Review: Mr. Smithfield by Louise Bay

MR. SMITHFIELD by Louise Bay

I, probably along with many readers, have had some serious reader’s block over the past year. It has continued into 2021 unfortunately. I am definitely struggling to get through some books, even when I like the author and I am interested in the set-up between the characters.

Unfortunately, this is the case for me when it comes to Mr. Smithfield. I like the book, it just was a bit of a slog for me to get through. Autumn and Gabriel’s romance just did not jump off the page to me at first. The chemistry I’m used to seeing in Louise Bay books wasn’t quite as potent here. That being said, the initial set-up is welcome. Autumn is the nanny to Gabriel’s young daughter, Bethany. Even though she has a crush on him, Autumn is doing her best to keep it professional. She doesn’t think Gabriel would ever reciprocate anyway.

Of course, he does, though not at first. Gabriel is very mixed-up and standoffish due to his past relationship with Bethany’s mom, who basically left them high and dry. Gabriel wants to be a good dad. Besides his business, that is his main focus. I can appreciate that as a reader and I found it very appealing in Gabriel. Bethany is definitely a part of this story but I don’t think she ever really overwhelms or takes over the narrative.

Autumn and Gabriel do fall in love. There are complications along the way. Their romance is definitely straightforward in that regard. But it’s not a bad romance. It may not have jumped off the pages for me, but I think Mr. Smithfield is most definitely going to click for other romance readers. I am a fan of the nanny/employer trope (I love it in historicals and contemporary romances) and that is what drew me in.

Louise Bay is a solid romance writer. She creates likable characters and Autumn and Gabriel definitely find their happily-ever-after. While it took me some starts and stops to truly fall into their romance, I am glad I had the chance to see them find each other.

Release Date: April 13th

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Blurb:

Wanted: American nanny for an adorable four-year old. Must be able to handle a moody, brooding, sexy British boss.

I’m a single father, a lawyer and some say the most serious man in London. I’m completely focused on raising my four-year-old daughter.

Since my wife walked out three years ago, the only woman who has ever caught my eye is the strictly off-limits sister-in-law of my best friend, Autumn Lumen.

But temptation is easy to resist because Autumn is only visiting London from Oregon.

Until she moves to London. The nanny quits. And she’s the only woman for the job.

Mr. Smithfield is a stand-alone romance.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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Release Blitz: The Mix-up by Melanie Munton

The Mix-Up
Melanie Munton
(Southern Hearts Club, #3)
Publication date: April 6th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

She thought she accidentally slept with her boss…
Then she met his twin brother.

Real talk: I slept with my boss. Back before he even was my boss. Back when I had no clue who he was.

Real talk: My boss is an arrogant jerk. I hate him. If we didn’t work so well together, I would have told him exactly where he could shove his pompous attitude a long time ago.

Turns out…my boss has a twin. Identical twin.

Now I know why he’s always acted like our one night together never happened. Why he acted like he’d never met me before when I started working for him.

It wasn’t him that night. It was his brother.

A brother who’s just as gorgeous as my boss and a hell of a lot nicer.

Real talk: I’m kind of…bothered that it wasn’t my boss that night.

But that’s before certain revelations about that night come to light.

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“Why did you keep working here?”

My head snaps up, my confused gaze colliding with Ryder’s. “What?”

His expression is inscrutable, but it’s…intense. Whatever is going on behind his blue eyes must be a doozy. “If you thought you had slept with your boss, why didn’t you just quit?”

“You really want to talk about this now?” While sober?

I do confrontation best with some liquid courage.

He says nothing. Just watches me and waits.

I toss my pen onto the table. “Because if you didn’t remember it happening, then I could pretend like it never did, too. Clean slate.”

When his tongue slowly drags over his lower lip, I can’t tell if he likes that answer or not.

I roll my eyes with a huff. “Plus, not to add to your already inflated ego, this is the best market and ad firm in the area, despite your abhorrent people skills. It was a dream job for me.”

He taps his finger against the gleaming wood of the table. Tap, tap, tap. “You made it clear right from the start that you weren’t my biggest fan. Can I now assume that was because you were angry that I, from your perspective, didn’t remember us having sex?”

I have no answer.

What the hell am I supposed to say to that? I’m afraid the truth will make me sound like a naïve girl who became obsessed with a guy after only one night.

FYI, I didn’t.

Tap, tap, tap of his finger. “But being angry implies that you wanted me to remember.” A muscle pops in his jaw. “It was that good for you?”

‘Kay, now I’m rattled.

Because now I know that I never slept with Ryder Colson. My long-time annoyance with him is unfounded, yet it feels as strong as ever and I don’t know what to do about it.

“We’re not talking about this,” I state firmly.

“Why not?”

Seriously? “Because now I know it wasn’t you. Which means that none of this is your business. We”—I gesture between us—“never slept together.”

Your brother and I did was the unspoken part of that sentence.

He hears it. And his nostrils flare.

“You’re right,” he admits gruffly. “It wasn’t me. Because if it had been me, I wouldn’t have forgotten a single detail. Like Myles obviously did.”

My face goes slack.

Did he just—? Did I hear him say—?

Ryder just took us into another realm. Another dimension. For the first time ever, he turned a sexual corner with me. One I thought we both silently agreed to never even approach, let alone maneuver around.

But he went there. He put it out there.

“Are you saying I’m not worth remembering?”

His face darkens, hardens. “Fuck, no. I’m saying anyone who doesn’t remember a night with you didn’t deserve to have you in the first place.”

I just stare…

…mouth agape…

…and stare some more…

…and drool a little…

I shake my head. Like a dog. What the frig is happening right now?

Is Ryder saying that he wants a night with me? Or is this just some male chauvinist thing where he has to assert himself as the most virile man in the village because he senses another encroaching on his territory?

He does realize I’m not his territory, though, right?

I’m not his anything. Except employee.

“I’d say it’s for me to decide whether or not someone deserves me,” I eventually say, my voice oddly hoarse.

Tap, tap, tap. “You never answered my question.”

I know which one he’s talking about, but I still ask. “What question?”

Tap, tap, tap. “Was it good for you?”

I cross my arms over my chest, assessing him. Okay, fine. He wants to go there? Let’s do this. “We’re talking about your brother here. You really want to know?”

Tap…tap…tap. “He may not remember it, but you clearly do. It couldn’t have been the worst you’ve ever had.”

“What if I said it was the best?”

His face reflects a range of emotions in a matter of seconds that confuses the crap out of me. At first, his eyes crinkle in the corners, as if he’s pleased. Then they narrow to slits as banked fury emanates from them.

“Then I’d say that’s because I haven’t had you.”

My jaw unhinges like a snake’s.

He slowly nods, his eyes burning holes through me. “Yeah, duchess. I said that.”

Author Bio:

Traveler. Reader. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pasta-obsessed. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd.
Author of the Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it’s boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.
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Review: Three’s a Crowd by Everly Ashton

Three’s a Crowd by Everly Ashton hit the spot for me as a reader! I love a frenemy type story and this has that aspect in spades, at least at first. Fiona is not happy that her best friend’s older brother, Keane, is forced to move in but she can hardly deny him a room when a fire destroyed a lot of his apartment for the time being. He needs to live somewhere after all.

Keane isn’t thrilled to be living with his sister and her best friend either but he has bigger things on his mind. He has the opportunity to help launch a new restaurant with his current boss, Jacques. Keane needs to come up with $200,000 and the dream of creating his own menus and being the head chef with his skills could be his. Unfortunately, the location that Keane and Jacques are looking at also happens to be considered for historical building status and Fiona is on the opposite side of Keane. The sparks are about to fly.

It is obvious from the beginning that the constant bickering between Keane and Fiona is a cover-up for deeper feelings. And while it can be a bit tedious in the beginning, it isn’t long before I was rooting for these two. They are both passionate about their work (Fiona works with the homeless) and Keane is determined to prove himself as a chef. I liked how slowly but surely as they lived with each other, they let their guard down. There are a lot of good moments of growing intimacy and tenderness that shows they have the capacity to make a relationship work. They also are definitely enjoying each other in the bedroom! Unfortunately there are a few classic communication mistakes along the way and the appearance of an one-night stand in Keane’s life. These plot turns aren’t anything new but I feel like the author handles them well. Annabelle, the one-night stand, isn’t totally villainized anyway.

Three’s a Crowd kept my attention and introduced me to a new author I am intrigued by. I would like to read about Marlowe’s happy ending in the next book.

Release Date: March 1

 

 

 

 
 
Damn, the man has the body of a god. Like a real-life statue of David or something. It’s unfair that someone so annoying looks so delicious.

 

Keane and I have been enemies since childhood. 

 

 
He thinks I’m a Goody 
Two-shoes and I think he’s an arrogant a$$hole.
 
Years later nothing’s changed except the fact that we’re cohabitating in the same apartment along with his sister, who’s also my best friend.

Even though I’m fighting like hell to keep the city from tearing down the building he wants to replace with a new restaurant, we somehow find ourselves doing the horizontal mambo.

Maybe it’s the magic of the letter I found in our ancient apartment that predicted I’m going to meet the man of my dreams. Or maybe it’s just hormones. But just when I start to buy into us as a couple, someone from his past shows up with a shocking secret that Keane’s adamant is untrue.

Now I’m questioning if I can really trust the guy who told the entire football team in high school that I still slept with a stuffie at fifteen years old. In my experience, the answer is no.

Three’s A Crowd is a best friend’s older brother rom-com full of laughs and sexy times. No cheating. HEA.

 

 

 

 

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Everly Ashton is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wanted to try something a little different under a new name. She loves brooding heroes, spunky heroines, and happily ever afters. You can usually find her with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of caffeine in the other. And because she’s using a pseudonym she can’t tell you much more than that. 😉

 

 
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Review: Hacking His Code by Lark Anderson

 

If you’re looking for a romance with family mystery, a hacking heroine, and a billionaire hero, Hacking His Code may just be the book for you. Arinessa needs money, now. She is very desperate because her college career is about to end otherwise. Then she is approached by Hunter Davies to take on a hacking job that will pay off big. But Arinessa has a history in hacking that led to a lot of trouble in her teen years. Things are different now but she always swore to never get back into hacking. Tough times call for tough decisions and Arinessa is diving back in.

Hacking his Code is fast-paced and despite a rocky start when it seems like Arinessa is being kidnapped by the hero (she is NOT!), the story picks up. There is quite the mystery involved with Hunter’s family and it was exciting to see how it played out. It definitely lets you step out of the every day real world experience and jump into a story that has a certain cinematic quality to it.  

Hacking His Code is enjoyable!

 
Release Date: February 26
 
I must confess.
I did something very naughty…
And I haven’t learned my lesson.
 
I was late on tuition…
In a mountain of debt…
And morally obligated to grant my mother’s dying wish to get my college degree.
 
Which is why I was on the seedy-underbelly of the internet, cruising for a hacking job.
 
I had no idea Hunter Davies, the elusive tech giant, was watching me, and when I passed his little impromptu pop-quiz, he sent armed men to bring me to his estate.
 
And let me tell you…he is a piece of work!
He’s disgustingly rich, with arrogance in spades.
He should be in jail for what he’s done to me!
But…he offered me a job. One that could make all my problems disappear. 
And as much as I hate to admit it…he’s flippin’ other-worldly levels of gorgeous!
 
Now, I have one week to solve a 24-year-old cold case, or else I go home empty-handed. Just one catch—I have to pretend to be his girlfriend in front of his parents, who are itching for grandkids…
 
I agree to his terms, and somehow, one thing leads to another…and I wake up in his bed.
 
This is not how the job was supposed to go. I hate men—they can’t be trusted!
But the more I learn about Hunter, the less my logic makes sense.
 
I’m supposed to be solving one of the greatest mysteries of our time, not falling in love!
 
And as I’m about to find out, if I don’t figure this all out soon, it could cost us everything…
 
Hacking His Code is a standalone romantic comedy that fits into the bigger Beguiling a Billionaire world! If you LOVE to laugh! If you CRAVE a sexy SIZZLE! And if you HATE cliffhangers—this book is for you!
 
Grab You Copy Here:
Free in KU
 
 
Meet in Lark Anderson
 
Lark Anderson was raised near Syracuse, New York. She joined the USAF at 19 as a Flight Manager and eventually discharged in pursuit of a college degree. 

Since her years in the Air Force, she has worked as a Claims Manager, a Business Analyst, an Editor, and a Web Page Designer, filling several roles, such as Fraud Investigator, Auditor, Graphic Designer, and Marketer.

 

Lark’s passion for writing manifested in elementary school, but she waited until she was in her 20’s to pursue her passion. Now, she writes and assists other authors in fulfilling their dreams full time.

 

Lark’s interests are broad. She likes her fantasy dark, and her romance STEAMY! She plays Magic: the Gathering and LOVES going to cons and interacting with fellow geeks.

 

Currently, she is writing contemporary romance under Lark Letter Press and is in contract negotiations to develop a sitcom she has been working on.

 
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Cover Reveal: Three’s a Crowd by Everly Ashton

Release Date: March 1

Damn, the man has the body of a god. Like a real-life statue of David or something. It’s unfair that someone so annoying looks so delicious.

Keane and I have been enemies since childhood. 


He thinks I’m a Goody 
Two-shoes and I think he’s an arrogant a$$hole.

Years later nothing’s changed except the fact that we’re cohabitating in the same apartment along with his sister, who’s also my best friend.

Even though I’m fighting like hell to keep the city from tearing down the building he wants to replace with a new restaurant, we somehow find ourselves doing the horizontal mambo.

Maybe it’s the magic of the letter I found in our ancient apartment that predicted I’m going to meet the man of my dreams. Or maybe it’s just hormones. But just when I start to buy into us as a couple, someone from his past shows up with a shocking secret that Keane’s adamant is untrue.

Now I’m questioning if I can really trust the guy who told the entire football team in high school that I still slept with a stuffie at fifteen years old. In my experience, the answer is no.

Three’s A Crowd is a best friend’s older brother rom-com full of laughs and sexy times. No cheating. HEA.


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Meet Everly Ashton

Everly Ashton is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wanted to try something a little different under a new name. She loves brooding heroes, spunky heroines, and happily ever afters. You can usually find her with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of caffeine in the other. And because she’s using a pseudonym she can’t tell you much more than that. 😉


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Cover Reveal: Hacking his Code by Lark Anderson

 I must confess.
I did something very naughty…
And I haven’t learned my lesson.
 
I was late on tuition…
In a mountain of debt…
And morally obligated to grant my mother’s dying wish to get my college degree.
 
Which is why I was on the seedy-underbelly of the internet, cruising for a hacking job.
 
I had no idea Hunter Davies, the elusive tech giant, was watching me, and when I passed his little impromptu pop-quiz, he sent armed men to bring me to his estate.
 
And let me tell you…he is a piece of work!
He’s disgustingly rich, with arrogance in spades.
He should be in jail for what he’s done to me!
But…he offered me a job. One that could make all my problems disappear. 
And as much as I hate to admit it…he’s flippin’ other-worldly levels of gorgeous!
 
Now, I have one week to solve a 24-year-old cold case, or else I go home empty-handed. Just one catch—I have to pretend to be his girlfriend in front of his parents, who are itching for grandkids…
 
I agree to his terms, and somehow, one thing leads to another…and I wake up in his bed.
 
This is not how the job was supposed to go. I hate men—they can’t be trusted!
But the more I learn about Hunter, the less my logic makes sense.
 
I’m supposed to be solving one of the greatest mysteries of our time, not falling in love!
 
And as I’m about to find out, if I don’t figure this all out soon, it could cost us everything…
 
Hacking His Code is a standalone romantic comedy that fits into the bigger Beguiling a Billionaire world! If you LOVE to laugh! If you CRAVE a sexy SIZZLE! And if you HATE cliffhangers—this book is for you!

Pre-Order You Copy Here:
Free in KU


Meet in Lark Anderson


Lark Anderson was raised near Syracuse, New York. She joined the USAF at 19 as a Flight Manager and eventually discharged in pursuit of a college degree. 

Since her years in the Air Force, she has worked as a Claims Manager, a Business Analyst, an Editor, and a Web Page Designer, filling several roles, such as Fraud Investigator, Auditor, Graphic Designer, and Marketer.

 

Lark’s passion for writing manifested in elementary school, but she waited until she was in her 20’s to pursue her passion. Now, she writes and assists other authors in fulfilling their dreams full time.

 

Lark’s interests are broad. She likes her fantasy dark, and her romance STEAMY! She plays Magic: the Gathering and LOVES going to cons and interacting with fellow geeks.

 

Currently, she is writing contemporary romance under Lark Letter Press and is in contract negotiations to develop a sitcom she has been working on.


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Cover Reveal: Fling by Joslyn Westbrook

🏒🩰 𝐻𝑂𝑇 𝐶𝑂𝑉𝐸𝑅 𝑅𝐸𝑉𝐸𝐴𝐿 🩰🏒

𝐅𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐲 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐥𝐲𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝐭𝐡!

#𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲!

 

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There’s nothing wrong with having a secret fling with your sister’s best friend…Until feelings get in the way.

Gia,

We said no strings.

But I can’t keep my mind off you.

Your laugh. Your smile.

Those sexy-as-sin moans.

How it felt to wake up with you in my arms.

I miss that. I miss you. I miss us.

We both know this thing between us isn’t simple.

Maybe we’ve become more than just a fling.

Meet me tomorrow night.

You know the place.

Reed

Fling is a steamy best friend’s older brother romance filled with heat and a small dose of angst as a pro hockey player and a talented ballerina find themselves wanting the one person they were never supposed to fall for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wife. Mom. Foodie. Fashion Junkie. Rom-Com Lover.

Author of sexy rom-coms and feel-good contemporary romance, Joslyn Westbrook’s novels feature sweep-you-off-your-feet heroes and the sassy, classy, badassy heroines who can’t seem to breathe without them. When she’s not writing, Joslyn can be found binge-watching Netflix, cooking, shopping, and spending time with her husband and children at home in sunny California.

 

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Caitlyn Dare announcement

 

Gravestone Elite, a brand-new, dark, bully romance trilogy from bestselling author Caitlyn Dare is coming SOON!!!

 

The First book in the series, Shattered Legacy is coming March 4th and is available for preorder!!

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Welcome to Gravestone…

Where everyone has secrets and only the strongest will survive.

A brand new dark bully romance trilogy from bestselling author Caitlyn Dare, coming March 2021

Blood.
Money.
Power.

Are you ready to be initiated?

 

 

 

 

About the Author:
Two angsty romance lovers writing dark heroes and the feisty girls who bring them to their knees.

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Preorder: I have Lived and I have Loved

I HAVE LIVED AND I HAVE LOVED
Release Date: December 26th

The I Have Lived and I Have Loved Collection will be releasing on December 26th!! 100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.

Live A Thousand Lives is a nonprofit dedicated to making audiobooks more accessible to individuals with low to no mobility. To that end, Live A Thousand Lives provides audio players preloaded with classic stories to individuals in hospitals, care centers and nursing facilities.

For every ONE Romance Audio player purchased (loaded with 23 romance novels!), Live A Thousand Lives is able to donate TWO Classic Fiction audio players. These simple-function, easy-to-use players help open a world of books to readers with physical disabilities that prevent them from enjoying traditional books. Your love of books could help bring audiobooks to TWO book lovers with low mobility or physical handicap that keeps them from enjoying traditional books.

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I have lived and I have loved…

There’s no better feeling than those little butterflies at the end of a romance story. Top Shelf Romance is proud to present a collection of happily ever afters in collaboration with a cause dedicated to providing stories for those in need.

100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.

These best selling romance authors have graciously donated their stories for this collection:
Willow Winters, KA Linde, Skye Warren, Carrie Ann Ryan , Nikki Ash, Jennifer Bene, Marni Mann, Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels, Amelia Wilde, Livia Grant, Tia Louise, Jenna Hartley, Aleatha Romig, Dylan Allen, Ella James, Nana Malone, Harloe Rae & JD Hollyfield.

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Review: Rival Hearts by Brenda St. John Brown

Rival Hearts turned out to be a really enjoyable reading experience! I’ve never read this author before so I’m always a bit leery with new authors but she pulled me into the story instantly. Lucy Maclaren and Stefan Cane have a meet cute of sorts when Lucy stumbles into Stefan as she is coming out of the bathroom. She has hurt her ankle and he rushes off to help her by grabbing some ice. Big mistake! Their unusual first meeting leaves Lucy feeling confused and Stefan feeling attracted.

Lucy knows Stefan is in town to scout out a location for his reality tv show. The same reality tv show that will renovated a local pub and make it a star attraction….thereby putting Lucy’s own pub, The Blue Dog, out of business. Though they share a kiss she resolutely puts him out of her mind… until he shows up three months later as filming begins.

Stefan hasn’t forgotten Lucy. And though she is stubborn, he wants to see where their spark leads. But will Lucy’s worst fears come true?

Rival Hearts has such a wonderful small-town English village vibe. I really enjoyed getting to know some of the characters of the tiny locale and of course, getting to know Lucy. She is somewhat cantankerous (which I love!) and not especially happy about her attraction to Stefan. She is determined to make her own pub shine and Stefan isn’t adverse to helping with that. While there is definitely a competitive feel between them, I found it was more on Lucy’s side. She has good memories of her family pub and for various reasons wants to make it successful. Stefan mostly just is fascinated by Lucy. He has a façade of being a reality star playboy but there is a lot more to him. Though through it all, Lucy is the character that stood out to me.

Rival Hearts is fun and a good way to spend some time. If you like three-legged dogs, chickens, good chemistry and a fast-paced story, this is a good pick!

Release Date: December 7

Britain’s most-eligible bachelor has met the girl of his dreams. Too bad he’s her worst nightmare. 

Stefan Cane has snogged and shagged his fair share of gorgeous women. Yet he’s spent the last three months trying to forget the woman he shared a fleeting kiss with at the Jingle Ball last year.

Now he’s back in the tiny English village, staying across the street from her pub, The Blue Dog. The same pub he’s about to put out of business.

Possibly.

Probably.

According to his endless spreadsheets, bloody definitely.

That’s not the goal of the pub renovation reality show he produces, but the truth is, his job depends on him getting his project done, on time and on budget. Even though the village isn’t big enough to sustain two pubs and Stefan knows it.

Lucy Maclaren knows it, too. She told him that at the Jingle Ball. Right before that kiss he hasn’t been able to forget. The one he desperately wants to repeat.

How is he supposed to do his job when he’s more worried about his so-called rival? Worse, how is he ever going to win her heart when the only thing she wants to see is his backside leaving town – preferably as soon as possible?

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Meet Brenda St John Brown


Hi. I’m Brenda.  I’m a displaced New Yorker living in the UK. I lived in London for almost six years, but now I’m living in The North, in a tiny English village. We used to have sheep in our backyard! (Sheep!!)  Now we have a new housing development, so I mostly avoid looking out the kitchen window.

 

My novels are unabashedly romantic and run the gamut from angsty feels to make-you-smile swoons. Hitting the USA Today bestseller list has been the highlight of my career so far because – gah – #authorgoals! When I’m not reading or writing, I’m hanging out with The Boy, talking about random things and being overly strict about electronics.

 

I like running and Doritos, not necessarily in that order. I also like libraries, old churches and Paris. One day I’m going to write a novel set in Paris, which will necessitate lots of trips for “research.” 


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