own experiences as an interracial couple.
Their novels focus on healthy relationships that involve a partnership between
a strong female heroine and the hero, are emotionally satisfying and have a
happy ending.
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Moonlight Moments by Emily Bowie Review + Giveaway

 

 

Title: Moonlight Moments
Series: Steele Family #2
Author: Emily Bowie
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2019
Blurb
Falling in love could be more dangerous than the past they hide.
Criminal, liar, a fraud are all things that can be said about Kellen Steele. It takes all but three seconds for the notorious bad boy of Three Rivers to set his sights on Sloan Tate.
She is to be his distraction, to help him pull off his biggest lie, which is also his greatest achievement.
Sloan Tate knows how to handle herself. Not looking to settle anywhere never mind down with anyone. Her plan? Close up her late Granny’s estate and leave town as fast as she came.
Sloan knows each day she stays in Three Rivers her past is bound to catch up with her.
Powerless against the chemistry wrapping them together, Kellen and Sloan must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. 

My review

So this wasn’t a bad book, but I didn’t love it. Kellan Steele has just gotten out of jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He meets Sloan broken down on the side of the road and stops to help. They clash at first and then eventually fall in love. All the while, Kellan has a secret and Sloan’s ex is after her.

There is a lot going on in this book. It is definitely action packed. I liked Sloan. She is strong and fiery and can take care of herself. Kellan is fine. The supporting characters don’t get much development at all, other than Sloan’s cousin/Kellan’s boss-slash-friend Kip. One thing that really bugs me about this book, though, is Kellan’s big idea at the end. It’s a great idea, but earlier in the book Sloan’s narrative mentions how little education they both have. Kellan got a degree while in prison, but we have to assume that degree relates to his secret job. Sloan has a vet assistant certificate but hasn’t worked in that field. So how on earth are they qualified to run the kind of center they decide to open? We can tell ourselves they hired professionals, but the epilogue leads us to believe they are the ones doing it. *scratches head* Huh??

Really, this isn’t a bad book. I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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Emily Bowie is from a small town in Western Canada. She has
been making characters come to life through her writing since she was old
enough to put her thoughts on paper.  She loves her white wine cold, her
heels red, and her books spicy.
She married her high school sweetheart and they have two
amazing children.
She is the author to the Bennett Brothers Series.
Recklessly Mine, Recklessly Forbidden, & Recklessly
Devoted.
When she is not writing she can be found reading a good
book, making digital scrapbooks and being physically active—whether it is at
the gym, going for a walk, or playing /keep up with her children.
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The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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Blurb:

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

My review:

This was an enjoyable book that drew me in from the beginning. It’s the story of three adult sisters, Mari, Jane, and Pearl, who have taken over their mother’s wedding planning business upon her retirement. Mari, being the oldest, takes on the CEO role. Pearl, the youngest, feels stifled because Mari won’t let her take on a bigger role despite her equal ownership. All three sisters have to learn how to balance work, family, and relationships when everything is so closely intertwined it’s difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.

Mari, Jane, and Pearl are three distinct personalities. Their business is successful, but has coasted along on reputation and word of mouth for too long. The sisters are divided on everything from how to save the business, what roles they should fill, and where their place is in their world. There is a bit of romance in the story, but this is not a romance novel. It’s the story of sisterhood and knowing who has your back no matter what.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast and food-lover. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children. The Journey to the Heart series is her debut series, with forthcoming women’s fiction novels THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER to be released in May 2019 and ONCE UPON A SUNSET in 2020.

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Royal Catch by Kylie Gilmore Review + Giveaway

 

Title: Royal Catch

Series: The Rourkes #1

Author: Kylie Gilmore
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 14, 2019

 

Blurb

 

A gruff prince in need of a wife
A commoner impersonating a princess
And a bridal competition gone terribly awry…
Gabriel
I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.
I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of
women vying for my hand. And how do they “win” this barbaric game set up by my
crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom’s faltering economy
through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my
stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging
clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry
her.
Anna
The plan sounded simple.
I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.)
So, yeah, I’m not exactly royal. I’m an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of
it. Suddenly I’m in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for
“riches beyond our dreams.” I’m in a time crunch, which means I need to win
this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering
hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than
just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?

My review

This book was so much fun! Sweet, funny, and entertaining, I couldn’t put it down. Anna is pretending to be her distant cousin Polly, princess of a small Caribbean country who is in hiding, running away from an arranged marriage to a scary older man. Anna has traveled to the European island country of Villroy to claim a small inheritance promised to Polly and use that to both save Polly and pay for her dying foster father’s nursing care. She is shocked to learn that instead of a promised inheritance, she is there to compete against nine other princesses for the prize of marrying Prince Gabriel – who is just as surprised to learn of this competition as she is.

The brash, loud American is everything the other princesses are not, but her feistiness and determination propel her through several rounds of competition. She is only in it for the money, however, and doesn’t want to give up her life and marry a stranger.

I loved Anna and Gabriel so much. She is the freshness he needs to deal with the serious life of ruling a country, and the circumstances under which he comes into that role. I laughed so much during this book. There is a beautiful passion, too. These two will leave you wanting more.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of
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and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you
laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water. 
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two
cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully
taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all
the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash. 
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Scoring With The Boss by Delancey Stewart

 

 

Title: Scoring with the Boss

Series: Mr. Match #4

Author: Delancey Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 9, 2019
Blurb
Mr. Match has
the formula for love. So why is he still single? 
MAX:
Being Mr. Match has been fun. And while it’s nice that thousands of
couples have found love thanks to me, that was never really the point. The one
guy I most wanted to match?
Doesn’t have one.
Now the vultures are circling, and it won’t be long before all of San
Diego finds out exactly who I am. And then the questions will begin. Why
hasn’t Mr. Match found his match?
If I answer that one, it’ll discredit everything Mr. Match is, and call
into question all the matches I’ve made so far. It’s time to step away.
But when the venture capital analyst arrives to help divest me of the
business, I’m starting to wonder if love really is as easy as a mathematical
formula. Because Tatum Archer does something to me that defies logic and
confounds reason. I feel feelings for her, even though the algorithm says I
shouldn’t.
Have I been wrong all along?
TATUM:
My life was set. Divorce, check. Kickass job, check. Enormous dog…
well, okay, that wasn’t part of the plan, but Charlie is my sidekick now and
I’m okay with that.
A weeklong trip to San Diego to help set up the sale of a matchmaking
business sounds like just the kind of challenge I thrive on. I just
didn’t expect Mr. Match himself to be quite so…
Arrogant.
Frustrating.
or HOT.
When my manager suggests I take over the company and stay in San Diego
temporarily, it makes perfect sense from a business perspective. But getting
involved with a client would be the end of everything I’d spent years building.
We have to keep things professional. Max assures me we’re not a match
anyway.
So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?
* * *
Tatum Archer doesn’t date clients, and Max isn’t signing up for a romantic liaison that hasn’t been mathematically guaranteed. So why can’t he stop thinking about Tatum? Or about her ridiculously enormous
dog, Charlie? Not that he’s thinking about Charlie romantically, of course. But
the dog is part of a package deal. And maybe he’s thinking about Tatum a little
bit romantically…

The final book in the Mr. Match series sees Mr. Match finally find his own
match! Don’t miss the laughs in this hilarious series finale!

 

My review

I’ve loved the entire Mr Match series, and this one was the perfect wrap up. Max, Mr Match himself, has brought together thousands of happy couples, including his sister and some of his closest friends. He hasn’t been able to match himself, however. and resigns himself to being an emo unicorn with guyliner (you’ll understand when you read it). Tatum is the venture capital analyst sent by her company to assist Max with the potential sale of the company when he wants to keep his secret intact. Who would trust a matchmaking company whose founder can’t match himself?

The two are drawn to each other from the beginning, but Tatum is worried about her professional reputation. She loves her job and is being groomed for a promotion and does not want to jeopardize that. Max doesn’t trust feelings and emotions over the math.

I loved reading this book. And as always, big dogs make everything better and this one has a giant lovable teddy bear of a dog to love! Max is so analytical and I loved seeing him struggle with trusting his heart. Tatum struggled with following her heart, and let her head and career get in the way of too many things. Cat, Max’s sister, played a big role in this book and she was so much fun. I love their relationship.

There was only one thing missing from the end of this book: Did Tatum apologize to Rose and make up?? I was looking forward to that conversation and a little disappointed it wasn’t there. But that wasn’t part of the main story so I can overlook it.

Even if you haven’t read the rest of this series (and they’re free with Kindle Unlimited so what’s stopping you??) this book will be enjoyable. All four books are standalones.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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It was time to take a step back from Mr. Match before I had to answer a bunch of questions I didn’t want to answer. Before the whole thing blew up and then tanked spectacularly because I was revealed to be a fraud. And so naturally, I had a plan. 
“You’re going to sell Mr. Match?” My sister Cat was lounging on the leather sofa in the middle of my living room. “It’s a goldmine! Why would you do that?”
I shrugged. “Maybe I’m tired of finding happiness for everyone else.” 
Cat’s eyes dropped to the ring on her left hand and then found me again. “Max,” she said quietly, looking sad. 
“No,” I said quickly, sorry I’d let too much show. That wasn’t my style. “It’s fine. It’s not even that. The whole secrecy thing is exhausting, and I think I’m pretty close to being outed, which would be bad for the business. Bad for me. And probably bad for the Sharks, too.” 
“You won the Cup last season, it would take a lot to hurt the Sharks,” she said. 
I stood just outside the sliding glass door that separated the living room from the patio and yard. My house was nice—big and open, lots of upscale touches and fancy appliances. But it felt cold to me, despite the almost constant San Diego sunshine, and I spent a lot of my time out on this patio. Less oppressive than that unfilled space. “Why do you care if I keep it, anyway?” I asked, turning to look back inside. 
Cat shrugged and stood up, coming out to join me in gazing over the grass beyond the patio toward the fence, which sat just along the curve of Mission Bay. The Isleys lived a few doors down, though I swear we didn’t plan it that way.
“I don’t know,” she said. “It’s nostalgia, I guess. You always talked about figuring out how love wasn’t this complicated mystical thing. And then you did it. I just thought it would mean something to you, even if you never …” she trailed off, glancing at me and then sinking into a cushioned chair next to the teak table. 
My sister was one of the few people I’d confided in about my efforts at finding a match of my own. I’d been one of the first complete profiles in the database, but my file had sat there, gathering dust, for years now. The algorithm was built to match and weigh the most crucial aspects of someone’s personality, giving mathematical priority to those aspects statistically most likely to correlate to longevity in relationships. I’d
tweaked the math multiple times over the years, and tons of happy couples all
around San Diego, Los Angeles, and now Arizona, had benefited. But I had not. 
Cat sighed. There wasn’t much to say about my unmatchability.  It turned out I was a fucking unicorn. And not the fun rainbow-maned kind with a cat riding on its back like a Viking conqueror, throwing glitter around. I was like a sad gothic unicorn, horn draped in black crepe and too much guy liner. 
“Are you thinking about that ridiculous unicorn analogy again?” Cat asked, interrupting my train of thought. 
“Maybe.” 
“You’re not an emo unicorn, Max.” 
“Gothic. With guy liner.” 
Cat rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest. “I have a novel idea for you.” 
“No.” I historically didn’t like Cat’s ideas, novel or not. 
She dropped her arms and leaned forward in her chair, widening her eyes at me and blowing out a breath in frustration. “Listen first, jackass. Then tell me no.” 
I lifted a shoulder in resignation. “Fine. Go.” 
“Why don’t we go retro? You can be a retro unicorn.” 
“I have no idea what you’re trying to say. Use your words, Cat.”
“Those were words.”
“Use different words. Ones that go together to make sentences that make sense.” 
“Listen,” she said, rolling her eyes. Cat and I couldn’t help reverting to grade-school banter when we were together. It was our dynamic. It drove Mom crazy, but when Mom wasn’t around, we reveled in it. “Why not try this dating thing the old fashioned way?” 
“You want to order me a bride in the mail?” I imagined a stagecoach rolling in, a frightened-looking Midwestern girl coming down off the steps in a hoop skirt. It turns out I have a very visual imagination. I do best when I keep my little imaginings to myself though. 
“No. Not like wild-west style. More like before the internet.” 
“They definitely didn’t have the internet in the wild west,” I agreed. I wasn’t eager to see where Cat was going with this. Distraction could work.
“Stop changing the subject. Distraction won’t work here.” Cat stood up. “I met an adorable girl at the gallery last week, and I got her number. You set me up on dates before I met Xavier, so now I’m setting you up.” 
“Definitely no,” I told her. “And I set you up on dates that had a high mathematical probability of working out successfully. That’s how you met Xavier, remember?” 
“Yes, but first you gave me Dr. Buttchin.” 
I smiled as Cat’s description of that date came back to me. The formula had needed tweaking back then. But you had to hand it to a guy so germaphobic he’d managed to find a place to buy condoms to put on the passenger seat of his car. “Still. Definitely no to the setting-Max-up thing.” 
“Definitely yes, you mean.” Cat had her phone out and was texting someone. 
“Stop. I’m serious.” This was not at all what I wanted. I stood and went to look over my sister’s shoulder, but she’d already hit send. 
“Her name is Julie. She was adorable, very inquisitive. You guys are probably perfect for each other.” Cat smiled like she had just achieved world peace.
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Blog Tour: Dance With Me by Kristen Proby

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Dance With Me by Kristen Proby

Release Date: May 7, 2019

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Dance With Me, an all-new novel in her beloved With Me In Seattle Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby

Starla. Just Starla.

She doesn’t have a last name, and she doesn’t need one. Not with that many Grammys on her mantel. Everyone knows her kick-ass, no-holds-barred style of singing, dancing, and living.

No one knows that America’s Sweetheart is still living with the wreckage of four years ago, when her world was torn apart. Losing her fiancé was devastating, but she’s channeled all of that into her music. Closing off her heart opened a hundred new doors.

Officer Levi Crawford, Seattle PD.

For almost twenty years, Levi has been consumed by the law. He eats, sleeps, and breathes work. Not just because he’s a workaholic, but because he loves it. Sure, he doesn’t have time for a woman and barely sees the rest of his family, but it’s a trade he’s always been happy to make.

Until Starla.

Two lonely hearts could learn to beat again, if they’re willing to dance together.

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“Hello, Starla.”

“Well, shit.”

My eyes soak her in from head to toe. How did she get more beautiful than before? Her auburn hair is pulled up in a knot on top of her head, and she’s in a cropped T-shirt with a pair of skin-tight shorts.

My dick is immediately at full attention.

“Wh-what are you doing here?”

“I was over at Wyatt’s house.” I point across the street. “And he said you were staying here.”

She leans on the doorframe, crosses her arms over her chest, and bites her full bottom lip.

She’s sex personified, standing right in front of me.

“Am I under arrest?”

“No.” I reach out to brush a loose strand of hair behind her ear, and the slight contact of skin against skin sends a shock wave through my already energized body. “No, you basically fell in my lap, and I decided to take advantage of it.”

“If you think I’m going to lead you straight up to bed, you have another thing coming.”

I narrow my eyes. “You just insulted both of us.”

She sighs and shakes her head, pinches the bridge of her nose between her eyes, and then laughs. “I apologize. You surprised me. Come on in.”

She stands back, and I follow her in, looking around the open living space.

“Do you want something to drink?”

“No, thanks.”

“I need a water. Follow me.”

She walks ahead of me to the kitchen, and my eyes are pinned to her round ass. I remember how the globes of those cheeks feel in my hands as she rides me. I remember everything.

“Sure you don’t want some?”

I try to swallow around my dry tongue and just nod. “Turns out, I do.”

She passes me a bottle and then takes a sip of her own.

“So, is the tour over?” I ask.

“Yes, and I’m on vacation.” She frowns slightly, staring down at her water. “Forced vacation.”

“Why?”

She blinks up at me. “Because I was exhausted, and the doctor insisted.”

I narrow my eyes again, pissed that she worked herself into exhaustion. “Starla—”

“I’m fine,” she insists. “And I’m already feeling better. Also, I owe you an apology.”

That stops me short. “No, you don’t.”

“Oh, I do.” She takes another sip, then sets the bottle aside and leans on the island. I get a great view of her cleavage.

She’s too sexy for her own damn good.

“I’m sorry I didn’t reply to your messages, Levi.”

“Why didn’t you?”

She blows out a breath. “Because I was a little overwhelmed. The sex was—”

“Damn incredible.”

“Yeah. It was. Intense is also a good word for it, and I get the feeling that you’re an intense man.”

I nod once. “If I hurt you or scared you—”

“No, it’s not that at all,” she hurries to assure me. “I didn’t do anything that I didn’t want or enjoy. I’m sorry if I gave you that impression. I hadn’t been with a man in a long time, and we have some powerful chemistry.”

That’s the understatement of the year. I can feel the electricity flowing between us like a rushing river.

“That’s really all I’m comfortable saying right now,” she admits and swallows.

“That’s enough.”

For now.

About Kristen:

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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