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Release Blitz & Review ~ Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

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All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

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Maren glanced back at me, more puzzled than ever, but she started up the cement stairs. I couldn’t take my eyes off her legs in front of me. Her calf muscles were insane from all the ballet training. I remembered how flexible she’d been and felt my dick start perking up.

“In addition to all the history I just gave you,” Aiden said, his voice echoing off the walls, “this hotel was also the site of a certain prom a few years back.”

All of a sudden, Maren stopped moving and looked down over her shoulder at me. “No way.” The stunned, joyful expression on her face was worth every penny I had to pay to make this happen.

Goose bumps rippled down my arms inside my jacket. I smiled at her.

Her jaw dropped, and she continued up the stairs. At the top, Aiden moved ahead and opened the door to the rooftop. “Ballrooms were not available tonight, but when Dallas asked if you could have the roof to yourselves, I had to admit no one had booked it. In fact, no one has ever even asked to book it.” He laughed.

Maren stepped over the threshold onto the rooftop. “Dallas is definitely one of a kind.”

The three of us moved away from the door, and I saw the table that had been set for us, complete with white linens, flower centerpiece, and candlelight. Luckily, the air was warm, and the wind was soft. The sun was still setting beyond the skyline to the west, and to the east the Detroit River was visible; a little to the south was the Ambassador Bridge, and beyond the river, Canada. The view was breathtaking on all sides.

After turning around in a full circle, Maren looked at me with shining eyes. “Dallas. This is incredible.”

“You’ll have your own server for the night, and he should be up shortly,” Aiden said, checking his watch. “I should get back downstairs. Dallas, you have my cell if you need anything. Maren, good seeing you again, and I hope you enjoy your evening.” He gave us a smile before heading back to the stairwell door.

As soon as he was gone, Maren turned to me. “I cannot believe you did this.”

I shrugged. “I felt pretty bad when you said you’d missed the prom because of me. I figured I owed it to you.”

She laughed and rolled her eyes, which were filled with tears. “You didn’t, but whatever. I’ll take it.” Opening her purse, she hunted around in it for something. “God, I don’t even have tissues. I didn’t know you were going to make me cry.”

“No crying allowed at the prom. And I hope it’s okay I’m wearing jeans.”

“It’s fine.” She sniffed and closed her purse. “I’m not that dressed up either.”

“You’re perfect.” Our eyes met, and the air between us suddenly felt full of hope and possibility. In any other circumstance, I’d have kissed her.

But I couldn’t do that tonight.

“Oh, I almost forgot.” Reaching into the inside pocket of my jacket, I pulled out a wrist corsage. “Sorry if it’s a little smashed. I had to get rid of the plastic container to hide it from you.”

She giggled and held out her arm. “That’s okay. It’s beautiful.”

“Good.” I slid the elastic band with three deep red roses attached to it along with some other green stuff onto her wrist. “I told the lady at the florist to make it a prom corsage. Pretty sure she thought I was crazy. Or creepy.”

“You might be crazy. But I love it. Thank you for this.” Then she rose up on tiptoe and pecked my cheek. When she lowered her heels, she stood there for a moment, her hand on my arm, her mouth so close I could have simply tipped my head down and my lips would be resting on hers.

My heart stumbled over its next few beats. I wanted to do it so badly, but I’d promised her I’d behave. I’d promised myself I’d behave. There were so many reasons why I shouldn’t be here tonight, standing so close to the only girl I’d ever loved, tempted beyond reason by her legs and her lips and her laugh and her eyes and her ability to make me feel like I fucking mattered in the universe.

What was the right thing to do?

If only—

The door from the stairwell opened, and we moved apart.

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Melanie HarlowMelanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Review

3 out of 5 stars

I read Only You and really liked it, but I’m going to be really honest – I struggled with this one.

Without giving much away, there is a very tough topic in this book that I a) wasn’t expecting and b) didn’t much appreciate (especially with no warning in the summary). I won’t spoil, but I had a really hard time with this topic.

Maren is a yoga instructor who lives in the Detroit area (as do all MH’s characters). She has been having a recurring nightmare and she doesn’t know what it means. Her sister encourages her to go see a psychic, and her sister gets some really interesting information. Maren is not convinced. Turns out Maren was hurt terribly years ago by Dallas, her first love who disappeared without a word.

Twelve years later, Dallas shows up on her doorstep unannounced and they start talking again.  They start hanging out and feelings get involved.  Except Dallas has a huge secret he doesn’t share with Maren.

I have a few issues with this book. One was how quickly Maren forgave Dallas.  He hurt her very badly and yet she forgave him so fast.  I also had a hard time with the “issue” surrounding Dallas. It seemed really unnecessary. Dallas is also one of those “I was never good enough for my parents” guys. I found that annoying.

The ending was pretty good, as well as the epilogue, but it wasn’t enough to save this book for me. I will certainly continue to read this author, and I will read the next book in the series for sure. This book just wasn’t as good as some of her other material for me.

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ARC Review – I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

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Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

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SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

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I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

 

Somehow I missed book 2 in this series, but I read the first book and really enjoyed it. This one was good, but I didn’t love Rian (Ryan with an I) as much as I should have.

Rian and her twin sister Marley are into real estate. Marley is the brawn and Rian is the brain (she’s a self-admitted number lover). She lives in the Hamptons with her sister, and is accosted in the grocery store by a gorgeous man who accuses her of hitting his car. Turns out it was her sister and not Rian, but the guy, Pierce, is instantly attracted to Rian and can’t stop thinking about her.

Pierce is a patent lawyer who works for his dad. He made a mistake on a patent, which has caused his family some embarrassment, so he’s taking the summer off to reevaluate things. Pierce is staying in the Hamptons with his brother, Lawson, who is buying up houses and renovating them. The description above makes it seem like Pierce keeps stealing real estate from Rian, but that wasn’t really the case.

Rian has some pretty big secrets. And she doesn’t share them with Pierce until it’s too late. Almost. These secrets have turned her into a hard person, and she is not really likable. She’s quick to make assumptions about people. It made her unlikable. Marley was a much nicer character, but she wasn’t the main story.

Where I didn’t love Rian, I loved Pierce. He was a very sweet guy, and he was very funny. They had some great banter between them. He was very caring and good to Rian. She didn’t always return the favor.

My biggest complaint would be this book was really LONG. It was much longer than it needed to be, and I honestly skipped over a lot of unnecessary internal dialogue. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t as good as Shacking Up, in my opinion.

Happy reading.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Every Promise You Made

Title: Every Promise You Made
Series: Redeeming Love Series
Author: J.E. Parker
Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: May 24, 2018

Red Hatter Book Blog – “Their story is one of the most powerful and emotional stories I have ever read.”

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Two shattered lives. One final vow. 
 
Hope
 
Growing up, I had everything.
A loving big brother, a great family and a happy life.
But then it all changed. Now, my entire world is shattered.
The only thing that still makes sense is how I feel about Evan.
I love him more than anything, but it’s not enough anymore.
I’m tired of chasing after him. Tired of being held at arm’s length.
I can’t live like this any longer.
Walking away will destroy me.
Yet what other choice do I have?
 
Evan
 
Growing up, my best friend’s sister was always around.
I took care of her, I protected her. She was my friend too.
Then one night she became more. So much more.
But then all hell broke loose.
I screwed up. I became the reason for her pain.
My mistake ruined everything.
Afraid of destroying what we have left, I keep her at arm’s length.
Fed up with my distance, she’s ready to end it all.
That can’t happen.
It’s time to face facts… Hope is mine.





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Not only is J.E. married to the man of her dreams (albeit a total pain in the rear), she’s also the mother of a herd of sweet (sometimes), and angelic (only when they’re sleeping) children. Despite their occasional demonic behavior and bottomless stomachs, J.E. loves her little tribe more than words could ever express.
On the weekends, you can find her sitting on the couch, cheering on (or cursing) her favorite football team, stuffing her face with junk food, and guzzling a bottle of cheap red wine.
When she’s not busy making sure her husband doesn’t burn the house down or acting as a referee for her fighting children, J.E. enjoys reading, writing (obviously), and listening to a wide variety of music.

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4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Wow, this book is deep! So many emotions and feels.

Every Promise You Made is the story of Evan Morgan and Hope Petersen, who have known each other forever. Evan and Ryker, Hope’s brother, have been best friends since kindergarten. They were inseparable. Ryker and Hope are extremely close, and Hope is always around. She’s always felt very close to Evan, and has been in love with him since she was 4.

Evan has been in love with Hope forever as well, but feels like he can’t act on it. The night before he leaves for the Marines, he finally kisses Hope and tells her that she’s his forever. Evan and Ryker had for Iraq where tragedy strikes, and it breaks both Hope and Evan.

Fast forward three years. Hope is now a social worker helping victims of domestic violence in Georgia. Evan lives there too, with Hope. He’s a security guard at the shelter she works at. Hope tries and tries to get close to Evan, but he constantly pushes her away. Until she tells him she’s done trying, and he decides it’s time to man up.

So, I didn’t read the first two books in this series (and I’m honestly kind of glad, because it sounds like they were rough [about abuse]). Not having read them, I wasn’t familiar with all of the characters, though the author did a very good job of filling us in. My biggest complaint, for lack of a better word, is there are SO many characters that it was often hard to keep up.

With that being said, the characters in this book were really great. Grandmama is particular was a hoot. Shelby was great, and the guys were too. I liked the characters, even when I had a hard time remembering who they were!

Back to the main characters – Evan and Hope. Evan was a very broken man. He felt a lot of guilt over what happened in Iraq, and struggled to overcome it. His growth over the story felt real and organic. He sought counseling. He tried to be a better man for Hope. He was a total alpha too, which I loved.

Hope was one strong woman. She spent her time helping women who had been abused, and really didn’t realize the impact she’d had on their lives. She became part of a big, extended family who loved her like she was born into it. And she never gave up on Evan, loving the big guy to the moon and back.

The last 10% of this book – wow. I teared up so many times during the ending. It was so beautifully written and hit you right in the feels. I loved how it ended, and will absolutely read the next book – who I think will be about Evan’s twin brother, Brantley.

While there were tears in this book, there were also quite a few laughs. It’s rare for an author to hit all the emotions, but Ms. Parker did just that. This is a really, really good book and I would recommend it.

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ARC Review – Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

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Title: Lauren Layne
Author: Hot Asset
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

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Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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Congratulations, Ms. Layne. I’ve just read the best ARC from Netgalley yet!!

Ian Bradley is a rich man thanks to his skills as stock broker. He learns that he’s been accused on insider trading due to selling some stock before it lost millions. Ian steadfastly professes his innocence to the SEC agent sent to investigate his case – Lara McKenzie – to whom he is immediately attracted.

Lara is dedicated to doing her job by the book and leading a clean and thorough investigation.  Her dream job is to work for the FBI’s White Collar division and both her parents are FBI agents.  She comes to the offices where Ian works to begin her investigation and is met with resistance. That’s to be expected. What is not expected is her intense attraction to Ian.

I loved Ian – he had a rough childhood, went from foster home to foster home and stayed close to his last foster father, Dave. He had a very loyal group of friends, Matt and Kennedy – whom I both hope get their own books – and a great assistant named Kate. I loved Ian’s friends – especially Matt – he was really funny.

Lara is a great character as well. She is determined to do a good job, and by the book. She does her investigation, and things then spiral out of control. She uncovers things, and the drama happens (as it does in every romance). What doesn’t happen in every romance is how well the drama is handled – and in this book, it was handled very well and in a very believable manner.

The ending of this book was very satisfying, and I’m really hoping for at least two more books! I would recommend this one.

 

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Defending Her Dignity by Jade Webb

Title: Defending Her Dignity
Series: Renegade Love Bodyguard Series
Author: Jade Webb
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Men have never taken me seriously. At 5’5” on a good day, they can’t help but look straight through me, or worse: right at my rack. So I prove them wrong. Usually with a swift kick to their golden jewels that sends them straight to the floor. That’s what they get for messing with a captain from the Israeli Defense Forces.
When my cousin offers me a gig for a bodyguard position with one of the richest families in the country, I jump at the opportunity. But when I meet the client, Lawrence Monroe… it doesn’t go so well.
So I tell him to go screw himself and as I stumble out of the room, I find Isabel, his adorable daughter getting her butt kicked in Wii boxing. I offer to teach her a few tricks and then suddenly Lawrence has a change of heart. That same day I move into his McMansion, into a bedroom the size of my entire apartment. Except there’s one problem: while I think I’m being hired as a bodyguard, he thinks he’s hiring a nanny. Yeah, annoying. But for the sake of his blue-eyed baby girl (and a sizable paycheck), I play along.
And while at first, I just pegged Lawrence as an over-protective father, I am beginning to get the feeling that Isabel and I are being watched. All my instincts tell me to follow my gut, but how can I trust myself when every time I am within a 10 foot radius of Lawrence, my body betrays me and I feel inexplicably attracted to this devoted single dad. There is something between us, lingering just beneath the surface. But he is American royalty and I am only here until this threat is neutralized.
After all, I can’t let myself fall for him. I need to focus on protecting his daughter and deciding what kind of life I want for myself. No, falling for a man like Lawrence Monroe would cost me too much. I have to defend my dignity.


I can hear the sincerity in his voice as easily as I can see it in his eyes. I turn away from him and look out the window, before he can see the truth in my eyes, of how much I want him, and how much that scares me.

When I turn my head to look back at him, suddenly, the back of this car feels even smaller. Is he closer? Or am I imagining it? Has all the air escaped, or is it just that being this close to Lawrence addles all my senses?
I don’t know what it would take for me to give myself to Lawrence, to give in to this temptation. But I know he would take a piece of my heart with him. It would be inevitable. The question now was, did I want to risk the heartache to have this one night with him? To be able to experience what it would feel like to have him inside of me, and have his chest pressed against mine, and our heart beats furiously beating in our chests as we explored, dominated and made love to each other. Would I be able to give my body to him, without giving him my heart?
Any other man and I would have been able to easily that question. With Lawrence, I’m not sure I can separate the two. And still, it’s a risk I want to take. At least for tonight. So when I drag my eyes up to his, to find them looking down at me, I suck in my lower lip and close my eyes.
Just for tonight. Give in to him tonight. If it’s not meant to be, there will be a sign from the universe. 
When I open my eyes, I move my hand to cup his cheek. As my palm connects with his face, he inhales a sharp breath, as if my touch is enough to unsettle him the same way he has completely tilted my world off its axis. But tonight, I don’t want to overthink — don’t want to agonize whether he feels the same I want to do. In fact, tonight I don’t want to think at all, I just want to feel: Feel his lips on mine, his hands on my body.
“If we do this, it can only be tonight,” I tell him, still biting down on my lip hard enough now to draw blood.

 

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I have loved romance novels since I was a teen, sneaking them into my Bible studies at my all-girls Catholic school. I love strong heroines who know that the men that may come into their lives are always the icing, and never the cake.
Thanks to my own marriage, I have learned that the challenges of life can only help to make love stronger and I am grateful to my partner for embodying all the magic that love can offer.
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3 1/2 out of 5 stars

I haven’t read a book like this before – an Israeli woman who is a bodyguard agreeing to help out “American Royalty” as he’s having issues. Sounded interesting.

Yael (which I had no idea how to pronounce, btw) is a 24-year old former Israeli soldier who has moved to America to escape her controlling father. She has a hard time being taken seriously due to her size and the fact that she’s a woman. She is given an assignment to “nanny” for Lawrence Monroe’s daughter, who was approached at her school, in what Lawrence believes is an attempted abduction.

Yael has no interest in being a nanny, but wants to help Isabel, Lawrence’s daughter. She’s not impressed with Lawrence, having pegged him like most guys – someone who won’t take her seriously as a “bodyguard”. But when Lawrence sees Yael giving his daughter some self-defense lessons during a game of Wii Boxing, he changes his mind.

While I liked Lawrence, I didn’t love the story revolving his father and brother. In fact, his father was a pretty awful character. This storyline added to the drama of the book, but it was a little over the top and not entirely necessary.

Yael, while being a kick-ass soldier, is kind of a mess. She was raised by her father, who taught her to be a fighter and forgot to teach her how to be a person. She’s not girly at all and often feels out of place. She was really great with Isabel though, teaching her how to defend herself.

The ending was just ok. I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it. There was NO EPILOGUE, which irritated me to no end, so I have no closure.

Overall, this was a pretty good, fast read.

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Blog Tour & Review ~ An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight

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The heart is exquisite.

You’ll never hear anyone wax poetic over an organ quite like they do the heart.

When you’re lost in the world? Follow your heart.

When your love for someone is unwavering, unparalleled and unprecedented? You give them your heart.

As a lead pediatric cardiac surgeon, I knew better than anyone that the heart is equally as powerful as it is delicate.

The heart giveth just as easily as it taketh away.

And until the day Kelly Potter darkened my doorway that was all just part of the job.

She rolled in like a slow evening storm, fierce and beautiful, fighting for the life of her unborn child.

It should have been business as usual.

I was a doctor.

Her child the patient.

But Kelly was more.

She was the one who got away.

I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

It didn’t matter what the rules were.

For once, I was listening to my heart.

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“Jesus. You’re fucking gorgeous, you know that?” He ran a large hand from the spot right in the middle of my shoulder blades past the small of my back before landing on my ass where he squeezed hard enough to make me giggle.

“Less talking, more petting, Doctor,” I said through laughter.

“Not a doctor. Yet.” His voice was cocky, and it made me hot. “Still a ways to go before that happens.”

I could hear the smile in his voice even though I couldn’t see his face. I was lying on my stomach on top of his white plush down comforter naked as the day I was born. And not shy about it at all. He’d just laid his mouth, his tongue, his hands over every inch of this body several times and he’d seemed to enjoy every second of it.

I looked out the small window next to his bed while he was propped up on one hand beside me and using the other to rub every available surface of skin on my body he could find. It was phenomenal. I wanted to purr like a damn cat, but instead I stretched out further along his bed.

“I can’t believe you came home with me tonight,” he husked out.

I couldn’t believe it either. I wasn’t the type of girl who did one-night stands. I didn’t really have boyfriends, either. I was married to the music. Anthony Jackson wasn’t even really my type per se. I liked moody guys with tattoos and piercings. Boys with darker eyes and even darker souls. I was a walking cliché, but I liked the tortured musician types. After all, we were kindred spirits. Me and my hard, banging drums, them with their soft guitar riffs and raspy lyrical voices.

I rolled to my back and gazed up at Anthony. He waggled an eyebrow at me, and I bit my lip to hide my smile. He may not have been my type, but I was positive there wasn’t a girl out there who’d turn him down. Vivid and inquisitive green eyes stared down at me and God, I wanted him all over again.

And I’d had him plenty that night. We’d met at the club only hours ago. I was visiting my friend Ainsley in Columbia, South Carolina, and we’d run into Anthony and his college friends at a nightclub. Ainsley introduced him as an old friend. He’d come on strong. I’d come on even stronger. Hardly any alcohol in my system and yet I’d let him drag me back to his small apartment, between my legs aching with want. We’d barely made it through the door when he picked me up and placed me on the entry table and pushed his massive body between my thighs. Slick skin, hot hands, wet mouths. And the rest was history. Or maybe not.

No, Anthony Jackson wasn’t my type. He was everygirl’s type.

Chiseled to perfection face.

Wide smile complete with full pink lips and deep dimples.

Square jaw that somehow managed to be both soft and hard.

Blond hair that was so thick and shiny I wanted to ask him what shampoo he used.

Not a tattoo or piercing marred the bronzed skin of his muscular body.

For fuck’s sake, even the man’s cock was pure perfection. Thick and long and cut just as beautifully as the rest of him.

He was surprised I’d come home with him. I couldn’t believe it, either. I realized in that moment, him over me. Me under him. The sweat still glistening on our bodies. His ruggedly handsome good looks beaming down at me like the sun on a bright day. For the first time in my life, I’d had a man. An actual real man. Not boys playing men. No, Anthony was all fucking masculine beauty and he’d picked me at the bar. I was one lucky girl.

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About the Author:

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Review

4 out of 5 stars

An Imperfect Heart is the story of Kelly Potter, a 32-year old musician who finds out that she’s not only pregnant, but that her child has a heart condition.  She does research on that condition and discovers that the best doctor to handle her child’s complicated post-birth surgery is Dr. Anthony Jackson, a man who Kelly had an amazing night with ten years ago that ended abruptly when Anthony literally shut Kelly out with no explanation.

Anthony has never forgotten Kelly. Things ended badly the morning after their amazing night and he’s always regretted it. Imagine his surprise when Kelly shows up at his hospital asking him to perform the surgery for her daughter.

The only problem is Kelly has literally nothing. She has no money, no savings, no job. I found this part to be kind of annoying and ridiculous. How does a 32-year old woman have nothing to her name. She shows up to Anthony and he basically has to take her in, because she has been staying in a ratty hotel.

While I did like Kelly, I had a hard time with her hard-partying back story. I couldn’t relate to her at all in that regard, but once she found out she was pregnant, she completely changed her ways and was very devoted to finding the best care for her daughter.

And Anthony – there are no words to accurately describe what a wonderful character this man is. He is giving, caring, loving and pretty much every other ing word you can think of.  He didn’t waste any time helping Kelly, and the reason he was so mean on that day 10 years ago was completely not what I was expecting.

This book has a great epilogue and a wonderful ending. This was a really great read and I would recommend it.

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ARCs

Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

rumor has itTitle: Rumor Has It
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Rumor Has It. The title of the book that has NOTHING to do with the story itself. There was no rumor floating around. I don’t really understand the title of this book. Sorry, I’ll jump down off my soap box.

Anyway, Catarina Everhart is a journalist. She’s been assigned a story to work with Barrett Fox, former NFL player and analyst who was fired from his job over an incredibly insensitive remark he was caught making on his mic. He’s looking to improve his image and agrees to “date” Catarina and write about it for an article.

Cat (I’m shortening because I don’t feel like spelling out every time:) is not very likable at the beginning of the story. She’s dating a guy named Northrop – they have been dating for 8 months and are in a “dry spell”. Who is in a dry spell after 8 months of dating and tolerates that? I really didn’t understand that part of the story AT ALL.

Barrett is much more likable, despite the stupid remark that got him fired. He was funny and sweet. Cat was more stuck up and judgmental. This is a SLOW burn for sure, but Cat did become more likable as the story progressed.

The synopsis is also very misleading. Barrett isn’t really a bad boy – he made a bad decision. I felt this was a little misleading. I didn’t really like the storyline surrounding his brother either.

The drama at the end was not very believable. And the way Cat reacted wasn’t either. I won’t spoil it, but if that had been done to me, I would have reacted very differently.

And, to top it off, there was no epilogue.

This book wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t great.

 

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