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Review: Taking Tessa by Aria Cole

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Sometimes I just want a story that is a lot of hot sex with a quick connection leading to love. I don’t want to see the two characters fumble through dating and fighting and making up. I just want a really hot guy to claim a woman and that is that. Taking Tessa provides all that! Cage West is a police detective who gets a call about a kidnapping, Cage takes action immediately. When he arrives at the address, he is greeted by Tessa. She knocks him on his feet straight away and though it goes against all the normal procedures and rules dictating police work, Cage takes Tessa home with him. Yes, Taking Tessa demands some suspension of disbelief, I admit, but since the focus is on the quickly developing love between Cage and Tessa, I was willing to go along for the ride.

Taking Tessa by Aria ColeAnd it is a ride! A sexy, loving, and playful ride. Tessa hasn’t seen much of the outside world since her mother died and her stepfather started controlling her life. She is innocent in every way and man oh man, does she make Cage hot as heck. Tessa develops feelings for him quickly. Some of it is tied up with the fact that he rescued her, but more than anything, she realizes he is just a good man, a genuine man who loves her.

But danger is not totally out of the way. Tessa’s stepfather still has a role to play unfortunately. He was very creepy and I felt really bad that Tessa had been under his thumb for so long, with no other options available to her. Cage gives her options. He gives her comfort and joy and well, I couldn’t ask for more.

This story goes by fast as readers are quickly immersed in Tessa and Cole’s romance. It reminded me of another author I like, Alexa Riley. Aria Cole’s new book is sexy and romantic and yep, over the top, but I was just in the mood for a book like this so it was great reading timing for me. Sometimes all I really want is to see two people fall in love and cut out the middle man (so to speak). Taking Tessa does exactly that!

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Warning: Cage is a rough and growly alpha male with a fierce loyalty for the woman he loves. This story is a wild, twisty ride coated in sugary, Aria Cole sweetness with a sinfully delicious dollop of sexy times drizzled on top. Snuggle in and get swept away with Cage while he’s taking Tessa!

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Cage West has spent his entire life waiting for that one special woman to turn his world upside down. As a detective with the local PD, he fills his hours investigating criminals with little time left for much else. When a tip comes into the office about a possible kidnapping at a suspiciously familiar address, Cage is prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue the girl, but when he lays eyes on sweet, innocent Tessa, a firestorm knocks him off his feet. She needs him, and he damn sure wants her–for now, for life, forever.

Nineteen-year-old Tessa Talbot hasn’t seen the outside world in two years. Her stepfather keeps her under his thumb after the tragic death of her mother, convinced she’ll only succumb to all the sins the world has to offer. He’s kept her wildly untouched, and after years of sheltered homeschooling, she’s doubtful her life will ever look any different. That is until one tall, dark, and devilishly handsome detective knocks on her door.

Scared to let him in, even more afraid to turn him away, Tessa makes the decision of her life and decides to trust the man she’s only just met and leave the only world she’s ever known behind. She’s just praying the past won’t return to haunt her, he’s just praying he can save her when it does.

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“Can I help you?”  The saleswoman cooed.

“Just need a couple things for my girl. Something to complement those pretty green eyes, don’t you think?”

“Oh yes, we’ve got a few options back here that would look lovely.”

Cage wagged his eyebrows at me and nearly had me choking on a burst of laughter. He was silly, sweet, and sexy—was there anything better?

“How about this one?” The sales clerk held up a slinky black number with a deep vee.

“No way.” Cage shook his head firmly. “Something a little less revealing.”

“Wait, I kind of like that.” I fingered the short hemline.

“Over my dead body, Tessa. Saved you once, not going to do it again just because you want to wear that scrap-of-nothing excuse for a dress.”

“Well, this one then?” The clerk held up another black dress, this one with a high neckline and a completely open back.

“Yes.”

“No way in hell.”

“Cage!” I nudged his shoulder before swiping the dress from the woman’s hands and heading for the changing rooms in back.

“Tessa.” His throaty reply followed me.

I turned and cast him one last glance, the fire in my eyes burning bright as a mischievous smile danced on my lips. I ducked into the changing room and slid the latch on the door. I didn’t love the dress—I’d seen prettier ones just walking through—but I loved the way it made his eyes light up.

I stepped out of the dressing room a minute later. Cage’s eyes crawled up my skin, a wolfish fire burning in his eyes. “So help me, God. If you think I’m going to let you leave the house in that, you’re insane.”

“Really? I think it’s perfect.” The smile on my lips betrayed me when I stepped out of the dressing room and did a small twirl. “Don’t you think?”

Silence hung in the space between us. After a few too-long beats I spun, my gaze landing on his.

“Jesus, Tessa. What are you trying to do to me?” His ocean eyes crawled my body, moving up my legs, dancing over the curves of my breasts, and I closed my eyes in shame. Maybe he didn’t like it like I’d thought he would.

I turned and reached for the door of the dressing room, prepared to rip the awful dress off and get out of here. I’d embarrassed myself, and I wanted nothing more than to tuck tail and run.

“Tessa.” Warm fingertips grazed the small of my back, hovering around the curve before slinking up my spine. Goosebumps burned through my body and heightened every aroused nerve I had. “You’re so fucking beautiful, all I can think about is slipping this dress off you. But I don’t want to scare you, Tessa.  I need you to feel safe and wanted. I want you to feel loved.”

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Aria Cole is a thirty-something housewife who once felt bad for reading dirty books late at night, until she decided to write her own. Possessive alpha men and the sassy heroines who love them are common, along with a healthy dose of irresistible insta-love and happily ever afters so sweet your teeth may ache.

Aria’s new release BLACK is the first in her modern fairy tale series. For a safe, off-the-charts HOT, and always HEA story that doesn’t take a lifetime to read, get lost in an Aria Cole book!

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Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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It’s here! It’s here! Tucker’s book! Sabrina’s book! THEIR LOVE STORY. And it is terrific. When this book showed up on my Kindle, I was sadly stuck at work. But inside my head, I was dancing with joy because I knew I would soon be able to dive in.

This book. Oh, this book. I just absolutely loved it. I liked Tucker and Sabrina equally and together, they were about as perfect of a couple as romance land has created. Elle Kennedy, she is a master.

If you read the end of The Score, you know the book ended with a bit of a bombshell. The Goal does not pick up directly at that point. It takes readers through Sabrina and Tucker’s first moments together all the way until Tucker finds out. And this man. He is just about as sexy as it is possible to be. For me, John Tucker is easily the sexiest hero in the Off-Campus series to date. He is my new number one Elle Kennedy hero. And Sabrina is not far behind as a heroine. In fact, I kind of really fell for her too.

Sabrina is tenacious. She is determined. She is smart and ambitious. This girl is going places and right now, her dream is Harvard Law. Nothing will stand in her way, certainly not her body’s pesky reaction to Tucker. (To note: her body’s reaction is to basically go up in flames any time he is in the room.) Sabrina owns her future. She is a hard worker, a good friend to her two besties, and she is not at all afraid to show Tucker how much she can please him. But that’s it. No love or hearts worn on her sleeve.

Tucker wears you down though, in the best way possible. This man is a treasure. He is a Southern gentleman, concerned with his mom and wanting to make her future great. He has a keen sense of business and is eager to use his degree, even if he’s not one hundred percent sure what business to invest in. And he’s a good friend. Hockey isn’t his life, not the way it is for Garrett and Logan, but he loves the time with his friends and the exhilaration of winning.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’m afraid this review has turned into one big love fest from me to Elle Kennedy. I thoroughly enjoyed knowing next to nothing about Tucker and Sabrina’s romance going in and I want the same for anyone else reading this book. I’m afraid this review is going to come off like I didn’t read the book but I promise you, I devoured this story. From start to finish and I can tell you baby’s name if you so desire (but I won’t!).

Truly, Sabrina and Tucker are going to enslave readers. I loved how both of them embrace their connection. I love how Sabrina loves sex, particularly with Tucker. I enjoyed Tucker’s friendships with his teammates, particularly Fitzy, who we get to see a tad bit more of in this book (I’m hoping he will get his own story!). Basically, I’m in love with The Goal and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. (Though I do caution you, while this book The Goal by Elle Kennedytechnically does stand alone, there is something much richer in knowing the back stories of the characters and their connections.)

The Goal is available today! And in fact, it even has a new cover. I’m going to miss the abs covers, personally, but I do see the appeal in this cover too.

Head on over to your favorite bookstore of choice and purchase The Goal today. Elle Kennedy, I dare you to top this amazing story!!

ARC provided by publisher for review.

Cover Reveal: One Summer with Autumn by Julie Reece

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One Summer with Autumn
Julie Reece
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.

Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.

Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”

At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.

Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.

Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.

Until it isn’t.

Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

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As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won.

Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down…

Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.

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Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

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Be still my heart. Another hockey romance! It’s just what my romantic soul needs as I head into fall. I know this is typically football season but believe me, you will soon be on board with the Brooklyn Bruisers too!

This is a second chance at love book and it succeeds on all levels for me. Leo and Georgia were madly in love in high school. Everyone thought it would stick and they’d move out into the real world together. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Georgia is a survivor of sexual assault but it changed her relationship with Leo. They haven’t spoken since but that all that is about to change when Leo joins the Brooklyn Bruisers as the newest recruit and it’s Georgia’s job to introduce him as the publicist for the team. That is much easier said than done however.

The course of second chance romance never runs totally smooth but Leo and Georgia definitely give it a whirl. I swear, my heart went pitter-patter throughout this story (I know that is incredibly sappy to say, but the connection between Georgia and Leo just felt so RIGHT). Of course, they have both grown up and changed but in all the ways that matter, at their core, these two are still madly in love. Not that it is easy to get either of them to admit it.

This book is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the Brooklyn Bruisers. Sarina Bowen is a master at guy talk and the conversations between Leo and his teammates shine in this story. In a totally manly way, of course! But truly, I always feel Sarina Bowen does a great job at creating authentic male dialog and that holds true for Rookie Move.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will simply say this book held my attention (almost) immediately. I will admit, I found the book somewhat of a slow starter, but as Leo and Georgia’s characters were revealed, their past together coming to light, and their future hopefully coming up rosy, well, I was quickly swept away in the book.

The hockey seemed authentic too. From what I can tell from Sarina’s online media accounts, she is a hockey fan so she knows what she is talking about when she interweaves hockey throughout the story.

Rookie Move is the first book in a promising new series. There are quite a few hockey romances on the romance market right now and while each of them has their strong qualities, I feel Rookie Move is the ultimate package. Strong romance, complex and clever characters, and a great hockey team at its core. This book should please any sports romance reader.

Rookie Move is available now.

ARC provided by publisher for review.

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How hot is Leo’s hockey card???

And if you’re looking for a little taste of just what Rookie Move is all about, I have an excerpt to share below.

“Come right this way,” Georgia heard her coworker and roommate Becca say, the clomp of her Dr. Martens echoing through the grand old passageway. “Nate is excited to meet you.” Becca was the owner’s assistant, and Georgia lingered half a second to wave her down and offer her a donut, too.

But Becca didn’t happen to look in Georgia’s direction as she led a tall man down the corridor. Something about his gait snagged Georgia’s subconscious. So she took a second look.

And that’s when her heart took off like a manic bunny rabbit. Because she knew that man. She knew the chiseled shape of his masculine jaw, and the length of his coal-black eyelashes.

Oh my God.

Omigod, omigod, omigod.

“How was your flight?” Becca asked him, oblivious to the fact that Georgia was spying.

“Not too bad. I got in late last night.”

The sound of his voice fluttered right inside Georgia’s chest. It was the same smoky sweet timbre that used to whisper into her ear while they made love. She hadn’t let herself remember that sound in a long time.

Now it was giving her goosebumps. The good kind.

“Welcome to Brooklyn,” Becca said while Georgia trembled. “Are you familiar with the area?”

“Grew up about thirty miles from here,” he answered while chills broke out across her back.

Holding her breath, Georgia eased her office door further closed, until only a couple of inches remained. She could not be caught like this—freaked-out and speechless, hiding behind a door.

The movement caught Becca’s eye, though. Georgia saw her turn her head in her direction and then pick her out in the crack where the door was still open. Becca raised one eyebrow—the one with the barbell piercing in it.

All Georgia could do was close her eyes and pray that Becca wouldn’t call out a greeting.

There was a pause before Georgia heard Becca say, “Right this way, please.”

Quietly, Georgia stepped into her office and shut the door. After flipping on the light, she let her briefcase and pocketbook slide right to the floor. Only the folder that Nate had given her was still in her shaking hands. She flipped it open, her eyes searching for the new player’s name on the page.

But she didn’t even need the paperwork to confirm what her racing heart had already figured out. The newest player for the Brooklyn Bruisers was none other than Leonardo “Leo” Trevi, a six-foot-two, left-handed forward. Also known as her high school boyfriend, the boy she’d loved with all her heart until the day that she’d dumped him. And now he was here?

“Thanks, universe,” she whispered into the stillness of her office.

Review: Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey

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There’s something special about a Tessa Bailey book release day. I know it’s mostly because I just thoroughly enjoy her books so much but it’s also partly sharing in release day joy with other fans. Too Wild to Tame definitely brings out that feeling in me because wow, what a book! I know other Tessa Bailey fans are going to be raving about it too.

Too Wild to Tame by Tessa BaileyI must admit, I was a bit on the fence about reading this book because Aaron Clarkson is a political adviser and I’m a bit (A LOT!) burnt out on politics (I think most Americans share this sentiment). And yes, this book does tackle politics to a degree but it’s just a small sliver of Aaron and Grace’s story. At the very heart of this book is an outstanding romance between these two interesting and complex characters.

Aaron is campaigning hard to be on Senator Pendleton’s staff. He knows he can help the Senator achieve his goal of being President. It’s not as easy as it should be however. Aaron had a recent falling out on his political goals and he has to really press to get back in the Senator’s good graces. It should be easy. Aaron is hardened to politics. He is hardened to life. Or so he thinks. Then he meets Grace, the Senator’s daughter who is rather different from her more conservative family. Grace keeps out of the political spotlight but she does have some goals of her own that she hopes her father’s political presence can help with. But it’s not easy to convince her father to let her accomplish those goals but with Aaron’s help, perhaps she can finally make her goal come true and put something in the past behind her.

There is a lot to like in this book. So much in fact. Grace is a sweet woman with a heart overflowing with joy and unfortunately, a heavy burden she carries. Going into this book, I thought I knew what this burden would end up being but Tessa Bailey really shook me up with its reveal. It ties in so much to her personality and her spirit. Aaron is not much like Grace at all. He is used to political games. He is used to being able to manipulate situations and people to his liking with a few carefully chosen words. Those skills win him no favor with Grace however. Not one iota. And Aaron is baffled because this is a woman he wants, desperately, much as he thinks he needs to deny their attraction. But not even Grace can resist Aaron for long, much as she initially tries.

Tessa Bailey tugs at the emotions with this book. Aaron is a man who projects calm on the

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surface but he is a turbulent mess of emotions, not only in relation to Grace, but in relation to his family who he has a somewhat rocky relationship with. He seems really suave and to a degree, facetious in certain situations, but truly, still waters run deep in him. I know that is cliche but it holds very true for Aaron. Grace seems like more of an open book but there are depths to her that are peeled back as the story progresses. Tessa Bailey did such a great job of creating two somewhat archetypal romance characters that transform and grow throughout the course of the story.

There are plenty of great Clarkson family moments too. Aaron and Peggy have a really lovely relationship but I admit, it was Aaron and his brother, Belmont, that broke my heart a few times. Lots of hidden emotions between those two.

All in all, this is just a lovely romance. And of course, it includes Tessa’s rather signature brand of dirty talk. Aaron is a CHAMP at it, believe me. I enjoyed every moment of this story, more than the first book by far actually. There is just something special about Grace and Aaron when they are together that I couldn’t help but sigh over.

Too Wild to Tame is available on September 6! Pick it up today.

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ARC provided by publisher for review.

Too Wild to Tame is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series. Book one, Too Hot To Handle, is available now.

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