Feb 21

The Stark Security Series by J. Kenner Cover Reveals

The all-new Stark Security Series from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is coming March 26th, and we’re sharing all three of the eye-popping covers!

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Charismatic. Dangerous. Sexy as hell.

 

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Meet the men of Stark Security.

Stark Security, a high-end, high-tech, no-holds barred security firm founded by billionaire Damien Stark and security specialist Ryan Hunter has one mission: Do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. Only the best in the business are good enough for Stark Security.

Men with dangerous skills.

Men with something to prove.

Brilliant, charismatic, sexy as hell, they have no time for softness—they work hard and they play harder. They’ll take any risk to get the job done.

But what they won’t do is lose their hearts.

 

 

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PRE-ORDER THE SERIES TODAY!

 

Shattered With You, Book One

Releasing March 26th

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Designer:  Michele Catalano, Catalano Creative
Model:  Dillion Lalor
Photographer: Annie Ray, Passion Pages

 

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Broken With You, Book Two

Releasing June 18th

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Designer: Michele Catalano, Catalano Creative
Model: Tom Chants
Photographer: Annie Ray, Passion Pages

 

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Ruined With You, Book Three

Releasing September 24th

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Designer: Michele Catalano, Catalano Creative
Model: Prince DevShon Day
Photographer: Annie Ray, Passion Pages

 

 

 

 

 


About J. Kenner

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Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

 

 

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Feb 21

What He Never Knew by Kandi Steiner Release Blitz

WHAT HE NEVER KNEW, a standalone teacher/student romance in the What He Doesn’t Know series by bestselling author, Kandi Steiner, is available now!

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Title:  WHAT HE NEVER KNEW

Series:  WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW (#3)

Author: KANDI STEINER

Release Date:  FEBRUARY 21, 2019

 

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I never learn my lesson.

And I always want what I can’t have.

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around.

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends.

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore.

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life.

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting.

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one.

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits.

This time, I’m staying away.

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.

 

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About Kandi:

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Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

 

 

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Feb 21

Diary of a Bad Boy by Meghan Quinn Cover Reveal

DIARY OF A BAD BOY, a sexy new contemporary romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Meghan Quinn, releases March 7th, and we’re excited to share the cover with you today!

 

Title:  DIARY OF A BAD BOY

Author: MEGHAN QUINN

Genre: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Release Date:  MARCH 7, 2019

 

 

 

Dear Diary,

I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble—and I’m not talking about the “court mandated community service,” or “therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head” kind of trouble.

I wish it were that simple.

Nope. I’m talking about the “falling in love with one of my client’s daughters,” kind of trouble . . .
The kind of problem I can’t talk my way out of when the truth gets out.

How I ended up with her phone is a long story—and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.

Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.

Blame it on the dark colored stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she’s my client’s daughter.

Dating her might be the best or worst decision I’ve ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.

 

 

 

 

 


About Meghan Quinn:

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

 

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Feb 20

When August Ends by Penelope Ward Excerpt Reveal

WHEN AUGUST ENDS, a new standalone contemporary romance novel from New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, releases on February 25th, and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt to share today!

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WHEN AUGUST ENDS

A standalone contemporary romance novel

by NY Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward

RELEASE DATE:  February 25, 2019

 

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What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental?

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.

But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a new-found energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and I was still trying to figure out why.

When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best life…as a maid.

Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden.

I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.

I knew he was probably too old for me.

Yet, I was drawn to him.

Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.

I wanted him and made no secret of it.

His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from.

Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer.

And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.

 

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EXCERPT:

Noah stood up and walked off the porch to put his cigar out on the cement. When he returned, he remained standing across from me. I was reminded of just how tall he was as he towered over me. A breeze blew his scent—a mix of cigar and cologne—in my direction. The same smell saturated the shirt I was wearing. I could’ve breathed it in all night. His nearness was doing things to my body I hadn’t ever felt.

Noah looked around. “You mentioned some stuff around here needs to be repaired. What specifically?”

I blew out a breath. Even thinking about it was exhausting. “So much. I’d have to make a list.”

“Why don’t you do that? Make a list. I’m pretty good with my hands. I’ll see if there’s anything I can help with while I’m here.”

He’d lost me at pretty good with my hands. My imagination was running wild. Shit. I imagined those hands doing a lot of things—mostly to me.

“I can’t let you do that.”

“You’d be stupid not to take me up on it. I came for a change of pace, but the truth is, too much quiet isn’t good. I like to keep busy.”

Biting my bottom lip, I shook my head. “I don’t know…”

“Make the list,” he insisted.

Noah was right. It would be dumb not to take him up on his offer. It wasn’t like there was anyone else knocking down our door to help.

I tilted my head. “What would be in it for you?”

His expression turned dark. “People don’t always have to have ulterior motives.”

Suddenly feeling bold, I said, “I thought maybe you would want me to go out with you in exchange.”

Did you hear that? It was a record screeching.

I admit, that was ballsy, but being around him brought out my flirtatious side. Maybe his cologne and cigar smoke were going to my head.

“You’re joking, right?”

Okay. I shouldn’t have asked.

“Actually, I—”

“I’m practically old enough to be your father.”

Really? That’s how he saw me? I knew he was older than me…but he didn’t seem that old. No way. I’d pegged him as early thirties, though I truly had no idea how old he was.

I shook my head. “No, you’re not. That’s a lie. An older brother, maybe. How old are you?”

Instead of answering, he took two steps forward. “Let me make something clear.”

“Okay…”

“I was not insinuating anything by offering to help. And I will not be asking you out, propositioning you, or going anywhere near you, for that matter. We clear on that?”

Okay, then.

I swallowed. Disappointment washed over me as I cleared my throat. “Yes.”

“Good.” He made his way toward the door, turning around one last time. “You’d better go. It was nice chatting. Get me the list tomorrow.”

He disappeared into the house, leaving me on the porch to wallow in his lingering smell and feeling like a complete and utter idiot.

 

 


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About Penelope Ward:

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

 

Find Penelope here:

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Feb 20

F-Bomb by Lani Lynn Vale Cover Reveal

F-BOMB, the ninth book in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series from USA Today Bestselling Author, Lani Lynn Vale, is coming soon, and we’re excited to bring you the cover today! It releases on May 14th, and it’s available to pre-order now!

 

Title:  F-BOMB
Series:  BEAR BOTTOM GUARDIANS MC (#9)
Author:  LANI LYNN VALE
Genre:  ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 
Release:  MAY 14th, 2019

 

 

You murder a man, and all of a sudden people are scared of you.

Slate Solis went from being a guy that people went to in times of need to an ex-con that people crossed the street to avoid being too close to.

He knows he’s done wrong, but out of all of his sins, only one really bothers him—coveting thy neighbor’s wife.

Harleigh Belle—the cute little lady that never gives him a second glance.

After seeing her for the first time while he was in prison, she’s stayed on his mind for three long years. Each time she comes in to visit with her friend on family day, he can’t help but stare.

Then the day comes that he’s set free, and he’s almost disappointed that he’ll never see her again.

Except fate has different plans.

He hasn’t been back in his house for more than three hours when he sees her.

Harleigh Belle in all her glory…oh, and her husband that is everything Slate isn’t.

He tells himself that her being fifty feet away from him, all day every day, is a complete coincidence. One that he shouldn’t take advantage of. The more time passes, the harder it gets to stay away. Until one day, and one very ill-timed thunderstorm, ruin everything.

Who knew that baby-making-weather was a real thing?

 

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About Lani Lynn Vale:

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

 

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Feb 19

The Heiress Duet by Nana Malone Cover Reveal

THE HEIRESS DUET, a sexy new contemporary series from USA Today Bestselling Author, Nana Malone, is coming soon! PROTECTING THE HEIRESS releases on March 19th, and TEMPTING THE HEIRESS releases on April 9th! Check out the gorgeous covers, and preorder your copies today! 

Title: Protecting the Heiress
Series: The Heiress Duet #1
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2019

All I ever wanted was family. But one mistake cost me everything I’ve ever worked for.

To get it all back, I’ll have to return home and protect the most stubborn woman on the face of the planet. To do that effectively, I’ll need to go undercover as…a Manny.

I didn’t mean to fall for her or the kid. I really should have known better. When you get this close, it’s easy to get burned.

But I’ll do anything to protect them, even if it costs me everything…again.

 

 

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Title: Tempting the Heiress
Series: The Heiress Duet #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2019

 

One error in judgment. That is all it took.

They say don’t mix business with pleasure, but I fell in love with the client and now I’ve lost her.

But I would do it all over again if it meant keeping her safe.

Now I’ll have to fight like hell to earn her trust again. If I don’t, it could cost both of us everything.

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About Nana Malone:

USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me:

nana@nanamaloneromance.com

 

 

 

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Feb 19

Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan Release Day Review Blitz

BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE, a sexy and fun new contemporary romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Kendall Ryan, is available now! Check out what we thought in our 4.5 SMOOCHES review!

 

Title:  BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE
Author:  KENDALL RYAN
Release:  FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Genre:  CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

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About BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE

 

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

 

 

 

 

Order your copy of BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE now!

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About Kendall Ryan:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

 

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Feb 19

Tinsel by Devney Perry Review Blitz

TINSEL, the fourth installment in the Lark Cove series from USA Today Bestselling Author, Devney Perry is available now! Check out what we thought in our 5 SMOOCHES review!

 

Title:  TINSEL (Book 4)
Series:  Lark Cove
Author:  Devney Perry
Release:  FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

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About TINSEL

 

Sofia Kendrick has always cherished her tiara. As the youngest daughter of a wealthy New York family, she’s lived the life of an American princess. But after two scandalous divorces and a breakup smear her name across the society rags, the shine from her crown has dulled. People call her superficial, even gaudy.

She’s nothing more than tinsel.

Desperate for escape and starving for peace, Sofia heads to Montana for a holiday weekend with her brother. But she doesn’t get the relaxing vacation she planned. Instead, she’s put to work in a bar alongside Dakota Magee—a man who does not want her help. A man who is set on teaching her a few lessons about real life and hard work. But Sofia has a couple of life lessons of her own to teach. Like how to fall in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Devney Perry

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Feb 19

Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan Review

4.5 SMOOCHES!

 

SYNOPSIS:

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

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REVIEW:

Kendall Ryan’s latest romantic comedy, Boyfriend for Hire, was addictively fun, flirty, and light-hearted. I’m definitely a fan of Kendall Ryan’s writing, especially in her sassy, sexy, easy-reading contemporaries and romcoms. Boyfriend for Hire is brimming with all the heat, heart and humor I love in Kendall’s books, but she takes it to the next level by putting her own stamp on the hired boyfriend trope in this endearing and amusing romance.

Curvy and sweet Elle, fresh off a nasty break-up, is set up with the swoon-worthy, drop-dead-sexy, Nic, as her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s a catch, though. Nic is a male escort who’s been hired to be Elle’s date, but it wasn’t Elle who hired him, and she has no clue that he’s an escort. Nic is caught off guard by Elle, and their instant connection and smoldering chemistry take him by surprise. I really enjoyed how Nic tried to dance around the facts while doing a poor job of hiding his growing…attraction. Ryan did a great job realistically portraying his internal struggle through all of this. It isn’t long before the lines blur, though, and Elle stops being a job for Nic. All of their witty banter and that simmering attraction equal some seriously sweet relationship build-up, making this a couple I was rooting for from the beginning. But what Elle doesn’t know could definitely hurt her, and Nic scrambles to figure out what he really wants—and how he can get it—before she finds out.

Boyfriend for Hire was exactly the kind of fun-to-read romance that I love from Kendall Ryan. Charmingly sweet and irresistibly sexy, I devoured this entertaining romance in one sitting. Kendall Ryan’s Boyfriend for Hire gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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Feb 19

Tinsel by Devney Perry Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

Sofia Kendrick has always cherished her tiara. As the youngest daughter of a wealthy New York family, she’s lived the life of an American princess. But after two scandalous divorces and a breakup smear her name across the society rags, the shine from her crown has dulled. People call her superficial, even gaudy.

She’s nothing more than tinsel.

Desperate for escape and starving for peace, Sofia heads to Montana for a holiday weekend with her brother. But she doesn’t get the relaxing vacation she planned. Instead, she’s put to work in a bar alongside Dakota Magee—a man who does not want her help. A man who is set on teaching her a few lessons about real life and hard work. But Sofia has a couple of life lessons of her own to teach. Like how to fall in love.

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REVIEW:

Devney Perry has shot up the list of my favorite authors with her deeply emotional writing, her interesting and unique characters and her consuming love stories. She crafts such richly developed stories, vividly describing all the little details that really bring the setting, the story and the characters to life for the reader. She slowly peels the layers back on her characters in a way that truly gives the reader the chance to get to know them. Threading in a suspenseful edge to her storytelling, she brings it all together with intriguing, engrossing two-pronged plots where the suspense arc is just as compelling as the romantic arc. She pulls me into her worlds right away, and I hang on every word. Intense emotion paired with a realistic plot and relatable characters make hers the kinds of stories that not only capture my attention immediately but also hold it the whole way through.

Readers of the Lark Cove series will recall meeting the spoiled princess of the Kendrick family, Sophia, in Tattered. Vapid and shallow, stuck-up and judgmental, she was the kind of character you couldn’t help but dislike. She may have been wrapped up in pretty packaging, but it did little to disguise the person she was beneath. I’ll be honest, I went into this book wondering how–if –Perry could redeem this character for me. Not only did she, and she did it quickly and in a way that, unbelievably, made Sophia Kendrick one of my favorite heroines. In fact, it didn’t take long before I was not only rooting for her, but I was also relating to her.

Sofia wasn’t merely knocked down a peg or two, she had a sorely needed rude awakening that opened her eyes to the woman others saw in her. That brutal experience shook her to her core, and she fled New York for the safety and anonymity of her brother’s home in Lark Cove. This trip didn’t turn out to be the wound-licking escape that she was anticipating, however. In a dose of tough love courtesy of her sister-in-law, Sophia is served up a heaping helping of reality with a generous side of humility. But it was Dakota’s gentle yet direct guidance, not her brother’s, that led Sophia through this tumultuous time. It was his encouragement that set her on the path to finding herself and discovering her passion, which gave her the tools and the courage to reinvent herself. Sophia’s truly genuine soul-searching process was so authentic, and her transformation to an unpretentious woman was incredibly natural.

Dakota McGee was a wise, proud and sexy alpha hero who had his own soul-searching journey to travel. What set Dakota apart from everyone else in Sophia’s life was the fact that he was the only one who saw beyond her carefully constructed façade to the lost and floundering woman beneath. Theirs was much more than just a physical attraction, although that definitely sizzled between them. They connected almost immediately, and I got lost in that right along with them. From two vastly different worlds, they both struggled with what they were feeling, yet their longing for one another and a future together was a palpable thing. The problem was they both had a hard time seeing beyond their differences, and while they were at opposite ends of the spectrum in a lot of ways, they were on the same page in others. This was a couple who cared very deeply for each other, but those differences and their real-life situations kept getting in their way, making it heartbreakingly difficult for both Sophia and Dakota to see beyond them to what they could be.

Devney Perry’s Tinsel was a complex, layered and moving love story that was teeming with emotion and punctuated with difficult choices and sacrifices. While there was definitely some heartache to be endured before getting to the happily ever after, Dakota and Sophia’s story was a sexy, complicated, heart-tugging journey about overcoming obstacles to find redemption and true love. The entire Lark Cove series has been fantastic, but this story, the series finale, surprised me at every turn. Five smooches from me for Tinsel by Devney Perry!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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