Cover reveal: Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn

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I am excited to be part of the big cover reveal for Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn’s upcoming book, Love Sincerely Yours, releasing October 9! (This book will not be in Kindle Unlimited.)

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Dear Mister…**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.

To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.
Love,
Sincerely,
Yours.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Review: The Chase by Elle Kennedy

The Chase by Elle Kennedy Tagline - Ebook(1)I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Elle Kennedy’s The Chase. I know this is not true of course and I want and respect authors who take whatever time they need to write their books. But my oh my am I glad to finally have this on my kindle.

The Chase is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s spin-off from the Off-Campus series. This new series is Briar U. As far as I am aware, much like her other books, these books will be intereconnected but also standalone really nicely. Such is the case with The Chase which features Summer and Colin “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who were secondary characters in the original series. I am super glad Elle Kennedy choose to write about them.

Summer has recently transferred to Briar University. She had some trouble at her last school and well, now she’s kind of on her last legs at Briar. But she is determined to make it work. Unfortunately, she has a few things working against her. Her learning disorder, her attraction to Fitz, and the assistant dean who is her adviser and is also a total jerk. Oh yeah, and she has no place to live. Until that is, her older brother Dean (from The Score) calls in a favor and she is now the fourth roommate with three well-known and well-liked Briar U hockey players: Mike Hollis, Hunter Davenport, and Fitz. Talk about being in the belly of the (very attractive!) beast.

Fitz has been attracted to Summer for awhile but she seems like, well, a lot of work. He isn’t sure he is ready for someone that dynamic and dramatic in his life. When he is about to make his move on New Year’s Eve, he sees her hooking up with Hunter and well, that’s that. He’s disappointed but determined to move past his attraction.

Easier said than done, especially with Summer living in the house. She is front and center in his life in a major way and he can’t keep his eyes off of her. Unfortunately, Summer is getting fed-up with his definitive answer: does he want something with her or not? Fitz isn’t sure but if he doesn’t decide soon, he’s going to lose Summer. She is tired of being ignored or pushed aside by him after they share an intimate moment. She’s not ashamed of herself and won’t let him act this way. Will Fitz get it together?

I am so glad I got the chance to know Summer better in this book. I got a much better understanding of her as a woman. She is (much like Dean) more than meets the eye. I enjoyed celebrating her successes (her super fun independent study that involves fashion–you’ve got to read to know more!) and understanding and empathizing with her tough moments. I feel like Elle Kennedy captures the learning disability spectrum fairly well but as I don’t have a learning disability myself, I can’t say for sure how accurate Summer’s representation is, but I have a feeling it at least resembles someone’s experience out there. I also enjoyed watching her stand up for women (her new friend Brenna and just other female characters she got to know as the story continues). Like Summer, I was understandably frustrated with Fitz. While he didn’t think of it as a game, it kind of came off as one in the way he would reach out to her but then draw back again.

Fitz is an interesting and intense character. He has some scars from his parents’ divorce and constant fighting over him. He loves video games, he is artistic (in fact, one of my favorite scenes is when Fitz realizes Summer likes to draw too and he basically becomes the heart eyes emoji) and a good hockey player. I also like how he stands up for his friends and for Summer (eventually). I do wish he hadn’t dithered quite so much on his feelings for Summer. Like her, I was a bit frustrated because I wanted to see him take the leap.

There is much to enjoy in The Chase. I just thoroughly enjoy Elle Kennedy’s writing and characters and I think this book is one of her strongest yet. I am SUPER excited for the next book in the series, The Risk, which will feature Brenna and I think I have the hero figured out but I may be surprised.

And guess what, this week only, The Chase is only $2.99!! Readers, just go buy this book! It’s worth every penny.

The Chase is sexy, it’s got some really funny comedy touches, and it features a heroine I loved getting to know. Summer can kick-butt any day of the week!

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Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him.

It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother. And that his best friend has a crush on me. And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

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Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

oceanlightPhew! I did not mean to go so long between reviews. I’m a youth librarian and in summer, well, I am busy at work. Like it’s normal work times a thousand. I haven’t had a lot of time for reading and reviewing but I’m hoping that will change as my library’s summer reading program is finally winding down (hallelujah!). I read Ocean Light early this summer and I’m finally getting to review it so, you know, it’s been a long summer.

Ocean Light is the second book in Nalini Singh’s spinoff (of sorts) of the Psy/Changeling series. This is the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. As with most of her books, you definitely want to read the other stories first, especially when it comes to the hero. Bowen has been long involved in the Psy world and you’ll have a deeper understanding of him if you know what he has been working toward as a human surrounded by changelings and Psy.

Bo wakes up in a mysterious place. He has no idea where he is or how he survived the bullet that ricocheted through his body. Of course, he also knows his time on Earth is limited as the implant in his brain is racing to end his life. It was a risk he willingly took at the time and not one he thought he would ever regret. Except, things have changed. When he wakes up in his mystery location, he meets beautiful Kaia Luna. She is a chef, taking care of her fellow changelings. It is a great joy in her life. But she also feels the pull towards Bowen. She is supposed to hate humans. After all, they caused some of the greatest pain in her life. But how do you hate a man who is becoming someone special to her?

Ocean Light is set in the ocean, obviously. And it’s a thrilling world to visit! I was so excited when Nalini started carving out the ocean changelings. To finally get an intimate view into at least one group’s ocean world is beyond amazing. Like her other changeling settings, the ocean world Nalini creates is complex, dangerous, and breathtaking. I could have stayed immersed in Ocean Light for a lot longer than it took me to read this book. And honestly, I had been putting this book off for awhile because I wasn’t super excited about the prospect of Bo as hero. He was very bland and blah in the previous Psy/Changeling books, despite his heroic nature. However, he really comes alive in Ocean Light (which is funny considering he is close to dying).

I really, really enjoyed his connection with Kaia. And I loved Kaia. She is a very special woman. She is a changeling and is definitely a caretaker of her particular underwater world. She is busy watching over her pregnant cousin, helping a shy and awkward lab tech, and being a friend to everyone aboard their submerged home. She is also a bit lonely, even if she cannot say that aloud. Kaia has had a lot of loss in her life and Bo is starting to help her maybe make a fragile, permanent hopeful connection. (Side note: I loved Kaia’s relationship with her grandmother aboard the island, when her grandmother is a turtle. That is the kind of thing I would have enjoyed as a child.)

When I’m reading a Nalini Singh book, I always wish the world of the Psy and Changelings actually did exist alongside that of humans. That feeling continued as I read Ocean Light. There is so much wonder and amazement in our world and Nalini Singh taps into that feeling so well. Exploring Ocean Light was truly like a grand adventure for me and I look forward to more stories set in the ocean.

Ocean Light gets a rave review from me. I’m not a water person by any means but this is a swimming adventure I was happy to “dive” into this summer.

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Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .

Sophie: Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .

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Cover Reveal: The Chase by Elle Kennedy

I am super, de-duper excited to show off the cover for Elle Kennedy’s upcoming book, The Chase!

 

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Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

Review: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

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One of my favorite romance storylines is the twin switch. I attribute it to my love of Sweet Valley High books growing up. But twin switch storylines can be tricky, particularly when it comes to romance and forming new relationships. That being said, I think Cindi Madsen does a nice job of convincing me that this twin switch was worth it in the end.

Ethan, the more responsible brother, has been convinced by his twin, Evan, to take Evan’s girlfriend, Gwen, on a weekend road trip to a wedding. Evan wants to hang out with a group of friends. Ethan is not impressed but it’s always been hard to say no to his brother so he dutifully agrees. He meets Gwen at a local coffee shop to talk about the road trip and well, Ethan is thrown for a curve ball by gorgeous Gwen.

Gwen came to the coffee shop determined to break up with Evan. He’s a nice guy but there isn’t much of a spark between them. She had hoped to make the wedding in her hometown less awkward by bringing a date but now she just wants to break up with Evan. Or she did. Until she meets… Ethan. Unexpectedly, there is chemistry.

Cindi Madsen creates some nice tension between Ethan and Gwen, even if she is a bit mystified as to why she is suddenly really attracted to “Evan”. Romance readers, take note, Gwen and Evan never had sex. Just kissing so for me, that really helped to forgive the twin switch a bit. Like most times when this trope is used, I always wish that the person switching had the guts to tell the other person a bit sooner what was going on, and that’s definitely the case with Ethan. But I thought the grovel scene was a nice touch at the end and it is very apparent that Ethan comes to care deeply for Gwen, very quickly.

Yes, this is kind of an insta-love story with a deceitful twist but I did enjoy it. Counterfeit Boyfriend will not be every reader’s cup of tea but I think for people who appreciate this twist, they may enjoy it. One content warning: there is a scene involving Gwen’s peanut allergies that is… not great.

I had never read Cindi Madsen before this book so I am excited to add a new author to my roster. I really enjoyed her writing style and found it very readable and well-paced. I’m excited to try another story from her.

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Title: COUNTERFEIT BOYFRIEND

Author: Cindi Madsen

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My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.

 

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat.

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Review: Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

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A new Emma Chase book always brings a happy thought to my head. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed her royalty series, going back to regular, normal everyday people was a real treat. Getting Schooled is the fabulous summer story I was looking for. Hands down, super romantic!

Garrett Daniels is the quintessential popular teacher at school. He is well liked by students and staff. He also happens to be the head coach of the very winning, very celebrated Lions football team. To say life is good for Garrett, well, that’s putting it lightly.

But then his ex-girlfriend, the love of his life, the person he dated all throughout high school returns home and Garrett’s placid existence is thrown a curve ball.

Callie Carpenter has just landed her dream job, leading a theater! She is extremely excited and celebrating with friends when she gets a call from her sister. Their parents have been in a car accident and unfortunately, they have each broken a leg, making them extremely immobile. Callie is needed back at home in Lakeside, New Jersey. It’s far from the life she has made in San Diego but she knows she needs to help her sister out.

Unfortunately, her parents recovery is going to take a long time. So long that Callie knows she has to find a job. The theater teacher at Garrett’s high school has gone on maternity leave. Garrett helps Callie land the job (it doesn’t take much, she is a talented theater professional with a Master’s). Soon, these two are back at it, hot and heavy. But Garrett knows their time is limited. After all, Callie is heading back to San Diego at the end of the school year. Will these two get a second chance at forever?

Okay. Let’s be real. We all know this is going to end in happily-ever-after for Garrett and Callie. And it does! But getting there is so much fun. It’s sexy, humorous, romantic, and has just enough conflict to keep the story marching along. I enjoyed every single minute of it!

Callie is intelligent, caring, and just a fun character to get to know. I really liked her rapport with basically everyone in this story, from the students she gets to know, to Garrett, to even Lakeside High principal Miss McCarthy. Callie is genuine and it shines through.

Garrett is hot. He is cocky (sometimes appallingly so) but also very much a man with a marshmallow heart. He likes teaching (it’s not just about football for him), he likes working with teens, and he loves his family. And… he may still be madly in love with Callie, the girl he never quite got over.

I LOVED the drama of the high school setting. Not just between the teens that Callie and Garrett were teaching but between the teachers themselves. It appears even amongst teaching professionals there is a social hierarchy. It made for some good laughs in the story.

Getting Schooled is a perfect second-chance romance story. Emma Chase is at the top of her game with this new book. I’m already anticipating the second story in the series, Garrett’s best friend, Dean. In the meantime though, I’m going to happily re-read Getting Schooled and watching Callie and Garrett fall happily in love again.

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Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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High school parking lots are one of the most dangerous places on earth. I don’t have statistics to back that up…but I know it’s true.

I pull into the school parking lot Monday morning in my Dad’s giant, newly repaired mint-green Buick, with Back in Black by AC/DC blasting from the speakers. I feel tough, powerful—like I’m driving a tank.

I’m a badass teacher—I’ll run you down even if you’re a student—I’ve got twenty-nine more in class just like you.

The outfit helps too—leather boots, blue jeans, a starched white blouse and a black leather jacket. It’s my armor. The morning air is cool and crisp today, but I barely feel it. I’m locked and loaded and ready to roll.

As I march towards the main entrance, I spot Garrett and Dean and Alison Bellinger outside the doors. They pause when they see me, waiting.

“Damn,” Dean chuckles. “Callie’s got her shit-kickers on. Did you dig them out of a mosh pit from 1993?”

Garrett crosses his arms. “Somebody’s channeling Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds.”

He looks fantastic. His hair is tousled from the breeze and kisses his brow, and he’s wearing a dark blue sweater that’s snug around his biceps and soft, worn, light blue jeans. I remember his arms around me yesterday on my parent’s porch. The wonder and exhilaration of the moment.

Of him.

The intensity in his eyes, the desire and possessiveness in the grasp of his hands. The scorching feel of his mouth, his wet talented tongue that made my stomach swirl and my head spin.

So much for not complicating things.

But I’m not going to play head games with myself or Garrett—we’re too old for that shit.

I have feelings for him—I always have—our break-up had nothing to do with either of us not wanting each other desperately. But these aren’t just leftover echoes of a sweet, first love—this is something new. A throbbing, breathless attraction to the amazing man he’s become. I want to be near him. I want to know him, inside and out, all over again.

And he feels the same way. Garrett wants this version of me as much as he always did—maybe even more. I heard it in his whispered words and felt it in his kiss.

I don’t know if we have a future, if it can go anywhere. We have separate lives on opposite ends of the country. But I’m not going to worry about that—for now, I’m going to take each day as it comes and enjoy every moment we can.

Except for now. Now is not the time for enjoying or worrying or relationship building…now is the time for focusing. Now is the time to be ice and steel—don’t smile, don’t waver.

“Little fucknutters don’t know who the hell they’re dealing with,” I growl.

Allison pumps her fist. “That’s the spirit.”

Garrett opens the door for me. “Go get ‘em, Gangster’s Paradise.”

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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