Cover Reveal: DIRTY HEADLINES by @lj_shen L.J. Shen

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“I laughed, I swooned, I sighed, I smiled and cheered for these two lonely souls. By far one of my favorite books of 2018!”- Kate Stewart, Amazon bestselling author

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming September 7th!

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Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: September 7th, 2018

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Model: Lucas Loyola

Photographer: Leandro Franco

Célian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.

I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.

Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.

But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.

Brooklyn girl.

Infamously quirky.

Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.

When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.

He knows it.

So do I.

Every day in the newsroom is a battle.

Every night in his bed, war.

But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Cover Reveal: Not Quite Perfect by @rebecca_norinne

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne. This is the first standalone title in The Rocky Cove Series, and it releases on September 26th. Check out pre-order links, and a trailer for the book, below!

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Pre-order NOT QUITE PERFECT Now

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NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne

Releasing September 26th

Blurb:

I can’t believe I met the perfect man …

On the ferry to my mother’s wedding, I met the most amazing man—his love of Faulkner notwithstanding. Professor David Carstairs was funny, intelligent, and had the sexiest hands I’d ever seen.

A conversation about classic American literature led to a romantic dinner at his house … and then a whole lot of dessert afterward. I’d never done anything like that before, but what we had was something special.

Unfortunately, everything came crashing down the next day. Because my supposedly perfect professor? His dad just married my mom, and now he’s my stepbrother!

Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot more complicated.

I’ve finally found the perfect woman …

En route to watch my father marry yet another young gold digger, I met the perfect woman—her hatred of Faulkner notwithstanding. Victoria Witherspoon was kind, witty, and had the most kissable lips I’d ever seen.

We spent the day together, and then stayed up all night exploring each other’s bodies. I don’t do relationships, but for someone as perfect as Victoria, I was ready to make an exception.

If only her mom hadn’t just married my dad, putting the object of all my fantasies firmly in the “off limits” category.

And I thought the holidays were awkward before.

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes sexy romance from the heart. Her heroines are bold and headstrong, and her heroes will do anything for the ones they love.

When not banging away at the keyboard, she is watching rugby, enjoying a pint of craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next book.

Originally from California, Rebecca currently resides in a small coastal community outside of Boston where she’s renovating an antique colonial built in the 1700s and trying valiantly not to be eaten alive by mosquitos.

 
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Review: Bishop by Sawyer Bennett

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Bishop, the first book in Sawyer Bennett’s newest ice hockey romance series, was, frankly, not the best work by one of my favorite authors. Why Ms. Bennett wanted to write another series situated in the hockey world when she already has a very successful fictional hockey franchise in the Cold Fury series is beyond me. Maybe she really likes the sport that much. IMO, though, it’s just a repeat of her other stories. It follows the standard Bennett hockey romance formula:

    1. Cocky hockey star is determined to win the Stanley Cup
    2. He meets and falls inadvertently hard for a female, after a one-night stand
    3. Woman is trying to build her own career up
    4. She again meets the man with whom she had a one-nighter.
    5. Turns out, they’re supposed to be “taboo” for each other.
    6. They fight, make love, and repeat.
    7. They encounter haters all around. Despite their naysayers and/or meddling families and friends, they persevere.
    8. Ta-dah! HEA, the end.

After the 10th book with a similar thread, it gets tiring. And boring.

I wanted to like Bishop. I really, really did. But, sadly, I just couldn’t. I just wish there was more originality to the story and to its characters.

Nevertheless, as Ms. Bennett’s characters did, I shall persevere and continue pouring all my love on all things Sawyer Bennett. Just not on this particular book.2 stars

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Cover Reveal: Not Until You by @AuthorCMichaels Corinne Michaels

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Not Until You by Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: September 24th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photography: Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

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I have two rules in life:
1. No relationships, falling in love or attachments.
2. No sleeping with clients of my interior design firm.

Since the last guy turned out to be married, they’ve been easy to follow.

Until him.

Callum Huxley is a ridiculously sexy Brit, and the connection we have the moment our eyes lock scares the ever-loving hell out of me. Thank God I came to my senses before going back to his hotel where I would’ve ended up naked, panting, and unable to forget him.

Thinking I walked away from that night unscathed was stupid. Sure enough, at the biggest meeting of my career waits the CEO of Dovetail Enterprises—him. It might be the most embarrassing moment of my professional life. And breaking my no-client rule might just be the hottest moment of my personal life.

Learning to trust has never felt so good, but falling has never hurt so bad.

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Meet Corinne:

Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller author. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

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Review: Too Wilde to Wed by @EloisaJames

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Simple, direct to the point, sexy, hot, and minimal drama. I can soooooo relate to Diana. Not that a duke-to-be has ever asked me to marry him, no no no! I can relate to her in the sense that she’s content with “just enough.” Diana has no fiery ambition to be loved by all, be able to reach the top echelons of society, or be beautiful simply to please others. She’s not afraid to work hard. Loyal – to a fault – but impressive. Ditto for book hero, North. I love him. ‘nuf said.

Can’t wait to devour the next Wilde book; alas, Eloisa James can’t publish fast enough for me. No worries, though, I’d rather wait for a story as good as this, than have this fave author of mine rush through the process with the opposite of great.5 stars

EXCERPT & Giveaway! : Dr. Strange Beard by @reidromance Penny Reid

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Dr. Strange Beard, an all-new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is available NOW!

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Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

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Excerpt:

“Simone, this is not one of our adventures from when we were kids. This is not finding Blithe Tanner’s cat. These men are murderers, drug dealers, thieves.”

“I know.” Boy oh boy, did I know. I didn’t want to be here anymore than he did. I was frightened. Yet allowing Roscoe to be taken on his own hadn’t been an option. “I can handle myself, and I can provide backup for you, if you need it.”

Roscoe gripped my shoulders. “Nothing can happen to you, do you understand?” His words were emphatic, his gaze disoriented, desolate, frantic. “If anything happens to you, I’ll . . .” He swallowed, apparently unable to finish the sentence.

My heart twisted to see him like this. I wished there were some way to show him what I could do, what I was capable of, so he would stop seeing me as a liability.

Well, why can’t you?

“Huh.”

Now there was a thought.

Stepping out of his grip, I walked backward to the other side of the room and took a deep breath. “Okay. Come at me.”

He blinked. “What?”

“I want you to come at me.”

“Simone,” he seethed.

“Come at me, bro.” I did that little movement with my fingers, my palm turned upwards. “Come at me or I’ll start singing again.”

“I’m not doing this.”

“Fine.”Frustrating. “I’ll come at you.”

He stood there, features set, looking raw.

Moving quickly forward, staying light on my feet, I faked right and then went left, hooking him behind the back of his leg, catching his arm to twist behind his back, and sending him to the ground—face-first—with a thud.

I winced as he grunted, my knee at the base of his spine, his arm restrained behind his back. “Sorry! But you wouldn’t listen to me.” Leaning forward, I whispered in his ear, “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

Roscoe’s back and shoulders rose and fell with an expansive breath, like he was about to respond, but in the next moment he’d spun his legs to the right, leveraged my knee on his back to throw me off-balance, and slipped his wrist from my hold.

In my defense, my grip had been lax as I was purposefully trying not to injure him.

The next thing I knew, Roscoe had me pinned to the ground, air knocked out of me, him hovering above, and my gun digging into my ribs beneath my shirt. He’d been careful to subdue my legs, likely so he wouldn’t end up with a bruised ballsack.

His stare more probing than angry—which I took as a good sign—he said, “I didn’t teach you that. Where’d you learn that?”

Even though I was still coughing, I smiled and rasped, “Since college, take judo.”

He nodded faintly, his eyes moving between mine, looking concerned. “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

“No.” Endeavoring to catch my breath, I said, “I took it easy on you because I didn’t want to hurt you either, but I’m an asset, not a liability.”

“You’re definitely an asset.” Roscoe frowned, his gaze dropping to my mouth. “And a distraction,” he said, his voice rough.

“I’m a distraction?” I asked, my words still breathy.

I bucked, but he held me fast.

“Yes. . .” His stare turned inward. “You are most definitely a distraction.”

Even though I’d had plenty of time to recover and we’d been holding still for close to a minute, I was still breathing hard. This might have been because of my lingering irritation. Or, maybe it was because the length of Roscoe’s lean body was lying on mine. He held my hands on either side of my head, our faces even, his mouth just inches away.

Was it insane that I hoped he kissed me?

Yes?

No?

Let’s go with no.

He gave me his eyes again and I saw something there, a battle. He looked undecided, at war with himself, straining against something I couldn’t see.

“Roscoe?” I whispered.

Roscoe closed his eyes, and I thought he was going to let me go, but in the next second his lips descended, capturing my mouth in a tender kiss.

I moaned.

I kissed him back.

That’s what one does when Roscoe Winston kisses one. Moan and kiss. Repeat. Because not doing so would be a travesty.

His hold on my hands slacked, his fingers seeking and threading with mine. He settled his hips between my legs, his form relaxing. The weight of him was different now, warmer somehow. At least I felt warm. I also felt cherished as his tongue sought mine, again tenderly, stroking, causing my abdomen to twist and tighten into delicious knots.

He broke the kiss and a protest died on my lips as his mouth trailed down my jaw to the sensitive skin of my neck, sucking, licking, savoring me. What had felt warm and cherishing heated, and my hips tilted reflexively as he nibbled on my ear, cradling his rapidly growing erection.

We both gasped as his hips rocked in an answering yet inelegant movement. It felt perfect and essential in the moment.

“Oh God.” His hot breath spilled against my jaw, a ragged sigh. “What are we doing?”

“I don’t know, but don’t stop.”

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Review: Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley

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I love Kit Ashley and most of her books. This one was a huge disappointment, though, after my looking forward to reading it for months.

1. I don’t think KA had this one edited. At least, not the version I got over Amazon. One-sentence paragraphs. Run-on sentences that don’t make any sense. Enormous amounts of dramatic and repetitive words thrown in over and over again…. It was just painful to read.

2. The story starts with a quick run down of Hound’s actions after the death of one of his MC brothers, who just so happened to be the husband of the woman he secretly loves. That beginning ran the gamut of about 10-15 years. Then chapter one, scene one kicks in. About 20 pages in, give or take, book heroine Keely comes on to book hero Hound, after he tries to get her to leave. She came in Hard, with a capital H. Like, in a porno flick type of Hard core come-on. I thought it was a joke. They inexplicably had sex after Hound’s inner monologue kept telling us readers that he was gonna try to get over his 20-year-old obsession love for her. It was weird. The sexy scene in chapter one lasted about another 25 pages. And, then 43-yo Keely leaves Hound to go home to her own place.

Okey-dokey.

3. These 40+ year old characters act like they’re teenagers. Completely immature and spoiled. Him: man. Her: stupid woman. I mean, c’mon. There’s gotta be SOME sort of believability in this thing.

4. I haven’t been in any MC lately. Or at all, truly. I doubt KA has been in one either. But something tells me that the part where Hound and Keely were worried that his MC brothers would take serious offense that Hound has taken up with Keely, the widow of one of their fallen brothers, is a crock pile of shit. Is that really how men “take care” of their friends’ widows? She does not have any choice whatsoever? Her dead husband’s friends must have a say with whom she gets to have sex with?

5. By the by, the way Keely screamed out her woe after learning that the Chaos MC brothers have avenged her murdered husband was another weird moment early in the story. She basically screamed: “Who’s gonna take care of my pussy now? Who’s gonna bang me like crazy, exactly the way I like it? Who’s gonna fuck me every night from now on????!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAA!!!!” Weird, I tell ya.

Had to stop after the n-th eye roll I gave this after reading another weird passage. DNF.1 star