I can’t borrow him.

He’s not a sweater or a skirt.


He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.



In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.



To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be. 



Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.



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Do you ever read books that just slightly don't work for you but you try to justify it to yourself because you like the author? This was one of those books for me. I wanted to like it and I tried to justify the characters behaviours I didn't like but in the end I just had to give it up.

I liked Blanca ………. for a while. She was this strong, independent young lady who quit the job she hated to chase her dreams. She reconnected with a childhood friend and was living the life she wanted. Then she just annoyed me with her weak choices when it came to Ethan. 

The first meeting between Blanca and Ethan was great and I felt the instant attraction. But I wanted him to be less wishy washy. Because omg did he run hot and cold worse than a teenage girl and I wanted my own set of rusty scissors. He drove me nuts and Blanca was just too accommodating for a woman with a backbone.

But all that said, it's Piper Rayne and the writing was good. The next book is so well set up and I am really excited to read it. This one just wasn't the one for me.





Title: Long Lost
Author: Cora Brent
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: March 11, 2020



Blurb

We should have been enemies from the beginning.
But we were children when we met and children tend to ignore such rules.
Even if the rules exist for a reason.
Because Jonathan came from a family of savage killers.
While I was born into the broken aftermath of their victims.
For one short season we were inseparable.
All it took was one terrible day to turn us into strangers.
I’ve spent a long time chasing him from my mind.
And I assumed he was gone forever.
Until he shows up here.
So far from where we started and so changed from the friend I once knew.
The gentle boy I loved has grown into a volatile man with dangerous secrets and a different name.
He won’t admit to who he is.
Or where he comes form.
Or who we are to each other.
And I knew I shouldn’t have provoked him.
I knew I shouldn’t have touched him.
Most of all I knew I shouldn’t have offered him my heart.
Yes, Jonathan and I were born to be enemies.
And maybe that’s how our story will end after all…







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Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author. Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream.


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Title: Breathless
A Texas Nights Series Standalone
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 18, 2020




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Joey

I wouldn’t say I ran away exactly—twenty-two is too old for that.

I’d call it self-preservation.

I have one objective: protect my heart from the boy next door who has no clue I’ve loved him my whole life, even with a front row seat to his revolving bedroom door.

My escape plan almost worked.

Except I left one thing behind.

Logan Carter hijacked my heart, and now it’s time to get it back. This time for good.


Logan

I wouldn’t say I’ve been lying this whole time—not about everything.

Not about how much I miss my best friend, and definitely not about how pissed I am that she left with hardly a goodbye.

She’s the last person I ever expected to ghost me, and her absence left a gaping hole in my chest.

When Joey Grayson steps off that bus, I know I’ll do anything to keep her home, and that means finding out the truth.

But I’m not sure how to tell her my truths when I’m living so many lies.







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Lex Martin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Texas Nights series (Reckless/Shameless) and the Dearest series. She writes contemporary romances, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. A former high school English teacher and freelance journalist, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in her hometown of San Antonio with her husband and twin daughters.


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I adore Lex Martin. Her writing style just hits every single one of my buttons. So every time she has a new release I can't read anything for the days leading up to the book being in my grabby little hands because I am so fixated on reading her words.

However my biggest issue is my goldfish brain. So every book is like a standalone for me. I vaguely remember the story and characters from each book but I forget the secondary characters. So I couldn't remember who Logan and Joey were. But this isn't an issue because as soon as I started reading I was caught up in all things them and their lives.

Joey was so perfect. Words can't even begin to describe her character. I always worry about these kinds of friends to lovers books where the h has been in love and pining for the H and he has been sleeping with everything with a pulse. But with Lex writing it, it doesn't matter.  The heroine isn't going to be a doormat and the hero is going to pull out all the stops and that's exactly what I love about it.

Joey had loved Logan forever but she had self respect and a backbone. She knew she deserved more than she thought he was capable of giving her and she packed up and left. And she didn't come home for him or even plan on staying there even once their relationship started.

But of course Logan knew what he was missing when Joey left so he had no intentions of letting her leave again. Now as the blurb said Logan is drowning in secrets and honestly I guessed what it was immediately and I spent most of the book waiting to see how they would come out and tear his life apart. And although I get why he felt he needed to keep it all secret I wanted to slap him for being so stupid.

Naturally once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. I loved every second of the story and I think I need to plan a complete series re-read. There is a link for a novella at the end of this which I have downloaded and ready to go as my incentive to write this review so I'm off.






Title: The Wrong/Right Man
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: March 3, 2020



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Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day, especially when the man in question is standing half dressed in your kitchen.

Maybe Dakota Newton shouldn’t have assumed the gorgeous man with a devastating smile standing outside the coffee shop was her date. She probably— Okay, she definitely shouldn’t have slept with him, regardless of how hot the chemistry between them was. But how could she know Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong?

Braxton Adams has been called a few things in his life, but a liar was never one of them. That all changes when he’s approached by a beautiful woman who thinks he’s there to meet her for a date.

As a businessman, Brax knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by, so he pretends to be someone he’s not.

Maybe he shouldn’t have lied. Maybe he should have come clean. But in the end, it doesn’t matter, because now he has to prove he’s not the wrong man but the right one.

So what if he’s not the man she’s expecting? She’s the one he’s been waiting for.







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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, Underground Kings and Shooting Stars.

Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.


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Title: Tempted by Love
Series: The Steeles at Silver Island #1
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2020



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Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles. 

In TEMPTED BY LOVE…

Years ago, bestselling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune—on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single-mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.

Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.

As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret…

More Steeles at Silver Island are coming soon!
TEMPTED BY LOVE (Jock)
MY TRUE LOVE (Jules)
ALWAYS HER LOVE (Levi)
ENTICING HER LOVE (Sierra)
CAUGHT BY LOVE (Archer)
WILD ISLAND LOVE (Leni)  


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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


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Today we have the blog tour for THE SWEET SPOT by Cassie Cross! Check it out and grab your copy today! 

 

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Title: THE SWEET SPOT
Author: Cassie Cross
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Lexie James spent years dreaming about opening her own bakery. She’s invested every penny she’s ever saved—and some other peoples’ pennies too—into making that dream come true. The Sweet Spot is thriving thanks to her dedication and penchant for perfection, but she’s lonely and Hunter, the gorgeous guy who owns the gym across the street, is a nice distraction.

Hunter Elliott is Lexie’s high school crush. The timing’s never been right for the two of them, but when he notices that all work and no play makes Lexie a stressed-out overworked mess, he stages an intervention. He’s determined to show her that she can be successful and have a life.

First, he needs to help her find that sweet spot between business and pleasure…

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I make a beeline for the minuscule card section by the pharmacy, walking past the owner, Eileen, on my way. 
“Whatcha in for, Lexie?” she asks. 
“I need a card.” I smile at her as I walk backwards. I can’t stop, I’m a woman on a mission. 
“We’re a little light, I’m afraid. We haven’t had a delivery for a couple of weeks.” 
Great, just what I need. “I can make something work.” 
“Good luck, sweetie,” she says, waving me toward the back corner of the store, where shameful people like me flock to get last-minute birthday cards. 
Eileen wasn’t lying. The card selection is…sparse. A tiny tumbleweed blows between the Sympathy and New Baby slots. 
Amidst the nothingness, I spot a lone birthday card with brightly colored balloons on the front. I reach out to take it, my hand moving in slo-mo like I’m triumphantly crossing the finish line in an inspirational movie where I’ve beaten the odds to finish the race. 
I get my hands on it milliseconds before someone else does. 
I will fight if necessary. 
“I think we’re gonna have to ask Eileen to pull up some security footage to see who touched this first.” 
I’m holding the left side of the only birthday card in this store, and Hunter Elliot is holding the right. 
His handsomeness always stuns me a little, but today I’m desperate. My grip is steady. I’m not letting go for anything, not even him.
“Hey Hunter.” 
“Lex,” he replies with this sexy smirk that he probably thinks will make me weak in the knees and the finger joints. Ha! No such luck. Maybe some other day, but definitely not today. 
“No need to pull up the footage,” I tell him. “I’m a woman driven by desperation with a single-minded focus. I’m positive I was here first. Milliseconds first, but first.” 
He arches his brow. “You sure about that?” 
I nod. “Absolutely.”
“Hmmm…I bet I need this more than you do.” 
I scoff at him. “Not a chance.” 
“The receptionist at the gym. Her birthday is tomorrow,” he says, switching tactics like he thinks I can be swayed by his troubled eyes and sob story. “I have personal training clients back to back all day. This is the only time I have to get her a card.” 
He thinks he has time crunch problems? Heh. I can top that. 
“My mom’s birthday is the day after tomorrow. I have until the mailman stops by the shop today to get a card out to her on time.Thiscard. I really didn’t mean to leave it until the last minute, but that’s just how I do things these days, because all I have time for is my store. I need this card. Not only because I touched it first and it is therefore mine, but also because it will save me from lectures on the dangers of becoming a spinster until at least Christmas.”
Hunter’s gaze slips down my body in a way that sets anticipation skittering down my spine.
“You?” he asks incredulously. “A spinster? Not happening.”


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Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.

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Today we have the blog tour for Sara Rider’s new contemporary romance, RIGHT KIND OF WRONG! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today! 

 

Title: Right Kind of Wrong
Author: Sara Rider
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

About Right Kind of Wrong
When Julia Hardin is hired to plan the local library’s annual fundraiser, it’s exactly the chance she needs to take her event planning business to the next level. With a shoestring budget and ridiculously tight timeline, it won’t be easy to pull off, but Julia has never shied away from a challenge before. Then again, she’s never met a challenge quite like Fergus MacNair, the town’s hot, grumpy librarian who’s determined to thwart her plans at every turn.

Fergus is willing to do almost anything to bring in more funds to support vital library programming. But nothing about working with Julia, a woman who gets under his skin like no other, is easy. Not her bossy attitude, not her over-the-top decorations, and most certainly not the way she sparks an uncontrollable desire inside of him. But when she accidentally returns a library book with a sexy doodle of him for a bookmark, he realizes just how unprepared he is for this partnership.

When Fergus discovers her doodle, Julia is certain this is one disaster she’ll never recover from. But when Fergus responds with a naughty drawing of his own, these complete opposites might just find a common language after all.

 

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He didn’t answer. Didn’t even acknowledge she’d spoken. His attention was wholly absorbed by something on the ground next to her feet. 
“What is it?” She asked. 
He ignored her once again. He leaned forward and stared at something that was stuck in the wheel of the chair she’d been sitting on—a piece of paper, she realized. With the careful precision of a surgeon, he extricated it. 
Horror rose in her throat when she saw what it was. 
“Oh god.” She reached for the paper, but he was too quick, spinning in his chair so that his back was to her. 
“Julia Hardin and the Tale of the Sexy Highlander Librarian?”
She’d known embarrassment in her life. She’d felt the sting of shame and stomach-curdling regret. But nothing in her life—nothing in the vast realms of her imagination—had prepared her for the sheer mortification she felt in that moment. If her skin hadn’t just turned ice-cold, she would have self-combusted. 
She should have run, but her feet were frozen to the ground, forcing her to witness the horrified expression on his face when he turned back around. The heavy silence that followed was almost unbearable.
Finally, he spoke. “I don’t talk like that. I don’t even have a Scottish accent.” 
She closed her eyes and waited for the devil to come tell her she’d just died and landed straight in hell. “I know.”
“Also, I don’t—”
A strangled noise exploded from her throat. She started running for the door. He caught her before she made it, hands landing on her shoulder. “Julia, what are you doing?”
“Running away before I die of embarrassment.”
“Why?”
She laughed hysterically and pitched high enough to shatter the windows. “You just found my sex cartoon of us, and you’re wondering why I’m embarrassed?” 
“Sex isn’t something to be embarrassed about.” 
He was trying to kill her. There was no other possible explanation. “Everything about that drawing is embarrassing.”
“You did a good job with my hands. Most people can’t draw hands.” 
“This isn’t about the hands!”
“Then what?” 
Her shoulders sagged in defeat beneath his hands. “You just found a drawing that clearly and undeniably lays out my sexual fantasies about you. Now you know that I…” she sucked in her breath “…lust after you.” 


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Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.

 

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