Blurb  
“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it...

So does heartbreak.



AVAILABLE NOW
  AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | AMAZON CA



My Review
http://www.readersretreats.com/2018/12/across-horizon-by-aly-martinez.html



         

Excerpt
 I shifted the phone to my other ear and asked her, “Did you just get in bed?”

“If, by bed, you mean carrying a glass of wine out back to swing in the hammock, maybe.”

I bit my bottom lip, my head falling back against the headrest. For most men, this would have been an innocuous statement. But for a hammock connoisseur like myself, this was the normal guy equivalent of her saying that she liked to give blowjobs during halftime.

“You have a hammock out back?”

There was a delay in her response, which was followed by a subtle kiss of her lips on what I assumed was a wine glass. “Don’t knock it until you try it. It’s one of the most underrated luxuries in outdoor furniture.”

“Oh, I’m not knocking anything. Rope or quilted?”

“Mayan, actually.”

“Oh, sweet heavenly baby Jesus, she’s beautiful and knows her hammocks. I’ve never been so turned on in my life.”

She giggled, pausing for another sip. “You know, if you leaked this hammock fetish to the press, you could probably increase demand by five million percent and singlehandedly lower the country’s unemployment rate.”

Okay, so at some point during the day, she’d figured out who I was.

But! Even with this knowledge, she was trying to avoid a date with me and was not elbow-deep in planning our televised wedding. This was a definite plus in my book.

“Yeah, but then, when I talked to beautiful women like yourself, I’d have no idea if the hammock was your idea or a ploy to impress me.”

“Jeez, that’s sad, Tanner,” she said, her sweet Southern accent like a wave rolling over my name.

I’d meant it as a joke, but it was the absolute truth when it came to dating. Early on in my career, I’d done a rapid-fire interview about my personal life. One of the questions had been: What would your ideal woman order on the first date? Truth be told, the only thing I hoped my ideal woman would order was something she wanted. I didn’t factor into that. But I’d been on my last question in my last interview of the last day of a month-long press tour. My face had hurt from fake smiling, I’d been in desperate need of a shower, a smoke, and sleep, and my mind had been mush, so I’d prattled off the first thing that had come to mind: shrimp and grits.

That one little answer somehow made it onto my Wiki page, and after that, every woman I’d taken out ordered shrimp and grits. One of them even had a shellfish allergy and nearly ended up in the hospital. And this insanity was not limited to women outside of the spotlight.

I’d once gone on a date with America’s princess of pop, Levee Williams. We’d hit it off at a charity event. For one of the most famous women in the world, she was a surprisingly nice girl, gorgeous, and funny as all get out. But the first time I took her out? One guess what she ordered.

I was at the end of my rope with dating and lost my freaking mind before storming out like an asshole. That night, as I was reporting shrimp and fucking grits as an error to Wiki, I noticed that her page listed it as her favorite food. I’d never had the balls to contact her again, and I once hid behind a palm tree on Rodeo Drive when I heard the clamoring of paparazzi calling her name. But that’s neither here nor there.

In short, while finding a woman was all too easy, dating was hard.

But that wasn’t about to stop me from trying with Rita.


  
  


About The Author
 
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. Sign up for Aly's Newsletter

 
 


Wow. As soon as I saw this one my grabby hands went crazy. I mean that blurb from Aly Martinez I thought for sure I was going to cry ugly tears.

Then I got sucked into the story and soon realised I already knew a bit about these characters and I was even more excited.

Tanner was such a solid hero, I just couldn't get enough of him. He put his heart and soul out there and didn't think twice about showing Rita how he felt.

Rita had so much to deal with and although I had moments where I wanted her to dive in to the deep end and not worry about the terrorist alligators I understood why she didn't.  But man did she make up for it in the end.

The electricity between the two of them was awesome and I really couldn't put the book down from the first page. I am very happy to say there were no ugly tears but I did have a lot of laugh out loud moments.

I really couldn't have been happier with the story but then I knew I would love it, Aly Martinez wrote it.

      

JOCK RULE
JOCK HARD #2
By Sara Ney
Release Day: DEC 6th
   

 


Blurb

Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.

He's a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.

The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she'd been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry "friends."

Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He's a goner.

Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.

 


My Review

http://www.readersretreats.com/2018/12/jock-rule-jock-hard-2-by-sara-ney.html
 


  About the Author
    
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.


    




Obviously Sara Ney has this shit nailed. She writes the best sweet guy, arseholes and she couples them to perfection with the sweetest, most genuine, quirky leading ladies. And everyone of them has worked to perfection for me.

Teddy is a quiet doormat being led around by her narcissistic friend when she crosses paths with Kip. Kip immediately decides he has to teach her how to unleash her well hidden backbone.

They were so opposite in so many things yet they were so good together. Each of them had their own quirky hang ups but they both dealt with them well without any unnecessary drama or conflict.

I got so lost in the book that I couldn't put it down. And now I have to practice my patience waiting for the next awesome college, sports romance from the beautiful Sara Ney. Who am I kidding, I have no patience, I need it now.

WIL-BT BANNER.jpg


Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan
Release Date: December 4th, 2018


wrapped_amazon.jpg



Wrapped in Love, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Lexi Ryan.

The rumors are true. I’m a hot mess with an awful track record at love. Single mom. Down on her luck. Yeah, I’m bad news.

If the hardest part of moving back home to Jackson Harbor was going to be people talking, I’d be fine. I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip.

I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall, dark, and handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch.

But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no.

Until my string of bad luck continues, and suddenly my precious four-year-old and I find ourselves with nowhere to live. At Christmas, no less. It’s for my son that I accept Brayden’s offer to stay at his place. One by one, my defenses are falling, as fast as I am. If Brayden was smart, he’d run, because it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he deserves better than what a girl like me can offer.

Unless, for once, my bad luck is leading me exactly where I need to be. 




My Review
http://www.readersretreats.com/2018/12/wrapped-in-love-boys-of-jackson-harbor.html





WIL-AN.jpg



Download your copy today!



WIL-Teaser 10 AN.jpg


Excerpt:
“Oh, and this box wasn’t labeled. Where do you want it?” Brayden pulls open the flaps of the box he set on the bed when he entered. “Looks like there are some washcloths in here. And . . .” He lifts a stack of washcloths and peers at the contents beneath. His eyes go wide. “Oh.”

The moment my brain registers what he’s looking at, I lunge for him and smack a hand over his eyes. I intentionally put that box in my car, separate from the others. And I forgot.

Brayden’s chest rumbles with laughter, and I want the floor to open up and swallow me whole.

Brayden Jackson just saw my entire vibrator collection.

He gently pulls my hand away, revealing eyes full of mischief.

I squeak. “Don’t look in that box again.”

His lips twitch. “But I really, really want to.”

I point a finger at him. “Don’t you dare.”

He presses his lips into a thin line, amusement dancing in his eyes. Then, as if he can’t help himself, he asks, “Are they all pink?”

“Shut up!” My cheeks are on fire.

His voice is the softest caress of a whisper when he says, “Molly, your cheeks are almost as pink as your vibrators.”

I smack both hands against his chest. “You did not just say that word!”

“Vibrators?” He grins. Not one of his smirks or half smiles, but a grin, and damn me and my stupid chemical attraction to this man, because it makes me want to slam the bedroom door closed and climb him like a tree. “If you don’t like the word, why do you have—”

I throw my hand over his mouth. “Don’t say it. We agreed we’d keep our relationship professional—that’s what we both wanted. So don’t say it. Don’t even think about it.” Then, because I realize his lips are pressed to my palm and it reminds me too much of our night in New York when his lips were everywhere, I back away.

The warm amusement in his eyes turns to heat. “First of all,” he says, his voice like silky steel, “those were your rules, not mine. I agreed for you, not because that’s what I want.” He drags his gaze over me, and my heart pounds so fast it feels like a hummingbird’s trying to escape my chest. “Second, even if I tried not to think about you using your little collection of pink toys, I’d fail miserably.” He dips his head, and I can feel his breath against my ear as he says, “I’m already thinking about it, and I will be for a long time yet.”



About Lexi:
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.
Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com


Connect with Lexi:



 


I absolutely love this series. Lexi writes in a way that every book makes me feel like I am personally invested in the outcome. But in complete honesty I didn't really have that with this one. To be fair I think it was a case of it's not you, it's me since I read it while all the kids were around and I couldn't get entirely lost in it.

Or maybe it's that I still am not a massive fan of Molly. So before I explain why I best throw in a  disclaimer that if you are reading this as a standalone, disregard, if you've read the series then you will have your own opinions. But when we got to know Molly previously through the other books I felt she was seriously selfish. She put her secret above everyone else until it was almost too late.

Before you send the lynch mob, what she went through was horrible and I can understand why she kept it a secret. She just held on to it when she knew it was causing a lot of pain to other people.

Now Brayden I loved. He was so sweet and understanding and a typical Jackson brother. And I enjoyed their story I just wasn't as invested in it as I was the others. And even though this review sounds like one big long whinge I did still enjoy it and it was a four star read just not the anticipated 5 stars I have come to expect from the series.

So if you're new to the series I highly recommend starting at the start but this could be read as a standalone. And honestly I would have enjoyed it more if it was the only one I had read but OMG I am obsessed with the first 3 so if you read this first and enjoy it go back and grab the others. 


 
 
Mister Bodyguard, an all-new emotional and sexy friends to lovers romance by Lauren Rowe is NOW LIVE!
 
   
 

A bodyguard, a beauty, and a bet.

“I’m hiring you to do more than guard her, Zander,” my new boss explained. “You’re gonna be her rock. Her human Valium. Her trusted friend. And she’s gonna be your mission from God.”

“So I’m her babysitter?”

“Her babysitter, her bodyguard, her f*cking service doggie. Whatever she needs or wants, that’s what you’ll be. Anything except her booty call.” The vein in my new boss’s neck bulged. “Touch her and I’ll do more than fire your ass, Zander. I’ll rip off your balls.”

My buddies laughed when I told them about my ridiculous new job. They said, “Three months on a tour with a world famous beauty, glued to her hip, catering to her every whim? A hundred bucks says you’re gonna break down and bang her within the first month.”

But I said nope. No way. Never. “I’m a professional,” I said. “Plus, she’s not even my type. And I’m just getting over a broken heart. It’s never gonna happen.”

So I put my money where my mouth was, figuring I’d laugh all the way to the bank. I never thought I’d actually fall in love with the girl.Or that she’d become my reason for breathing.


The job, the bet, the girl. It was nothing but fun and games . . . 
until it became dead serious.


MISTER BODYGUARD is a standalone, friends to lovers contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of Zander Shaw—Keane Morgan's devoted best friend who is an honorary Morgan Brother—and the pop star who brings him to his knees.


My Review
http://www.readersretreats.com/2018/12/mister-bodyguard-morgan-brothers-4-by.html



   
Grab your copy NOW!
Free in Kindle Unlimited
  –   Amazon US  –  Amazon Worldwide  –  Audiobook  –



 
About Lauren Rowe
USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever- patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists.
 
 
Connect with Lauren Rowe



Wow. This book just totally blew me away. It was the ultimate 1. 2. punch of feels and giggles.

So I picked up the first book before I had any idea it was going to be a series and completely loved it. Like stalk the author, obsessed. So obviously as soon as each new book has been released I have been begging to read it.

Seriously, the Morgan family is the family everyone wishes they were part of. Every member is beautiful, so watching each couple fall in love was awesome but having the previous couple in each new book get a little more of their HEA just added to the awesome.

If you have read this as a series you already love Zander and I really don't need to tell you anything about him for you to love him but damn he got even better. Which I thought was impossible since he was pretty damn perfect already.

Aloha was original. And I love that she was compared to Peany, Zander’s beloved wifey. That comparison made me instantly love her and that love just grew, especially when we saw her through Zander's eyes.

And honestly just having the two of them would have been enough, especially since the book was from both of their points of view. But having the whole Morgan ensemble all the way through was the icing on the cake. And Aloha loving Keane and Maddy just added to her appeal.

This is a must read book. It can totally be a standalone but don't do yourself the disservice of not meeting the whole Morgan clan in order. They are the funniest bunch with the best hearts you will love them.





Title: Conflict
Series: The Wellingtons #3
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2018


Blurb

The Wellington Way. My mother's favorite motto wasn't something I bought into, even after watching each of my cousins fall hard and fast for their women.
That all changed the night Alyssa Covington came into my life like a whirlwind, showing me exactly what I'd been missing. It took just one night for her to knock me on my ass, twist me inside out, and fall head over cock.
The morning after? She left without a second glance in her rearview mirror. Fortunately for me, her sister's marrying my cousin, and there's no way she can escape me now.
The only problem?
She wants nothing to do with me.
Little does Alyssa know, I never give up, even if I have to fight dirty.
**
My sister told me there was nothing like loving a Wellington. I didn’t buy it.
Until I found out that stranger I gave my virginity to? Shane Wellington.
He’s the antithesis of my dream man, yet it took just one night for me to become addicted. Unfortunately for us, that perfect night led to a disastrous morning after and I did what I do best. I ran, fooling myself by thinking I could quickly get him out of my system. 
When circumstances throw us together again, I can't forget the time we spent together. His piercing blue eyes hold me hostage, and I know the truth.
Shane and I aren't over. Oh no, we've just begun.
The only problem?
It doesn't matter what I want.
I can have nothing to do with him.

What happens when the perfect one-night stand just isn't enough?


ADD TO GOODREADS






My Review
http://www.readersretreats.com/2018/12/conflict-wellingtons-3-by-tessa-teevan.html



Purchase Links

$2.99 for a limited time!!

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited






Also Available


FREE for release day ONLY!!!

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Always free in Kindle Unlimited



99c for release day ONLY!!!

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited



Author Bio


Tessa Teevan is a book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. She’s a research analyst by day, reads/writes by night, and is married to a guy 15 inches taller than her, making them quite the pair!

They currently reside just outside of Dayton, OH with two adorably grumpy cats. If she’s not writing or scouring through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with her Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. She loves her sports almost as much as she loves her books. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, rock music, and all things Corey Taylor.

She adores hearing from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site!



Author Links






Giveaway



I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever and after reading it and beating myself up over the fact I couldn't remember any of the characters I checked on GoodReads and it turns out It's been 4 years. Which equates to around 1000 books since I put the last one down so I guess it's ok I was a little out of the loop.

That said I didn't need to remember anything to enjoy the story, I just felt like I was missing out on the inside jokes. But that might just be my Scorpio nosiness needing to know everything.

Any who back to the book. I love Tessa Teevan's writing style. Her characters are real and I especially loved that Shane was so genuine and said things that I normally expect to hear coming from my own husbands mouth.

Only a man can hear a woman's sweet promises as the possibility of anal.

Alyssa was awesome too. She started off a little shaky but by the end I loved her. She didn't need anyone to fight her battles or save her she just sorted it out in a no nonsense way and continued on with her day.

The only downside is I now have a massive urge to do a series re-read to see if the story gets better with the other books still fresh in my mind but with over 2000 books on my TBR I think it might have to wait for the next book in the series.