Monthly Archives: February 2018

Cover Reveal: Switch Hitter by Sara Ney





I knew something was wrong the second she walked in the door tonight; I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was.

Same hair color.

Same legs.

Same face.

Except…I look harder.

At the small dimple beneath her lip that wasn’t there the last time we went out. And her laugh—that laugh isn’t as loud.

This isn’t the girl I’ve gone out with the past few weeks.

It’s her twin sister, and they’ve switched places on me.

Only I’m not quite ready to let them switch back.





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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Review: Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan


Baby Daddy is the newest book from best-selling author Kendall Ryan. It’s a story that I was super interested in reading because one of my favorite storylines lately is the “single woman who wants to get pregnant so she’s willing to go the sperm bank route” except of course, that Jenna doesn’t go the sperm bank route. She meets a super hot man named Emmett when they are stuck in an elevator together the morning of her appointment to get the ball rolling on becoming pregnant.

Jenna has wanted to be a mom all her life. She’s thirty-five now and hasn’t found a man she is willing to settle down with. She’s all but given up on dating. But she wants a baby and she wants to be a mom so she is putting her plan into motion. Then she meets Emmett and he proposes making a baby the old-fashioned way. Jenna is leery but is willing to hear him out.

Emmett is a workaholic who has never wanted to settle down. His life doesn’t leave much time for relationships, let alone kids. But he wants Jenna and he is more than willing to help her get pregnant. It’s just business with a side of lust after all. They’ve got the contracts and the plans in place. Surely it will be easy for both of them to keep their emotions in check.

As any seasoned romance reader will tell you, these stories never go as planned because well, it’s people! When people get involved with each other, things turn messy and uncomfortable and emotional. That’s certainly the case for Jenna and Emmett. Jenna is determined to keep their arrangement just that… a baby making arrangement. Emmett however wants to give her pleasure in the process. It’s a bit awkward at first because they both have different ideas of what this new arrangement means.

I really liked how Kendall Ryan developed these characters and their interactions together. Things start off sexy yes, but also awkward because they don’t know each other at all. As the story progresses, a natural ease and rapport develops between them that makes the sex a lot more fun and imbues their conversations and interactions with a growing intimacy, even if they want to deny it.

There are a couple of complications that the author throws into the mix that didn’t do a whole lot for me except illustrate how both of these characters are devoted to their jobs. The “twist” at the end will be seen a mile away by readers. And I couldn’t help worrying throughout the course of the book about health insurance for Jenna. She owns her own store, one that is failing. How is she going to afford just the pregnancy portion of this, let alone life after the baby?

I tried to keep my skepticism of these matters in the back of mind. I really did quite enjoy Emmett and Jenna’s growing relationship. If they had happened to meet an ordinary way, it’s hard to say whether each of them would have let down their guard enough to truly be open to a relationship. Instead, this unique situation gives them both the chance to be open and explore the possibility of each other.

Baby Daddy is available now. If you happen to enjoy these storylines, Kendall Ryan will have you entertained from the get-go. If, like me, sometimes the logistics of the situation get in the way, this may not be the story for you. I like a good fairy tale romance however and to me, that is exactly what Baby Daddy is. A fairy tale in the sexiest way possible!


A hot and hilarious new standalone from New York Times bestseller Kendall Ryan.

We met in a trapped elevator.

Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie.

I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?

At thirty-five, my life hadn’t taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting—I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.

After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.

But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.

This full-length standalone contains a hot, swoonworthy hero, lots of playful banter and some hot baby-making! Enjoy.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: On His Knees by Laura Kaye


Today, I am excited to be participating in the blog tour for Laura Kaye’s On His Knees, the fifth book in her Blasphemy series. I have never read a Laura Kaye book before this story. I have no prior experience with the Blasphemy series so let me assure you, if this book sounds appealing, you can definitely jump right in.

Alex McGarry craves the perfect submissive. Unfortunately, after a recent scene gone wrong, he is a bit jumpy about his dominant tendencies. And the fact is, he’s looking for something more than just the club scene lately. He has seen his friends get serious about relationships and Alex is ready to give that a try. He just hasn’t met the right person yet.

Jamie Fielding has just had yet another relationship fall apart. He isn’t quite sure what he is looking for but whatever it is, he isn’t finding it with the women he has been dating. After getting yet another tattoo and feeling the pain and arousal that comes with it for him, he learns about a club that may be a better fit for his sexual desires. Though he doesn’t know much about the world of submission and sadomasochism, he is about to learn. When he gets a trial membership to Blasphemy, he is excited and nervous. Alex is his initial guide to the club but these two share a smoldering attraction, and a matching set of sexual desires, that draw them together again and again.

But with Alex looking to settle down and Jamie just learning about the sexual desires he has suppressed, is the time right for these two to meet?

On His Knees is super sexy. I was interested in the m/m relationship angle when I first read the synopsis. I didn’t quite realize that this book would delve further into the S&M part of BDSM than I had previously read about. But it all turned out well. I was drawn quickly into Alex and Jamie’s attraction and building relationship. I thought author Laura Kaye did a great job of slowly expanding Jamie’s sexual horizons while giving Alex the right time to get to know Jamie and to see how compatible they are.

This book moves at a swift pace. While it seems at first that Alex and Jamie may be moving their relationship quickly into serious territory, I didn’t mind a bit. They just really clicked for me as a couple. I liked Alex’s gruff personality combined with Jamie’s eager to learn and try new things personality. The sex scenes in this book are definitely quite explicit and erotic. Laura Kaye doesn’t hold back from what arouses her characters and for me, that really made the story authentic. It just felt very honest, like Alex and Jamie were truly opening up to each other. In this book, sex is very much used to show their growing closeness, communication, and caring for each other.

On His Knees kept my attention. Alex and Jamie grow and change together and honestly, I just loved that about the story and their relationship. And the sappy epilogue worked for me big time (well, it’s not an epilogue per se but it is kind of a glimpse into their future). If you enjoy BDSM stories that are heavier on the S&M, On His Knees is worth purchasing.

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About ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees…


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Jamie was done holding back. He was done questioning. He was done feeling like he was on the outside looking in.
Now that Master Alex had demonstrated exactly what Jamie required to fully connect with another human being, he needed this to go all the way. More than that, he wanted Alex to be the one to take him there.
So he held his breath, held the Dom’s gaze, and held on to the hope that the man would agree. “You want your first time to be non-consensual role-playing,” Master Alex finally said, his voice like it’d been scoured with sandpaper.
The tone of it gave Jamie hope. Because he was affected. Jamie wasn’t the only one who needed this, he would’ve put money on it.
Nodding, Jamie summoned the courage to say what he wanted, while the Dom was still open to hearing it. Even though, Jesus, the words on the tip of his tongue were seriously twisted. He let them fly anyway. “I want you to force me, use me, hurt me. To show me what it really means to be taken by a…a—”
“Say it.”
“By a sadist.”
Master Alex’s dark eyes flared, and his expression went a little mean. Jamie’s cock hardened, a reaction he couldn’t hide when he knelt there naked. The Dom’s gaze swept downward and settled on his growing erection, and Jamie felt the directness of that perusal as a physical caress.
Slowly, Alex rose to his full height, and then his expression went absolutely unforgiving. “Beg.”


Don’t miss the previous standalone books in the Blasphemy Series!

Hard to Serve #.5

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Mastering Her Senses #2

Eyes on You #3

Theirs to Take #4

On His Knees #5

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Laura Kaye’s ON HIS KNEES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

February 14th

Always a happy ever after – Review

Behind Closed Doors Book Review – Review

Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt

Edgy Reviews – Review

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

Shh Mom’s Reading® – Review & Excerpt

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

February 15th

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Review

Kari’s Book Reviews and Revelations – Review & Excerpt

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Review & Excerpt

Only One More Page – Review & Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt

February 16th

Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt

Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt

GraveTells – Review & Excerpt

JordansBookReviews – Excerpt

Kitty’s Book Spot! – Review & Excerpt

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Romancing the Readers – Review

Sip Read Love – Review

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews – Excerpt

February 17th

BFD Book Blog – Review

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Nadine’s Obsessed with Books – Review & Excerpt

Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

February 18th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Bobo’s Book Bank – Review

I Love Books – Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review

We Do What We Want Book Reviews & More – Review & Excerpt

February 19th

Book Boyfriend Reviews – Excerpt

Cara’s Book Boudoir – Review

Literary Gossip – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

February 20th

Joandisalovebooks – Review

Msquared Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Romance Readers Retreat – Review

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

February 21st

Amo’s Book Corner – Review

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt

Lost in Love Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Spoons, Hooks, and Books – Review & Excerpt

The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

February 22nd

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

Girls With Books – Excerpt

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Love Notes Book Blog – Excerpt

Sultry Sirens Book Blog – Review

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Treat Yourself with Books – Review & Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

February 23rd

A small girl, her man and her books – Review & Excerpt

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Lovinghotbooks – Review & Excerpt

RentasticReads – Review

Tanya the book obsessed momma – Review & Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review

We Stole Your Book Boyfriend – Review



About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


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Review: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

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The How to Date a Douchebag series by Sara Ney has been one of the most fun romance book series I have read in the last year. Sara Ney is a great writer, she is fun, and her characters all feel authentic in the story. They are imperfect and yeah, sometimes turn into douchebags (both the men and women) but when it comes down to it, love is the heart of these stories which is why I keep coming back.

So, to say I am thrilled to be reviewing the latest and supposedly the LAST book in the douchebag series is an understatement. The Coaching Hours features the daughter of wrestling Coach Donnelly, Anabelle. It also features another significant character to the series, Elliot. But rest assured, this book stands alone really well.

Anabelle has just changed schools and is now living with her dad and stepmom. They are being super kind and generous to her but she really wants her own place. She’s had a taste of living on her own and is not ready to have that door closed to her. But finding a place to live, especially when most people have roommates already and she barely knows anyone on campus, is tough. Add in an overprotective dad and well, she fears she will be stuck living in the pink bedroom.

Fortunately, she meets Elliot. Not in the best way though. He finds her crying in the library THEN he ends up rescuing her from a party where she got super duper drunk. He brought her back to his house to sleep it off and their friendship blossoms from there. Elliot is a nice guy. He’s finishing up his program and anticipating graduate school. But he never thought he would meet someone like Anabelle, who turns him on like no other woman. Theirs is a relationship of necessity but that changes quickly.

Elliot and Anabelle are really sweet together. I really liked their friendship and yep, I loved their lusty side too! They make a fun couple even if they do face some conflicts. Their is a time limit on their relationship and that makes falling for each other not as much fun and wonder as it could be.

I really enjoyed Anabelle’s relationship with her dad too. Though she grew up on the East coast, they have a very tight relationship. It’s sweet how he dotes on her and wants the best for her. He comes through and that’s what counts in her eyes.

I also really appreciated seeing two certain wrestlers get their comeuppance. I’ve been waiting for this moment for awhile now because I didn’t particularly like these characters. Ney managed to change my mind on one of them but still, I wanted a little revenge for some of the things they’ve pulled. I loved that scene!

The Coaching Hours is a great finish to this series. It went to a place I didn’t expect it to go but I was pleased how Elliot and Anabelle pulled it together and made their relationship work. It is, as usual with Sara Ney, a super sexy read, but there is a great amount of true feeling and emotion that makes every moment on the page with these two characters worth spending.

The Coaching Hours is available now.



Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.

This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.

When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.


A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.



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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Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

I was super excited for Brooklynaire. Full stop excited. I have to say though, the realityNew BROOKLYNAIRE AMAZON of it surpassed my expectations in every way. I devoured this book as fast as it was possible for me to read (and lately that’s not very fast sadly). Sarina Bowen just absolutely WOWED me with this love story. The anticipation I had for this couple was high and even still, I fell completely hard for their love story.

Brooklynaire is the store of Nate Kattenberger, a billionaire tech CEO. He has humble beginnings and his assistant, Rebecca, is part of that. She signed on when his empire was a small office location with decorations that rivaled a frat house. There was a lot of ping-pong, a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. All that has changed however. Rebecca has been put in charge of managing the Brooklyn Bruisers, Nate’s hockey team. His decision to remove her from her original role as assistant two years ago has always stumped her. She worries she did something wrong. Little does she know.

Nate has become obsessed with Becca. He lusts after her constantly so having her in his immediate work environment just wasn’t well… working anymore. But even having her manage the Bruisers is too close. And recently, his lust has mingled with worry. After a fall on the ice where she hit her head, Becca has been slow to recover. She is worried and Nate is super worried. He gently coerces her into seeing a specialist where a different diagnosis emerges. Becca is having vestibular problems (go ahead and Google) and will need several weeks of therapy. She also needs quiet and peace so Nate invites her to stay at his Brooklyn mansion. Having her under his roof is like a dream come true but he wishes it wasn’t for this reason. He doesn’t like seeing Becca in pain.

Soon enough, Nate can’t keep his lust under check. And when a trip to Florida exposes mutual feelings, he is ready to move full-steam ahead into a relationship. Becca is feeling quite a bit more cautious however. Can he convince her that what they could have together is worth overcoming any obstacles?

Love. Love. Love. That’s how I felt about this book, for numerous reasons! My mom suffered from vestibular problems in 2016 and it was nerve-wracking as heck. An inner ear infection totally disrupted her vestibular system and she had to deal with several of the therapies Becca tackles in the book. She was off of work for a long time because her balance was so off she couldn’t drive or walk safely. This disorder is no joke. Sarina Bowen did a great job of researching and capturing what it is like to be suffering from vestibular issues.

And well, when it comes to the romance, it is top-notch all the way. I fully understood and respected Becca’s reservations about becoming involved with Nate. The work situation itself is tough but throw in the fact that Nate is one of her closest friends AND that he is a billionaire, well, it’s a bit intimidating. Becca does not want to lose Nate as a friend. On the other hand, one taste of a deeper relationship with Nate has Becca wanting more. There is a real push-pull tension in this story that I enjoyed.

The one minor problem I had with this book regarded Becca’s injury. I don’t understand why she had to pay for therapy because to me, it seemed like a work place injury. I’ve re-read the scene a couple of times and Becca mentions she is bringing something onto the ice for a coworker. Even if she wasn’t officially on the clock, it just seemed like it should be a workerman’s comp scenario. Is that true in a privately held corporation though? I work in the public sector and I know the rules can be different. And even though Nate eventually corrects the situation so Becca is not paying for her therapy, I just felt it was strange. It added an unnecessary burden to her life.

That is my small qualm though. I loved how sexy this book is from start to finish. I really loved seeing the development of Nate and Becca’s friendship and working relationship. There is a scene with “So. Cat tacos?” that just warms my heart. It is the beginning to a beautiful future.

Brooklynaire is available February 12, 2018. Pre-order now because once this drops on your Kindle, you will be hooked!

ARC provided by publisher for review.

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Release Blitz: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney





Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.

This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.

When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.


A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.





She perks up. “Wait, you’ve never had a back massage?”








“Well, what the hell? How can I, in good conscience, lie here letting you rub my back when you’ve never had anyone rub yours?” She scoots over, pointing to the mattress. “Lie on your stomach, I’ll do you first.”


I wave my hands in front of me in protest. The last thing I need is her warm hands roaming my body. “No, no, you don’t have to. It’s not a big deal.”


“Are you crazy? Back massages are the best—like, better than an orgasm. You’re first, so lie down.”


“And you call me the bossy one?”


“Quit stalling and get on the bed.”


Obediently, I climb to the middle of my bed in nothing but a pair of gym shorts, legs hanging off the side. Next to me, the mattress dips, Anabelle on her knees, approaching my side.


A finger glides down my spine. “It will be easier for me to do this if I’m sitting on you. Hope that’s okay.”


“Is that the approved method?”


“No, but my arms will get tired if I have to lean over you the whole time.”


“Do whatever then, I don’t care.”


I stiffen when Anabelle swings one leg over my body, straddling my ass. Warm palms at my lower back.


“You’re so tense. Try to relax,” she coos, making it worse. “Tilt your head to the side, that’s it.”


I hear the lotion bottle snap open. Click closed. My roommate’s palms rubbing together, warming it up. “Sorry, I don’t have any actual massage oil. This will have to do.”


When her hands make contact with my back, I almost groan it feels so fucking good. Warm. Smooth. Pressure in all the right places, pushing gently into my muscles.




Slower still, caressing along my shoulders, thumbs and fingers working together to soothe the burning on my right side.


“Doesn’t this feel great?” Her soft voice cuts into the silence. “You’re loosening up. That’s good.”


I feel her leaning as her hands move up and down my spine until they stop, hovering at the base of my neck. Thumbs stroking the skin below my hairline, back and forth.




Her torso dips, hands maneuvering my arms, placing them at my sides. Palms slide up and down my biceps.


For several minutes, she rubs my arms and shoulders. Then she skims down my ribcage unhurriedly, in no rush, making little humming sounds inside her throat.


I know I’m not imagining the feather-light way her hands drift down my spine. I remain still, letting her touch me, basking in it.


Remain still when her lips kiss the tender spot of my shoulder where it meets my neck, nose nuzzling behind my ear, her breasts rubbing against my back and what the fuck was that all about? What does she think she’s doing, trying to drive me insane?






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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Review: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne


A new Lauren Layne book? My romance reading heart is happy! This is not a sequel to Ms. Layne’s Ready to Run, rather it completes the series and is a standalone book. So, even if you haven’t read Ready to Run yet, you can dive right into Runaway Groom.

Do you like the tv show The Bachelor? Well, you may be the perfect audience for this book! Ellie Wright auditioned for Jilted, not for a minute thinking she would be chosen to participate. She merely wanted to expand her business reach and the thought of a tv audience viewing her t-shirts (High Tee), well, it definitely wasn’t a totally preposterous idea. Unfortunately, she is now stuck on an island with a group of twenty-one women, all vying for the heart of Hollywood hearthrob, and twice runaway groom, Gage Barrett. The catch with Jilted is that at the end of the show, Gage and his chosen woman marry.

Gage is NOT thrilled to be participating in Jilted. A drunken bet gone awry has landed him here and all he wants is off the island and away from the women who are trying to convince him that they are his perfect match. Well, all except Ellie. She is determined to leave and asks Gage to ask her to leave after the first elimination. It seems like Ellie is all set to go home but things do not quite go as planned.

I do not watch The Bachelor but like many people who enjoy pop culture, I know enough about it. I was excited to see how Lauren Layne would spin this story and I’m super pleased to say that this book? It rocks, plain and simple. Ellie and Gage have instant chemistry. The women are not all nice and there is definitely a competitive edge amongst some of them but I appreciated that Lauren Layne didn’t villainize them. Each woman had her reason for being on the show, including Ellie (and her reason wasn’t about true love). Ellie bonds with a few of the women but like a job or a social event, there are just some people you don’t click with. I found her success and struggles with the other women to be realistic and a touch over dramatic at times but that felt right for the story.

Gage is a worthy match for Ellie and I love their sparring and seeing them poke fun at each other as they grow closer. He is not a Hollywood playboy, though admittedly that image of him is what Ellie first associates with his name. She starts to understand him a lot better though and realizes that maybe he is looking for some of the same simple but conventional things in a relationship she is: shared laughter, romance, companionship, and of course, sizzling sex. I liked getting to know Gage. Even though he is not necessarily pleased to be on the show, that side doesn’t show with the women. He can’t necessarily create instant chemistry with all of them but I thought he was a true gentleman and frankly, probably a much nicer guy than most of the actual tv show bachelors are.

Lauren Layne hit this book out of the ballpark for me, plain and simple. It’s a fun and romantic story with a great combination of reality versus “reality” that I appreciated. Gage and Ellie really worked for me as a couple. I definitely see them going the distance. This is something I appreciate in all Lauren Layne books. No matter how unusual the first meeting or situation in one of her books may be, she gets readers (like me) to believe completely in the love developing between the main characters. So yep, Runaway Groom is another sigh-worthy book from an author that I am coming to think of as a contemporary romance master!

Runaway Groom is available now.

ARC provided by publisher for review.

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For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it.

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.


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947ae-ll-headshotLauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.