Dec 07

Same Ol’ Situation by Lacey Black Release Blitz

SAME OL’ SITUATION, an opposites-attract, best friend’s sister, small town romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Lacey Black, is available now!

He’s so different from any man I’ve ever known…

 

Isaac

I’m about as straight-laced and by the book as they come. They call me Numbers, the man in the office of Burgers and Brew, the restaurant and bar I co-own with my friends. Routine and spreadsheets, that’s how I spend my day. I’m a creature of habit, from the designer clothes to the same girlfriend, I crave the pattern I’ve become dependent on.

Until said girlfriend breaks up with me for the umpteenth time, and I find refuge in a woman who is my exact opposite.

I’m intrigued and completely out of my element, yet that doesn’t stop me from spending time with her. Even if I consider her off-limits, something about her calls to me.

The problem is I just might lose a friend because of it.

BJ

Most of the time, I would never look twice at Isaac Thompson. He’s all suits, ties, and expensive dress shoes, and I’m…well, not. My time is spent at the tattoo studio I work at, day and night, designing badass ink for clients who want the best. I have no room in my life for a relationship, nor do I care for the messes they always create.

Until Isaac finds me stranded on the road, and I end up inviting him inside.

Now, I can’t stop thinking about him. He’s so different from any man I’ve ever known, which is why we decide to keep it casual and fun.

Let’s just hope I can keep feelings out of the arrangement, so I don’t get burned.

 

 

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“This couple made my heart soar, and… I loved everything about Isaac and BJ’s sweet and sexy love story!” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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About Lacey Black:

USA Today Bestselling Author Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and three rowdy chickens.

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Dec 07

Same Ol’ Situation by Lacey Black Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

Isaac

I’m about as straight-laced and by the book as they come. They call me Numbers, the man in the office of Burgers and Brew, the restaurant and bar I co-own with my friends. Routine and spreadsheets, that’s how I spend my day. I’m a creature of habit, from the designer clothes to the same girlfriend, I crave the pattern I’ve become dependent on.

Until said girlfriend breaks up with me for the umpteenth time, and I find refuge in a woman who is my exact opposite.

I’m intrigued and completely out of my element, yet that doesn’t stop me from spending time with her. Even if I consider her off-limits, something about her calls to me.

The problem is I just might lose a friend because of it.

BJ

Most of the time, I would never look twice at Isaac Thompson. He’s all suits, ties, and expensive dress shoes, and I’m…well, not. My time is spent at the tattoo studio I work at, day and night, designing badass ink for clients who want the best. I have no room in my life for a relationship, nor do I care for the messes they always create.

Until Isaac finds me stranded on the road, and I end up inviting him inside.

Now, I can’t stop thinking about him. He’s so different from any man I’ve ever known, which is why we decide to keep it casual and fun.

Let’s just hope I can keep feelings out of the arrangement, so I don’t get burned.

* * * * * * * * * *

REVIEW:

The Burgers and Brew Crüe series is about four college buddies who own the hot and happening gourmet burger and brew pub slash busy bar in Stewart Grove, Ohio. Same Ol’ Situation is book three in the series, and it’s an opposites-attract, best-friend’s sister, small town romance.

I’m a long time Lacey Black reader, and her small town romances are amongst my most favorite things to read. I really love this series, and it’s because of this group of guy friends. Same Ol’ Situation focuses on Isaac, the back office, finance guy of the group who the other guys have nicknamed Numbers. He’s a by-the-book, suit-and-tie guy who’s loyal and very hardworking. He’s just ended a long-term, on-again-off-again relationship that he now realizes was all wrong for him. After his breakup, he finds himself drawn to his best friend and business partner’s sister, BJ. A tattoo artist and piercer, she’s his total opposite in every conceivable way. She’s free-spirited, confident, inked and pierced. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever known, and he cannot get enough of her.

The chemistry between Isaac and BJ was so explosive, and what I loved was how much that took them by surprise. They were so very different, but yet they were also so well matched. This couple made my heart soar, and I was rooting for them from the start. Full of heart, heat and humor, I loved everything about Isaac and BJ’s sweet and sexy love story! Five smooches from me for Same Ol’ Situation by Lacey Black!  

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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Dec 03

Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley Blog Tour with Excerpt

DREAM KEEPER, a white hot and action packed new contemporary romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Ashley, is available now! Scroll down for an excerpt!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers…

 

 

Spinning off from the bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, this is the emotional and steamy contemporary romance fans of the Dream Team series have been waiting for!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is, until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

Prologue

Auggie stood at the front of the church and watched her walk down the aisle. The bridesmaids’ dresses Lottie chose were very Lottie. Sleek. Sexy. Baring.

All the women looked great in them, but none of them looked better than Pepper.

And he thought that even before Pepper, as she strutted down the aisle, caught sight of her daughter, Juno, and shot her girl a huge smile.

Pepper Hannigan was gorgeous.

Anytime she was with her daughter?

Knockout.

They were the next in the line of Lottie’s matches. Auggie and Pepper.

Mo and Lottie were the obvious firsts (Mo was one of Aug’s four best buds), and Lottie earning the love of Mo had been all Lottie’s idea.

Mo never thought he’d find anyone as fantastic as Lots, would never go for it, until Lottie talked him around.

Now Mo was standing at the front of their line, waiting to make her his wife.

Once Lottie got her happy ending, she set about giving the same thing to Mo’s friends…fixing them up with her own crew.

And so far, she’d done a bang-up job.

Mag and Evie, the second couple, were living together and getting married.

Boone and Ryn, the third, were tight, and further, they were in business together.

Axl and Hattie, the fourth, were as good as living together, and practically inseparable. It was him and Pepper who were the holdouts.

This was not for lack of trying on Auggie’s part.

Once he’d met her, Auggie saw no reason not to go for it.

She was gorgeous. She was funny. She spoke her mind. She was laid back. Together. She didn’t seem to have any hang-ups.

But Pepper saw reason not to give it a shot because she had a kid.

He got it. She was being careful. Whatever had torn her and Juno’s dad apart had made her skittish.

So yeah.

He got it.

That didn’t mean it wasn’t torture.

Like right now, when her eyes caught his, the smile that she gave her kid still in them,

and Auggie felt that. He felt it.

Damn.

It wasn’t even aimed at him in any real way, and that residual love she’d targeted at her daughter was so big, it took forever to fade away.

He’d never felt that kind of love.

Not once in his life.

And he wanted it so bad, the backs of his teeth hurt with the need to taste it.

He lost her attention when she shifted to take her place at the front of the church and

Auggie tore his gaze away from her to watch the next woman, Hattie, march down the aisle. On its way, his gaze snagged on Juno.

Dark hair to her mom’s blonde, she was all dressed up, her hair curled —her mom was a bridesmaid in a big wedding with all the prep that entailed, but it was clear Juno had not been forgotten.

She was staring at her mother, beaming with pride.

Seeing that beam made Auggie want even more of what he’d never had. From the both of them.

 

 

 


About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock ChickColorado MountainDream ManChaosUnfinished HeroThe ’BurgMagdaleneFantasylandThe ThreeGhost and ReincarnationMoonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle ManThe WillRide Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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Dec 03

Come Again by Lauren Blakely Blog Tour

COME AGAIN, an intensely sexy and hilarious all-hero POV enemies-to lovers standalone romance set in the Big Rock world from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely, is available now!

It’s the hottest game of one-upmanship I’ve ever played…

 

There are three words most men can’t resist—I dare you.

So as you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I had no choice when my buddies said “I bet you can’t get that brunette beauty to kiss you before the night ends.”

I proved them wrong, and oh how good it felt to be right when I swept the quick-tongued woman into my arms and kissed the breath out of her at the party.

But, I made a slight miscalculation.

Turns out she’s my brand new enemy.

And soon I’m locked in a fierce battle of wits with my sexy-as-sin nemesis. I’m determined to show the whole city that my company is offering the best new path to romance, and she’s dead-set on knocking me down. Publicly.

It’s the hottest game of one-upmanship I’ve ever played, punctuated by fiery kisses, dirty letters, and, after a heated argument, hate s-e-x.

You know what they say. Keep your enemies closer.

I keep her so damn close to my favorite body part.

Everything is fun and games…until I gamble something I can’t afford to lose.

My heart.

 

 

 

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“…a spicy, saucy and entertaining adversaries-to-lovers romantic comedy…”  ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 55 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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Dec 03

Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

Spinning off from the bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, this is the emotional and steamy contemporary romance fans of the Dream Team series have been waiting for!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is, until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales.

* * * * * * * * * *

REVIEW:

In 2019, when Kristen Ashley teased Dream Maker, the first book this series, to her readers, I was ecstatic, and it instantly became one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I absolutely loved her Dream Man series, and to this day, it’s one I reread often. Hawk Delgado and his commandos were these interesting, elusive guys who popped up all over KA’s fictional world in Denver whenever anyone seemed to need them most. I wanted to know more about them then, and I’m thrilled that KA has given it to readers now.

Dream Keeper is the fourth book in Kristen Ashley’s Dream Team series, and I absolutely loved everything about Auggie and Pepper’s story. The Dream Team series features characters who’ve really only been alluded to in her previous books and series set in KA’s Denver. Her readers often look for stories from her with what they refer to as that ‘old school KA vibe,’ which is a reference to her early writings that are widely viewed as some of the greatest contemporary romances of our time. I am a KA reader who craves that hit of awesomeness, and she has quenched my thirst for that with the stories in this series. The stories in the Dream Team series were all comfortingly familiar yet still felt brand-spanking-new to me.

KA’s stories aren’t just about the hot guy hero. He’s a star, no doubt, but her heroines are equally dynamic and hold their own in the face of all that alpha-hotness. Her heroines are notoriously strong, sassy, smart women, and she gives them a vibrant and loyal goup of friends who illustrate exactly what it means to find your tribe. I turn to KA’s stories for those fabulous female-positive friendships just as much as I do the heart-racing, heat-filled, knee-weakening romances these heroines get swept up in. In Dream Keeper, the heroine, Pepper, has a solid support system in her co-workers at Smithie’s, and their brand of mischief and sisterhood holds up against that of the Rock Chicks or the Chaos old ladies.

Auggie and Pepper both bring a suitcase full of their own issues to this relationship. Pepper is a single mother, and her precious daughter, Juno, plays a huge role in the story and often steals the show. Pepper has been burned by love, and now she is not only guarding her heart, she’s guarding Juno’s. She’s got a big heart, and it really wants Auggie, but she’s afraid to take him up on what he’s offering. Auggie has had his own disappointments in love, but he’s got it bad for Pepper and her sweet little girl and is willing to take a chance. Auggie isn’t the only one who wants him and Pepper together, though. It seems Juno does, too, and she enlists the help of an unlikely ally. As is often the case with KA’s romances, amid the up and downs of the love story, a suspenseful secondary plot is unfolding. The one here was interesting and had a few unexpected twists and turns that kept me tapping at my screen.

Wonderfully nostalgic but with a fresh spin, Dream Keeper was everything I love about a Kristen Ashley romance. A clever, cool and chic heroine paired with a protective, decisive, caring alpha male in a love story full of feels, fun and fire. I positively devoured this book, loving every single moment, word and scene of it. I didn’t want to put it down, I didn’t want it to end, and I’m now excitedly wondering if that was truly the end. A top favorite of the year, Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. I have since purchased my own copy of the ebook for my digital library.

 

 


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Dec 03

Come Again by Lauren Blakely Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

There are three words most men can’t resist—I dare you.

So as you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I had no choice when my buddies said “I bet you can’t get that brunette beauty to kiss you before the night ends.”

I proved them wrong, and oh how good it felt to be right when I swept the quick-tongued woman into my arms and kissed the breath out of her at the party.

But, I made a slight miscalculation.

Turns out she’s my brand new enemy.

And soon I’m locked in a fierce battle of wits with my sexy-as-sin nemesis. I’m determined to show the whole city that my company is offering the best new path to romance, and she’s dead-set on knocking me down. Publicly.

It’s the hottest game of one-upmanship I’ve ever played, punctuated by fiery kisses, dirty letters, and, after a heated argument, hate s-e-x.

You know what they say. Keep your enemies closer.

I keep her so damn close to my favorite body part.

Everything is fun and games…until I gamble something I can’t afford to lose.

My heart.

* * * * * * * * * *

REVIEW:

Heading back into the Big Rock world, Come Again by Lauren Blakely, is a full circle moment for me. My Blakely fandom all began with the first two book in that series, Big Rock and Mister O.  She captured my attention, my heart and a spot on my favorite authors list with them. Primarily told in the hero’s POV, Lauren Blakely has delivered some truly magical romantic comedies in this series. I love many things about her storytelling, but one of my favorite things is the authentic, genuine way she takes readers into the hearts and heads of her male leads.

Come Again was a scorching hot enemies/nemesis-to-lovers romance. Easton and Bellamy’s chemistry was explosive from the moment they met. Bellamy kept Easton on his toes—mainly by not falling at his feet—and the result was some seriously witty, rapid-fire bantering that cranked the heat all the way up between them. Easton owns a high-end professional matchmaking service with a twist, and Bellamy is a relationship podcaster who isn’t buying into his method. Their relationship begins on a dare that morphs into a bet before they end up locked in a battle of wills.

Easton is confidence and charm wrapped up in a devastatingly handsome package. He’s successful, he’s competitive, he’s driven and focused on his business. He’s also got some heart-wrenching baggage that he’s yet to unpack, and as a result, he may help others find love but he’s not exactly open to it for himself. Bellamy’s competitive streak and confidence rival Easton’s, but it’s her whip-smart, sassy personality that pushes his buttons. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it. Despite their intent to keep things light and breezy, real feelings develop and Easton has to decide if he’s willing to open his heart and take a chance on love.

Bellamy and Easton were a perfect addition to the Big Rock world, and I absolutely loved heading back there! Come Again was a spicy, saucy and entertaining adversaries-to-lovers romantic comedy, and I inhaled every second of it. Sebastian York was perfection in the role of Easton, and I loved Vanessa Edwin as Bellamy. Five smooches from me for Lauren Blakely’s Come Again!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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Nov 30

Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley Release Blitz

DREAM KEEPER, the all new addictive and steamy contemporary romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers…

 

Spinning off from the bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, this is the emotional and steamy contemporary romance fans of the Dream Team series have been waiting for!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is, until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales.

 

 

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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock ChickColorado MountainDream ManChaosUnfinished HeroThe ’BurgMagdaleneFantasylandThe ThreeGhost and ReincarnationMoonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle ManThe WillRide Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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Nov 29

Ignite by Melanie Harlow Blog Tour with Excerpt

IGNITE, an all-new single dad, age-gap, small town romance from USA Today and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Melanie Harlow, is available now! Scroll down for an excerpt!

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out…

 

My new neighbor is a firefighter—and a scorching hot single dad—but I swear I didn’t set off that smoke alarm on purpose.

(And I was beyond mortified when he rushed in and saw me naked.)

Nothing happened, of course—because I, Winnie MacAllister, romance junkie and owner of a constantly broken heart, have sworn off men for one solid year.

Even protective men with chiseled jaws, bulging biceps, and deep brown eyes that make my breath come faster. Even former SEALs with broad chests and strong hands that make my skin sizzle. Even gorgeous, grumpy guys who have their hands full raising two adorable little girls and claim they don’t believe in love.

Until Dex kisses me one night, and I drop all my defenses.

(Also my underwear.)

He says he’s not gentle, and he’s right. He says I should take the dream job I’m offered in another state, and he’s right. He says he’s too old for me and could never be the man I deserve.

He’s wrong.

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out.

How can I convince him to give happily-ever-after with me a chance?

 

 

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“…Dex and Winnie’s love story was one that I devoured in an afternoon.” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

She looked a little nervous, not that I blamed her, as she held out a small pink box of Band-Aids. “I had these lying around and thought Luna might want them for her knee. Band-Aids sometimes come off in the shower, so . . .”

I reached out and took them from her, noticing she was careful not to let our fingers touch this time. “Thanks.”

“That’s it—I just wanted to—um, okay, have a good night.” She turned to leave, and I probably should have let her.

“Wait a second.”

She faced me again, her expression still wary.

“I’m sorry about that.” I gestured over my shoulder with the pink box. “My ex-wife—the girls’ mom—knows how to get a rise out of me.”

“Oh, that’s okay. It’s none of my business, and I didn’t really hear anything.” It was obvious she’d heard everything.

I nodded slowly. “Well, thanks for the Band-Aids. Luna will appreciate it.”

 Her smile was back, along with that stutter in my chest. “Good. Enjoy your night.”

“You too.”

She turned around and went down the steps, cutting across the lawn to her place with that same youthful bounce in her step. Glancing down at the box, I shook my head—of course she had a whole thing of pink princess Band-Aids. I shut the door and trudged up the stairs to get the kids cleaned up.

Hallie went first, after a brief attempt to get me to let her wear socks in the shower. As usual, I refused, explaining again that the entire house had been thoroughly cleaned before we moved in, and I’d been here yesterday to make sure of it.

While she was getting dressed, I made sure Luna washed her hair and used soap, then helped her get dried off. After hanging up their towels, I double-checked that they’d chosen appropriate clothing and was just about to get in my own shower when I heard a series of high-pitched beeps.

“What’s that?” Hallie said, scrunching up her face.

Instantly on high alert, I put my hand up. “Shh.” I heard it again, and recognized it as a smoke detector going off, but not in our house—we were hearing it through the walls. “Stay here.”

I raced out of their room and took the stairs down three at a time, jumping to the bottom with five to go. Barreling out my front door, I ran over to Winnie’s and knocked. The alarm was clearly coming from inside her unit, and when she didn’t answer the door, I made a split-second decision to bust in.

Fortunately, the door wasn’t locked.

I shouldered it open, relieved when I didn’t see or smell smoke right away. Winnie’s townhouse was laid out exactly like mine, and I immediately realized the detector going off was upstairs. Racing up the steps three at a time, I reached the master bedroom doorway just in time to see Winnie climbing onto a suitcase, one hand reaching toward the ceiling to disconnect the unit.

My jaw dropped.

She was totally naked and dripping wet.

One hand was clutching a small towel to her chest that didn’t fucking hide anything . Behind her, steam from her shower billowed from her bathroom, which must have been what set off the alarm—some detectors are that sensitive. Behind me, I heard clamoring on the stairs, and a second later both Hallie and Luna rushed into the bedroom.

Startled, Winnie looked over and saw us. Her eyes went wide as she screamed, lost her footing, and toppled backward off the suitcase. She landed hard on her ass, arms and legs flailing like a rag doll.

Averting my eyes, I strode over and disconnected the unit while she scrambled toward the bathroom on her hands and knees, presumably in search of a bigger towel.

But then she slammed the door . . . and didn’t come out.

The eighty-five decibel alarm had ceased, but the sirens in my head continued.

I looked at the girls. Luna had her hands over her mouth. Hallie’s eyes were wide, and she pointed to the bathroom door. “Winnie was naked,” she whispered. “We saw her bum.”

“Quiet,” I scolded angrily. “You two were supposed to stay at our house. You didn’t follow my orders.”

“But Daddy, we were scared,” Luna said. Her hair was still wet and tangled. “We came to find you.”

“We’ll talk about it later, but when I tell you to stay put, you stay put-especially in an emergency. Understand?”

They nodded.

“Now go back to our house, both of you.”

“But what about Winnie? Is she okay?”

I went over to the bathroom door and knocked, trying not to picture her naked. The shower wasn’t running anymore. “Winnie? Are you okay?”

“I’m fine!”

“Are you hurt?”

 “I’m fine!” she repeated in the same false, bright tone.

 A tiny smile inched onto my lips. “Are you sure?”

 

 

 


About Melanie Harlow:

USA Today bestselling author Melanie 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 Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, 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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Nov 29

Ignite by Melanie Harlow Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

My new neighbor is a firefighter—and a scorching hot single dad—but I swear I didn’t set off that smoke alarm on purpose.

(And I was beyond mortified when he rushed in and saw me naked.)

Nothing happened, of course—because I, Winnie MacAllister, romance junkie and owner of a constantly broken heart, have sworn off men for one solid year.

Even protective men with chiseled jaws, bulging biceps, and deep brown eyes that make my breath come faster. Even former SEALs with broad chests and strong hands that make my skin sizzle. Even gorgeous, grumpy guys who have their hands full raising two adorable little girls and claim they don’t believe in love.

Until Dex kisses me one night, and I drop all my defenses.

(Also my underwear.)

He says he’s not gentle, and he’s right. He says I should take the dream job I’m offered in another state, and he’s right. He says he’s too old for me and could never be the man I deserve.

He’s wrong.

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out.

How can I convince him to give happily-ever-after with me a chance?

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REVIEW:

I love Melanie Harlow’s sweet and sexy storytelling, and her Cloverleigh Farms series stole my heart. Like a lot of her readers, I’d been hoping for a second generation series with the children of those heroes and heroines. I’ve been looking forward to this book since she announced it, and I was not disappointed.

Ignite, the first second generation book in the Cloverleigh Farms series, kicks off with the love story of Winnie, the daughter of Mack, the hero who launched the series, and Dex, her neighbor. Dex is a single dad, a firefighter and is 12 years older than Winnie. He’s grumpy, broody and jaded. He’s admittedly attracted to Winnie, but he’s also convinced she’s too young for him and isn’t looking for a relationship. Dex was focused on being the best dad to his two adorable young daughters following his divorce with their mother. Winnie is a romantic at heart and she’s in love with love. But on the heels of her latest heartbreak, she’s on a love break when she meets her hot, handsome and heavily muscled new neighbor. Dex’s daughters take an instant liking to Winnie, and they’re constantly roping her into things. Then there’s the chemistry sparking between them that quickly ignites a blaze that incinerates Dex’s control and Winnie’s resolve.

I loved everything about this story. I loved Dex, I loved Winnie, I loved the two of them together, and his daughters were adorable little show-stealers. A little bit bittersweet, a whole lot swoony, Dex and Winnie’s love story was one that I devoured in an afternoon. I couldn’t get enough of their story, these characters, and I’m already looking forward to the next book. Five smooches from me for Ignite by Melanie Harlow!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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Nov 22

Ignite by Melanie Harlow Release Blitz

IGNITE, an all-new sexy, grumpy single dad meets the sunshine girl next door romantic comedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Melanie Harlow, is available now!

 

My new neighbor is a firefighter—and a scorching hot single dad—but I swear I didn’t set off that smoke alarm on purpose.

(And I was beyond mortified when he rushed in and saw me naked.)

Nothing happened, of course—because I, Winnie MacAllister, romance junkie and owner of a constantly broken heart, have sworn off men for one solid year.

Even protective men with chiseled jaws, bulging biceps, and deep brown eyes that make my breath come faster. Even former SEALs with broad chests and strong hands that make my skin sizzle. Even gorgeous, grumpy guys who have their hands full raising two adorable little girls and claim they don’t believe in love.

Until Dex kisses me one night, and I drop all my defenses.

(Also my underwear.)

He says he’s not gentle, and he’s right. He says I should take the dream job I’m offered in another state, and he’s right. He says he’s too old for me and could never be the man I deserve.

He’s wrong.

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out.

How can I convince him to give happily-ever-after with me a chance?

 

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About Melanie Harlow:

USA Today bestselling author Melanie 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 Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, 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.

 

Connect with Melanie:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Reader Group  |  Amazon  |  BookBub  |  Pinterest  |  Instagram

Stay up to date with Melanie, sign up for her mailing list

 

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