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Nov 7 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s An Ex for Christmas (November 7, 2017)

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5)
Loveswept / November 7, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I loved An Ex for Christmas—it was exactly the pick-me-up read I needed. Not only is it a fantastic feel-good romance, it’s perfect for the holidays, and the full romance package. I teared up, laughed out loud, and rolled around in happiness from the utter omgsocutefunhotperfect-ness of it all.

Even if you don’t read the blurb you know Mark is the hero from the start. I mean, how our heroine Kelly waxes poetic about him, how he’s pretty much perfect, and they already share custody of a dog. I mean really. Then there are the more obvious signs out how he always lets her have her way, he’s there for her, he does not want to hear about her love-quest... and yeah you might think this all sounds ridiculous, but NOPE. Lauren Layne makes it work.

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Sep 14 2017 12:00pm

Tessa Bailey’s Disorderly Conduct Is All About That Grovel

Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey

I enjoyed reading Disorderly Conduct, and the nod the title makes to its cop (in training) hero.  If you like New Adult (NA), this is the book for you. Personally, NA isn't my genre of choice, but I trust Tessa Bailey to deliver a good story, and she does. She definitely does. Disorderly Conduct is hot. Seriously sexy. As in, “Take a break from reading to fan yourself” smoking hot. There is a lot of down and dirty, burning-up-the-sheets fucking. Which makes sense, as the entire premise is Ever and Charlie get together to be fuck buddies. Emphasis on the fuck. They aren't even buddies, for the first month.

Disorderly Conduct is raw, real, and makes you run the gamut of the agonies in a developing relationship—when the rules have already been established against one. I do have to say, Ever and Charlie go through a lot of shit. A lot of it. Which makes sense. They're young, and neither realizes they're forming emotional bonds until it's too late. (Incidentally, if the language here bothers you, you probably shouldn't read the book. Charlie and Ever are both also quite direct and don't shy away from the occasional swear word.) I had a problem with Charlie being a bit of a manipulative ass. There was one point where I knew they were going to have sex again, but it felt wrong.

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Sep 12 2017 8:30am

First Look: Megan Erickson’s Blood Guard (September 12, 2017)

Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson
Blood Guard (A Mission Novel #1)
LoveSwept / September 12, 2017 / $4.99 digital

Blood Guard is a book that desperately wants to be a movie. It's like a cross between Sin City, The Book of Eli, and ... Underworld—just without werewolves. (Yet?) You have the gritty “post apocalyptic America” feel, and you can almost see the city in black and white when Tendra walks to and from work. (Or really any time they're in the city...) But you also have the beauty and drama of the paranormal beings and their world. Complete with the club and orgy scene. The beginning especially underlines that harsh, gritty, angry feeling.

It almost felt as if the scenery and world building changed and developed as Tendra and Athan's relationship grew more established. What helps is their constant movement, and need to depend upon each other. Also going from the city, to the underground, to the woods and beyond. It's a massive journey and undertaking, that has been the entire purpose of Athan's life. I did feel that Tendra accepted her “fate” a bit too... well easily isn't the precise word, but she just accepts the vampires and her being the intended mate of the ruler after almost a token protest. Granted elite assassins coming after you I imagine is extremely persuasive. Tendra accepts everything so easily (yes even with the letter from her mother - I guess I'm just that suspicious), but there's so much going on you're always engaged and entertained. Even when it she veers into TSTL-land, Blood Guard takes a sharp turn, and sometimes the quiet moments are the ones that are most unexpected.

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Aug 7 2017 1:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Dirty Deeds (August 8, 2017)

HelenKay Dimon
Dirty Deeds (Dirty #1)
Loveswept / August 8, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I loved Alec Drummond and Gaige Owens.​ Dirty Deeds is such an excellent book, and it's basically got everything. Super hot truly alpha men, espionage, sex, love, humor, action, gut wrenching emotion, sizzling chemistry, and the Doomsday Vault. No. Really. A lot of the book takes place at the Doomsday Vault, and it's a whole thing and it works. Both Alec and Gaige are nerdy hot—Gaige especially, and they're both so capable but flawed and perfect. I think Alec might be on the spectrum, but he's also had to deal with and overcome a lot of trauma to become the man he is. The same with Gaige, but in a different way, because he's (slightly more) average guy, than billionaire magnate Alec.

I didn't want to put Dirty Deeds down. It has some returning characters—well, Seth Lang, who has been running around wreaking havoc in the Tough Love series—and I'm so excited about the Dirty Series. Finn Drummond is Alec's youngest brother, and I already have said I want his story—but Griff, the brother who doesn't even get any face time seems intriguing too!

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Jul 25 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing (July 25, 2017)

One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley
One True Pairing (Fandom Hearts #2)
Swerve / July 25, 2017 / $3.99 digital

One True Pairing is set at the beginning of a fan convention. Our hero, Jake, is one of the stars of the show, although he doesn't get as much hype as his costars. Our heroine, Hailey, is a girl who is tough as nails, a pocket rocket who is doing her best to not get bowled over by the movie star, and holding her own.In fact she knocks him on his ass, really. She's described as a “gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista” - and she's also a casino dealer, so we've got a lot going on. They decide to stage a fake relationship in a symbiotic deal, and of course nothing goes as planned.

I really liked that Jake was a super star who was not only happy with, but wanted “just enough.” He wasn't a “more more more” grasping type. He's doing quite well in his field, and refuses to let work consume him. It was unexpectedly refreshing, and just really nice. He's your normal—not normal—but really normal hero. Basically, he's abnormal because he's well adjusted, and it's delightful. 

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Jun 14 2017 8:30am

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s The Knocked Up Plan (June 23, 2017)

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely
The Knocked Up Plan
Lauren Blakely / June 23, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely pretty much lets you know what the story is about from the start. It's, yes, a heroine who would like to get pregnant. However, the story is so much more. It's a friends to lovers romance. It's also two savvy characters - dating/relationship experts, in fact, who think they can stay ahead of their own emotions, and separate love and romance from “dating” and sex. Nicole Powers and Ryder Lockhart work for “Hanky Panky Love” - the dating division of a lifestyle media giant. They're practically the same person in male and female form. 

Nicole and Ryder are obviously insane attractive, have their own radio shows and such ... but that's just the surface. Nicole hasn't found love and wants to have a baby, so she takes matters into her own hands. She looked into a sperm bank, then decides she wants to know how her baby might look, so she asks her practically perfect co-worker, Ryder for his sperm. He's basically the perfect male speciman—smart, great personality, and insanely attractive. Ryder and Nicole have always have a simmering attraction in the background, so Ryder agrees to Nicole's plan, but because this is a romance, he wants to make a baby in the “traditional way.”

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Jun 1 2017 8:30am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence (June 13, 2017)

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity)
Berkley / June 13, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

It's definitely an interesting time to be reading a romance set in Russia. Luckily, it's an alternative universe, so it's still a nice break from reality. Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series is much beloved, and Silver Silence is the first book in the spinoff series (The Psy-Changeling Trinity). It can definitely be read as a standalone, but I think having read the previous books in the Psy-Changeling series would be really beneficial. I do want to underline that it isn't necessary though. (But why wouldn't you want to know the background of the secondary characters, not to mention read excellent romances?) 

I love the Changelings. I just do, and in Silver Silence, we're introduced to a new kind. Bears! Yes! Polar bears, grizzly bears, panda bears. Bears galore! They're delightful, and just ... bears. They're frustrating, primal, incomprehensible, loving, fun, and beary. They love to have a good time and party, but also have such depth. I'm trying not to be too vague, but I also definitely don't want to give away any major plot points.

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May 30 2017 8:30am

First Look: Helena Hunting’s Shacking Up (May 30, 2017)

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting
Shacking Up
Swerve / May 30, 2017 / $15.99 print, $3.99 digital

Shacking Up is a fun, sexy, contemporary read. It’s an attribute I think readers of Helena Hunting have come to expect. What's great about this story is how authentic Ruby is. While “poor little rich [characters]” are definitely not something I generally read, I thought the premise was interesting, and i've liked a few book by Ms. Hunting that I've read before. 

Bancroft Mill is a good guy. Seriously. He's approaching perfect romance hero material. He's smart, kind, thoughtful, imperfect but not malicious, understanding, and steadfast. Then there's also the fact that he throws money around - well, at Ruby - like glitter. Not literally, but close - he pays her $2,000 a week to house/pet sit for him. (She thought it was $200).  Clearly, money is a huge part of the conflict in Shacking Up. While both grew up wealthy and privileged, Ruby and Bane are currently in different circumstances. Bane was a professional athlete, and now ready to join the family empire. Ruby, on the other hand—who wasn't exactly the most responsible—has had a string of bad luck, and for the first time has been cut off from her family's money. 

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May 7 2017 9:00am

A Reunion Never Felt So Sweet Than In Beth Kery’s Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery

I read Behind the Curtain in one sitting. It's a reunion story told in two parts. You first see Asher and Laila connecting, and falling in love. If you're a reader that enjoys New Adult romance, I think you'll adore Beth Kery's Behind the Curtain. However, there's also a good part of the book where the characters are older. You actually first meet Asher on the verge of his 30th birthday, but the story quickly flashes back to when he was about to turn 22, and meets 19 year old Laila. This is where they get to know each other, and form a bond. Laila experiences a lot of firsts with Asher, and he's absolutely smitten. However, as noted, both are young, and don't necessarily know themselves.

The second part is Asher at age 29/30, and Laila at age 27. While they've had eight years apart with zero communication, they instantly realize the bond is still they're. While Asher and Laila have both been living their lives, romantically, nobody ever could meet the standards set by each other. So, it's a story of young puppy love, that is actually steadfast and forever. They both needed the distance and hurtful break to realize what they had. 

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May 1 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Sarina Bowen’s Pipe Dreams (May 2, 2017)

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen 
Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruiser #3)
Berkley / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

If you've enjoyed the Brooklyn Bruisers series as I have, and love reunion stories, you are going to be in reader heaven with Pipe Dreams. Mike and Lauren are meant to be - but they have not had an easy time of it. This is actually all Mike's fault, although he felt he had no other option. Mike got his high school girlfriend pregnant, and married her. Had they not had the child, it's unlikely they would have stayed together, so it's clear from the start that Lauren is the love of Mike's life. However, he absolutely messed it up. For good reasons—in fact he's a true hero for doing what he did, but the how of it is what caused problems. He took away Lauren's choice and agency years ago when it comes to their relationship. It separates them for five years, and in a way stunts Lauren emotionally. (Mike was seriously an asshole.) He leaves Lauren to help his ex wife. It's crazy, and you'll just have to read to see how it all works - but it does. In fact, I didn't even fault Mike for doing what he did. You can't. However, the way he treated Lauren is the problem. 

I really appreciated how Ms. Bowen portrayed the ex. While she's effectively the cause of all of Mike and Lauren's problems... you do feel for her. It helps that Mike has from the start always wished the best for her, even before Shelly got cancer and died. (That's not a spoiler - you know that from the beginning.) Shelly wasn't perfect by any means, but she was a great mom, and writes letters to both Mike, and their daughter Elsa, which really clears things up. I loved that this was realistic, and really allowed Mike and Lauren to move forward with Elsa. 

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Feb 24 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s The Hot One (February 28, 2017)

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely
The Hot One
Lauren Blakely / February 28, 2017 / $10.99 print, $3.99 digital

At first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her back. 

But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. I might have let her slip through my fingers the last time, but no way will that happen twice.
He's the one who got away...
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that, stripping at my job, showing off his rock hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky, arrogant jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not...? 
He's the one I've tried like hell to forget but just can't. Maybe I'm cursed to remember him. My money is on him being the same guy he always was, but what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's a new man? I won't fall for him again. 

But how do you resist the hot one...

Calling all reunion romance lovers. The Hot One is the book for you. 

​We've met both Tyler and Delaney in previous books. Tyler has been a recurring character in Lauren Blakely's other novels, and we met Delaney in The Only One. ​

I don't often say this but ... the blurb is misleading.

​ Tyler isn't so much a new man as the man he's always been. He's matured and undergone personal growth as humans are wont to do, but he was a good guy, and he still is a good guy. In a way, Delaney​ is the one who has to undergo the most change in The Hot One

​In the case of this romance, they're both hot. Ridiculously perfect, well established New Yorkers, living the dream. Tyler is a hotshot entertainment lawyer, and Delaney owns her own business in the city. They met at Brown, both thinking they'd be lawyers. (I know, I know, if you're at all in law as well, just ... imagine my expression right now. I read a book where it talks about the characters being pre-law. I had to suspend disbelief for some of the “law stuff” but it wasn't a deal breaker here.) Tyler obviously continued down that path, but Delaney became a massage therapist. They both excel in their fields. And speaking of hot, the book is too. Tyler and Delaney meshed sexually in college, and it's even more now.

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Feb 19 2017 2:00pm

Beth Kery’s Make Me Is Part Erotic Romance, Part Psychological Thriller!

Make Me by Beth Kery

Harper McFadden established herself as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless.

After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer enters her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an insatiable desire to get closer to him... No one knows what secrets lurk in the past of Jacob Latimer. He built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about his mysterious rise to power. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. She could expose the truth about his origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that draw him in. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants...

Make Me was published as a serial, and I'm super excited that this is now available in book form. (*whispers* I'm not the biggest fan of serials—too impatient, I like reading stories all in one go.) I loved Beth Kery's Make Me when it first came out, and re-reading it for the “compilation” release just brought that home. The end just made me want to hug something - which is saying a lot. 

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Feb 8 2017 1:00pm

Reading Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers: Friendship Can Transform Even the Biggest Villain in Devil in Winter

In a delightful journey that began with Secrets of a Summer Night in 2004, we accompanied the Wallflowers—young society misses Annabelle, Lillian, Evangeline, and Daisy—as they banded together in a hunt for husbands that led to love and matrimony...if not always in that order.

But if we thought we’d seen the last of our beloved friends, we were (happily) wrong: Lisa Kleypas has announced the Wallflowers will return in her next historical romance, Devil in Spring with the story of Evangeline and Sebastian’s son!

In anticipation of Devil in Spring’s release on February 21, we’ve decided to do what any romance reader would: Revisit the books that started it all! And so, every week for the next four weeks, we invite you to join us in reading—whether for the first time or the fiftieth!—and discussing the first four Wallflower romances: Secrets of a Summer Night, It Happened One Autumn, Devil in Winter, and Scandal in Spring.

The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

If you read historical romance, you've probably read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. Heck, if you read romance you've probably read this iconic love story. People have been waxing poetic about this book for over a decade, and for good reason. It's an unlikely pair that are thrown together, and become the iconic couple. A beautiful, warm, romantic love story.

What I want to focus on though, is the friendship. I wanted to talk about something a little different from what others usually do about this book. Of course, we know the quartet—the seasons stories are about the Wallflowers—four unlikely friends who come together as a support group, only for each women to find her perfect love. (In fact, Jessica discusses the friendship of the Wallflowers here.) For her part, without the love and support of Annabelle, Lilian, and Daisy, I don't think Evie would have ever had the confidence to go seek out Sebastian. Yes, of course, she was desperate, and felt that he was also desperate enough to go along with her madcap plan. I definitely don't want to take away from her impressive inner core. The stubbornness they say she inherited from her father, and likely her mother too. That's a big part too, but I think the firm friendships she'd developed let her feel comfortable, develop self worth, and want more helped spur it.

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Jan 9 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s Full Package (January 9, 2017)

Full Package by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely
Full Package
Lauren Blakely / January 9, 2017 / $10.99 print, $3.99 digital

I've been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
I can resist Josie. I'm disciplined, I'm focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It'll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps. 
Did I mention she's also one of my best friends? That she's brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What's a man stuck in a hard place to do?

​Isn't it cute? That's basically the tone of the book. I've really liked Lauren Blakely's (loosely) connected series told from the hero's POV. Each book can stand alone, but they're all peripherally related. It's great. Each one stands alone, but it adds a little if you know the stories of the secondary characters as well. 

I really really really liked Full Package. It just made me happy. It was so nice to read a romance where the characters are adult, and human. What do I mean? They're incredibly dynamic. They aren't perfect—they're uncertain, awkward at times, emotional, busy, working to balance work and family... and present. They screw up, but talk about it and own up to their mistakes.

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Jan 2 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter (January 3, 2017)

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen
Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)
Berkley / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...

Hard Hitter is such a delightful book. I'm loving the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I like that the characters are dynamic and have flaws, but are such good people. The way Hard Hitter you really feel for Patrick. He's got such depth, but was so closed off. I really enjoyed every minute of reading Hard Hitter

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Dec 14 2016 11:00am

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s The Fixer (December 27, 2016)

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
The Fixer (Games People Play #2)
Avon / December 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.
Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.
Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.

I loved the premise of this book. And Wren. However, I have to admit, I think my favorite character was Garrett. I loved his charm and humor, how he was almost a foil to Wren, but all that is only the surface. Not to say that isn't who he is—just that the man has hidden depths. The same can be said of Wren, only the opposite. Our hero is stern, mysterious, seriously hot, and powerful (in every way)...but he has the people skills of a grizzly bear. It's actually super adorable.

Emery is also the opposite of Wren in some ways, yet they match. Their separate yet shared experiences...the way they fit together... it works. 

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Nov 14 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Managed (November 14, 2016)

Managed by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan
Managed (VIP #2)
Plain Jane / November 14, 2016 / $14.00 print, $3.99 digital

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.
That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.
I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.
If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.
Let the battle begin…

The VIP books are fast becoming one of my favorite series. Idol was first, and Managed is second. While Managed can definitely be read alone, and I usually am all for picking up and starting ​series ​wherever you like, I think it'd be really good to read Idol beforehand. First of all, it's an excellent book. Secondly, it just makes this book so much more because ... well, Gabriel Scott is one scary badass motherfucker. You do get that in Managed, but it's tempered by the delight that is Sophie Darling. And my god does everything about her fit her name. 

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Nov 1 2016 8:30am

First Look: Beth Kery’s Looking Inside (November 1, 2016)

Looking Inside by Beth Kery

Beth Kery
Looking Inside
Berkley / November 1, 2016 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

If you like beautifully written, human, emotional stories that are perfectly nuanced, this is the book for you. Looking Inside has it all. Readers of contemporary and erotic romance, this is the book you've been waiting for. 

Trey ... might be the most perfect romance hero ever. I mean. Ever. He's a business mogul—but it's believable because he's in tech. Or, that's how he made his money. The how and why of it also makes sense—he was interested in music and connection, and combined the two. (Is it a bit of a rip off Facebook? Yes, but hey—at least it's believable and everyone is always telling me to suspend disbelief for romance, so there you go. This is me... suspending disbelief.) He's self-deprecating, but self-aware too. He's a good guy—and written very realistically. 

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Oct 20 2016 8:30am

Lauren Blakely’s The Sexy One is Actually Adorable

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...

1. She works with me every single day.

Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?

2. She works in my home.

Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...

3. She's the nanny.

And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around. 

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

The Sexy One is a really fun, feel good read. The book can be read as a stand alone, but it exists in the same world as Big RockMister O, and Well Hung. You meet Simon and Abby and they're just kind of ... adorable. What I liked about this book is how very sweet it is. Sure, it's sexy, and there is crazy chemistry—but the focus is the relationship. It's two really good people developing a romantic relationship. They've gotten to know each other because—as it says, Abby is Simon's employee. She's the nanny for his five year old daughter Hayden. While the relationship could be extremely problematic, what helps is that the book starts seven months after the business relationship began. 

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Sep 13 2016 3:30pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s The Talented Mr. Rivers (September 13, 2016)

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
The Talented Mr. Rivers (Tough Love #2)
LoveSwept / September 13, 2016 / $3.99 digital

I don't read many romantic suspense novels, but I read ones HelenKay Dimon writes because I expect her to do a good job. That holds true with The Talented Mr. Rivers, which I enjoyed very much. In fact, while I was reading it, I thought “this is basically the perfect romantic suspense novel.” I liked that both our heroes are alpha males, and there's some questionable aspects of their characters. There was an extra layer to the characters that skated the edge. You couldn't flat out say they're good, wholesome guys. You have Hunter Cain, who is a chameleon, but in the end, a German secret agent, and then there's Will Rivers, the son of a crime lord (albeit one who was rather removed from his family). ... The former was the bodyguard of the latter. It's basically a mess from the start, and it's fantastic. There's so much conflict going on that has to be resolved, objectively. Then you throw in all the emotional upheaval and the always complicated aspect of trying to form a lasting romantic relationship, and you have a page turner that will be difficult to put down. 

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