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Jul 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lucy Farago’s A Necessary Lie (July 24, 2017)

A Necessary Lie by Lucy Farago

Lucy Farago
A Necessary Lie (Search and Recover)
Lyrical Press / July 25, 2017 / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Farago is my go-to for romanctic suspense. Why? Because the story is excellent and the writing isn’t too shabby either.  It’s almost like the reader is drawn into the story line and oh yeah, there’s romance to boot. The romance is a pleasant surprise and it encapsulates what I love about reading. I love getting lost in a well-written story and I love a well-written romance where the reader grows with the characters. By the time the characters are ready to be in love, the reader is right there with the characters and ready for the romance.

This is what I love about a Lucy Farago novel. We know who the love characters will be but getting lost in them is part of the fun. The novel doesn’t start off as a romance but the chemistry and all the ingredients of a romance novel are there.

Enter A Necessary Lie. We know that Cowboy is the main hero and Grace is the heroine. And we know they have a connection. Obviously. Jessie is missing and she is Grace’s friend. Jessie and Cowboy have a history as lovers when they were much younger. And now Cowboy must watch over Grace as she finds Jessie. Phew. Yes Relationships are messy:

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Jul 10 2017 1:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Wicked Grind (July 11, 2017)

Wicked Grind by J. Kenner

J. Kenner
Wicked Grind 
Martini & Olive / July 11, 2017 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Wicked Grind by J. Kenner is wicked good. Seriously.  There are so many things I love about this book I thought I'd list them: because there are plenty.

1. I love that this love is from a childhood love and twelve years they come back together.

2. The heroine is innocent in the book, but she is multi-faceted.

3. He's from Hollywood royalty and she's the girl next door.

4. The flip-flop of time from past to present works in this story, partly because of how adept Kenner is at writing and bringing people along for the ride.

5. The sexual tension is scorching...I'm recovering from a brain injury, not stable to read last week, and I couldn't put this story down last night. I read straight through and forgot I even had an injury!

6. Kelsey Draper and Wyatt Segel's back-stories make sense and they don't overreact given what happened and their life experiences.

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Jul 7 2017 9:30am

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s Mr. Rook Left Us Craving More Pirates!

Mr. Rook by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

In one word, Mr. Rook (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is awesomesauce. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a master at writing about chemistry.  And she does not leave us hanging in that category. The chemistry between Mr. Rook and Stephanie is perfection, Unfortunately, we are left with another type of cliff hanger and the finale to our story which will have to wait until book two in Mr. Rook’s Island.

I closed the door and pressed my back to, it, feeling hot and wet in all the wrong places. Rook had some crazy sexual power over me. He’s like a dammed drug. And I wanted more and more, even knowing how dangerous it could be for my heath.

I wanted nothing more than for this story to be complete and we know how I dislike books in a series that haven’t been written yet. But I agree with Ms. Pamfiloff, some stories are just better written in two shorter ones versus one long one.

Until Ms. Pamfiloff is done writing the sequel, I leave you with a few pirate books to peruse in the meantime and hope this will satiate you until she releases Mr. Rook’s Island part deux.

Valerie Bowman: Never Trust a Pirate

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I love this book and I love this author! #7 in her Playful Brides series, it can also be a stand alone. There is so much to recommend this book if you are a lover of historical romance. Which, I definitely am. There’s intrigue, spies, pirates, and of course, a rake and romance.

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Jun 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Manda Collins’ Duke With Benefits (June 27, 2017)

Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Manda Collins
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2)
St. Martin's Press / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

It’s no secret I love Historical Romance and Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins fits the bill perfectly.  It’s the second in the Scandalous Studies series and I’m already hooked. We first meet with the Duke of Maitland, Dalton Beauchamp, and Lady Daphne Forsythe in the first book. And I already love our heroine, quirks and all. She is a bit on the Asperger’s scale, needing to learn social interaction. However, she is not mean spirited and a wiz at math. Despite her inability to navigate social interactions, like Maitland, we can’t help but love her. She is beautiful, of course, but her beauty goes beyond the skin and we quickly realize how eager she is to learn about her social quirks, and how aware she is of her social faux pas.

And don’t we all want a man as patient and loving as Maitland? Add to this a mystery—a childhood acquaintance to Daphne is killed and the pages turn rapidly.

“I am not angry with you, Daphne,” he said moving to kneel before her, which should have made her uncomfortable, but instead made her heart beat faster. “I am angry with him. For making you feel threatened. “For using you to make money because he was too damned lousy with a hand of cards to make up for himself.  But I am most enraged at him because he forced you to blackmail him in order to protect yourself from being sold like a brood mare to the highest bidder.”

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Jun 19 2017 9:30am

Top 10 Lorraine Heath Historical Novels

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath is becoming a Queen among Historical Romance writers because it seems she can do wrong. Each story that comes out has it all. I’m talking chemistry, a hero who is battered but not broken, a strong and multi-layered heroine, and a love that conquers all!  Below is a very opinionated opinion of her top 10 historical romances, in honor of her newest, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress.  At first I thought this would be easy but I love all of her books. How to rank, then?

10. Waking Up With the Duke

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Duke of Ainsley is known for his bedroom prowess. But he’s also been charged by his injured best friend to make a baby with said wife. Everything about this scenario shouldn’t work, but it does, thanks to Heath’s brilliant storytelling. And how will this end up with a happily ever after?

9. An Affair with a Notorious Heiress

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The Marquess of Rexton has spent his life trying to attain respectability after suffering from the ununusual parentage of his common mother. Now he’ll stop at nothing to attain the Lady Lansdowne, even if he has to fake court her sister, despite the Lady’s scandal….

8. Surrender to the Devil

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Frannie is a pickpocket and street thief, not a lady. Yet she can’t deny the attraction to the Duke of Greystone, despite his selfish desires to only bed her not wed her. Note: these are the parents of #9 the Marquess of Rexton.

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Jun 15 2017 1:00pm

First Look: A.M. Madden’s Vanishing Act (June 20, 2017)

Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden

A.M. Madden
Vanishing Act
Loveswept / June 20, 2017 / $4.99 digital

If love at first sight is your thing, then Vanishing Act by A.M. Madden is just the book for you. Bonus, the heroine is biracial and her family fled from racial discord in Apartheid South Africa. This is not your usual cute-boy-meets-cute-girl and falls in love story. Rather, there’s deception and depth to these characters, which makes the story interesting.

Landon Price is famous. He has won an Oscar already, and after his latest film is wrapped up, he needs an escape. Thus he travels with an alias for a name and heads to a little unknown island in Hawaii. Here he meets Zara Jobert, eight years his junior with looks that could melt him into a puddle. Only she doesn’t know she’s beautiful. WHAT? How can a modelesque twenty-three-year-old not know how beautiful she is?

Well, that is part of her backstory.  Without giving too much away, we learn early on that her father was very political and black. Her mother was ten years his junior and a blonde beauty from Europe.  This interracial union might seem uneventful here, but back years ago when Apartheid was toppled in South Africa, interracial unions were unheard of and dangerous. The Jobert’s felt this danger firsthand with a crime resulting in the death of Zara’s sister. Hence Zara was sheltered to the greatest degree. And why we understand why Zara can be so clueless.

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Jun 7 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s I Knew You Were Trouble (June 13, 2017)

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

I Knew You Were Trouble is quintessential Lauren Layne. Her witty banter is why this author never seems to get old. I’ve been following the lives of the workers at Oxford for awhile. And even though many are not front and center like they were in other books, the characters are still there on the side reminding us of this world Layne has created, a world where everyone knows your name.

What do I love about Layne’s books so much? It’s the wit in the conversation. Hell, if I could say have the things that Layne’s characters say, I’d have my own sit-com. Alas, I am but the reviewer. A very happy and amused reviewer at that.

This is your classic enemies to friends trope and lets add once more of my favorites, roommates to lovers. Which makes this the enemies and roommates to lovers. Does it get any better than this?

Nick Ballantine is a drifter of sorts. Not one to stay put, he thrives on his independence. Hence he repeatedly turns down offers to work at Oxford and opts for the flexibility of contract work and his job at a bartender. Oh, and he’s a bit shaggy, not shaving and letting his hair grow a bit too long.

The exact person that Taylor Carr goes for. She’s fairly new at Oxford and looks and appearances are everything. But opposites attract! Did I mention this other fun trope that makes it into this novel? Yep. Taylor and Nick are opposites. And despite the attraction between them, the timing for them dating is never right. Either one or the other is taken.

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May 23 2017 9:30am

First look: Graceley Knox’s Mark of Truth (May 23, 2017)

Mark of Truth by Graceley Knox

Graceley Knox
Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms #1)
Graceley Knox / May 23, 2017 / $5.99 digital

If you like your heroine strong, sassy, and sarcastic, then Ever is your girl and Graceley Knox's Mark of Truth is your fantasy romance. She's been raised among humans but her kind has not been secreted from her. In fact, she goes around and hunts messed up fae and brings them back to their world. 

But a prophecy years ago talks about how a girl with fire red hair will eventually rule the realm of the fae. Also years ago, a decree was created that made it illegal for the different type of fae to marry.  Yeah, we're talking purification of species. And Ever is of course tied to everything. Even she may not be what she seems, being of half Elf and half human.

Ever Leath Cine knows her mother is Elven loyalty. She’s no nonsense and has come to love her role hunting messed up fae. Part human and part Fae, she roams the earth and protects us from fae gone bad.  That is until thee goblins decide they must protect Ever, convince her she’s the daughter of a lost goblin king. Which would make her half-goblin , not human. She’s not quick to embrace this new stature since it implies a death sentence. Apparently, when the light elven king purified the races, it also made offspring like her illegal.

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May 20 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (May 30, 2017)

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99, $6.99

Lorraine Heath returns with a historical romance that touches on all aspects of love. We understand why the hero is jaded, why the heroine is shunned and why these two should be with each other.

Alistair Mabry is the Marquess of Rexton and he has had the unfortunate reality of growing up under the scandalous union of his common mother and the Duke of Greystone. Hence after he has built a prestigious life over the years, and she the scandal, the last thing he wants is another scandal. Nope. The future Mrs. Mabry must be of the utmost stock of aristocracy, untainted and innocent and pure.

Of course, we know that love is not so simple.  

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May 5 2017 9:30am

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story’s Young Love in the Colonial Era

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Crus

Society is abuzz with Hamilton. Namely, the musical that will take years for me to ever secure tickets. Thanks to the brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton has become a hip household name. Romance buffs like me, however, wonder…what about the story of how Hamilton fell for Elizabeth Schuyler? A love not encapsulated by time, but one transcending generations? Well, wait no further. Melissa de la Cruz offers up a fictionalized account of their love, based on letters, writings, and history.

As soon as the book starts, we are gifted with a letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, dated August 1780. The man can write—and if we’re not already twitter pated by his amorous words—prepared to be by the end. So thoroughly engaged in their romance, I felt as if I transported back in time, romanticizing the period. New for me, since the late 1700s in America—with wigs and powder—never ignited any desirous tendencies…until now.

Hamilton is portrayed as a true romantic. A man who courts and never takes no for an answer, despite their awkward and unfortunate initial meeting. You see, Hamilton was responsible for delivering news of General Schuyler's court-martial. The same evening of the ball held for the General's three daughters. Overhearing the dreadful news, Eliza treats the Colonel without any respect, giving him the cut direct. Instead of letting that day destroy any hope of being with Eliza, Alex convinces himself her lack of interest was intended to induce more interest. If anything, Alex wins the award for persistence.

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Apr 28 2017 9:30am

First Look: Janna MacGregor’s The Bad Luck Bride (May 2, 2017)

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

Janna MacGregor
The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1)
St. Martin's Press / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

So much to get excited about with The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor. One, she’s a new author! Huzzah! I always like cheering for a new author. Two, since she’s a new author, this is the start of a very promising series centered around the Canvensham family. Three, Ms. MacGregor knows how to steam the veggies, if you know what I mean. While the plot is interesting and keeps the reader turning the pages—more on that later—it’s the intimate scenes that honestly sealed my love for this book. I’m not sure what it was about them, seeing as how I’ve read my fair share of *ahem* scenes over the years, and many of them start to blend together. But something stood out of for me with this story.

Perhaps it was the voices of our hero and heroine, or that I could sense how the intimate acts brought the two together despite the initial terrible reason behind the coupling. Deception and revenge are never good bedfellows when love is the ultimate prize. Yet the scenes helped me see a softer side to the Marquess, and understand how Lady Claire might fall for the insensitive cad despite his machinations to ruin lives.

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Apr 26 2017 9:30am

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s Never Trust a Pirate (May 2, 2017)

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman
Never Trust a Pirate (The Playful Brides #7)
St. Martin's Press / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Valerie Bowman has morphed into an automatic buy for me. Why? Because the woman can write a story that lures me along until the final HEA. You ask, is Never Trust a Pirate just as good as her others? The answer is a demonstrative, Hell, yes. This one has everything. Undercover espionage, pirates, a strong female heroine, a smoking hot male lead, twists in the story, and chemistry. Oh, and I can’t forget the mystery as we read along while Cade Cavendish figures out who the Black Fox is.

You see, we have not one, but two spies, unbeknownst to each other. And ultimately, they’re both after the same person. Though Danielle LaCrosse’s current assignment is none other than the pirate Cade Cavendish, twin brother to Rafe Cavendish. (You’ll remember Rafe and Daphne from the Irresistible Rogue, Playful Brides #4). Posing as a Lady’s maid to the new Viscountess Daphne, Danielle is charged with learning as much as she can about the rogue twin brother, thought to be dead, who has apparently has risen from the grave and is staying with Rafe and Daphne.

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Apr 14 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Walk of Shame (April 18, 2017)

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4)
LoveSwept / April 18, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

Lauren Layne is back with another stand-alone in her Love Unexpectedly series. Walk of Shame is everything we have grown to love about Lauren Layne. It’s fast-paced, the characters are layered, and the chemistry always smolders. Yes, I said smolders. It’s true. It’s what I love about a Lauren Layne book.

This story incorporates some of my favorite tropes—opposites attract and enemies to lovers. Georgie Watkins is a socialite who’s not as shallow as we initially are led to believe. Yes, she loves to stay out late and party, shop, and enjoy a good time. But she’s got depth and Layne does a nice job of peeling away Georgie's layers.

This unfolding works perfectly, because we need to understand why Andrew Mulroney—the protoype workaholic divorce lawyer—would be interested in someone like Georgie. Likewise, why would Georgie, who’s holding out for a happily ever after have a fascination with a man who is waking up when she’s heading to bed, and solidifies the end of happily ever afters for a living? Everything about these two screams collision. They’re so opposite I scratched my head at the first couple chapters. Would this be the first Lauren Layne book I might not like? Blasphemy, I know.

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Apr 11 2017 12:30pm

The Greatest Love Stories That Didn’t End Happily

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What love stories didn't end happily?

(In case you couldn't guess from the post title, we will be talking about the endings of books... especially books that didn't end happily. Spoilers abound)

So often in romance, we demand our Happily Ever After. I know I crave a happy ending and am devastated when a book I read doesn’t have one. Unless I’ve been warned. There are certain times in my life when I need a good cleansing cry, and these books fit the bill beautifully. So, without further ado, here is a highly opinionated list—in alphabetical order by author—of some of the greatest love stories without a happily ever after. One more thing...while classics like Romeo and Juliet create the foundation for tragic love stories, this list will focus on more recently written tales.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Yes, it’s a book about teenage cancer. No, it doesn’t end happy. Yes, we’re lead to believe there could be an HEA. No, it still doesn’t end happy. I suppose the one shining light is how hope, despite the crappy ending, does still resonate. Yes, I was bawling at the end, but I knew the story can’t end there. And that perspective gives me a little optimism. A bonus? You will be swept off your feet by Augustus’s wooing of Hazel. So many sweet acts of kindness and trust.

[Now for a few more surprising endings...]

Apr 3 2017 9:30am

First Look: Anna Bennett’s I Dared the Duke (April 4, 2017)

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

Anna Bennett
I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers Series #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

The second in the Wayward Wallflowers series does not disappoint. We continue to get witty dialogue, awkward moments, swoon-worthy moments, and chemistry! All these things make I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett a “yes, if you love historical romance you should read” read. The icing on the cake? The Dowager Duchess, our beloved Duke’s grandmother. She’s a conniving sort who only wants the best for her grandson, and I love how her mind works. Hehe.

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, became duke at much too young of an age, due to much too sad of circumstances. Having survived a fire where his parents periled, he carries around the guilt of his survival. The grandmother, the dowager duchess raised him and she is the penultimate grandmother. Unbeknownst to Alex, she takes on a companion, Lady Elizabeth Lacey, aka one of the Wilting Wallflowers. A moniker Alex created at the start of Beth and her sister’s first season.

No, the name was not nice. In fact, it quite tarnished their reputation and made their marriage mart prospects quite glum. The less than enticing name combined with the fact their impoverished uncle—the man who raised them when their parents died—was a bit off his rocker, does not make one’s prospects on the marriage market favorable.

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Apr 2 2017 10:00am

First Look: Lecia Cornwall’s The Lady and the Highlander (April 4, 2017)

The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall
The Lady and the Highlander (A Highland Fairytale #3)
Swerve / April 4, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The third in the Highlander Fairy Tale Series by Lecia Cornwall is by far my favorite thus far. The Lady and the Highlander fashions its story after Snow White and the Huntsman. Everything about this story consumed me and kept me up until the story was complete. As I got closer to the end, I warred with my desire to slow down, because I didn’t want it to end, yet finish so I knew the conclusion.

What I loved most about this story is the epic feel that reads like a fairytale movie. The second thing I loved about The Lady and the Highlander is the hero, Iain Lindsay. He’s a sealgair or hunter for our villain, the witch Bibiana. As with all Snow White renditions, Bibiana is obsessed with youth and being the fairest in all the land. She convinces Donal MacLeod to wed her and places all of the MacLeod daughters under a spell. All but Laire MacLeod. Laire, with hair as dark as night and skin as pale as snow, is beyond compare. She’s also a tough cookie and escapes the clutches of Bibiana. Thus, Iain is sent to kill Laire, only instead, he falls in love.

But the love is not immediate and Iain is one who holds to his secrets and sins. He’s mysterious and dark, layered and extremely sexy. And quite dangerous.

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Apr 1 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Enoch’s My One True Highlander (April 4, 2017)

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch
My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Heroes #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 4, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch explores the captor/captive trope, though with a twist. Because our captor isn’t actually the true captor. By keeping our heroine, Lady Marjorie Forrester—sister of a duke—captive, Graeme, Viscount Maxton, is actually keeping her safe. So even though we want to hate Graeme when he forbids Marjorie from leaving, we can’t. His intentions are good, despite his initial treatment of the lady. Even more sweet, in an odd twisted way, Graeme will stop at nothing to protect his three younger brothers. Younger brothers responsible for said kidnapping of Lady Marjorie—without their older brother’s knowledge. Watching Marjorie slowly win over all four brothers is heartwarming, especially as she fights to win Brandon’s trust. Brandon is the oldest after Graeme, and the mastermind behind kidnapping plot.

Unbeknownst to Marjorie, there’s a turf war going on between her newly titled brother, and the Maxwell, the Duke of Dunncraigh. When Marjorie receives a letter from her brother that he’s to be married, she quickly leaves London, glad to escape the condescending treatment she’s received after she transformed from a lady’s companion to the sister of a duke. I don’t blame Marjorie. The ton’s scrutiny can be harsh, indeed.

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Mar 31 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Twist (April 11, 2017)

Twist by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott
Twist (Dive Bar Series #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / April 11, 2017 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

The Dive Bar in Coeur D’Alene strikes again. This time it’s the perfect love between Alexandra Parks and Eric Collins. They both know it’s a great match, at least online. What’s more? Alex digs deep in her cauldron of courage and flies from Seattle to Coeur D’Alene to surprise Eric on his birthday. Only, Eric isn’t actually Eric, but Joe. Surprise!

Thus, our perfect match actually has a very dismal beginning, laden with lies and deceit. At least that’s what we think. Though the more we read into the backstory of Joe and Alex’s online affair, we realize how much of Joe really does surface. Sure, it started out as innocent, where Joe went online for Eric, helping to find someone during Eric's stay in Seattle. A dating profile Joe was going to delete until he realizes Alex wasn’t perfect for his brother, but for him. Only by the time he recognizes this, he's already too many email exchanges deep into his ruse. So he did what any male falling in love might do, he lied. Sort of. Well, he lied about his name. But not in his character, which shines true with their electronic exchanges.

Alex, however, is the queen of the one-night stands. She’s not someone wanting to take that next step in a relationship. Not until she connects with Eric/Joe online does she get the nerve to fly out and meet him in person. But is she meeting him only because he lives so far away? Because the distance makes him safe?

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Mar 23 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Sloane Howell’s Bossed (March 28, 2017)

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Sloan Howell
LoveSwept / March 28, 2017 / $4.99 digital

One thing I can always count on when I read a LoveSwept book? The story will be fast-paced, the characters will have something to overcome, and the chemistry will be smoldering. Bossed by Sloane Howell is no exception. I whipped through this puppy like it was chocolate during that time of the month. Also like our favorite time of the month, my emotions were all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart squeeze, and literally said, “Awwww,” out loud. And I almost threw my Nook because I was so frustrated with the leads in love.

Now, onto the meat of the story. It’s an employer-employee trope revolving around sports. We’ve got Ethan Mason, in his late twenties, and owner of the sports agency Mason and Associates. Jenny Jackson is a whiz with numbers. Thanks to being raised by her single dad, she grew up surrounded by sports and could recall every baseball player’s batting average. It’s like she’s Rain Man with sports stats. Only, she doesn’t have autism, and she’ female, oh, and she’s young and beautiful. She lands an interview for the staff accounting position at Mason and Associates. And if she gets this position, it’d be a pay increase to help with her dad’s growing medical bills as he fights cancer.

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Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Fantasy Casting Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series

Twist by Kylie Scott

As we prep for the release of Kylie Scott's Twist and chat about Dirty for H&H Book Club, it's only natural to start casting the heroes and heroines in our heads! We asked our blogger to do one of the toughest jobs we have: Playing casting director and placing celebrities in the roles of each of the lead and supporting characters for the Dive Bar series (so far). Take it away, Tanya...

As Kylie Scott releases her second book in the Dive Bar Series, I keep imagining the characters on the screen. Big screen, little screen, I don’t care. In my mind, this series would make an awesome adaptation to film. Why? The characters are real. They’re gritty with struggles we all can relate to. And the male leads are not bazillionaires. Not that I don’t love me some bazillionaire romance. However, sometimes it’s nice to read about everyday folks. What’s more, they get to fall in love. Without further ado, I give you my very opinionated fantasy casting for Dirty and Twist (books #1 and #2).

Vaughan Hewson - Domhnall Gleeson (Lead in Dirty)

Editorial credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Vaughan is a tall, lean, muscular, strawberry-blond tatted guitar-wielding guy whose initial few words masks a man deep in thought. A man who’s layered, with his own drama. Domhnall is just the man. We can easily paint tats on him, and we already know he can rock the messy hair and scruff. He’s a chameleon of an actor, able to play any role from pyscho-Hitler wannabe in Star Wars to a fur-trapper in Revenant to romantic in Brooklyn. He grew up in a musical family, playing fiddle. I say, it’s time to give this man a guitar.

[Check out the rest of the Dirty cast...]