Monthly Archives: May 2019

Review: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne


Book #1 in the Central Park Pact series

I’m always, always thrilled to read a new book from Lauren Layne. She is one of those authors that just hits my sweet spot as a reader. Great romance, fun storylines, and characters I can connect with and feel empathy. Passion on Park Avenue is mostly a hit for me in all those elements.

Naomi Powell is not having the best of days. She is attending the funeral for the man she has been seeing for the last three months. Sad enough, right? Unfortunately, Brayden happened to be married and Naomi didn’t realize that until she saw his obituary. Now she feels angry at him and herself. She never pictured herself as the mistress. Well… when she walks in Central Park to avoid the funeral, she happens to meet not only Brayden’s wife, Claire, BUT his other mistress. Talk about unusual circumstances. The three decide to make a pact that they will help each other avoid a similar fate in the future, falling for the wrong man. And they also quickly become friends.

Naomi is an in demand businesswoman. She owns and operates Maxcessory and well, to say it is successful is putting it lightly. But her carefully constructed facade crumbles around her when she receives a letter in the mail saying she has been accepted for an interview at 517 Park Avenue for an apartment. Naomi is shocked. 517 Park Avenue is where her mother’s life fell apart. Her mother was a live-in made for the Cunningham family but when she got caught sleeping with Walter Cunningham, Naomi and her mom were thrown from the apartment and her mom’s name was blacklisted. Naomi does not have positive feelings about the building or about the man who interviews, Oliver Cunningham. He is the son of Walter and he also happened to witness Walter and Naomi’s mom having sex. Oliver does not recognize Naomi though (and it doesn’t help that she changed her last name). All he sees is a prickly red-head who seemingly does not care for him at all and in fact, is actively loathing him during the interview. Why does she even want to live at 517 Park he can’t help but wonder.

Well, suffice it to say, in a nutshell, Naomi moves in and her apartment happens to be right next door to Oliver’s. Oh let the sparks fly!

The ONE thing I wish this book had done was to have Naomi say near the beginning who she really is rather than let Oliver find out by accident. He is understandably hurt given their past connection. And oh yeah, he is also hurt because Naomi has been a friend and kind presence in his life as he watches his father battle Alzheimer’s. Yes, the same father who ruined Naomi’s mom’s life. I wish, wish, wish this has been addressed sooner because I think the story could have been just as great (if not better!) with this discussion and misconception out of the way.

That being said, gosh did I love the chemistry between Naomi and Oliver. They have that spark in SPADES and it really jumps off the page. Lauren Layne is just such a fun writer and she has a way of really growing a relationship via sarcasm, bonding over expensive alcohol in mugs, and well, hot kisses.

I liked Naomi’s business acumen and her dedication to her staff and growing her business. This isn’t just a side-note storyline in the book. Naomi’s life is full with friends, work, and a growing attraction.

I have not had to see someone suffer through Alzheimer’s so I cannot attest to how accurate Walter’s struggle and Oliver’s choices are, but they felt painful to me. It is NOT an easy disease as everyone knows and even with Oliver’s wealth and resources (putting him in a privileged position for his father) you still see him struggle and deal with losing his dad. They never had an easy relationship to begin with so Oliver is feeling not only the guilt of words left unsaid between them while his dad was still healthy but now, seeing him decline and having to deal with a somewhat different dad.

All in all, I really did like the entire story this book presented. We get to know the other two women also, Naomi’s friends, but they do not dominate the story, just give you a taste of their personality and what may come for them. I am excited for books 2 and 3.

Lauren Layne’s Passion on Park Avenue isn’t a perfect book but it is pretty darn near close for this reader!

Passion on Park Avenue is available now.

Other reviews:

Book Binge

Harlequin Junkie


By Lauren Layne
Book 1 of The Central Park Pact series
On sale May 28, 2019
Trade Paperback – Price: $16.00 – ISBN: 9781501191572
eBook – Price: $11.99 – ISBN: 9781501191589

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

947ae-ll-headshotLauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

New Release: Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen


Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer
with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that
one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that
list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does.
Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.
When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he
expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He
certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from
under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart
beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.
If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be
electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.
Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor
parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just asTucker realizes
that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to
realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do
a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever
with him—on her terms this time.
He took hold of her
hand and ran his thumb over her knuckles, and corresponding zips fired up her
arm and twisted through her core. “But you’re a softie, Addison Murphy.”
            “Say somethin’ like that again, and
I’m gonna push you in for reals.” It came out too breathy to effectively scare
him. Not that she thought many of her threats scared him anyway.
            His low laugh danced across her
nerve endings. “Wouldn’t you miss me too much?”
            Obviously he was kidding, but her
eyes met his and her thoughts turned literal. She’d already missed him for two
years, and if she ruined their friendship by pushing for more, it’d almost be
worse than missing him, because she’d have to do it while living in the same
town. “I really would.”
            Using his grip on her hand, he drew
her in for a hug and she let herself relax into it. As much as she could,
anyway, considering her whirring thoughts and racing heart.
            The quiet crept in again, neither of
them moving. As if both of them were scared of what might happen if they said
or did the wrong thing. Or maybe she was alone in that. The more she thought
about the complications that would come about if she told him her feelings for
him were growing stronger—and in a totally not platonic way—the tighter the
band around her chest became. Fear took over, whispering how crossing lines
could ruin everything between them, and then she’d lose him all over again, but
for good this time.
probably makes me a coward, but I can’t risk it. Too much could go so very
broke the hug, glanced at the water, and steered the conversation down a side
street. “A few years ago, we went to visit some of my mom’s Yankee cousins, and
one morning while we were there, I woke up to a scream that made me shoot right
out of bed. I seriously thought I was rushin’ toward a crime scene. My cousin
had gone to take a shower, but there was a spider in one corner. I grabbed a
tissue and killed it. Then I told her at least you could smash a spider; if you
stepped on an alligator all he got was mad. She seriously looked at me like I
was from the backwoods.”
            “You are from the backwoods.” Tucker
swung his arm, encompassing the lake and the shadowy trees along the shore.
“Exhibit A.”
            “Well, counselor, I prefer to think
of it as the front woods.” She shivered as the breeze kicked up a notch, and
Tucker rubbed his hands up and down her arms. He noticed so much, and she
couldn’t help wondering if he could see right through her. If he already knew
she’d been warring with her feelings for him. 

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, an
overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury. 

You can visit Cindi at:,
where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information
on her books. 

Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen

Cover reveal: Getting Played by Emma Chase (an Audible first)

GP - CR banner.jpg

Getting Played by Emma Chase

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Releasing as an Audible Original: June 11, 2019

Releasing in ebook on all retailers: October 8, 2019

Cover Design: By Hang Le

Photography: Gift of Gaby


Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love-life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh-so easy.

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.


One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked-up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

Getting Played FOR WEB.jpg

Pre-order your copy today!

Audible Audiobook:

Apple Books:

Amazon Kindle:



Google Play:

Amazon Paperback

Add it on Goodreads

Getting Played audible.jpg

About Emma:


New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world.

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Connect with Emma:

You can find Emma at








Cover Reveal: The Second Coming by Carrie Aarons

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of an upcoming standalone title by Carrie Aarons. THE SECOND COMING will release June 2nd and it is the first book in the Rogue Academy series! Follow Carrie for exclusive updates about the series.

Sign up for Carrie’s Newsletter

Join Carrie’s Street Team

The Second Coming by Carrie Aarons

Coming June 2 | Rogue Academy, #1

Book Blurb:

They call him the second coming.
Of honor for British football.
Of God in an athlete’s body.
Of every English woman’s fantasy.

Jude Davies is my country’s prodigy on the pitch. More famous than the nobility in Buckingham Palace, he and his merry band of scoundrels rule the Rogue Football Academy and the London nightlife scene alike.

And now, he’s aiming his well-honed set of skills directly at me. His devilish charm is lethal, but with the tragic hand life has dealt me, distractions like him aren’t an option.

Plus, we’re only playing a game. One of convenience, where he needs me to save his reputation, and I need his money to save the one person I love.

Until he wraps me around that immoral finger.
Until I crave that reckless, wild high he provides.
Until I hope for a future that will never happen.

That’s the thing about going toe-to-toe with the next football legend. He’s faster, stronger, and will destroy me every time.


Add the book to Goodreads



Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.



Sign up for Carrie’s Newsletter

Join Carrie’s Street Team

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Instagram | Bookbub | Goodreads

InkSlinger Blogger Final


Cover Reveal: This is Crazy by Natasha Madison



From the best selling series, Something So comes the spin-off This is…
Zara Stone
All my life, I’ve said I will never date a hockey player. I know
better because I’ve seen and lived it all. My father is a hockey god, my
brother is the captain of the most successful NHL team in the world, and my
brother-in-law also plays in the league. Their lives are complicated, so I went
in the opposite direction.
I fell in love with a scholar. But instead of proposing marriage,
he broke up with me.
Three months later, I saw his engagement picture on Instagram. I
couldn’t let him get away with that. No, it didn’t matter what, I was going to
make that man see that I did not need him.
Evan Richards
I was in the running to pass my point record from last year, ready
to claim the number one spot in the league. On top of my game, I was riding my
career high wave.
Then, Hockey’s Princess, Zara Stone tweeted me. She wanted me to
crash her ex’s wedding.
The worst that could happen? A PR nightmare. The best? A fun night
with a beautiful woman.
It started out as a game—something I’m good at. Her crazy idea
twisted into something I wasn’t looking for, something neither of us wanted.
When push comes to shove, one thing runs through my mind:


This is Crazy. Also, this is crazy right.



AmazonAlert  | Apple  | B&N  |  Kobo


When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…


Review: Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

TopSecret_finalebook_ebookI loved this book. From start to finish, I was in love with the geeky Keaton and the more suave Luke. AH, just totally in love. This book read likes the college frat fan fictions I love to read on AO3. Needless to say, I devoured this book.

Here’s a little info on this new collaboration from Sarina and Elle.

LobsterShorts, 21
Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]
SinnerThree, 21
Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries…

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing…


What I really loved about this book include…

The romance, obviously! Keaton and Luke are fabulous together. These two are not exactly BFF in the frat house. Not enemies but not pals. They have some rather unsavory opinions about each other so watching them realize that there is so much they don’t know about each other (aside from the facade one put’s on with everyone), well, it was great. These two really do not know each other well but the app helps improve that. They like what they discover.

I really liked Annika, Keaton’s girl friend. I honestly would love to see her get her own story. I liked that she was the one to break it off honestly. I didn’t like seeing Keaton cheat on her through the app and I wish that had resolved itself sooner. But Annika seems like a sweet woman and I would like to see her find the passion and desire she craves.

I liked that Keaton’s dad, while a bit of a hard ass, is not a total jerk. He clearly does want Keaton to be happy, even if that happiness takes him in a direction that isn’t into pharmaceuticals and finance (and really, can you blame Keaton? That sounds boring as heck). I liked that their relationship ends on a good note in the story.

I LOVED the odd animal biology facts Keaton throws out into conversations. I really enjoyed the frat scene (as I said, one of my favorite settings in fan fiction and new adult honestly). I love, love, love how Luke throws a party. That scene was totally something a guy would think of.

I know this sounds mean, but I actually thought Luke did the right thing in eventually cutting communication with his family. His kindness and generosity had long been abused and seeing him work so hard only to have his mom complain and his brother try to ruin his college career, yeah, they deserved to be cut out of his life.

Basically, there is a lot to like in this story. Mistaken identity, sexy chatter, sexy boys, and a strong romance. Sarina and Elle seem to have really hit their stride as a writing duo. This book is just plain fun from start to finish. It is one of my top m/m romances of 2019 so far!

Top Secret is available now!

ARC provided by authors for review.


Apple | Kobo | Nook | Amazon