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From #1 Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw comes a scorching hot forbidden romance …
 
 
The most humiliating moment of my life begins with an early morning message from my ex’s notoriously heartless best friend.
 
 
Jovie—
 
 
In no way does this mean my opinion of you has changed.
 
 
I’m reaching out because sometime in the middle of last night you tagged yourself in Jude and Stassi’s engagement photo.
 
 
I don’t care if you were drunk or it was unintentional. I suggest you remove it immediately since the wedding is in two months (which I’m sure you know since you were clearly FB stalking them). The damage is done, but no reason to make things more awkward.
 
 
You’re welcome.
 
 
Stone
 
 
I waste no time removing my accidental tag before the sharp-tongued novelist in me fires off a response to the man who harbored extreme and inexplicable hatred of me during the three years I dated his best friend in college.
 
 
Only I didn’t expect him to respond.
 
 
And nothing could have prepared me for what he would say …
 
 
… or for all the ways this gorgeous villain with cruel icy blues would become the biggest plot twist my life had ever known.
 
 

 

Stone

The Hannaford Supermarket is packed on this Friday afternoon. I imagine we’re all doing the same thing; ditching work a couple of hours early, grabbing some dinner items, and heading home to kick off our weekend. I wonder if this is what Paul meant when he told me there’s no such thing as a unique experience.

I tuck a six pack of Heineken beneath my arm and head for the meat counter to grab a porterhouse and half a pound of stuffed mushrooms.

“I mean, what would you feed a dog if you had one?” A pony-tailed blonde in neon blue yoga pants asks a pimple-faced butcher.

“I don’t have a dog, ma’am,” he says, his Adam’s apple bobbing.

“But if you did though,” she says.

“I’d probably feed him kibble, ma’am.” His eyes shift toward the long line forming behind her.

“I guess I’ll just take two sirloins,” she says. “The eight ounce, not the five.”

The young man wraps the steak in brown paper for her before sealing it with a sticker.

“Anything else?” he asks.

“That’ll be all, thank you,” she says before taking the package, turning on her heel—and walking right into me. “Oh my god. I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you there.”

In her defense, I was probably standing a little too closer, but the little old lady behind me kept inching closer to me, which made me inch closer to her and it became a big circle jerk of inching.

“Jesus,” I mutter under my breath when our eyes catch.

I’d know those Pacific ocean blues anywhere, the ones so effervescent they almost make me forget it’s been about a week and a half since I ignored her last message.

“Jovie,” I say.

“Stone?” She squints, as if she doesn’t believe her eyes. Then again, I imagine I look slightly different than I did five years ago. Shorter hair. More muscles. Dressier clothes. Bigger big dick energy …

“What are you doing here?” I ask.

The little old lady behind me clears her throat, and I motion for her to go around me.

“I’m watching my neighbor’s dog and he’s refusing to eat. I think he’s depressed. I thought maybe if I got him a steak …” she shrugs. “What are you doing here? I thought you were in Baltimore?”

She remembered …

Our senior year in college, I was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Law that upcoming fall.

“Yeah,” I say. “I was offered a position up here from one of my law professors who was opening a practice here.”

Her lips inch into a wistful yet friendly smile. I’m sure it’s strange seeing me here—of all people. Or maybe she’s looking at me but thinking about Jude. It’s hard to tell. I imagine seeing me all these years later rustles up some old memories she wasn’t prepared to think about at the grocery store on a Friday afternoon.

The last time I hung out with Jovie was before the ill-fated Tulum trip. We were sitting around eating burnt frozen pizza from the campus convenience mart and downing cheap beer. And if that weren’t enough, Jovie forced us to play some God-awful card game where we had to shout certain phrases and clap and make fools of ourselves, but by the end of the night I was drunk enough to actually enjoy it.

The last thing I remember before passing out on the living room couch that evening was Jovie covering me with a blanket before adjusting my pillow so I wouldn’t have a kink in my neck.

I mumbled something to her about not being half bad.

She replied with a coy, “Yeah, I know.”

Everything turned black after that.

Who’d have ever thought that would’ve been the last time we’d hang out, the three of us?

Certainly not me.

I doubt Jude did either.

“You know, I’m still waiting for you to reply to that last message,” she winks and crinkles her nose. “You left me on a cliffhanger.”

“I didn’t feel like answering it.” And it’s the truth.

“That’s your prerogative, I guess.”

I’ll admit, I debated sending her another clever deflection last week, but then I got busy with work and decided it was best just to leave it alone. Besides, some things are better left unsaid.

“You know Jude lives here too,” I say, leaving out any mention of Stassi because it goes without saying.

She lifts her brows. “Okay …”

“You haven’t run into him yet?” I swear he’s never home. Stassi’s always got him running to this festival or that concert or this new restaurant.

She shakes her head, her ponytail flicking over her shoulders.

“I’ve only been here about a year,” she says. “I moved here with my ex … and I guess I haven’t gotten around to leaving yet.”

My chest tightens at the idea of Jovie being with someone new, some faceless pencil dick who probably doesn’t deserve her. From the second time we met, I knew she could never be mine. But even after Jude left her, I never once stopped to picture her with someone new. No need to torture myself.

We linger in silence for a beat, as if neither of us wants to go, yet there’s nothing more to be said.

Her full mouth curls at the sides, flanked by two perfect dimples as she stares up at me through a fringe of curled lashes. I’ve known far too many people who let themselves go after college. The stress of a corporate gig, a robust travel schedule, and a social life that revolves around drinking on the weekends tends to do that to a person. But Jovie looks even more beautiful than she did the night I first saw her.

There’s a calmness about her, as if these last several years in the real world have given her the kind of education she couldn’t get from a four-year institution.

Jovie waves her package of steaks. “I should probably get home and feed Domino.”

“Right.” I rake my hand along my jaw, taking her in for what very well might be the last time.

“It was nice seeing you though.”

Most of the time, when people say that, they never mean it.

“You too,” I say.

She walks away, turning back once more. “You should really think about answering my question …”

“Not a chance.”

She laughs before spinning on her heel and heading to the front of the store to check out.

A moment later, I realize I’m standing there wearing a dopey grin. I’m sure I look like a damn lunatic.

I wipe the expression off my face, get back in line, and order my filet mignon.

Years ago, I used to wonder what would be worse: Jude and Jovie getting married and me having to spend the rest of my life watching my best friend live happily ever after with her? Or Jude sending Jovie packing and me never having to see her again.

It never occurred to me that there could ever be anything in between.

Now I know.

Only I don’t know how I feel about it.

None of these scenarios end with me getting the girl.

 

 

 

 
 
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My Review...

Oh, how I love the angst and slow burn of a Winter Renshaw story.

This is the story of Stone and Jovie. A chance meeting and a true opportunity missed.

Stone comes from a humble and somewhat tragic background. When his best friend’s father takes him in, he gets the stability that he needs. Stone is a stoic fellow and hides his feelings very well. I loved reading his inner dialogue, he is a true romantic at heart and his feelings for Jovie are epic and swoony.

Jovie, what a breath of fresh air! She is living her dream, selling her stories and after some setbacks, she is starting fresh and a silly mistake actually brings good fortune to her.

I loved the quick pace of this story, I love the bit of revenge factor that plays in and was cheering on Jovie for sticking to her guns and not looking back but going forward.

I am so in love with Ms. Renshaw’s stories, I am an avid fan and can’t wait to see what comes next!

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Claudia Burgoa continues a billionaire romantic series in a second chance enemies-to-lovers story that’ll leave readers laughing and swooning!

They’ll get their second chance at love… if they don’t kill each other first!

If I ever cross paths with Gatsby Spearman I might just push him from the tallest building in San Francisco.

Saying that I don’t like him is an understatement—I hate him.

The prick ghosted me in college, stole the program we created to start a billion-dollar company—oh and I failed a class because of him.

I want revenge. And I want it to be petty.

I created an infallible five-step plan to make him pay for what he did to me.

1. Destroy his company.

2. Hire him out of pity.

3. Make him fall in love with me.

4. Rip out his heart.

5. Ghost him while he’s crying from a broken heart.

Simple, right?

Except, I didn’t take into consideration the old college chemistry rearing its ugly head and bringing us closer together despite everything we do to fight it.

I want vengeance, all he wants is to flirt.

Though, I don’t plan on falling for his antics.

I’ll play this to win.

Let the games begin.

Can’t Help Love is a sexy, fun, at time angsty enemies-to-lovers billionaire romance that’s the perfect combination of seduction and sassy with a couple who live to torture each other!

 

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She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breaths away. Her books are the perfect blend of steamy and heartfelt, filled with emotional characters and explosive chemistry. Her writing takes readers to new heights, providing a variety of tears, laughs, and shocking moments that leave fans on the edge of their seats.

 

She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, her youngest two children, and three fluffy dogs.

 

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Paradise Bay

This branch of the Spearman clan is swoony with a capital “S”!

This is Gatsby and Maia’s story.

I have always admired Ms. Burgoa’s flow in her writing, her timeline is perfect for the story and yet it goes by so fast.

Gatsby and Maia meet in college and fall hard and fast. Then circumstances separate them in a horrible way. 

Maia is a fierce, independent, successful businesswoman with revenge on her mind. She has a vulnerability that she hides to everyone who is close to her. She works hard to give off the perfect life persona, but inside she is a fragile gal that has had her heart broken. I admire how Maia stayed strong when Gatsby came calling.

Gatsby…I don’t know if I want to shake him or hug him. How he left Maia…gahhhh! But I loved his determination, his wooing game was on point. He is a tech wizard and portrays himself as having no feelings, but underneath he is a romantic fella with lasting love and a heart of gold.

I am so enjoying this series and it’s fun to “see” past characters and references.  I can’t wait for the next story!

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“Hunting puts her own sexy spin on the classic fairy-tale” – Booklist

Starry-Eyed Love, an all-new laugh out loud romantic comedy with off the charts chemistry and all the feels from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting, is available now!

Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Having just broken up with her boyfriend, London Spark is not in the mood to be hit on. Especially not when she’s out celebrating her single status with her sisters. So when a very attractive man pays for their drinks and then slips her his number, she passes it right back to him with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’. As the business administrator for their family’s event hotel, the Spark House, London has more important things to worry about, like bringing in new clientele.

As luck would have it, a multi-million-dollar company calls a few months later asking for a meeting to discuss a potential partnership, and London is eager to prove to her sisters, and herself, that she can land this deal. Just when she thinks she has nailed her presentation, the company’s CEO, Jackson Holt, walks in and inserts himself into the meeting. Not only that, but he also happens to be the same guy she turned down at the bar a few months ago.

As they begin to spend more time together, their working relationship blossoms into something more. It isn’t until their professional entanglements are finally over, that London and Jackson are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship. But between Jackson’s secretive past and London’s struggle with her sisters, London must question where she really stands – not just with Jackson, but with the Spark House, too.

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My stomach does a flip-flop as our server moves on to another table and the hot guy slides across the bench seat and rises. He’s tall, must be over six feet, and lean. Broad shoulders that taper down to a narrow waist. I glance at his feet and notice his scuffed running shoes.
He rolls his shoulders back and crosses over to our table. He nods to my sisters, but doesn’t really look at them, his eyes on me. Now that he’s right in front of me, I notice they’re a deep mossy-green color, reminding me of a Colorado forest. “Hi.” A slow smile forms as his gaze moves over my face.
I feel it like a gentle caress and heat travels through my veins. It’s an unexpected reaction, so my own “hi” comes out rather breathily. “Thank you for the drinks and the food. You really didn’t need to do that.”
His grin widens, showing off perfectly straight, white teeth. “Well, I wanted to make a good impression, and have an excuse to come over and talk to you.”
Harley squeezes my leg under the table. I don’t risk looking at her because I’m sure she’s smiling like a loon.
“You certainly did that. Make a good impression, I mean.” Why am I so awkward right now? And why does it feel like this man is sucking all the oxygen out of the room and turning my brain cells into mush?
That gets me another smile. “I wanted to apologize if it seemed like I was staring. I hope I haven’t made you uncomfortable.”
I touch my fingers to my lips and resist the urge to play with my hair, but just barely. Why does this man make me feel like a starry-eyed high school girl? “You haven’t made me uncomfortable.”
“Good. That’s very good.” His tongue drags across his bottom lip. “I just needed to tell you that from across the room, you were beyond stunning, but up close.” He lets out a low whistle. “You are an absolute work of art.”
I fight with my eyebrows not to rise. This guy has all the lines. “Oh, really?” I lace my fingers together and set my chin on them. “The kind of art you might hang in your living room?”
“Bedroom, actually.”
I laugh. I can’t decide if this guy is too smooth for his own good. Or mine. I have to wonder how many times he’s dropped these lines on other women and they’ve ended up in his bed as a result.
“That sound is music to my ears,” he says, his white-toothed smile still in place. “I knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t come over here and at least say hello.” He slides a small piece of paper across the table, roughly the size of a business card. “I’m going to leave my number, and maybe if you’re interested, I can take you out for a drink, or dinner, or a hot air balloon ride.”
I can see exactly where this will go if I take that card from him. And while getting into bed with a random, attractive man might be fun, I know it’s not the right thing for me. Before I can really consider what I’m doing, or fully absorb the last part, I put a hand out to stop him. “I’m very flattered, but I have to be honest with you. I won’t call you. I have a boyfriend.” The lie tastes sour on my tongue. Although, had it been three days earlier, it would have been the truth.
Avery does some kind of cough-choke thing, and I kick her under the table and get Harley on the back swing.
His smile falters for a moment, but he doesn’t break eye contact. “That’s disappointing, but unsurprising. I didn’t see a ring, so I’d hoped maybe luck was on my side.” He tips his head to the side. “Is it serious?”
“Pardon me?”
“You and this boyfriend, are you two serious?”
This guy is unbelievable. “And if we are?”
“Hmm.” He withdraws his hand and slips the paper in his pocket. “I’d hate for karma to pass judgment on me and get in the way of our future together, so I’m just going to hope I run into you again when you’re single. Have a lovely night, ladies.” He nods to my sisters and gives me one final lingering glance before he winks. “Thank you for existing.”
And then he walks away.


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My Review...

Spark House

What a welcome back to Spark House and the Spark siblings! 

This is London Spark’s story. Trying to find her way to balance her world, between family obligations and finding her passion for life are the center of this story. 

London is working herself too much, really burning the candles at both ends and I felt for her. I admired her tenacity and when it came to sticking to her choices she was brilliant.

Jackson is a swoony fella. He is unapologetic and I totally feel for him hard when he first meets London. How he puts himself out there and how he reacts to London. He has a past that he likes to keep private, but at what cost? 

The chemistry between Jackson and London is sparkling, it is heat, and it is spicy. Their love really is what we all hope for.

The dynamics of the Spark sisters really shines through in this story. London is truly the middle child and has all the hallmarks for it. I also cheered London on when it came to standing up for herself when it was needed.

This series is beautiful and funny and oh so swoony. I cannot wait for Harley’s story next!

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Kiss and Fake Up by Carrie Aarons is live!

This summer was supposed to be an escape from the city and the demons lurking within it. Too bad the minute I arrive at the beach house I’m sharing with friends, the guy I swore I’d never talk to again in my life walks through the door.

Now I’m not only stuck hiding out from an ex who won’t leave me alone, but with someone who screwed me over before he could even be considered an ex.

That’s right, two years ago Campbell Whitlock double booked me on our fourth date. As in, had a girl show up to the table where he was feeding me off his own fork and barely disguising it as foreplay. Meanwhile, my head and heart had been completely on board to make our relationship more serious.

But a leggy blonde foiled that plan, and I’ve hated him on sight since. The ex-Marine turned millionaire restauranteur didn’t even have the decency to follow me with an apology as I ran out of his own establishment.

It’s just my luck that I’m forced to room right next door to my nemesis, who couldn’t be acting more like a saint if he tried. And then the impossible happens; my ex hunts me down to deliver loaded threats and the fear I thought I’d left behind in Manhattan. Who is the only person to witness it? Campbell, of course.

His apology tour apparently extends to offering himself up as my fake boyfriend to scare off my stalker. While the plan is moronic and means having to spend more time with him, the danger I feel is real. Having a hulking, intimidating boyfriend, fake or not, might be exactly what I need.

With every passing day, pretend date, emotional gaze and midnight run-in, our relationship starts to feel less like a deal and more like something very similar to the connection I thought we had years ago. Even though I promised myself I’d never give him a second chance.

But what happens when the person protecting me starts to feel like the one I want to trust forever?
And how will I recover if his favor was done only to gain forgiveness, instead of a chance at falling in love?

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Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.
 
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My Review...

From the beautiful beaches of the Hamptons to hustling Manhattan this new story from Ms. Aarons is fantastic!

This is the story of Campbell and Heather and the whirlwind of a relationship they have.

Heather is feisty, she is independent, and the first time that she and Campbell meet sparks fly, but then burn out quickly when Campbell shows his player ways. Heather is unforgiving and because of their friends, they continue to be in each other’s worlds.

When a summer spent at a beautiful beach house is a fresh start and reset for Heather and the fallout from her past.

Friends are surrounding her but don’t keep the demons that haunt her at bay. 

I enjoy the whole fake relationship angle between Campbell and Heather. I admired how Campbell saw his “mask” and how it was affecting Heather. I also cheered when Heather brought Campbell to task when needed.

Beautiful settings, swoons aplenty, and smoking hot chemistry is what makes this story fantastic!

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“Full of all the swoons, a dash of mystery, and punches of humor, you are going to fall head over heels with Neanderthal Seeks Duchess.” – Catherine Cowles, author of Tattered Stars

Neanderthal Seeks Duchess, an all-new charming historical romance from debut author Laney Hatcher, is LIVE in Kindle Unlimited!

Laney introduces readers to Smartypants Romance’s new and exciting Out of This World imprint with her Penny Reid universe re-imagining.

There are three things you need to know about Lady Jane Morrison:

1. She frequently finds herself the talk of the ton and for all the wrong reasons.

2. A dashingly mysterious gentleman has caught her attention and even more dangerous…she has caught his. 

3. She’s rubbish at embroidery. 

After scandalous events during the London season, Lady Jane is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Her reputation is at risk as well as all her carefully laid plans for the future. And for better or worse, a chance encounter with a mysterious lord sets forth a series of events that will change their lives forever.  

‘Neanderthal Seeks Duchess’, a Penny Reid Universe Reimagining, is a full-length historical romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the London Ladies Embroidery series, Smartypants Romance Out of this World, Penny Reid Book Universe. 

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Laney Hatcher is a firm believer that there is a spreadsheet for every occasion and pie is always the answer. She is an author of stories that have a past, in a language of love that’s universal. Often too practical for her own good, Laney enjoys her life in the southern United States with her husband, children, and incredibly entitled cat.

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My Review...

I have to admit, historical romance was my first love, but I have been woefully neglect on reading them. So imagine my shock and delight to see one of my favorite books rewritten as a historical romance!

This tale is a remake of Penny Reid’s Neanderthal Seeks Human and Ms. Hatcher does a fabulous job!

From beautiful ballrooms, mysterious masquerade balls, and front parlors of London, readers are introduced to a group of lovely ladies. Some are noble and some not, but they are true friends better than family.

Lady Jane is the subject of this story. She is smart, awkward, and bucks against society norms for ladies. She is independent and does what she can to make a life for herself.

Oh the mysterious Q, who is he? What does he want from Lady Jane? Their chemistry is beautiful and romantic and oh the letters! I missed the hallmarks of a great historical romance and Ms. Hatcher brings everything to this story.

This story is lush, this story is swoony and this story has all the things I love and miss about historical romances! 

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Smart Mouth, an all-new opposites attract romantic comedy from Emma Lee Jayne, is LIVE in Kindle Unlimited! 

The rockstar

There are lots of assumptions people make about rockstars. Shallow. Player. Addict. The truth? I’m none of those. 

The even bigger truth…the only opinion I care about is her’s and she hates me. Her as in Gwen Matthews, my twin brother’s best friend, the unrequited love of my life. She thinks I’m a liar and a jerk which is why I pretend to be my brother when she needs help one night. 

Except Gwen is a genius. Literally. So it doesn’t take her long to figure out it’s me and not my brother, but maybe, just maybe, she’s willing to give me a second chance. Because maybe when she looks at me, she only sees a rockstar with her best friend’s face, but when I look at her, I see my other half. She centers me in a way that no rhythm or line of lyric ever could. 

The scientist

I have three priorities in life at the moment: finish my research, defend my dissertation, and get my Ph.D., so that I can actually figure out what I’m supposed to do with my life. Tom Mendoza won’t help me achieve any of those things. Yet I can’t help the sudden feeling that I’ve been completely wrong about him all this time. 

The day we first met when we were both teenagers, I saw a glimpse of a sweet, funny boy that felt very much like a kindred spirit; awkward and full of energy and dreams. But that guy seemed to disappear and in his place was this stereotypical stupidly hot rock star that did not make sense in my world. 

Being a scientist means being willing to admit when you’re wrong and reevaluating everything. I might not understand much about human behavior, but I can clearly see the tender underbelly that Tom protects. The subtle rituals he uses to stave off his anxiety. Yes, he’s ridiculously hot, but his soul just might be more beautiful than his face and I’m not sure what to do with that. 

Especially when I find out that he’s in love with me. 

‘Smart Mouth’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #4 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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About Emma Lee Jayne

I write the kinds of books I want to read. Fast-paced books with lots of world-building, snarky heroines, and swoony heroes. I love story, pop culture, gossip, and baked goods. I’m a modern-day hippy and certified LEGO nerd.

I live in the Austin, Texas hill country, with my geeky husband and two extremely geeky kids. We have dogs, chickens, cats, and more LEGOs than should be allowed by law. Oh, and I stress bake. So if my characters talk about food a lot, that’s why.

Emma also writes as Rita award winning author Emily McKay.

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My Review...

This is the best kind of book to read! Fast-paced, swoons aplenty, and humor, my kind of story!

This is the first book I have read from this author, but it certainly won’t be my last. 

This is the story of Tom and Gwen. Two people that are complete opposites but fit each other in a puzzle-perfect way.

Gwen is book smart, she is brilliant, and she is so adorkable. She also acknowledges the fact that when it comes to matters of the heart, she is clueless. She is always looking for a way to describe human nature in scientific terms and it doesn’t get her far.

Tom is the twin of Gwen’s best friend. He is the pop star, he is famous, but underneath that shiny facade beats the heart of a fella that has some debilitating issues and a love so big for Gwen, he doesn’t know how to explain it.

This book had me laughing out loud, the dialogue was witty and so relatable, even when Gwen was spouting off science facts about microbiology.

This is the first book I have read in this series, but now I am thinking I am going to dive back into the Smartypants world and find the previous books!

Well done!

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An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher is LIVE!! 

“An Honest Lie is riveting suspense, but it’s also a scream of defiance, a howl of rage.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover

“I’m going to kill her. You’d better come if you want to save her.”

Lorraine—“Rainy”—lives at the top of Tiger Mountain. Remote, moody, cloistered in pine trees and fog, it’s a sanctuary, a new life. She can hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget.

If she’s allowed to.

When Rainy reluctantly agrees to a girls’ weekend in Vegas, she’s prepared for an exhausting parade of shots and slot machines. But after a wild night, her friend Braithe doesn’t come back to the hotel room.

And then Rainy gets the text message, sent from Braithe’s phone: someone has her. But Rainy is who they really want, and Rainy knows why.

What follows is a twisted, shocking journey on the knife-edge of life and death. If she wants to save Braithe—and herself—the only way is to step back into the past.

This seething, gut-punch of a thriller can only have sprung from the fiendish brain of Tarryn Fisher, one of the most cunning writers of our time.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tarryn Fisher is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she immigrated to America with her parents at the age of thirteen. She spent the next eighteen years in South Florida, where she earned her degree in Psychology. A sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains and loves connecting with her readers on Instagram (@TarrynFisher, 80.2k followers). Visit her at TarrynFisher.com for more information.   Tarryn is a Slytherin.

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My Review...

Wowza! Ms. Fisher goes right for the proverbial jugular with this new story!

From the deserts of Nevada to the rainy land of Washington this story is going to take you places, some unspeakable.

This story centers around Summer/Rainy. A young girl that survives a horrific experience in essentially a cult and how she was able to become stronger, fiercer and a woman to admire.

I really did admire Rainy, she was how she was and made no apologies for it. Her internal dialogue was spot on and I could empathize with her in her adulthood. I admired how she didn’t kowtow to the group of women that was her new circle of friends. (I use that term very loosely, you will read what I mean.)

This story was fascinating right from the beginning and it was hard to put down. Each chapter was riveting and it kept me guessing until the end. 

I loved how you truly see what a smart, remarkable woman Rainy becomes throughout this story. It made me cry, it made me gasp and it made me feel angry for all the things that Rainey goes through. It drew some deep emotions from me.

Every story that I read from this talented writer leaves me begging for more! Get your hands on this!

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Title: Love You Right
Series: Love You, Maine #1
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2022
 
 
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A missed opportunity five years ago makes for an unexpected encounter now between two people meant for each other – but who square off in a very public battle of wills in the small town of Love You, Maine, where every day is Valentine’s Day. Can love conquer all in a town steeped in it?
 
Kell Luview refuses to be a sucker at love again. Five years ago, he left D.C. with his tail between his legs and his heart broken. Fiercely protective of his small town in rural Maine, he’s determined to save the family tree business and avoid his feelings at all costs, no matter how much he longs to solve the mystery of what happened in D.C.
 
L.A. native Rachel Hart hates being underestimated almost as much as she hates this small town. She has two goals on this trip: get out of the cheesy tourist trap of Love You, Maine with a completed business deal, and avoid running into Kell, her old friend from D.C. who never became an old flame because of a huge misunderstanding.
 
One that still aches.
 
When her rental car breaks down on a logging road and Kell comes to her rescue, it’s clear he’s a changed man – and not for the good. Grumpy and reserved, he pushes all her buttons, still stubbornly convinced she betrayed him all those years ago. He’s never forgiven her, and she’s never forgiven herself for carrying a torch for him.
 
An embarrassing incident gets the town gossip mill going when residents wrongly assume Kell and Rachel are the newest couple to find love in the most romantic place on Earth. But the townsfolk aren’t wrong for long…
 
As Rachel breaks through his defenses and charms the town, he faces his biggest fear: all those pesky feelings he’s been avoiding.
 
Because they’re all about Rachel now.
 
And maybe they always were.
 
Can Kell and Rachel fight their growing attraction in the one place in the world where you can’t avoid love?
 
If you’re looking for a fun read about enemies to lovers, forced proximity, heroines who get their comeuppance and sworn bachelors felled by unexpected true love, featuring a hot bearded lumberjack impervious to poison ivy, and a city-slicker, jaded career woman with a penchant for great coffee, set in a small town in New England – then this is your book.
 
Grab a cup of (properly good) coffee, a can of hot cocoa mix, a jar of Fluff and maybe some calamine lotion (just in case), and get your happymeter ready as you read the very first book in New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Julia Kent’s Love You, Maine series – where love isn’t just a feeling – it’s a way of life.
 
✓Standalone
✓Enemies to Lovers
✓Small town romance
✓Lumberjack and city slicker outsider
… and a cat named Calamine
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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“Kell,” she whispered against his mouth. “Thank you.”
 
“For what?”
 
“For this.” She motioned at the romantic dinner he’d created for the two of them, the wide table in this conference room an ample spread for a…
 
Ample spread.
 
“We haven’t even had dinner. Thank me after.”
 
She batted her eyelashes. “Is that an offer?”
 
“Rachel,” he said, moving his hand from her waist to cup her ass. “That’s more than an offer.”
 
He started to kiss her again, but she put her fingers on his lips. “If we don’t eat dinner first, we’ll never eat. And I have a meeting here in this very room, to try to pitch the deal again, in three days. Boundaries, Kell – boundaries. I refuse to have sex on this conference table.”
 
“The thought never, ever occurred to me,” he lied.
 
“Liar.”
 
“Caught.”
 
With a deep laugh he adored, she reached for the bottle of wine. “How about you uncork this and we start with a lovely glass.”
 
“Fine. The table is off the table.”
 
 
 

 

 

 
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, with more titles releasing in the future.
 
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).
 
She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.
 
She loves to hear from her readers by email at julia@jkentauthor.com, on Twitter @jkentauthor, on Facebook at @jkentauthor, and on Instagram @jkentauthor. Visit her at http://jkentauthor.com
 
 
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My Review...

What a welcome to Luview, Maine! A fictional town that is so well described, I could “see” the main street, the town square, and the mythical hot springs. 

I was so excited to see this new series from Julia Kent and she does not disappoint!

This is the introduction of the town and its community, humans, and animals in the fantastically funny style that I so love.

This is the story of Kellan and Rachel. They have a history and because of misunderstandings and youthful pride, they drifted apart. Kellan back home to Luview and Rachel back to L.A.

Time passes and fate (or is it chocolate) brings them back together in one of the funniest scenes ever. Rachel is definitely out of her element and Kel is fighting feelings hard.

I really admired Rachel, her tenacity, her spunk, and reading how she fell in love with the town and its community. I admired how she stood her ground and fought for what is right, even at her own expense.

Kellan, you adorable, too proud for your own good, lumberjack. Pride and self-forgiveness are what is holding him back. I have to say I was so happy that he went back home to be with his family and his town.

I loved the slow burn of this story, it was swoony and perfect for Rachel and Kellan. 

The humor and the introduction to all the new characters was spot on and I cannot wait to see what comes next to the town of Luview and the people that live there! I so wish this was a real place that I could visit!

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Title: Renegade Roomie
Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #2
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 25, 2022
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Fake date. Real trouble. Fall for a new trope-tactic, fake dating rom-com series from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

 

 
Playboy bachelor Dash (aka Phineas Henry Dashford IV) needs to settle down, and fast – at least that’s what his eccentric grandmother thinks. And since she’s the one controlling his trust fund, he needs the perfect fake date to impress her. Someone sweet, demure, charming… and definitely NOT like the spitfire who almost pulled him in front of a subway train and then dressed him down in front of a million viral video viewers.
 
Wannabe lipstick mogul, Callie Delgado, needs to find an investor for her makeup line – before her meagre savings run out. Playing girlfriend to a rich trust fund guy? It’s absolutely NOT in her plans, no matter how handsome he is… Until Dash offers to invest in her company in exchange for getting grandma Zelda off his case.
 
One weekend of (fake) romantic bliss? The challenge is simple. The chemistry between them isn’t.
 
Soon, Callie and Dash are caught up in the act of a lifetime – and the sparks are anything but make-believe. Can these opposites find a way to attract? Or will a week in Palm Beach, a scheming ex, and a frisky alligator be the formula for trouble?
 
Find out in another laugh-out-loud Billionaire Bachelor story from “the reigning Queen of romantic comedy” Lila Monroe!
 
BILLIONAIRE BACHELORS CLUB SERIES:
 
1 Very Irresistible Playboy
2 Hot Stuff
3 Wild Card
4 Man Candy
5 Mr. Casanova
6 Best Man
7 Maverick Mogul
8 Renegade Roomie
9 Baller Boss (2022)
10 One-Week Wingman

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
 
 
 
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My Review...

Billionaire Bachelors Club

Oh how these fellas are falling! I am so enjoying this series! 

Dash the consummate playboy. He is charming, he is swoony and he is loving his life how it is. 

Callie is a feisty, big dreams, hardworking gal. She has big plans for her career and is trying to figure out how to make her dreams come true.

Enter Zelda, the grandmother of Dash, who holds the purse strings to all that Dash has. 

A fake relationship, a whirlwind weekend and boy do the sparks fly between Dash and Callie. I admired Callie for her take no prisoners attitude, even when facing situations that are so out of her world view she shines. And boy is Dash smitten!

This story is fabulously paced and I couldn’t put it down until the end! I loved reading about all the “Mavericks”, each making their appearances known, but not taking away from the main story.

I absolutely cannot wait for the next story in this series! Who is the next to fall? 

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Ten Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend, an all-new enemies to lovers romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is now live!

Winnifred Gobaldi and Byron Visser are not best friends.

Yes, they’ve known each other for years, but they’re not even friendly. Winnie considers them more like casual, distant acquaintances who find each other barely tolerable, especially when he’s being condescending (which is all the time).

The truth is, they have nothing in common. She’s a public school science teacher with stars in her eyes, and he’s a pretentious, joyless double PhD turned world-famous bestselling fiction author. She loves sharing her passion for promulgating women in STEM careers and building community via social media, and he eschews all socialization, virtual or otherwise. She’s looking for a side hustle to help pay down a mountain of student debt, and his financial portfolio is the stuff of fiduciary wet dreams. So why are they faking a #bestfriend relationship for millions of online spectators?

When a simple case of tit-for-tat trends between nonfriends leads to a wholly unexpected kind of pretend, nothing is simple. Sometimes, it takes a public audience to reveal the truth of private feelings, and rarely—very rarely—you should believe what you see online.

Ten Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend is a full-length, complete standalone, adult contemporary romantic comedy.

Fall in love today!
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Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, 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 writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.

Connect with Penny
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My Review...

I have yet to read a Penny Reid story that I haven’t fallen hard for. This newest story is no exception.

The main characters are fresh, funny, and had me riveted to the page. 

This is the story of Bryon and Winnie. 

Winnie is a giver, she is always going above and beyond to make sure everyone in her orbit are happy, sometimes to the detriment of her own happiness. She is adorkable and sweet, she fights hard to further the future of women and STEM.

Byron is an enigma. He is terse, blunt, and obscenely honest, which can make him seem arrogant and cruel. But there is a method to his madness and it was absolutely lovely to see how Winnie became the “Bryon Whisperer”.

I absolutely adored the slow burn of their relationship, the inner dialogue of both Winnie and Byron was fantastic. 

Even as a vintage gal, I was able to relate to these two and am guilty of looking up some of those challenges on TikTok. 

This standalone story is absolutely brilliant, I could feel these characters and respect the heck out of Ms. Reid for the research and study she did to make Winnie and Bryon as authentic as possible! 

This is going on my “Best Reads of 2022” list! 

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