Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Plan (The Proposition #4) by Katie Ashley

**NEW RELEASE** - THE PLAN by Katie Ashley - Now LIVE!

Book info:
TitleThe Plan
Author:  Katie Ashley
SeriesThe Proposition #4
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  October 17th, 2017
Source:  E-galley from Inkslinger PR - The gifting of this galley had no affect on my opinions.
My rating:  4 stars

For Jenny O’Malley, the plan was supposed to be easy. Become the surrogate for her friends, Connor and Jeff, deliver their healthy baby, and earn some money towards her student loans. But as the saying goes, the best-laid plans often go awry. Especially when you’re looking at the prospect of not getting laid for a long, long time.

With T-Minus two weeks to insemination, Jenny decides to take her friend, Casey’s, suggestion to have one wild fling before she’s saddled with heartburn and stretchmarks. When a tall, dark and handsome man swaggers into the bar where she works in skin-tight jeans, cowboy boots, and a Stetson, Jenny knows he is the one. After a scorching night of banging boots until dawn, Jenny is a little sad to see her Cowboy in Shining Armor leave.

When he reenters her life a few weeks later, she never could have imagined a positive sign could be such a negative.

My Review:
This was an EXTREMELY quick read. But it was short and sweet and sexy.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters, as well as meeting others that I assume might be in other books in this series?  I liked all the connections that everyone in the story had.  Brett's connection was perfect, and I liked that it was definitely realistic how he reacted at first to finding out that Jenny was pregnant, and who she was having the baby for.  It sounds like there is another series I'll need to go back and read so that I can get to know all these other characters mentioned.  Also looking forward to the chance to meet this author at Book Bonanza in July as well.  

About the Author:

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blog Tour Review: Chaser (Dive Bar #3) by Kylie Scott


Book info:
Author:  Kylie Scott
SeriesDive Bar #3
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  April 17th, 2018
Source:   E-galley from Inkslinger PR - The gifting of this galley had no affect on my opinions.
My rating:  5 stars

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?    

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I’d been tricked. Betrayed. 

After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection. 

Talk about disappointed. 

“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped. 

Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.” 

“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .” 

“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar. 

“Are you having trouble with the concept?” 

“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.” 

She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.” 

“I just . . .” 

“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat. 

Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents. 

The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.” 

“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest. 

“I am.” 

And then there was an awkward silence. 

“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt. 

She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem. 

“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff. 

Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.” 

She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked. 

Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid. 

“How old are you?” I asked. 

“Why do you care?” 

 I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.” 

“How old are you?” 

“Nearly thirty.” 

She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.” 

Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway. 

“Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.” 

Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner. 

“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek. 

“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.” 

“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.” 


Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.” 

“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.” 

“I bet.” 

“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked. 

“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell. 

“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.” 

I frowned. 

“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.” 

One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened. 

I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.” 

“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.” 

And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.  
My Review:
As almost always happens with any book I ready by Kylie Scott, I loved it.  We of course met Eric in the first two books, Dirty and Twist.  And it was hard to like him really, at least with the way he was basically a manwhore from the way we got to know him, and what had happened between him and Nell.  But this book is told all from his point of view, and that is kind of fun.  You see, Eric is just not the sharpest crayon in the box.  He's one of those sweet but kinda dumb guys.  He had me laughing so much throughout the book.  And what I knew about him from the first two didn't matter, because being inside his head really made him grow on me.  While there were definitely some things that could cause drama, a pregnant female love interest, Eric's issues with Nell, possibly selling the bar and having to find a new job, this honestly was a pretty light, sweet story.  And sometimes it is nice to end a series this way.  It was cute the way it all worked out.  Eric's abstaining from sex to prove that he could.  The going through the bases, the way that Jean blurted out that she thought they should try being friends with benefits before they started that.  All of those things had me smiling and loving this story.  And as she so often does, my favorite book boyfriend of all time, from the Stage Dive series book Play, Mal Ericson, was in the story a few times.  But it wasn't just Mal, all the Stage Dive band members were there, and it was so much fun catching up with all of them, but especially Mal.  I loved this series.  I don't exactly know what is next from Kylie Scott, but I can't wait to find out, and I can't wait to read it! 


About the Author:
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from  


Friday, April 20, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Sons of Gods by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Book info:
Title:  Sons of Gods
Author:  Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: January 25th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods.
Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him.
Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
 I have a journal with favorite words. I tend to skim through this first and get those buzz words flowing in the back of my brain. I start with a rough outline, for sure. It organizes me. I also constantly pull from my phone’s notepad. I have a pretty organized folder for each story in my Notepad on my phone. Once I map this out, I come to terms with what I want to write…sort of a realistic goal. Then I will visually map it out on paper.
Then I will pop on some jams—maybe some Odesza—plug in my head phones, and get to writing. Also, I should add, that coffee is a must! 

2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?  Based on what your story is about, do you have a favorite Greek god or Greek mythological character?

I have always been captivated by Greek Mythology. My first major introduction was in 7th grade, when I was tasked to play Hades in a class revival of the Kidnapping of Persephone. The parallels between seasons and pomegranate seeds would breed a major revolution of creative thinking for me. It would stay with me forever. 

3.  How long have you been writing?

Every Mother’s Day, since Kindergarten, I would write my mother a poem. It was my gift to her. They weren’t small poems either. I would get very elaborate and poetic. Every year they would evolve quite a bit. My poetry evolve to writing songs, which then evolved to short stories, which then evolved to full-length novels. 

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

 Don’t stop. Dedicate time and write relentlessly. You will tear apart stories, but some of the ‘faliures’ might become pieces to a larger future story. It has happened to me. So never, ever let a writing opportunity leave you. 

5.  What are your favorite:

Books/authors/genres:  Leigh Bardugo can do no wrong. 

Movies/TV Shows: Right now I am into Riverdale pretty hard. Old school Archikins fan. Also, I’m obsessed with Aladdin

Music: A little bit of everything. Odesza, Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony, Britney, Kendrick Lamar.

Food/Writing snack: I’m an almonds, chocolate, coffee guy. 

Author Bio:
Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: Manic Monday by Piper Rayne


Manic Monday, an all-new hilarious and romantic standalone from Piper Rayne, is coming April 26th!


Title: Manic Monday

Authors: Piper Rayne

Publishing Date: April 26th, 2018

Cover Designer: RBA Designs

The perfect man for me is a blood-sucking lawyer. #pfftwhatever

Been there.
Done that.
Burned the T-shirt.

I didn’t swear off all men after my divorce, but I sure as hell swore off anyone remotely like my ex. On the top of that list? Attorneys. Everyone knows they can’t be trusted.

Now that I’m back in Chicago, my focus is my daughter, my mom and me. I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, it’s just on hold—indefinitely.

Then I see Reed Warner again, and he weasels his way into every part of my life, not willing to take no for an answer.

In spite of my better judgment I can’t stop thinking about the way his designer suits fit his muscular frame, or the way his blue eyes seem to eat me up with every glance.

You know when you’re on a diet and even hummus seems irresistible? Reed is like the equivalent of chocolate éclair and my willpower is fading fast.

The problem? Not only is he a lawyer…

He was the best man at my wedding.


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About Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" ( caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Book Info:
Title:  Suitors and Sabotage
Author: Cindy Anstey
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels and Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.

 Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
My process actually begins with the villain; I establish his/her (evil) motive and then weave the main characters throughout. Plotting the entire book before starting, (outline style) I usually wrap it up in sixteen chapters knowing that there will be unexpected changes and additions pushing it to twenty. I often rewrite the plot and chapter summaries as I go along to keep the clues and romance relevant and organized. I have only tried to ‘pants’ a manuscript once; it did not go well.
I am part of a writer’s group, Romance Writer’s of America, but while their magazine, Internet info and advocacy provides needed guidance, I rely on two beta readers whose judgment I trust completely. One person reads my manuscript to see if the story works and the other reads for grammar and consistency (or inconsistency, as the case may be).
2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
I have an active imagination that likes to play the game of what-if.

3.  How long have you been writing?
I started writing as a child for fun, not school assignments. Though I tried my hand at picture books for a few years, I didn’t really find my niche until I started writing Young Adult.

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Aspiring writers need to read anything and everything that they find interesting, fact or fiction, even if it doesn’t seem relevant. And then, said person needs to place his/her butt in a chair and write. It takes practice. The first manuscript—or two—might not shine but IF YOU ENJOY IT, keep going!
5.  Favorites:
Books/authors/genres: A Spear of Summer Grass/C. S. Harris/historical mystery
Movies/TV Shows: Wonder Woman/Castle
Music: Great Big Sea, KT Tunstall, Adele
Food/Writing snack: Coffee and muffins

Author Bio:
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne

Book info:
Title:  Let Me Love You
Author:  Jessica Jayne
Publication date: December 18th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Twenty-three year old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals–start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents’ thirty-one year old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams.
Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn’t easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined.
Can Ren help to rebuild her confidence and convince her that age is just a number?

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

This was a quick read.   I do like the older women stories as they aren't as common as all the older, wiser men stories seem to be. But as an older woman who likes younger men, I enjoy when I find one of these stories that are enjoyable.  And this was a pretty good one.  It was definitely very sexy, and had very realistic moments with Ren's family, as well as how Stacey felt when it all happened.  But it also had some humorous bits that I enjoyed as well.  I definitely enjoyed this one and I look forward to reading more by this author in the future!  Another thing is that it reminded me of a story idea I had a while ago, and now I'm eager to start working on that story when I get a chance.  I love when a book does that for me!
Author Bio:
Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the hot stories floating around in her head!
Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She shares her love of travel with her husband and children. She’s a huge sports fan, especially football. She the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!
In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure!



Release Blitz Review: Turn Me On (Man of the Month #7) by J. Kenner

TMO_SBPR_RB BANNERWHITETurn Me On, an all-new sexy standalone by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is LIVE!

Sometimes one night just isn’t enough.

Though they see each other only once a month, Amanda’s sweet body and wicked ways have been driving Derek wild for over a year.

And now that he’s moving to Austin, Derek is determined to have Amanda in his bed permanently.

There’s only one problem: Amanda’s happy with their current arrangement. Can Derek convince her a lifetime of nights together will be so much sweeter?

Meet Mr. July … he’s determined to heat things up.

**Turn Me On is part of a binge read series by New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and #1 International bestselling author of the million copy Stark series, J. Kenner.
Each book in the series is a STANDALONE novel with NO cliffhanger and a guaranteed HEA!


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My Review:
My rating:  3 stars

I was a bit confused at the beginning of this one, but soon I figured out that this story actually takes place before the other stories I've read so far. And it leads up into where we've already read.  Unfortunately this one wasn't quite as hard to put down as the others had been.  I did like the characters, but probably I had the confusion at first from when it was taking place that distracted me.  It was the common story line of the woman not wanting more than a casual relationship, based on what she'd had in the past.  I do have to say that I did really enjoy when we got towards the end of the book and suddenly I was seeing  how all the characters from past books fit together, and how they knew each other, and even how some of the events from past stories came about.  Once again though, the epilogue was not someone I knew off the top of my head as well.  But I will look forward to reading on and getting more stories and seeing who the other winners of the calendar contest will be.  The title of this one didn't quite strike a familiar chord with me for a song.  Do you know what song it might be? 


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About J. Kenner

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Release Day Launch with Giveaway: Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely


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From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the gorgeous and sexy-as-sin forbidden romance filled with wit, humor, and so much heart, COME AS YOU ARE! Secret trysts and stolen kisses abound in this brand new, swoontastic novel. Get your copy of COME AS YOU ARE delivered now!


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I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.

For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.

There's no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.

Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)


He's charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.

I've had one goal I've been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.

But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.

And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate — I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.



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The door crawls shut. 
Inch by inch.
A slow-mo door. 
I have no patience for its theatrics. I kick it shut, eager for the next part of the evening to begin. 
Her laughter sounds across the library and echoes off its dark wood shelves bursting with books. A leather couch takes center stage, flanked by a mahogany table.
“Are you in a rush to read something?” she asks coyly.
Her voice turns me on. It’s like bourbon and honey. A little throaty and husky, but with sweet undertones. Funny, how when you can’t see someone’s face—at least not all of it—your other senses heighten. Your ears work harder, homing in on the voice, or you zoom in on the eyes. Hers are warm hazel with flecks of bronze and green. 
“Why, yes, I was looking for a particular book.” I stroll to the bookshelf along one wall, running my fingers across the spines, from old hardcovers like Tess of the d’Urbervilles to modern thrillers from the likes of Clive Cussler to non-fiction reads on the habits of highly effective people. “I thought if you wanted to go to the library you’d want to read. Naturally.”
“Of course. Read me a story. A bedtime story.” She leans against the wall next to a writing desk with a green lamp on it, the kind that has one of those chains you pull down to turn it on. She goes with the moment, and this night seems like role-play with her. I half want to understand who she is. But in a way, I’d rather experience everything she seems to want to give. Her body. Her mouth. Her mind. Whoever she is here in the library is as real as whoever she is behind the mask. My mission is to make sure she gets everything she wants. 
I grab the nearest book and crack it open. It’s a James Patterson. “Once upon a time, there was a woman at a party who wanted to be kissed,” I say, walking to her, the pages open.
The angel raises her hands to her hair and sweeps off the headband that holds her halo. She tosses it to the desk. “That sounds like a very scintillating tale.”


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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 90 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In April she'll release COME AS YOU ARE, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!  

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