COVER REVEAL: The Surrogate by Penelope Ward

THE SURROGATE, a brand new forbidden, age gap romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, releases February 26th! Check out this cover!

 

 

Title:  THE SURROGATE
Author:  PENELOPE WARD
Genre:  STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Cover Design:  LETITIA HASSER, RBA DESIGNS
Photo: CONSTANTIN PAPAKONSTANTINOU
Model:  VALENTIN LEONARD
Release Date:  FEBRUARY 26, 2024

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new, STANDALONE novel…

ABBY:

I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.

The problem is: it’s not my baby.

And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.

As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.

At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.

He and I butted heads.

Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.

Gradually, he learned to trust me.

He even became protective.

Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.

I was falling in love with him.

But my time here had a limit.

I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.

SIG:

When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.

They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.

Against my better judgment, I agreed.

I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.

I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.

And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…

I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.

 

 

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About Penelope Ward:

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 two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over thirty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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COVER REVEAL WITH EXCERPT: The Reason I Married Him by Meghan Quinn

THE REASON I MARRIED HIM, a steamy and hilarious new marriage-of-convenience romantic comedy from USA Today Bestselling Author, Meghan Quinn, is coming February 6th! Check out this cover, and scroll down for a sneak peek!

 

 

Who really gets married out of convenience?
Apparently, I do.

 

 

He proposed . . . and I said yes.
Normally a jovial occasion for a couple in love, but this proposal has a very different feel.
Because the man that I’ll be calling my husband blew into town with one thing on his mind . . . to make my life a living nightmare.

So why did I say yes?

Well, because we both need something from each other.

Namely, I want the farm land he currently owns, and he needs a wife in order to inherit his family cabin in his grandfather’s will.

So as he so eloquently put it, my hand, for his land.

At first, I thought the idea was nuts.
Who really gets married out of convenience?
Apparently, I do.

And now we have to sell our relationship to the town. Meaning, we’re holding hands, he’s pinching my cheeks . . . upper and lower. We’re even forced to share the one-bedroom guest house on the farm where his monstrous body is taking up a large percentage of the bed.

But we’re so persuasive about our farse, that now I’m starting to think he actually might like me. Especially when he grabs me by the wrist and teases the shell of my ear as he whispers, “Mine.”

 

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EXCERPT:

 

“See,” he says as he turns toward me. “I am helpful on the farm.”

“Never said you weren’t helpful,” I reply as I cast the room into darkness by turning off my light. “Just that you don’t have to be on the farm every day.”

“What if I like being on the farm every day?” he asks as his fingers dance down my arm, creating a wave of goosebumps.

“Well, I mean . . . that’s, uh . . . that’s up to you,” I say as a blast of nerves hit me all at once . . . because I know what’s coming.

I know what we’ve been developing over the past few nights.

The intensity has grown.

The countdown in my head until I can slip into bed with him has kicked up.

And today, when I was washing my face and getting ready for bed, I realized that this light, airy feeling in my chest was the anticipation of how he might kiss me tonight.

“Well, I like being on the farm.” He dances his fingers down to my wrist where he encircles it and then slowly lifts my hand over my head and pins my wrist to the pillow. “I saw you looking at me through the office window.”

“What?” I say breathlessly as he lowers his head. “No . . . no, I wasn’t.”

“Darn,” he says with a devilish grin. “I was hoping to catch you. You didn’t watch me at all?”

“I, uh . . .” He brings his face so close our noses are nearly touching. “I was, um . . .” I wet my lips. “Working.”

“Maybe next time,” he says and then whispers. “Well, good night, Aubree.”

“G-good night,” I say just before his mouth descends on mine.

At first, he’s soft, exploratory, just like last night, but when I think he’s going to pull away, he applies more pressure as his mouth opens.

His body leans into mine.

And his mouth opens and closes along with mine, causing my mind to reel and my body to sing.

It’s so good.

His kisses are so delicious.

So addictive.

I cup his face softly and mold my lips against his, parting my lips as his tongue connects with mine.

Oh yes.

My grip intensifies as I take a chance and slip my tongue against his.

He mutters something as he pulls away and stares down at me, his chest heavy, his eyes searching.

I run my tongue over my lips as I keep my gaze on his. “That . . . uh, was that okay?”

“Yeah, more than okay,” he says right before he brings his mouth back to mine. This time, his body sinks into my side, the heaviness of it now falling into me like a weighted blanket. He parts my lips again, and his tongue dances across my tongue, tangling and twisting, our mouths opening wider.

He’s so good at this.

His command, his pressure, the feel of him holding me in place but also treating me as if I’m fragile. It’s unlike any kiss I’ve ever experienced. And I don’t want it to end.

It’s why I move my hand to the back of his neck.

It’s why I shift, making more room for him.

It’s why I continue to run my tongue over his, causing him to groan softly as he returns the stroke.

This is unexpected, but it’s also what I thought might happen tonight. Because the tension every night has been building. The kisses have grown. And now that he has me pinned against this bed, making out with me, using his tongue, making me feel things I don’t think I’ve ever felt, I’m slowly starting to melt.

To accept this.

To be okay with it.

To want it.

 

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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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RELEASE BLITZ WITH EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Rock Chick Rematch by Kristen Ashley

ROCK CHICK REMATCH, an all-new 1001 Dark Nights novella in the Rock Chick world from New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Ashley, is out now!

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In high school, Malia Clark found the man of her dreams.

Darius Tucker…

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Rock Chick series…

In high school, Malia Clark found the man of her dreams.

Darius Tucker.

But life hits them full in the face way before it ever should. Darius makes a drastic decision to keep his family safe and Malia leaves town with a secret.

When Malia returns, she seeks Darius to share all, but Darius finds out before she can tell him. At the same time, she finds out just how much Darius has changed in the years she’s been away.

She just refuses to give up on him.

Until he forces her hand.

Secrets come between Malia and Darius, at the same time Malia has to worry about weird things going on at the law firm where she works, her kid wants a car and she’s stuck in slow-cooker hell. Luckily, her ride or dies have her back.

And in the meantime, she might just learn she never should have lost hope in Darius Tucker.

 

 

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“I was swept off my feet in a wave of nostalgia and emotion as KA masterfully wove the tale of love and redemption that brought these soulmates to life.” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

 

PROLOGUE

His Father

 

Don’t make me check that backpack,” I shouted to my son. “Mom!”

I’d had sixteen years to navigate the wide spectrum of my son’s different varieties of Mom! and get a lock on each version.

This one said, I don’t need my mother to check my backpack. I haven’t since I was twelve. I’m all grown up. Stop already.

And yet, the boy was always forgetting something.

I was in the kitchen, dealing with the pork in the slow cooker.

I was doing this against my will.

Not against my will when it came to cooking. I was a damn good cook, and I did say so myself. Also, I liked doing it.

No, it was because it was summer. Summer wasn’t about slow-cooker meals. That was winter.

Winter was stews and chili and enchiladas. Summer was meat on the grill and some kind of salad (preferably one with potatoes or macaroni in it, let the good Lord bless the woman—and it had to be a woman—who deemed those “salads”).

It almost hurt to put that pork shoulder in the crockpot that morning.

But I was a single mom. I worked. My kid was busy with end-of-school-year stuff (though, Liam loved to cook, just right now, with finals and friends and parties and making plans for the summer, he had less time than me).

And, I told myself, I was making barbeque pulled pork (the vinegary North Carolina style, and don’t give me any guff about that goodness, I was a barbeque aficionado, and I could appreciate all the different styles, but if you were pulling pork, you went NC).

Pulled pork sandwiches were a summer thing.

Though, I wished I had a smoker. That said summer to me.

Also winter. A smoker didn’t discriminate.

These were the thoughts on my mind so I didn’t think of other things.

Like the weird stuff going on at work that was giving me a very bad vibe.

Or more importantly, like the chat I’d had with Lee and Eddie yesterday. About the decision

I’d made. About the conversation I’d had with my son that morning. About the decision he’d made.

And about how his father was going to handle it.

(My take: he wasn’t going to handle it very well.)

(My next take: my first take was an understatement.)

Liam walked into the kitchen, all tall, gangly teen.

As I watched him, I took the hit I always took once the boy started to fade out of him and he began to look like the man he’d become.

In other words, he began to look just like his father.

 

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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over eighty romance novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold millions of books.

Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana and was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.

Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community. You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website.

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REVIEW: Rock Chick Rematch by Kristen Ashley

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Rock Chick series…

In high school, Malia Clark found the man of her dreams.

Darius Tucker.

But life hits them full in the face way before it ever should. Darius makes a drastic decision to keep his family safe and Malia leaves town with a secret.

When Malia returns, she seeks Darius to share all, but Darius finds out before she can tell him. At the same time, she finds out just how much Darius has changed in the years she’s been away.

She just refuses to give up on him.

Until he forces her hand.

Secrets come between Malia and Darius, at the same time Malia has to worry about weird things going on at the law firm where she works, her kid wants a car and she’s stuck in slow-cooker hell. Luckily, her ride or dies have her back.

And in the meantime, she might just learn she never should have lost hope in Darius Tucker.

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REVIEW:

As a long-time Kristen Ashley fan, I’ve patiently waited for over a decade for Darius Tucker and Malia Clark’s love story. Today, KA delivered what I’ve been waiting for with Rock Chick Rematch, a captivating second-chance at first love romance. I was swept off my feet in a wave of nostalgia and emotion as KA masterfully wove the tale of love and redemption that brought these soulmates to life. Between the characters’ electric chemistry and complex history, KA kept me glued to my Kindle as Darius and Malia rekindled their lost but never forgotten love. Ashley is known for her vivid descriptions, and the backdrop of the Rock Chick world added an extra layer of charm to this story, creating a truly immersive experience.

Kristen Ashley’s writing style shines as she effortlessly balanced the intense longing and angsty emotion with lighter-hearted and powerfully passionate moments to create the addictive rollercoaster of feelings in Rock Chick Rematch. The pacing was spot-on and the story unfolded at an unputdownable speed that kept me hooked from start to finish. A well-crafted plot, dynamic characters, and a sizzling second-chance romance, Rock Chick Rematch was well worth every bit of the wait. Five smooches from me for Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Rematch!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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RELEASE BLITZ WITH EXCERPT: Sold to the Circus by Lani Lynn Vale

SOLD TO THE CIRCUS, a second-chance, enemies-to-lovers, workplace romance from Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author, Lani Lynn Vale, is out now!

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Where we go from here is where we were always meant to go… Right back to where we left off.

 

 

AITA: Am I the asshole?

Five years ago when she left, she broke my heart. No warning. No hey, this isn’t working out. No nothing. Just poof. One day she’s there, in my bed, and we’re talking about our futures. The next, she’s gone.

So when she shows up five years later and acts like she didn’t leave me with a broken heart, I get angry. So. Freakin’. Angry.

Of course, this is where I spiral. When we went through medical school together, we were on equal footing. Not anymore. Now I’m her attending, and I’ve made it my personal mission to make her life hell.

She wants to finish up her residency and finally become a doctor? Well, she’ll have to go through every single bad thing I can throw at her, first.

Seeping, maggot-infested, pus-filled bed sore? Yep, that’s hers to take care of. Man shitting every three seconds uncontrollably? That’s also hers. Man and woman having a baby while also in the throes of a divorce? You guessed it. Hers.

If I can make her leave after what she put me through, I’ll feel accomplished.

Only problem is, I forgot how determined Valhalla Singh was. Guess she’ll be reminding me.

Because Valhalla wasn’t named that for nothing.

 

 

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“Introverts don’t make friends. Either one of two things happen.

One, they sit in their little bubble by themselves for their whole life or two, an extrovert adopts them.

That was what Felix was to me. An adoptive extrovert.

On day one of medical school, he’d taken one look at me and had all but swept me under his wing like that was where I’d been all along.

“What’s your name?” He flashed me a grin.”

“I’d noticed Felix Kent on the first day of school.

He’d sat in the back like all other social people did, gabbing and carrying on until the teacher had called class to order.

By the time it was finished, I’d taken three front and back notebook sheets of notes and had gained a new friend.

Felix, having seen me taking such good notes, had stopped me out in the hall and asked if he could take a photo of my notes.

I’d agreed, and on that went for about a week before this moment right here.

“You don’t know my name, and you’ve been copying my notes for a week?” I asked, outraged.

I knew everyone’s names!

I even knew his middle name. Felix Alexander Kent.

And he had no clue what mine was?

“To be completely honest, I’ve been calling you Poppet in my head, and I keep thinking of you as that. But then I saw Valhalla written on the sign-in sheet, and I wanted to know your first name,” he answered.

Poppet.

I kind of liked that.

“My name is Valhalla,” I answered. “Valhalla Drew Singh.”

 

 

 


About Lani Lynn Vale:

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & 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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BLOG REVIEW TOUR WITH EXCERPT: What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE LAKE, a new grumpy-sunshine contemporary romance from #1 New York  Times  Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland, is out now!

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It’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind is your heart…

 

 

When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.

Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.

Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.

Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.

As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.

But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…

They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.

 

 

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“…a captivating page-turner… as steamy as it was sweet.” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

She smelled like damn summer.

And it pissed me off.

Plus, I was tired from a shitty night’s sleep. I’d tossed and turned thinking about Little Miss Home Improvement wearing nothing but a pair of denim short overalls and work boots—no shirt, no socks, definitely no bra or underwear.

Josie hopped down from the last two steps on the ladder. “Can I ask you something?”

“What?”

“Are you always this grumpy in the morning?”

“I’m not grumpy.”

“No? So this is what? Your idea of a sparkling personality? I asked if your coffee was okay, and you grunted at me.”

“That wasn’t a grunt. That was a yes.”

Josie made a short, deep noise that sounded like a pig.

I arched a brow. “Is that supposed to be me?”

She made the sound again, this time adding some monkeylike arm movements and jumping around. “Gronk.”

“Cute.”

She jumped again. “Gronk. Gronk.”

I tried not to react, but she was just too damn adorable.

Josie pointed at my face. “There it is again. The elusive Mr. Grumpy Pants smile. It’s kind of…dare I say…nice.” She made an exaggerated gasping sound and covered her mouth. “Oh no. I hope it’s not too painful.”

“Alright, wiseass. I get the point. How about you take your oinking ass out front and grab one of the small two by fours I left on the porch? I’ll show you how to make an easy support to hold up the drywall while it gets screwed into the ceiling.”

Josie strutted to the door. The woman was wearing a white tank top and long, pale pink, flowy skirt to do construction. It looked like she was going on a picnic date, rather than hanging sheetrock—though the tank top hugged her in all the right places, and there was something about her collarbone that I couldn’t drag my eyes away from. She bent to pick up the wood out front, and the top of her tank gaped open, giving me a clear view down her shirt. I forced my head in the other direction, though my eyes managed to slant and continue looking.

“Jesus Christ,” I grumbled to myself. “I need to get the fu¢k out of here.”

 

 

 


About Vi Keeland:

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Israel, and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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REVIEW: What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.

Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.

Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.

Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.

As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.

But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…

They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.

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REVIEW:

I am a huge Vi Keeland fan. Whether it’s one of her collaborations with Penelope Ward or a solo release, I love Vi’s writing, and her storytelling skills absolutely shine in What Happens at the Lake. A heartwarming grumpy/sunshine, neighbors-to-lovers romance set in a charming small town, Keeland masterfully crafted the electric energy between these grumpy and sunny personalities. Undeniable chemistry and snappy banter fueled the build-up of Josie and Fox’s relationship, and the cozy backdrop brimming with endearing side characters captured the essence of community and love in this a picturesque lakeside town.

A wonderfully addictive blend of humor, heart and heat, What Happens at the Lake was a captivating page-turner and the perfect platform for showcasing Keeland’s storytelling prowess. A must-read for fans of small town romances and the opposites-attract trope, Josie and Fox’s love story was as steamy as it was sweet. Five smooches from me for What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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RELEASE BLITZ: What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE LAKE, a new grumpy-sunshine contemporary romance from #1 New York  Times  Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland, is out now!

 

 

It’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind is your heart…

 

 

When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.

Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.

Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.

Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.

As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.

But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…

They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.

 

 

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RELEASE BLITZ WITH EXCERPT: Thoroughly Pucked by Lauren Blakely

THOROUGHLY PUCKED, an MFM brothers best friends, runaway bride hockey romantic comedy from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely, is available now!

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Looks like I’m about to get thoroughly pucked on my double honeymoon…

 

 

Two star hockey players and their best friend’s little sister in a runaway bride rom com!

Picture this. I’m about to walk down the aisle when the groom decides to drop this news on me – he wants to dial it down to just f-buddies.

That’s when my brother’s two pro-hockey playing buddies sneak me out of the church seconds before the wedding march begins. They whisk me away in a convertible and we hit the open road.

But what’s a runaway bride to do with a broken heart and a non-refundable honeymoon? Book an extra ticket and take a double honeymoon with two off-limits, totally charming, absolutely gorgeous star athletes who want to lift my spirits.

When we arrive there’s only bed in the hotel room.

And it happens to fit three. The goalie, the forward and me.

Looks like I’m about to get thoroughly pucked on my double honeymoon. Talk about lifting my spirits…

Thoroughly Pucked is a standalone hockey, brother’s best friends, runaway bride MFM romance with a guaranteed why-choose style HEA! No swords cross. This story is perfect for fans of Lily Gold, Emily Rath and Lauren Blakely’s Double Pucked!

 

 

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“…laugh-out-loud funny and sizzling with chemistry.”    ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads

 

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EXCERPT:

~Aubrey~

I’m back under the covers as Ledger returns from the bathroom, wearing basketball shorts and a gray T-shirt. With a nod, Dev heads back into the bathroom, and the sound of the shower turning on reaches me.

As Ledger comes over to the big bed, there’s a mischievous look in his eyes. Before he can say something, a lightbulb goes off in my head. “You want that side?” I ask, pointing to Dev’s nightstand.

Ledger’s eyes sparkle. “Yeah, and since Dev’s in the shower, I don’t even have to call shotgun.”

“Go for it,” I say, his partner in crime.

Ledger goes to the other side and gets into bed before he moves Dev’s things. Then, he grabs the Kindle and stretches all the way across me to set it on the other nightstand. His chest is inches from my face. His body is over mine, and I’m staring at the breadth of his muscles, the size of his biceps, the cords in his neck, all while water patters rhythmically from the room nearby.

This is such an unusual bird’s eye view of the man.

I don’t mind it one bit. I hold my breath so I don’t…gasp.

When Ledger moves back, I watch him again, retreating over me. And for a second, he stops, pressing a hand into the mattress on one side of me.

“You have…” His eyes travel over my face, then he tips his chin at me. “An eyelash.”

“I have many,” I say, but I know what he means. I lift my hand, gently brushing at my cheek.

He gives me a faint smile before he pushes up on an elbow and ever so tenderly brushes it off my cheek, then blows on it.

My heart squeezes. “Did you make a wish?”

“I did,” he says, then gives me another soft smile that turns into another yawn.

I wonder what he wished for, but suspect he’s reached the end of sharing tonight, so I don’t push. Instead, I try to give him what he needs—not pushing, not asking.

“Good night, Ledger,” I say, tugging up the covers and playfully tucking him in as the shower forms our soundtrack.

He grumbles. “I’ll just kick them off.”

“I have no doubt,” I say.

He sighs, a contented, sleepy sound as he settles into the pillow, then looks back at me once more. “Good night, Aubrey.”

It’s a soft wish against the quiet night.

But it’s his gaze, even in the dim light of the room, that tugs on something inside me. That same impulsive part of me that was compelled to kiss him on the cheek last night in the parking lot.

Maybe it’ll ease the tension of sharing a bed.

Or maybe I’m just an impulsive girl. I lean over and give in to the urge. But he must have shifted as I moved, because my lips don’t touch his scratchy cheek. They dust against his lips instead.

His lush, hungry, masculine lips.

“Oh!”

The surprised sound comes from me. He doesn’t move. I don’t either. Instead, I linger for one, two, three delicious seconds on his mouth. In that shadow of a kiss, I feel a pull toward him. The sense that he needs something. That I could be the one to give it. It’s there, unspoken between us.

Finally I break the silence. “I didn’t mean to.” It comes out staccato, and it’s probably a lie.

His expression is stony till his lips quirk up. “I wouldn’t stop you.”

 

 

 


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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 TimesUSA 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 graduate of Brown University, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and she is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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REVIEW: Thoroughly Pucked by Lauren Blakely

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

Two star hockey players and their best friend’s little sister in a runaway bride rom com!

Picture this. I’m about to walk down the aisle when the groom decides to drop this news on me – he wants to dial it down to just f-buddies.

That’s when my brother’s two pro-hockey playing buddies sneak me out of the church seconds before the wedding march begins. They whisk me away in a convertible and we hit the open road.

But what’s a runaway bride to do with a broken heart and a non-refundable honeymoon? Book an extra ticket and take a double honeymoon with two off-limits, totally charming, absolutely gorgeous star athletes who want to lift my spirits.

When we arrive there’s only bed in the hotel room.

And it happens to fit three. The goalie, the forward and me.

Looks like I’m about to get thoroughly pucked on my double honeymoon. Talk about lifting my spirits…

Thoroughly Pucked is a standalone hockey, brother’s best friends, runaway bride MFM romance with a guaranteed why-choose style HEA! No swords cross. This story is perfect for fans of Lily Gold, Emily Rath and Lauren Blakely’s Double Pucked!

* * * * * * * * * *

REVIEW:

Lauren Blakely returns to her why-choose style, hockey romcom series with Thoroughly Pucked, featuring a jilted/runaway bride and her older brother’s two best friends. Lauren brilliantly combines heart and humor with a touch of forbidden allure as she tackles the contradictions of a bride who was left at the altar as she comes to terms with the fact that she feels more relieved than rejected while she’s on what should have been her honeymoon with her big brother’s two best friends. I listened to the audiobook, which narrated in duet by Samantha Brentmoor, Jason Clarke and Teddy Hamilton. Incredible performances were delivered by this cast who were as in-sync as the first line of a Stanley Cup winning NHL team.

Blakely brings it all together with witty writing and expert pacing that created a narrative that was both laugh-out-loud funny and sizzling with chemistry. The vibrant and endearing trio of characters each contributed to the chaos in their own hilarious and heartwarming ways. Navigating the uncharted territory of their unconventional romance, their love story was full of surprises as it unfolded and kept me hooked from start to finish.

A steamy and emotionally resonant hockey romance that defies convention, Lauren hit all the right notes in Thoroughly Pucked. Blakely turned the runaway bride trope on its head with a seriously sexy twist and a heroine making her way through the forbidden terrain of a love triangle with two of her brother’s best friends. The cleverly crafted dynamic between the characters made for an absolutely addictive, unputdownable read with as many heart-racing moments as there were humorous ones. Five smooches from me for Thoroughly Pucked by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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