RELEASE BLITZ: Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely

TURN ME ON, a brand new red-hot, M/M, forbidden sports romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely, is available now!

 

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His irresistible charm threatens to break my resolve . . . right along with my heart…

 

 

The first rule of being an attorney is don’t sleep with your clients.

The second rule is–see the first rule.

Those guidelines don’t account for a man like Zane Archer though. The major leaguer is all confidence and big D energy as he swaggers into my life one night at a hotel bar, determined to spend the night with “the sexy suit,” as he calls me.

I’m so damn tempted to say yes, especially when my new client devastates me with a scorching kiss that has me reconsidering all my life choices.

The catch? If I tear up the rule book, my reputation as a lawyer to the most bankable stars in pro sports is on the line. Including my new goal of striking the deal of a lifetime for him — one he desperately needs to take care of his family.

Instead, I fight like hell to stay professional as I work closely with the man I can’t have.

But the more time we spend together, the more his irresistible charm threatens to break my resolve . . . right along with my heart.

TURN ME ON is a red-hot, MM, forbidden sports romance between a sports agent and an athlete…

 

 

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“…a smoking hot, totally swoony forbidden romance.” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

He’s patient, licking his lips as he waits for his moment. Then, with wild desire in his brown eyes, he says, “Give me orders. I’ll follow them.”

My bones vibrate with lust. I’m going to need a minute. Hell, I’m going to need to pace myself to survive sex of any kind with him.

I take a few deep breaths to regain my composure, then uncurl my hands from around his. “Get off the machine.”

He slowly lets go of the handles, stands, then glances at the door.

I go lock it, then turn around. If we move to the corner of the gym, no one can see us through the glass. No one can come in until I unlock it. And one of the best things about my building’s private gym?

 

 

 

 


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 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 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 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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REVIEW: Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

The first rule of being an attorney is don’t sleep with your clients.

The second rule is–see the first rule.

Those guidelines don’t account for a man like Zane Archer though. The major leaguer is all confidence and big D energy as he swaggers into my life one night at a hotel bar, determined to spend the night with “the sexy suit,” as he calls me.

I’m so damn tempted to say yes, especially when my new client devastates me with a scorching kiss that has me reconsidering all my life choices.

The catch? If I tear up the rule book, my reputation as a lawyer to the most bankable stars in pro sports is on the line. Including my new goal of striking the deal of a lifetime for him — one he desperately needs to take care of his family.

Instead, I fight like hell to stay professional as I work closely with the man I can’t have.

But the more time we spend together, the more his irresistible charm threatens to break my resolve . . . right along with my heart.

TURN ME ON is a red-hot, MM, forbidden sports romance between a sports agent and an athlete…

* * * * * * * * * *

REVIEW:

I love all of Lauren Blakely’s books—seriously, I’ve enjoyed every single one I’ve read. Her romantic comedies and contemporaries are my favorites, but let me tell you, her M/M romances are giving the others a run for their money. These are some seriously sexy, steamy, romantic and emotional M/M romances. I listened to the audiobook, and Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton’s masterful narration truly brought these characters to life. Their natural chemistry produced a fantastic performance and, coupled with this addictive romance, made for an unputdownable story. You’re going to want to have a second pair of earbuds ready to go so you don’t have to pause to recharge.

Zane Archer is a young professional baseball player and Maddox LeGrande is his new agent. Their chemistry sizzled right from the start, but the forbidden nature of their professional relationship was a definite stumbling block to the budding romantic connection. Agent slash attorney Maddox knows how to strike a deal, and Zane’s competitive nature doesn’t let him give up. There was a will, they just needed to find the way. With all the heat blazing between them, though, it was never a matter of if, but when, they’d figure it all out.

Thoughtfully plotted, perfectly paced and richly developed, Turn Me On was a smoking hot, totally swoony forbidden romance. I was completely captivated by Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton’s performances, and I devoured the audiobook in a day. Five smooches from me for Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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COVER REVEAL: Home Sweet Home by Lacey Black

HOME SWEET HOME, an emotional new contemporary romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Lacey Black, is coming January 10th! Check out this cover!

 

 

Title:  HOME SWEET HOME
Series:  BURGERS AND BREW CRÜE (#6)
Author:  LACEY BLACK
Genre:  CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Cover Design:  MELISSA GILL DESIGNS
Photographer:  WANDER AGUIAR
Model:  JOSH LARSON
Release Date:  JANUARY 10, 2023

 

 

Leo

Everyone has a past they’re trying to outrun, myself included. My time in the military left me with scars, both physically and emotionally, which is why I keep to myself. Since returning home to Stewart Grove, I work a lot so I have little time to think. To remember. I’m just content to make it through the day.

Then I meet Kallie Carpenter.

I am drawn to the sexy bartender in a way I’ve never experienced, and despite knowing I should stay away, I can’t. Kallie calls to the very depths of my soul, every broken piece of it.

I hope I don’t destroy us both.

Kallie

Taking care of my injured dad and his horse ranch, as well as working at the local bar doesn’t leave me much time for a social life. Between home and Burgers and Brew, I keep myself plenty busy, despite my dad’s insistence I give dating another try. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind it, I just barely have any time to myself, let alone making room for another.

Then I find Leo Martinez sitting at the end of the bar.

He’s guarded and a little rough around the edges, but I can’t stay away. There’s a darkness in his eyes that speaks of pain, yet I only see the amazing man he tries to hide from the world.

I pray he lets me in.

 

 

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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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BLOG TOUR WITH EXCERPT: Tempt by Melanie Harlow

TEMPT, a scorching hot forbidden age-gap, small-town romance featuring a plus-sized heroine and her ex’s irresistible dad from USA Today Bestselling Author, Melanie Harlow, is now available!

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Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right…

 

 

You’ve heard the story about the wedding planner who falls for the groom?

Well, this is the one where she falls for his father.

And that groom? He’s my ex.

I didn’t realize who the gruff, gorgeous older man was the night he rescued me from a creep in a Manhattan hotel bar. All I knew was that a hot, bearded stranger with a protective streak showed up right when I needed a reminder that real gentlemen still exist.

(Although he left his manners behind after asking me up to his room.)

It was the hottest night of my life, but I never thought I’d see the former Navy SEAL again.

Imagine my surprise at the rehearsal dinner one week later, when my sexy one-night stand is introduced as the father of the groom. Even more surprising? That temptation we felt in New York was no fluke.

In public, we pretend there’s nothing between us.

In private, we can’t keep our hands off each other.

The situation is beyond complicated. Zach never even knew he’d fathered a child until recently, and he wants to earn his son’s trust and respect. As for me, I’m looking for a man who wants to start a family, and Zach has made it clear he’s not that man. He’s fifteen years older, newly divorced, and he lives across the country.

But no matter how many times we draw the line, we keep crossing it.

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

 

 

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“…a heart-racing, high-heat, hard-fought forbidden love story…” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

I was just lifting the glass to my lips when I noticed someone sitting around the curve of the bar to the left. He was broad through the chest and shoulders, wore a black dress shirt with the cuffs rolled up, and sat alone. His hair and beard were short and dark. Our eyes met and my body grew warm. His bone structure was beautiful—his face looked like it was chiseled from granite. He held my gaze for a moment then looked away, and I did as well, focusing on the first cold sips of my martini.

But in seconds, my eyes were drawn to him again, and I noticed the hand holding his glass—wide palm, long, solid fingers, thick wrist. I indulged in a brief and magnificent fantasy that involved those hands in my hair, his beard against my cheek, that brawny chest bare and warm above me. Was it hairy? I’d bet yes. He looked like a man’s man. My nipples tingled inside the bustier I wore beneath my dress.

Once more he caught me staring, and I realized too late that I was actually biting my lip.

Gawd.

The guy next to me whistled loudly and yelled at the bartender, “Hey! Can I get another round down here?”

The bartender, who was busy making other drinks, didn’t even look over. I didn’t blame him.

“The service is so shitty in this place,” he said. “You need a pair of tits to get any attention.” He glanced at my chest. “Yours are fantastic, by the way.”

Horrified, I picked up my glass and finished my drink in a couple swallows. I should have thrown it in his face, but it would have been a waste of a good martini. Setting the empty glass down, I reached into my bag for my credit card.

“Hey, don’t rush off.” The asshole leaned closer. He wore a white shirt and blue blazer, and he reeked of cologne. “We’re just getting to know each other.”

“Not interested,” I said, trying to catch the bartender’s eye so I could get my check and leave.

“Why not? I’m alone, you’re alone.” He covered my hand with his. That’s when I noticed he wore a wedding band.

I snatched my hand away and slid off my stool, putting it between us. “I’m not alone.”

“Oh no?” He laughed and glanced around. “Looks like it to me.”

I finally caught the bartender’s eye, and he came right over. “Can I get you something?”

“I’ll cash out,” I said quickly.

The bartender glanced at the asshole. “Everything okay?”

“Everything’s fine, I was just waiting for someone, but he couldn’t make it, so I—”

“Sorry I’m late.” A hand circled my wrist.

Startled, I spun around and saw a black shirt. Wide shoulders. Dark eyes.

The hot stranger and I exchanged a look of understanding before he leaned in and kissed my cheek. His beard was softer than I’d imagined.

“Forgive me?” His voice, by contrast, was deep and gravelly.

“Of—of course,” I stammered, my heart pounding. I couldn’t stop staring—the guy was gorgeous. A little older than I’d thought—there was silver in his hair and beard—but those dark eyes, that deep voice, and the possessive grip on my wrist? The whole package made my knees go weak.

He looked over my head at the bartender. “She’s with me.”

“Dude, she’s not with you,” argued the jerk in the blazer. “You were over there by yourself a minute ago. I saw you.”

Dropping my wrist, the stranger turned to him and growled, “You should go.”

The jerk slid off his barstool and put one palm up. “Listen, I don’t want any trouble. I just thought—”

“It’s fuckin’ obvious what you thought.” The stranger’s words were laced with fury, but he kept his volume low. Somehow it was even scarier than if he’d yelled. “Now get the fuck out of here, and don’t even look in her direction as you walk out, or you’ll be trying to do it with two broken legs.”

The jerk stood up taller, like he might be thinking of protesting, but he looked like a gerbil facing off against a Doberman. Then he adjusted his lapels and moved toward the exit without even glancing my way.

The stranger watched him go with hooded, hawklike eyes before looking down at me again. “You okay?”

“Yes.” But I was struggling to catch my breath.

“Can I bring you two another round?” the bartender asked.

The stranger looked at me. “Would you like another drink?”

I took a breath, willing myself to be brave. “Only if you’ll stay and have one with me.”

He hesitated, rubbing one hand along his jaw. “Okay. Sure.”

“Another martini for the lady and a Glenlivet on the rocks, coming right up,” said the bartender.

I perched on my barstool again, crossing my legs. “Thanks for coming to my rescue.”

“You’re welcome.” He sat down next to me. “I hope I didn’t insult you.”

“Insult me?”

“I didn’t mean to imply you couldn’t handle that jackass on your own.”

“Oh! Well, maybe I could have.” I laughed a little. “But I liked your way better.”

One side of his mouth twitched, setting off a thousand butterflies in my stomach.

“This round is on me,” I said as our drinks appeared.

He shook his head. “Not a chance.”

“But I’d like to repay you for standing up for me.”

“No payment necessary. Any gentleman would have done it.”

“Gentleman, huh?” I tilted my head and gave him a playful smile. I was a pretty good flirt when I wanted to be. “So you’re saying I’m safe with you?”

He didn’t answer right away, and I sat up a little taller in my seat. Slightly arched my back. But his eyes stayed put on mine. “You’re safe with me.”

Well, damn.

What on earth was I going to do about that?

 

 


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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REVIEW: Tempt by Melanie Harlow

4.5 SMOOCHES!

* * * * * * * * * *

SYNOPSIS:

You’ve heard the story about the wedding planner who falls for the groom?

Well, this is the one where she falls for his father.

And that groom? He’s my ex.

I didn’t realize who the gruff, gorgeous older man was the night he rescued me from a creep in a Manhattan hotel bar. All I knew was that a hot, bearded stranger with a protective streak showed up right when I needed a reminder that real gentlemen still exist.

(Although he left his manners behind after asking me up to his room.)

It was the hottest night of my life, but I never thought I’d see the former Navy SEAL again.

Imagine my surprise at the rehearsal dinner one week later, when my sexy one-night stand is introduced as the father of the groom. Even more surprising? That temptation we felt in New York was no fluke.

In public, we pretend there’s nothing between us.

In private, we can’t keep our hands off each other.

The situation is beyond complicated. Zach never even knew he’d fathered a child until recently, and he wants to earn his son’s trust and respect. As for me, I’m looking for a man who wants to start a family, and Zach has made it clear he’s not that man. He’s fifteen years older, newly divorced, and he lives across the country.

But no matter how many times we draw the line, we keep crossing it.

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

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REVIEW:

Tempt is the final book in Melanie Harlow’s Cloverleigh Farms series, and she really sent the series off with a bang. I love a forbidden romance, and while age-gaps aren’t at the top of my favorite tropes list, this was an absolutely fantastic one. This was one of those stories that grabbed my attention from the start and held it as I devoured it. One of my favorite things about this book, though, were the Corinne Michaels Easter eggs. What a wonderful surprise they were!

Millie, a plus-size wedding planner, and Zach, the father of her ex and a client whose wedding she’s planning, lit up the pages with their passion and their chemistry. Their attraction sizzled from the start, and the illicit nature of their relationship just made everything that much sexier. The secrets, the sneaking around, the whole how-can-something-this-wrong-feel-so-right vibe set the whole mood for the book and gave it a completely addictive quality.

Tempt was a heart-racing, high-heat, hard-fought forbidden love story with a bit of heart-ache along the way. Sexy and swoony and full of sweet romantic struggle, Tempt was the perfect finale to a favorite series. Tempt by Melanie Harlow gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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COVER REVEAL: The RSVP by Lauren Blakely

THE RSVP, a steamy new off-limits, age-gap office romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely, is coming January 1st for a limited time only to select retailers before releasing exclusively on January 6th to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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Title:  THE RSVP

Series:  THE VIRGIN SOCIETY (#1)

Author:  LAUREN BLAKELY

Genre/Tropes:  CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Photographer:  WANDER AGUIAR

Model:  KAIO Q

Cover Designer:  TE BLACK DESIGNS

Release Date:  JANUARY 6, 2023

 

 

Our days are full of secrets. Our nights are for seduction…

For the last year, I’ve wanted someone I can’t have.

The man my father built his latest multimillion dollar business with.

He’s a decade older than I am, and he’s entirely forbidden.

The fact that he’s never given me a second glance only makes me long for him more.

But the other night, across the room at a gala, everything changed. His broody gaze lingered on me and grew darker.

So I’m officially done being the good girl.

Tomorrow I turn 21. As a gift to myself, I plan to seduce my father’s business partner.

Happy birthday to me.

 

 

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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 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 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 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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RELEASE BLITZ: Tempt by Melanie Harlow

TEMPT, a scorching hot forbidden new age-gap, small-town romance, featuring a plus-sized heroine and her ex’s irresistible dad from USA Today Bestselling Author, Melanie Harlow, is now available!

 

 

 

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right…

 

 

You’ve heard the story about the wedding planner who falls for the groom?

Well, this is the one where she falls for his father.

And that groom? He’s my ex.

I didn’t realize who the gruff, gorgeous older man was the night he rescued me from a creep in a Manhattan hotel bar. All I knew was that a hot, bearded stranger with a protective streak showed up right when I needed a reminder that real gentlemen still exist.

(Although he left his manners behind after asking me up to his room.)

It was the hottest night of my life, but I never thought I’d see the former Navy SEAL again.

Imagine my surprise at the rehearsal dinner one week later, when my sexy one-night stand is introduced as the father of the groom. Even more surprising? That temptation we felt in New York was no fluke.

In public, we pretend there’s nothing between us.

In private, we can’t keep our hands off each other.

The situation is beyond complicated. Zach never even knew he’d fathered a child until recently, and he wants to earn his son’s trust and respect. As for me, I’m looking for a man who wants to start a family, and Zach has made it clear he’s not that man. He’s fifteen years older, newly divorced, and he lives across the country.

But no matter how many times we draw the line, we keep crossing it.

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

 

 

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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.

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BLOG TOUR WITH EXCERPT: Untying The Knot by Meghan Quinn

UNTYING THE KNOT, steamy, witty and emotional new romantic comedy from USA Today Bestselling Author, Meghan Quinn, is available now!

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“I’m not interested in continuing to leave it up to fate…”

 

 

A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after the happily ever after.

Ryot Bisley is my husband.

Yes, the former third baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City. That Ryot Bisley.

The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use as a blanket.

The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.

The third time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.

So when he was called up to the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the way down the aisle.

Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr. Frowny Face is back.

He’s so focused on trying to build a life after baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.

Problem is…my husband refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in.

 

 

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“I swooned, sobbed and sighed my way through this heat-filled, heart-wrenching and humorous second-chance at marital happiness romance.” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

“You smell good,” she says, leaning her body into mine.

“Thanks,” I say as I tip her chin up just as the elevator slows to a stop and the doors open.

I don’t want to be biased or anything, but I’ve seen my fair share of rooftops in the city, and I have to say, ours is the best. Six-foot glass walls surround the perimeter to maintain the beautiful view, but you’re not about to fall off into the street below you. Along the building are potted vines that have grown into the brick wall, creating a feel of nature in a city of concrete. There are a few short buildings in front of us and then endless views of the lake. Scattered around the space are cushioned couches, chairs, two firepits, and a secluded area blocked off by a reclaimed wood partition. Behind the partition is a plush couch and low table, where everything is set up. The lake is the only thing you see, giving you complete privacy from the city around you. And because it’s Chicago, there’s a roof over the partitioned area with strings of twinkling lights.

“Ummm . . . wow,” she says as she takes in the space. “I knew you could possibly romance my shorts right off me, but this is too much. Look at that view.” She steps up to the glass wall, and I step up behind her, placing my hands on her hips. “I can’t believe you live here.”

“I love it here. One of the only things besides a car that we’ve spent money on.”

“Well spent.” She moves around the space and runs her fingers over the tops of the couches and chairs, walks by the lit firepits, and then turns to face me. “I’m so making out with you tonight.”

I chuckle. “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.”

She walks up to me and drags her finger over my stomach in passing. “Trust me, I will keep this one. Now show me where these tacos are. I can’t make out on an empty stomach.”

I lead her behind the partition and pull out her chair for her. My hand caresses her back as she takes a seat, and I watch her roll into my touch as she glances over her shoulder and smirks at me. That one look says it all. We will definitely be making out tonight.

“This is a convenient secluded space,” she says as she drapes her napkin over her lap. “And that couch over there is pretty deep, almost like mattress deep.”

“Really? Haven’t noticed.” I carry over two covered plates and set one in front of her and then one in front of me.

“Such a liar.” She chuckles.

Yup, I’m a giant liar because when I chose this space, I knew exactly the kind of atmosphere I was looking for . . . a place where we could be cut off from the world and fool around if we wanted to.

I lift the dome from her plate, revealing two barbacoa tacos with a side of lime, cilantro rice, and black beans. Chips and salsa are already on the table, and the cake is behind me, ready to be devoured.

“Ooo, this smells good. You said this is from your favorite taco place?”

“Yeah, it’s around the corner. Banner and I can’t get enough of it.”

She picks up a taco and takes a big bite. Sauce drips over her lips and down her chin as she chews, causing me to smile. I love that she doesn’t care. She doesn’t even seem to notice that sauce is dripping down her face on a first date. It’s endearing, charming, and relatable. She has no filters and hides nothing. I really like that about her, amongst other things.

“Okay, you have to tell me where this place is because these are phenomenal. Wow.” She sets her taco down, reaches for a chip, and pats her mouth with her napkin. “You sure know how to work a rooftop. Sure the view is spectacular, and the company is hot, but these tacos, they take the cake.”

“Speaking of cake . . . your request is over there on the table.”

She swallows and then gently presses her hand to her chest. “Ryot Bisley, you very well might be the man of my dreams.”

“Things I love to hear.”

 

 

 

 


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REVIEW: Untying The Knot by Meghan Quinn

5 SMOOCHES!

    

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SYNOPSIS:

A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after the happily ever after.

Ryot Bisley is my husband.

Yes, the former third baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City. That Ryot Bisley.

The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use as a blanket.

The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.

The third time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.

So when he was called up to the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the way down the aisle.

Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr. Frowny Face is back.

He’s so focused on trying to build a life after baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.

Problem is…my husband refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in.

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REVIEW:

Meghan Quinn’s Untying the Knot is a fantastic, full-circle, fight-for-this-love second chance at marital happiness romance. I love second-chance romances, but there aren’t a whole lot of second-chance stories about married couples falling apart and finding their way back together—but there should be! Untying the Knot was an engaging, emotional offering in this specific sub-genre, and Quinn has outdone herself in the telling of Myla and Ryot’s complex and layered love story. I listened to the audiobook, and I was completely enthralled with Jason Clarke and Stella Hunter’s outstanding performances.

Through the use of flashbacks to the past, Meghan toggles between the past and the present to give her readers the richly developed backstory of this couple’s 11-year history. Their attraction was electric from the start, but there was a right-person-wrong-time feel to this couple’s early interactions which paired with Myla’s leave-it-up-to-fate approach gives the reader a good understanding of the time passage between their initial meeting and their actual marriage. Between her traumatic childhood, her abusive mother, and her struggle to find herself as an adult, Myla had a lot of emotional work to do. But through all of that, Whether they were in the friend-zone or fighting their feelings, Ryot was Myla’s rock, an anchor in her storm. He was one of the most patient and understanding heroes I have ever read, and I especially loved the careful attention he paid to this woman. He didn’t miss a thing, and he was so insightful. Myla was his absolute world… until life got in the way and she just wasn’t. Being a long-married woman myself, it was painful to watch this couple crumble, and I found myself internally screaming “no! no! no!” on more than one occasion.

Untying the Knot was an emotional rollercoaster full of the highs of marital bliss and lows of the daily grind of marriage. This couple fiercely loved each other, but they had so many things happening in their life all at the same time that something was inevitably going to fall—and it was their marriage for a time. The love they shared, the heat that blazed between them, and their history were of the once-in-a-lifetime variety, though, and sometimes a little struggle is needed as a reminder of what you have. I swooned, sobbed and sighed my way through this heat-filled, heart-wrenching and humorous second-chance at marital happiness romance. Five smooches from me for Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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REVIEW: The Extravagant Collection by Lauren Blakely

5 SMOOCHES!

    

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SYNOPSIS:

A collection of the three best-selling high-stakes stand-alones in the Extravagant series!

One Night Only

On the outside, I look innocent—blonde hair, bright smile, buttoned-up blouse.

But inside, I’m black lace and dirty dreams. And for the last year, I’ve been fighting my desires for the one man who’s totally off-limits—my bodyguard.

One Exquisite Touch

When the invitation arrived, it detailed the rules of the masquerade—no names, no identities.

I set one more—find a most wicked man for one night, the kind who’ll bring me deliciously naughty pleasure.

Turns out, he’s my rival, and he wants my business. And me.

My One Week Husband

He’s my business partner, my good friend, and the man I’ve craved for years.

But I’ve resisted the sexy Brit. Then an opportunity comes along for us to snag the business deal of a lifetime.

The catch? We need to pretend we’re married to pull off this high-stakes deal.

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REVIEW:

ONE NIGHT ONLY

A bold and adventurous story, One Night Only is primed with passion and promises. Blakely fulfills fantasies within the pages of this novella, I positively devoured this addictive love story. Five smooches from me for One Night Only by Lauren Blakely!

ONE EXQUISITE TOUCH

Blakely takes it to new heights of adventurism in One Exquisite Touch, an unputdownable story of the unabashed pursuit pleasure with the sweet surprise of discovering love in the process. This is Blakely’s boldest, most daring and thrilling romance to date, and I positively inhaled it in a single sitting. This author’s work always impresses me, but when she stretches her wings and takes a chance with more risqué material, she delivers something truly special and memorable, and I am a grateful reader for her brave storytelling. Five smooches from me for One Exquisite Touch by Lauren Blakely!

MY ONE-WEEK HUSBAND

Drawn in from the start, Daniel and Scarlett’s attraction captured my attention, but it was the blending of their personal back stories and their joint present story that held me raptly engrossed. This story was as much about the healing of past heartaches as it was about the promise of new love. At times raw and emotional, Lauren managed to tell this heartbreaking yet hopeful and passionate love story without relying on an angst-filled or drama heavy tale. My One Week Husband was  such a lushly told love story, and I just couldn’t put it down. A new favorite of mine from Blakely and a top favorite for the year! Five smooches from me for My One Week Husband by Lauren Blakely!

The Extravagant Collection is a fantastic compilation of some of Lauren Blakely’s steamiest, most seductive stories. Fiery and full of fantasies, all three of these romances are heart-racing, heat-filled, humorous and emotionally heady love stories. A must-have collection of some of my 5 SMOOCHES favorites from Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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