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Release Blitz and Review: Twisted Love (Twisted Book 1), by Ana Huang

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Title: Twisted Love
Series: Twisted #1
Author: Ana Huang
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2021

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He has a heart of ice…but for her, he’d burn the world.

Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape.

Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart.

But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest:

A crack.
A melt.
A fire that could end his world as he knew it.

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Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember.

But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want.

Her brother’s best friend.
Her neighbor.
Her savior and her downfall.

Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.

Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with plenty of heat and no cliffhangers. Recommended for 18+ due to adult language and explicit content.

**My Review** 

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Ana Huang’s, Twisted Love! Ana Huang is a new to me author and I’m so happy to have discovered a new author to enjoy! This is the story of Alex and Ava and their slow burn and somewhat rocky path to love.  Alex is not a one-woman man, puts most of his energy into his business, and is best friends with Ava’s brother. Ava is a free-spirited college student about to graduate with her degree in photography and is almost always happy. When Josh leaves the country and asks Alex to watch over Ava, Alex takes it very seriously, almost to the part of smothering her, but then she starts to notice feelings developing for the usually cold-hearted Alex who is slowly warming up. But just when you think they have found a forever love in one another, horrible secrets come out that change everything.

Twisted Love is labeled as Contemporary Romance and Amazon has it filed under Asian American Romance, City Life Fiction, and Multicultural Romance. All of those are fine but I almost feel as if Romantic Suspense should be thrown in there also. While their developing relationship is certainly the focus, there are some sketchy issues with Ava’s ex, and most importantly, a crazy twist climactic moment that I never saw coming. We know all along that Alex wants revenge because of a horrible childhood trauma. We also learn pretty on about Ava’s nightmares and suppressed memories. But as Ava begins unraveling the truth about her childhood and when the “big moment” happens with Alex, it felt suspenseful and thrilling.

Let me be clear – when everything was revealed, I was completely blindsided and blown away.

Plot and character development are certainly well done in this novel, although at times I struggled with some of the things almost being too far-fetched. The supporting cast of characters sparked my interest also and I believe that we will get their stories in future installments of this series. Fans of a steamy, complicated romance mixed with crazy surprises will enjoy this book. It is a complete standalone with no cliffhangers, but I think you’ll want to watch for future books after reading this one. I know I can’t wait! 

*Thanks to GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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EXCERPT

Something smelled delicious, like spice and heat. I wanted to wrap it around me like a blanket.

I snuggled closer to the source, enjoying the strong, solid warmth beneath my cheek. I didn’t want to wake up, but I’d promised Bridget I would volunteer at a local pet shelter with her this morning, before my afternoon shift at the gallery.

I allowed myself one more minute of coziness—had my bed always been this big and soft—before I opened my eyes and yawned.

Weird. My room looked different. No photograph prints papering the walls, no vase of sunflowers by the bed. And did my bed just move by itself?

My eyes latched onto the broad expanse of bare skin beneath me, and my stomach dropped. I looked up, up—straight into a pair of familiar green eyes. Eyes that stared back at me with no hint of the humor from last night.

He flicked his gaze down. I followed it…and realized, to my abject horror, that I was touching Alex Volkov’s dick. Unintentionally, and he had on sweats, but still.

I. Was. Touching. Alex. Volkov’s. Dick.

And it was hard.

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Ana Huang is an author of primarily steamy New Adult and contemporary romance. Her books contain diverse characters and emotional, sometimes twisty roads toward HEAs (with plenty of banter and spice sprinkled in). Besides reading and writing, Ana loves traveling, is obsessed with hot chocolate, and has multiple relationships with fictional boyfriends.

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Release Blitz & Review: Whatever You Need (Whatever it Takes, #2), by S. Jones

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Title: Whatever You Need

Series: Whatever It Takes #2

Author: S. Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 11, 2021

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A one-night stand wouldn’t hurt, right? That’s what I told myself while I was stranded at the hotel bar in the middle of a snow storm. I thought indulging in a night of passion with the good-looking detective would be a great idea. I couldn’t have been more wrong.   

Apparently, seeing him again was inevitable, especially when fate kept putting him in my path.   

I didn’t have time for a relationship. I had a business to run and obligations to honor. But as it turned out, resisting him required more restraint than the set of handcuffs that brought us together in the first place.  

I convinced myself that it was the perfect arrangement. He wasn’t looking for a commitment and I wasn’t in a position to give him one. That was already promised to someone else.   

We might have agreed to keep things simple, but sometimes rules are destined to be broken.  

He told me he would give me Whatever I Need. How can I bring myself to tell him what I need is for him to let me go?  

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for Whatever You Need! This is the second novel in S. Jones’ Whatever it Takes series and is about hot detective Marco and dedicated businesswoman Amelia. I will start by saying that I have not yet read the first in this series, but don’t worry, this can be read on its own. 

Marco doesn’t pursue relationships because of being burned in the past and Amelia is married to her career. The two meet under very awkward but hilarious circumstances and somehow just keep bumping into each other. The chemistry is off-the-charts, but unfortunately there are secrets between them and obstacles galore. 

So, without giving the main points of the plot away, I truly struggled with the conflict regarding Amelia and her job. It’s 2021 and the entire situation was not only ridiculously old-fashioned but I’m guessing could be fought in court as illegal. Anyhow, once I got past that, I was able to get more into the groove of this novel that was full of a colorful cast of characters. I fell in love with Marco’s grandmother and I know you will too. This romance is fast-paced, sexy, and also really stresses the theme of family and its importance. Honestly, and I hate to be repetitive, my only issue with the novel was Amelia’s stipulations regarding her job and her not telling Marco about early on. Otherwise, this was a great read for me. 

S. Jones is a talented writer that I am happy to have discovered. I will definitely be reading more from her in the future!

*Thanks to GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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“So…” She gestured for me to sit down on the couch. I was disappointed when she took the seat opposite of me. “How did you know where I lived?”   

I cleared my throat and sat up straighter. There was no sense in lying, so I told her the truth. “I looked up your information from the police report.”   

“Ahh,” was all she said, and I was grateful she didn’t seem too bothered by that.  

I pulled on the back of my neck, trying to relieve some of the tension. “Look, I know we weren’t supposed to see each other again, but I really enjoyed my time with you that night. And then when I saw you the other day,” I grinned, hoping she found it just as amusing as I did, “I knew that I needed to seek you out.”   

She crossed her legs, and suddenly memories of them wrapped around my back had my zipper straining against my pants. “Why is that?” she asked, drawing my attention up to her face.  

“Well,” I coughed, “I’d like to think that we both had a good time that night, and I’d like to do that again.”  

 She looked appalled at that suggestion. “So, you illegally gained my address, which I’m pretty sure goes against policy, and thought it would be a good idea to show up at my home unannounced and ask for a booty call?”  

 My eyes widened. “Shit, that came out wrong. I’m sorry, Amelia. What I’m trying to say is that I’d like to see you again.”  

“With or without my clothes on?” She challenged me with a pointed look.  

Was that a trick question? Judging by the way her blue eyes were turning icy, I’d say not. 

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Jones lives in Upstate, N.Y. with her husband, her two teenage children, and her adorable golden retriever Marley.  She is a wine lover, coffee drinker, domestic chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, dog walker and world traveler…Oh and she is also a hopeless romantic! When she’s not doing laundry, mowing her lawn or taking care of her family, you can usually find her on the computer planning out her next vacation, having a drink with her friends or reading a nice juicy book. 

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Pit Stop (Midland Springs #3), by Joanne Ganci

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pit coverTitle: Pit Stop
Series: Midland Springs #3
Author: Joanne Ganci
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2020
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Mia MacTavish: single mom and hot mess extraordinaire, at your service. 

My life is falling apart.
When the sh*t hits the fan, I have no choice but to do the one thing I swore I never would.
Move back home. 

It’s been five long years since I set foot in Midland Springs. Not much has changed in the small town I once called home—like the things that drove me away in the first place. But it only takes me a few hours to find the one sexy, tattooed, and bearded change I can’t seem to resist.

Parker Lancaster: Cocky. Crass. In desperate need of someone to clean up my mess. 

Mia MacTavish is prim, proper, and extremely off limits…
But I can’t keep my hands off of her. 

I know I should stay away. She’s got a kid and no plans to stay in Midland. Even knowing who she is, I’d be a fool not to take the one night she offers. Then things get even more complicated when she comes back wanting more…

Can you really keep a secret in a small town? 

Pit stop is a MF contemporary small town single mom workplace romance and the third book in the Midland Springs Romance series. This series is interconnected, but each book can be read as a standalone. 

Contains adult language and sexual content

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Joanne Ganci’s Pit Stop! This is the 3rd novel in her Midland Springs series but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books. I have not yet read them, not knowing this was a series, and I pretty much plugged along just fine! Mia is returning home to Midland Springs after five years with her young son Alex. Moving into her late parents’ home and searching for a job, she doesn’t expect to meet Parker and have such instant chemistry. Parker is the owner of the auto repair shop that Mia pulls into one afternoon and he wants her immediately. The problem? He knows that he wants more than Mia wants to give, so he has to decide whether to explore things anyway. 

What did I like about this novel? I loved the instant chemistry between Mia and Parker. I’m not usually a fan of “insta” situations, but they had fireworks from the beginning. I also liked that Parker was really a romantic deep-down and longing for a relationship, and I liked how Mia was a smart, sweet, devoted Mom without being too over-the-top protective of Alex. It seems like I’ve read so many books lately where single parents plan to stay single until the child is raised and left home which is completely unnecessary and ridiculous. Mia’s outlook and actions regarding her son, dating, etc. were healthy and appropriate.

What issues did I have with the novel? There were several times I struggled to connect with Mia because of her nonchalant and sometimes cold demeanor towards Parker. Moreover, the big conflict moment that sets Mia into a tailspin was ridiculous. So, every time I thought I was almost to the point of liking her character, she would do something else that was immature or selfish and I would be back to square one with her. Other than that, my only issue was trying to figure out what in the hell was going on with the secondary characters Racheal, Julian, James, and Zach. Eventually, I looked up the 1st book in this series, Their Book Nerd, and learned that it is a reverse harem/poly book so then I figured it out. But it was almost distracting at times from the perspective of someone who hasn’t read the series.

Pit Stop is a sexy and sweet contemporary romance and I promise you will fall in love with Parker immediately. There a plenty of alpha moments also blended with swoon-worthy romance and a few laughs along the way!

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“So, what’s it gonna be, Prim? You gonna let me take you out?” I step closer to her, leaving only a few inches between us. With those heels, we’re almost the same height, and it takes a lot of self-control not to just grab her waist and pull her into me. Leaning just a bit closer, I let my breath fan over her ear, watching as she shivers, before whispering, “Or we don’t have to go out at all…”

The gasp she lets out goes straight to my fuckin’ balls. When I lean back, her mouth is open in a little ‘o’, and I can’t help but picture those red lips wrapped around my cock. I don’t know why, but getting her on her knees in the fancy outfit she’s wearing… shit. 

I know I come off as an asshole, but I really wouldn’t normally speak to a woman this way. There’s something about her that’s just so… enticing. I really can’t help myself.

She’s breathing heavily and staring at my dick again. I was already painfully hard, but the way she’s examining it… fuck. When I reach out to adjust myself, she lets out another little gasp. I don’t even think she realizes she’s doing it, which somehow makes it hotter. If she turns me down, it’s going to be a long night full of cold showers.

“Mia?” 

When I say her name, she seems to snap out of it. Her gaze quickly darts back up to my face. “Wh-what?”

Smirking, I ask her, “Seriously, will you go out with me?”

“Wh-why would you want to do that?”

My brows twist in confusion. “What do you mean, why?”

She scrapes her teeth over her plump bottom lip as she averts her gaze. “Whether or not you think you were, you were ridiculously rude when I came in here. Now you’re asking me out? You don’t even know me. I just… I don’t get it.”

“Well, I’m pretty sure the point of going out is getting to know each other. You don’t know me either. If you got to know me, you’d know all of that was just my winning personality. I asked because I want to go out with you. Either you want to go out with me or you don’t.”

“I… I’m not looking to get into a relationship right now.”

“So option B? I’m down if you are,” I tell her, winking.

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Joanne Ganci is a hopeless romantic that more than anything wants to bring joy to the world. Whether that be through the words on the pages of her books or a friendly gesture to a stranger.

She’s a bit quirky and rather anti-social, but through the characters that demand to have their stories told she is working on cracking out of her shell and emerging as a semi-dysfunctional pterodactyl. Bet you thought that was going to say butterfly. Nope, that’d be normal and Joanne is quite the opposite.

Fueled by the love of her family, she embarked on the journey as an author and somehow hasn’t panicked her way into quitting. Let’s hope she keeps the crazy tamped down and continues on her journey.

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Release Blitz & Review: Piece by Piece (Riggins Brothers #2), by Kaylee Ryan

 

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Title: Piece by Piece

Series: Riggins Brothers #2

Author: Kaylee Ryan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 12, 2020

 

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Layla 

Owen Riggins is too good to be true… the best things in life usually are. He’s good looking, generous, and interested in me. Too bad someone like him and someone like me aren’t meant to be together. 

He’s used to the best things in life, and I’ve grown up with the worst. Building a better life means working hard and staying on track, not falling for some sexy suit with a brooding stare who is just passing through. 

Life has taught me not to trust, and even though I want him more than anything, I don’t need his charity or his love… 

Owen 

When a friend sends me to Florida to scout out a hotel, it’s the gorgeous waitress with the shy smile and the worn-out shoes I can’t take my eyes off of.

Layla Massey is quiet, beautiful, and in need of a little help— even if she won’t admit it. A generous tip was meant to buy her some suitable shoes, not buy her love. I want to earn that all on my own. 

I’m used to women throwing themselves at me, the name, the money… but she wants neither. It makes me want her all the more. 

Little by little, she opens up and piece by piece, she’s taking my heart.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Kaylee Ryan’s latest installment in her Riggins Brothers series, Piece by Piece! Owen seemed like the very serious and quiet type in the previous books, so I was in for a ton of surprises this time around. While travelling on business, Owen meets Layla, a waitress in the restaurant in the hotel he is staying. He notices his beautiful waitress limping and that she needs new shoes, so each night after he finishes his meal, he leaves her these enormous tips. As they get to know each other, he also takes her along on a shopping excursion, helps get her car fixed, and so on. Layla immediately assumes that Owen is too good to be true. Layla finds herself in the weird predicament of enjoying his attention, although she doesn’t want hand-outs. Owen finds himself falling for this woman who has no interest in his money. 

I am really enjoying the series and love the brothers, as well as, the wonderful secondary characters that support the main cast. If you like families that will drop everything and do anything for one of its members, then this is definitely a novel that you will enjoy. Layla is strong and independent, which she has to be after surviving her horrible upbringing and getting away from her mother. Her character is sweetly confused by everything Owen does for her, as well as, the way his family accepts her with open arms. Most importantly, if you are a fan of insta-love, then you will devour this novel! These two go from zero to sixty in no time at all.

Now… If you are not a fan of insta-love, this may not be your favorite read ever. This is probably the fastest insta-love I have ever read and to be honest, I struggle with it at first. Don’t get me wrong, I loved their story. However, you really have to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy this one because of how fast they move. My only other criticism is how often he says “piece by piece” in their dialogue. I understand that this is the name of the novel, but did he have to say it so much???

If you love a strong, quiet, alpha male – you will fall in love with Owen! This is a great novel to just get lost in and enjoy. It reminds you that your life doesn’t have to be defined by your upbringing, and moreover, that everyone is deserving of love and happiness.

4 romantic stars! 

*Thanks to GMB and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.  When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s reading or spending time with family.  Born and raised an Ohio girl, Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.

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Release, review, & giveaway: Searching for Love (The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls #6), by Melissa Foster

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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster’s writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

In SEARCHING FOR LOVE…

Zev Braden and Carly Dylan have known each other their whole lives. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry—until a devastating tragedy struck, breaking the two lovers apart. Over the next decade Zev, a nomadic treasure hunter, rarely returned to his hometown, and Carly became a chocolatier and built a whole new life across the country. When a chance encounter brings them back into each other’s lives, can they find the true love that once existed, or will shattered dreams and broken hearts prevail?

Find out in Searching for Love, a deliciously sexy, funny, and emotional second-chance romance.

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Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and smart, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Melissa Foster’s latest, Searching for Love. This is about childhood sweethearts Zev and Carly who after a horrible accident involving their friend, go their separate ways. Years later, Zev is living his and Carly’s dream traveling the world as a treasure hunter, and Carly is has become a chocolatier and taken over her aunt’s chocolate shop. When Zev comes to town for a wedding, he has no idea that Carly even leaves there and certainly doesn’t expect to see her. But sparks fly between them all over again as soon as they see one another. 

I have loved the Pleasant Hills – Oak Falls series, and Searching for Love did not disappoint. It took me all of a few pages to completely fall in love with Zev, which seems to be a habit of mine when I’m reading Melissa Foster’s books. And goodness, check out the cover! He’s sexy, handsome, incredibly sweet and caring, and most of all – he’s a lot of fun. It took me a little bit to warm up to Carly, but then watching her completely lose her mind just over thoughts of Zev had me laughing out loud so many times. Carly’s friend Birdie was absolutely hysterical and was an amazing addition to this book, making me hope that one day she will get her own story.

Second-chance romances always tug at my heartstrings and this one was amazing. I loved that even though they had broken up long ago, he followed through with their dreams and kept pieces of their history together with him wherever he went. This book just oozes romance, so be prepared to have all the feels with this one complete with a fairytale ending. My only criticism at all is that the last few chapters felt a little packed to me. So many people kept appearing and there was one surprise after another almost making things chaotic. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful book with a wonderful ending that made my heart happy!

 

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“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” – New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” – New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

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ANYTHING FOR LOVE
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family’s Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue-even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can’t live up to the fictional heroes she creates-until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she’s intrigued by a real man.

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he’s never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before diving in to the all-too-public career. But he didn’t count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They’ve never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible.

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TRAILS OF LOVE
When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed’s new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace’s sister Morgyn’s business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn’t ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.

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WILD, CRAZY HEARTS
Brindle Montgomery and Trace Jericho have been close friends forever and on-again off-again lovers for years. As rebellious as they are stubborn, they’re both perfectly happy with their no-strings-attached hookups. But when Brindle returns from a trip to Paris with a baby bump, it sends Trace’s wild, crazy heart into a frenzy–and Brindle is left wondering if she’s made the biggest mistake of her life.

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MAKING YOU MINE
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He’d distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can’t close, the precious jewel even his billions can’t buy. Now that he’s back in the States, he’s determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.

Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women’s fiction. For avid readers of the Love in Bloom series, you may have met sexy and hilarious Knox Bentley, Graham Braden’s business partner, in Trails of Love, and Aubrey Stewart, one of the badass billionaire founders of the Ladies Who Write (LWW), in Anything for Love.

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HOT FOR LOVE – Releasing February 17th 2021
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]Trixie Jericho is on a mission to start her own miniature horse business. She’s sick of being told her idea is cute and wants nothing more than to be taken seriously. When rancher and sought-after freestyle horse trainer Nick Braden offers an opportunity she can’t refuse, Trixie jumps on it. The problem is, she also wants to jump on him, but the bullheaded, big-muscled, motorcycle-riding cowboy doesn’t mix business with pleasure. Little does he know, Trixie has never backed down from a challenge, especially one she wants more than her next breath. Saddle up, big boy, because this boot-stompin’, risk-taking, Daisy Duke-wearing cowgirl isn’t afraid to play dirty.

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About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

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Release Blitz: Take the Plunge (Roadtrip Romance book 6), by A.K. Evans

 

 

Title: Take the Plunge

Series: Road Trip Romance #6

Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: July 14, 2020
Blurb
Finn Anderson is done with women.He’s experienced his fair share of failed relationships. And after what the
the last woman did to him, he’s no longer interested in taking any more
chances.

So, when a beautiful woman in a sea of thousands catches his eye at a Michigan
festival, Finn knows he should look the other way.

Holly Harris is done with men.

She’s turned herself inside out hoping to find the one. After what the last man
did to her, she’s vowed never to fall again.

So, when she sees the tall drink of water staring at her in the middle of a hot
summer day, Holly refuses to quench her thirst.

But then Holly ends up in a dangerous situation, and Finn has no choice but to
step in to help. From there, gratitude and respect turn to friendship.

And before they can stop it, Finn and Holly are left wondering if they should
take the plunge.

 

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A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern
Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Lafayette College in 2004 with two
degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business). Following a brief
stint in the insurance and financial services industry, Evans realized the
career was not for her and went on to manage her husband’s performance
automotive business. She even drove the shop’s race cars! Looking for more
personal fulfillment after eleven years in the automotive industry, Andrea
decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
While Andrea continues to help administratively with her husband’s businesses, she spends most of her time writing and homeschooling her two boys. When she finds scraps of spare time, Evans enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).
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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Drowning, by Hope Jones

 

Title: Drowning
Author: Hope Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2020

 

Blurb 
Imagine orchestrating your divorce under false pretenses.
That’s precisely what Cecilia Topps did. After receiving a disturbing diagnosis, Cecilia felt like she was drowning, unable to take a breath. She didn’t want to bring her
husband down with her, so she created a damaging lie.
Cameron Topps had been going through the motions for seven years. The betrayal he felt from his wife left him numb and unable to love again. His indifference led to hatred when he walked into his bar, seeing his wife again after unknowingly hiring
her.
Secrets are exposed, lines are crossed, and Cameron finally learns the truth about his divorce. Is he willing to drown with Cecilia all over again, or will he move on
for good?

 

**My Review**
Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Hope Jones’ latest novel, Drowning. I will warn you ahead of time that I’m a bit all over the place on my thoughts about this book, but I wasn’t able to put it down as soon as I had read the first page. 
The book begins with a very tense prologue between husband and wife, Cameron and Cecilia, and appears to be the end of the marriage. The novel then moves forward about 7 years where Cameron is opening his own night club and Cecilia is a sought-after mixologist. Unknowingly, Cameron’s manager books an appointment with Cecilia, so the exes are thrown together after years of not seeing or communicating with one another – and it doesn’t go well. But soon, curiosity and desire get the best of Cameron and he decides to move forward with their working relationship. Although they quickly realize that all of the old feelings and chemistry is still there between them. 
I loved Cameron and think he should win book husband/ex-husband of the year award. This man is hurt terribly and has been dealing with that hurt and anger for years when Cecilia suddenly re-enters his life. Moreover, I like how he handled things after learning the truth about their divorce. As other secrets came out, he probably could have handled those a little better, but overall, that man was devoted, committed, patient, kind, and every other positive adjective I can think of.
Now here’s the part where I predict my thoughts are in the minority based on some other reviews that I have read. And I am doing everything in my power not to give anything away. But as a person that has spent most of their adult life working with children, adolescents, and adults with Celilia’s illness, I found her actions a bit over the top. Based on the blurb, you know she lies to Cameron to make him walk away, thinking that she’s sparing him this miserable and difficult life with her. Then her later actions were even more mind-blowing to me. According to a January 2020 fact sheet on WHO’s website, more than 264 million people worldwide of all ages suffer from the same illness as Cecilia and I just started to imagine, what if everyone had her same reaction to a problem? I am in no way diminishing the seriousness because again, in some capacity or another, I have worked with people suffering from this disease in varying degrees of severity since I was in college (many years ago, lol).
Anyway, moving on and remembering that this is, in fact, a fiction novel, I will get back to what I loved about Drowning. This book is full of emotion, chemistry, and of course – love. The connection between Cameron and Cecilia is evident very early on and you will be rooting for them from the beginning to the end. Secondly, I love the creativity that went into this book. The plot, the characters, the storyline – even Cecilia’s job. I love it when I read something fresh and different that doesn’t feel like a different version of a story I’ve heard a million times. But one of the most remarkable things about Drowning is Hope Jones’ writing style. This is her 3rd novel, but her writing reads like someone that has been doing this for years. Her language, dialogue, and descriptors read like a very well-oiled machine, with a perfect balance of characterization to truly bring them all to life. This book is emotional but romantic. It’s suspenseful but comes with a very satisfying conclusion. I definitely recommend this to contemporary/second-chance romance fans that want a bit more substance. This isn’t a quick and easy read, but you will enjoy it. 
**Don’t forget the Kleenex with this one!
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Excerpt
Prologue
“I’m sorry.” My words were muffled by the hiccup of tears
and snot running down my face. I tilted my eyes down. I couldn’t look at him.
My poor, sweet Cam. He would never forgive me. I knew this. It was what I
wanted. 
I wanted—no, needed him to walk out our
front door and not look back. I needed him to hate me. 
“You’re sorry? That’s what you have to say?” He was calm, so
damn calm it physically made me sick. I knew it was because he was hurting. I
knew that hurt was eating him alive. 
I couldn’t say anything past the lump in my throat, so I
nodded instead.
Cam looked at me, looked through me and for
a moment, I was worried he would see that I was lying and try to demand the
truth from me. I would deny it. I didn’t want him to know the truth. I wanted
him to think I had done the unthinkable, done something he’d never be able to
get over. 
My beautiful, broken husband stared into my eyes for two
solid minutes without flinching. He said absolutely nothing. His gaze flitted
between both of my eyes, then down to my nose, my lips, lingering there, then
finally back to my eyes. I bit my lip nervously, waiting for him to say “Ah-ha”
and catch me in my lie. 
Cam never did, though. I wasn’t going to deny it made me a
little upset that he didn’t know me well enough to know I was lying. I wanted
to take back the words that had left my mouth five minutes ago. I wanted to
take back the entire day, but it wasn’t possible, and I needed to accept what
my new life was going to look like. 
“I can’t even look at you,” Cam muttered, turning away from
me. I caught the curled lip and glare on his face before his back was facing
me. Hurt so strong filled my chest and made it feel like it would explode and
not in a good way. 
God, the pain was so bad. 
I had to rub my chest, right above my heart, but it didn’t
ease the ache I had put there. 
Cameron, the man I had married two years ago, grabbed his
coat off the hook in the foyer and opened the front door. He turned around,
glancing at me one last time. That last time was enough to make a sob escape my
throat. He had a single tear running down his face then splashing on his broad
shoulders. 
I had never seen him cry before. Not when his mother died,
not when we had to put down our first dog, and not when we had gotten married.
Never. That lonely tear trekking down his cheek broke me and I knew, down in
my bones, I would never be the same after putting that tear
there. 
I didn’t speak a word and Cam walked out, slamming the door
behind him, making me jump. I finally crumpled, falling into the fetal position
on the couch and crying until I couldn’t breathe. I had done this to myself. I
knew it had to be done, but that didn’t make it easier. 
Two hours later, he hadn’t come back and I knew he wasn’t
going to. He wouldn’t come back until he knew I was gone. I had packed the
majority of my stuff, placing the few boxes in my small car. I only took my
clothes. I didn’t feel right taking anything we had gotten together when we
moved into this house. 
Glancing around the place I had shared with my husband for
the last year, I felt a level of sadness that I didn’t know I would continue to
feel for six months. It settled over my shoulder like a blanket, except it was
cold—a cold blanket of nastiness. 
At least that blanket wouldn’t be wrapped around Cameron. He
didn’t deserve that. 
I fired off a text to him, locked our front door and left
the key on the porch, then backed my car out of our driveway for the last
time. 
Me: I’m so sorry, I never meant to hurt you. I
love you and always will. 
I didn’t speak to Cameron again until two months later after
a stranger showed up on my doorstep serving me with divorce papers. I could
have let those papers kill me, but I knew it was Cameron’s best chance at a
decent life, so I went to the court dates. I didn’t fight him. He petitioned
for everything except my car. I gave him everything. That’s what he
deserved. 
Author Bio
Hope Jones is the wife of her very own alpha male and the mother of four
beautiful daughters. She lives in a small town in South Carolina, but was born
in Brunswick, GA. She’s always had a love for reading, even at a young age
thrillers always interested her. As she got older, romance mixed with some
thriller/suspense became her obsession.
If you can’t find Hope glued to her Kindle, you’ll usually find her
chasing her girls around, running her hectic household, and plotting stories
for the alpha men that have taken over her mind.

 

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Book tour, review, & giveaway: A Little Bit Wicked, by Melissa Foster

A captivatingly funny and deeply emotional new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. When the Dark Knights at Bayside and the cast of Bayside Summers collide, sparks fly, and trouble—or maybe love—is not far behind.

Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Their stories are told in the same loving, passionate voice readers have come to adore from Melissa. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun, others will tear at your heartstrings with injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them!

In A LITTLE BIT WICKED…

What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.

Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe Mallery has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Melissa Foster’s latest release, A Little Bit Wicked! This novel is about Justin Wicked and Chloe Mallery. Justin has been crazy over Chloe since they first met over a year ago although she has kept him in the friend zone. Chloe thinks she wants a professional, clean-cut looking man instead of a tattooed biker. But luckily after bumping into one another at the right times and Justin really opening up to Chloe about his life, she finally quits fighting the attraction between them. They have a sweet and sexy and perfect romance until one day something horrible happens and Justin’s protective nature kicks in full force. 

Here is what I loved about this book. First of all, Justin. I mean, the man can do no wrong in my eyes and he will be my favorite and one and only book boyfriend forever. How could someone be so hot, sweet, caring, intelligent, in touch with their emotions, etc. all wrapped up into one hot package? Anyway, I digress. The next thing that I adored about this book was storyline about the rescue dogs. I fell in love with Shadow and Sampson and wish they were real so I could love them up. But mostly, I loved getting to watch the amazing Wicked family come together once again for the greater good. Are there really huge families like this with so much love and selflessness?

Unfortunately, and I hate to say this, I was not a big fan of the female main character, Chloe. I started to warm up to her a little as things started progressing with Justin, but there was just something about her I didn’t like. This is still a 5-star read for me, but I struggled with her several times throughout the book. 

Despite my issues with Chloe, A Little Bit Wicked is one of the best books I’ve read by Melissa Foster. I love them all, but something about this one was especially touching along with being a sexy romance. A lot of triggers are addressed from child abuse to suicide and everything in between, and I guarantee you will grab for the Kleenex a time or two. But this was just a fantastic read. I laughed, cried, swooned over Justin, and probably felt about every emotion possible. Melissa Foster’s writing talent continues to flourish and I am more and more in awe of her writing each time I pick up a new book. I definitely recommend this one to contemporary romance fans, especially those that really want that extra substance weaved into the plot. This is one I will probably read more than once but right now I am anxiously and impatiently wishing and hoping for Tank’s story 🙂

*If you haven’t read any of the Wicked books before, don’t worry, all of the characters and their connections are always explained.

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Crazy, Wicked Love
The Wicked Aftermath
Wicked Lucky
Wicked Temptations

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“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” – NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional, and entertaining. Make sure you have all night because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” – NYT Bestseller Brenda Novak

“Melissa Foster writes worlds that draw you in, with strong heroes and brave heroines surrounded by a community that makes you want to crawl right on through the page and live there.” – NYT bestseller Julia Kent

MEET THE WHISKEYS (cousins of the Wickeds)! Available for your binge-reading pleasure!
TRU BLUE
TRULY MADLY WHISKEY
DRIVING WHISKEY WILD
WICKED WHISKEY LOVE
MAD ABOUT MOON
TAMING MY WHISKEY
THE GRITTY TRUTH (Releasing October 14th)

And don’t miss RIVER OF LOVE, the first story in which the Whiskeys were introduced!

About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented, the perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and women’s fiction lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

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Meant to be More (Meant to Be Series, #4), by Amelia Foster

Meant to be More (Meant to Be Series, #4), by Amelia Foster

Publication: June 25, 2020

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My best friend has spent the past several years traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders. It’s been her life’s dream and something I’ve always admired about her. But somehow, after twenty years of friendship, our last goodbye brought about the realization of a truth I hadn’t yet recognized.

I don’t just respect Jillian, I am in love with her, and it’s time she knows.

But upon her return home, she manages to lay her own shocking news on me before I can even form the words to tell her how I feel. It seems she needs access to the fortune her grandfather left her in his will. But there’s one problem.

The caveat being an antiquated, but ironclad stipulation that she can’t receive the funds unless she gets married and stays that way for eighteen months.

Naturally, I’m the only person she can trust with such a delicate arrangement. And I’m also hopelessly in love with her, so I’ll greedily take the chance to fake-marry my best friend.

This way, I can prove to her that we are meant to be more than just friends.

**My Review**

I’m so excited to review the final installment in Amelia Foster’s Meant to Be series, Meant to Be More! I must admit that this is a bittersweet moment because I have adored this series and don’t want to see it end, but this may have been my favorite in the series, so it went out with a bang.

In Meant to be More, we get the story of the youngest Carlisle brother, Dean, and his best friend Jillian. She has been traveling the world with her job but is finally returning to Asheville. Dean has a huge secret to tell her because he realized this time that she was gone, that he had fallen in love with her. Before he gets to explain to his best friend that he loves her as more than friends, she asks him to marry her in order to fulfill stipulations of her grandfather’s will. 

So, the basic premise of needing to get married because of stipulations in a will is kind of silly in this day and age. However, it worked beautifully in this story. I mean, what better way to push two people together that are living in denial about how they really feel? Typical of Foster’s writing style, this story was told from Dean and Jillian’s dual POVs and also went back and forth between past and present from when they first met at seven years old to when they were graduating from high school. I will admit that the present-day storyline held my attention the most, but the past storylines provided a great deal of history regarding what shaped each of them growing up and how they developed their amazingly strong bond. 

Meant to be More is a happy, romantic, and sexy read that leaves you feeling every warm and fuzzy emotion imaginable. This book is pretty much drama-free except for their internal conflict about their feelings and Jillian’s snooty mother, but it didn’t need a bunch of conflict and challenges to make it a beautifully complex book. This is about two people that have always loved each other as friends as they try to come to terms with their changing feelings and potential risks to their friendship. You will laugh, cry, and swoon while you read this one. I cannot recommend this one enough! 

*Although part of a series, you do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one! They are all stand-alones!

**Thank you to Amelia Foster for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Release Tour & Review: Cherish, by Evelyn Sola

He wasn’t Alexandra’s destiny as he didn’t fit her plan. She was too sassy to see Jason coming. Evelyn Sola is back with CHERISH, the second installment in The Clark Family series. Readers who love the unlucky in love trope will enjoy this diverse, light, and steamy romance.


Alexandra
I thought I finally had my life figured out. Fate? Destiny? I know mine. But one afternoon questioned everything I thought I knew.
Then it happened. Dr. Jason Dupree crashed into my life.
His eyes linger on me longer than they should in polite company. You see, there is nothing polite about him.
He’s arrogant and overconfident. His touch? It’s my undoing.
I let him know in no uncertain terms that he is not the man for me.
He is not my destiny.
And his reaction? Totally unexpected.

Jason
The things in my life that matter to me? It’s a short list. My career, a handful of family and friends. To call myself unlucky in love would be a gross understatement. Hence my list. It’s how I keep it all figured out.
Then one morning, that safe little list collides with my future.
Her eyes follow me everywhere, and they see through me like a soul x-ray. But it’s her touch that nearly brings me to my knees.
She doesn’t see it, though.

She’s full of denial and sass, and her stares are indignant. She’s a liar too. Telling me she’s interested in another man.
My reaction? Let’s just say she never saw it coming.

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the release tour for Evelyn Sola’s Cherish! This was my first time reading anything by author Evelyn Sola and now I wish I would have gone back and read Crave first, but I didn’t initially realize that this was a series. No worries though if you have not yet read Crave, because it didn’t take me long to figure out who was who. 

This is the romantic and sexy story of Jason and Alex. Jason is a doctor at the same hospital where Alex works in their liability/claims department. When Jason’s sister, Mellie, gets a new job in the same department as Alex, Jason is literally stunned silent when they first meet. He had seen Alex sitting in a cafe before work and now that he’s face to face with her, he’s not only at a loss for words but finally understands the phrase “love at first sight.” Alex has been interested in another man for a while, even though he hasn’t reshown her any interest. When she meets Jason, she tries to deny the attraction and avoid him. But when she finally gives in things are better than she ever imagined. 

I think it’s so fun that Jason was the cocky, over-confident alpha but it was insta-love for him and insta-dislike for Alex! So many books have the woman falling over herself for a guy when they first meet and I love that the author flipped that around in this one. The main characters were smart, funny, independent, and had serious chemistry. In the beginning, her stubbornness started to wear on me a little and there were certainly times that Jason got on my nerves for being too controlling, but otherwise, I really loved both Jason and Alex. Actually, I loved almost all of the characters except Mellie and Ananda. I’m not sure why exactly but there were some comments and actions here and there that just rubbed me the wrong way. 

As with any romance, there must be some conflict along the way, which Evelyn Sola certainly delivered. It didn’t take me long to figure out what the conflict would be, however, she still managed to build a good amount of drama and suspense around it and still through in a few surprises. Jason and Alex did have a rocky road for a while, but this book is all wrapped up in a sweet and romantic happily-ever-after!

Cherish is the perfect read for romance fans that enjoy a lot of witty banter, alpha males, and strong females. This was a 4-star read for me and it definitely comes with my recommendation. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future. 

Thanks to Forever WritePR for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Copyright 2020 @ Evelyn Sola

“Please, stop staring at me,” she says, her voice strained. She takes another sip of her drink and puts the cup against her neck.
I should look away. I can see the color creeping from her neck up to her face. I can see her pulse at the base of her neck. I can practically hear her heart beating in her chest.
“Get over yourself. Why don’t you stop looking at me?” I say, finally finding my voice.
“I’m not looking at you.” She angrily shoves two pickle slices into her mouth.
“Then how do you know I’m looking at you?” I challenge.
“Very mature. How old are you? Nine?” She rolls her eyes at me, but she doesn’t look away.
Her nostrils flare at the same time she pushes her food away. I don’t bother looking away. I look into her gray eyes before looking down at her mouth. I moan and lick my bottom lip at the sight of her breasts, pressed together underneath a shirt with sunflowers. I bite my bottom lip as I envision sucking one nipple after another.
“I’m not interested in you that way.” She says the words while looking straight ahead.
“I’m just sitting here waiting on my sister.”
“Arrogant,” she throws back at me.

 


About Evelyn Sola

A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find her with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come.

Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion, and humor.

She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.

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