I have had this book on my kindle for ages but I just couldn't bring myself to read it. The reviews I read and the authors warning had me well aware I was going to cry like a baby while I read it. Penny's writing is amazing so I knew I would love it but the origin story of Billy and Scarlet had to hurt.

Even though I waited until I was emotionally ready I couldn't have prepared myself. Especially since it is set when they are all still young and their mother is still alive. And even though through each of their stories I knew their part of why they were how they were living it in the moment was so much more emotional. 

And I really didn't think about the life Scarlet had lived. But reading this book I broke for her, for Billy, for Cletus, for Jethro, for Bethany. Even while I was reading it laughing at the one liners Cletus threw out there. Or smiling at the absolute beauty of Scarlet inside and out. I was holding my breath waiting for the next punishment or twist in their story. 

Those hits just kept coming. And each one felt harder and more devastating than the last. The only thing I am truly grateful for is the fact I have Beard Necessities ready to dive into because I have to know what happened next and get the happily ever after they both so desperately deserve.



So I admit it took me forever to finally read Boy In Luv but I have very good reasons. First freaking hell ladies how long did you make us wait? I inhaled Girl In Luv as soon as I put down (and recovered from) The Last Letter and I loved it so much I promptly pre ordered Justified and went on the list to get my free copy of Boy In Luv. Then I waited and waited and waited, and when it finally landed I couldn’t really remember much of the story and knew I would have to do a re-read but life got in the way and it slowly dropped down the pages on my kindle until I kinda forgot about it.

Then I was doing the release blitz for the duet and decided I would do a re-read and finally get the conclusion to the story. And as always I have to ask why the hell did I wait? Well you know other than the earlier excuses.

So we ended Girl In Luv heartbroken that Iker has walked away and left Langley devastated. And I wasn’t sure how the ladies were going to pick it up from there. They both came from such totally different worlds and were headed in vastly different directions but damn the chemistry between them was so hot. And they just complimented each other so perfectly I needed them to get a happy ever after. 

I also kind of needed Camilla to get a really nasty STI from her husband and the wicked stepmother to get hit by a bad batch of botox but I don’t always get what I want. So vengance aside I really wanted to see how these two were going to find their way back to each other and mesh their lives to give me my much needed happily ever after. And to be honest with these authors I wasn’t 100% sure I wouldn't end up without a happy ever after cause lets be honest these ladies can be mean.

I loved the addition of Iker’s brother, he was awesome and I would love him to get his own book please?!?! But mostly I just loved Iker for going after what he wanted and being man enough to admit his mistakes and work his butt off to fix them. I loved that he was prepared to put his pride on the line to make sure Langley got what she needed. These guys were such a beautiful couple and I loved everything about them and their story. Fingers crossed for future collaborations between Rebecca and Jay.




Title: Faking It in the Kitchen
Author: Emily James
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 21, 2019





Blurb

Unemployed actress, Hannah Brooks, is applying for a waitressing job when her luck changes. Mistaken for a chef, she's offered a position at twice the pay, but there's a slight problem. She can't cook, but she can act.

Tom Hadleigh is determined to make a success of the restaurant he inherited from his father, despite attempted sabotages against it and his reputation. Tom’s a hothead and not looking for love but when Hannah walks into his restaurant, he can’t help but turn his head. With so many problems in his life, is she the answer?
When their worlds collide, will their passion ignite, or will the heat force them out of the kitchen?

FAKING IT IN THE KITCHEN is a standalone, romantic comedy, suitable for readers aged 18 or over, due to mature content and sexual themes.







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Emily James is a British author who lives on the south coast of England. She loves to travel and enjoys nothing more than a great romance story. On the rare occasions that she hasn’t got her nose in a book, Emily likes to spend time with her beautiful family and friends. 


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Title: NIX
Series: Daring the Kane Brothers #4
Standalone Series
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2019



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Single dad. Computer geek. One-night stand. Not looking for love. 
That’s how my profile reads

And I was getting away with the whole no girlfriend status
Until Payton Tucker showed up

Damn, that woman walks in a room and the world stops spinning
Gravity pulls me right to her
Not to mention, my kid likes her

But, as my profile reads, I am NOT looking for love
Especially with a woman who smells, feels and touches me just like my first love–– the same woman who walked out on me and our kid

So, Payton Tucker can take her makes the world stop spinning sexy blue eyes and go right back to where she came from

But, to be on the safe side–– considering she is a lot like my MIA ex, before I send Payton Tucker on her way, maybe I should discover exactly where she came from…







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"Bad boys, give 'em a little time and experience, and they will evolve into misbehaving men!"

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Title: Wannabe Heir
Series: The Royals #3
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2019



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CROWN CHASER, KINGMAKER, POSER, PRETENDER, WANNABE HEIR

They had it all wrong.
I never wanted to rule the world; all I wanted was her.
But they couldn’t see past my bad reputation, so they forced us apart.

That was ten years ago, and I’ve grown up.
I’m still a rebel.
I’m still reckless.
But I’m also ruthless.
Determined.
And I have even bigger balls.

So, when I find out she’s in trouble, I have to help her.
It doesn’t matter that she hates me.
She’ll get over it.

Fighting for her is what I was born to do.

I never wanted to rule until she needed me to, and this time I won’t stop until I get what I want.
If they think I will…
They have it all wrong.







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THE NOT SO MEET CUTE

When someone at the craps table beside me shouts, “Yes!” I flick my gaze in that direction. Standing at the very end is a tall woman in tight black pants with the shapeliest ass.
 There’s an untidy pile of flecked chips in front of her. A modest stack of chips is also nestled on the edge of the table.
Apparently, she’s winning.
Curious, I watch as the woman makes the standard pass line bet. There are three shooters at the table, and they will each take a turn rolling the dice, although they will all be betting on each roll.
Not my game of choice.
No skill.
Just luck.
She’s first, so she grabs the dice, gives them a blow for luck, and rolls them both down the table in her come out roll.
I can’t see the dice, but when she jumps up and down, I can only guess she rolled a seven or an eleven. It’s still her turn, and when she does her little ritual with the dice again, I find it more than sexy. On this roll, if she rolls a two, three or twelve, she loses.
I feel like I want to cross my fingers for her.
Luck.
It’s all about luck.
She jumps up and down again, and I know she’s still in.
Roll after roll, she’s kicking ass.
Now, I’m holding my breath because she’s on the point roll. The dealer turns the puck to ‘ON’ and places it on the number that was just rolled. All she has to do is avoid a seven to keep going.
She’s still as the roll comes to a stop. I feel more emotion watching her than I did with everything I had on the line back at the blackjack table.
“Bad luck,” I hear someone groan and watch as the pile of chips she had pushed forward disappears.
Shit!
She sevened-out. She practically sags at the table as the loss registers. Just then, the concierge hands me a receipt that acknowledges the transfer of my winnings, and shaking my head for her, I start to stride toward the exit.
Shouldn’t play a game luck.
Somehow, she accidentally pushes the small remaining pile of chips under her arm onto the floor as I’m passing behind her. Without a second thought, I find myself diving down to help her recover her money.
When my eyes meet her sparkling blue ones, I can’t move, and all the breath is knocked squarely from my chest.
Elizabeth.
It’s been ten years since I broke her heart, and shit…
Little Liz Laurent is all grown up.






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Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic * Beach Lover * Yoga Beginner

Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life.

Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.
Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel.
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I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes but none dumber than losing her.

Senior year. I should be partying and living it up with my friends before graduation, but one more mistake and I’m off the team. 

Enter Chloe. She comes into my life at a low point, but she becomes the bright spot I reach for every day. She’s the kind of girl who makes a guy want to be a better man. 

And for a while, I even start to believe I’ve changed enough to deserve her.

I’ve got my eye on the future, and I’m letting my past stay where it belongs.

But the thing about the past… it always comes back to bite you when you least expect it.



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So I had this idea that Nathan's book was going to be heartbreaking. After the bits and pieces I had picked up from him as a secondary character I knew that he had issues at home and was absolutely the least fortunate of the white house boys. And I guess I made assumptions. And I was pretty much wrong on most of them. 

The things I learnt about Nathan in this book made me hurt for him but not in a sad, broken way. Because Nathan was so much more than I thought. He was so sweet and all the stupid things he did were done innocently for the right reason. And I was such a massive fan of his throughout the whole book.

And Chloe was pretty great herself. Her story hit pretty close to some recent news headlines and I have to admit it made me think about the other sides of the story. Chloe acted exactly like I imagine most young women in her position would but with a lot less wallowing in self pity. 

I adored these two together. And I really loved seeing it all work out so perfectly in the epilogue. And as always it was great to catch up with the other couples. I really hope that this series never ends.




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Debra Parmley enjoys writing historical romance and writes a 1920's flappers romance series, each book about a different flapper. She also writes contemporary and holiday romance, a dystopian romance trilogy; paranormal romance, fairy tale romance and poetry.



She is a professional speaker and a world traveler who often brings home folk tales and music from countries she has visited.

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Now she spends her days turning her ideas into books. She lives in Marietta, GA with her husband.







Maggie Adams is an international and Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin' Dixie, debuted in Amazon's Top 100 for Women's Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her books. HerTempered Steel Series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK and her follow-up paranormal series, Legends, looks to do the same! She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Readers Favorite Award for Something's Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination - Suspense for Cold as Ice.








Author Nia Farrell is a four-times Golden Flogger Finalist, a founding member of the Wicked Pens, and a multi-genre author who is published in nonfiction, poetry, music, articles, and children's books, with one documentary screenplay under her literary belt. She had nine nominations in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards; her BDSM MMF ménage erotic historical As Wicked as You Want was voted #1 Erotica and #10 overall in The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016, and Pride and Punishment was voted Best Historical Romance in the 2017 Menages Romance Readers Favorites.






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