Saturday, February 13, 2016

Book Spotlight on Will’s True Wish by Grace Burrowes (GIVEAWAY)

Animal lovers will find themselves charmed by this romance between a man whose best friends are his dogs and the shy woman drawn into his world with unexpected results.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Will's True Wish by Grace Burrowes, the third installment in the True Gentlemen series, and then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win copies of the first two books in this series too!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes continues her True Gentlemen Regency series in this enchanting “accidentally in love” romance.
It's  a dog's life...
Will Dorning, as an earl's spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will's only true companions are the dogs he's treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will's brothers are convinced that he's the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.
But the lady's choice...
Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister's only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it's loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah's heart.

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AUTHOR INFO:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes has written over thirty-five books in the romance genre and has garnered numerous awards and STARRED Reviews. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Tour for Rush of Insanity by Eden Summers (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers who enjoy rock star romances will find this book a steamy battle between the woman whose doubts hold her back from the man who's never forgotten her though she once left without a backward glance.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Rush of Insanity by Eden Summers, along with my impressions of this book, and then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this release make sure to fill out the form for the chance for two winners to choose two eBooks from ARe too!

She won’t go down without a fight…and he’s looking forward to it.
Harper left the world-famous solo artist, Judd Hart, over a year ago. No matter how much she cared for him, their worlds were miles apart. All they shared was great sex and the ability to drive each other crazy. So why is she at his concert, drooling over the sound of his delicious voice, when she’s spent months convincing herself they can never work?
Letting Harper walk out on him was the biggest mistake of Judd’s life. And now that he’s sighted her amongst the crowd, he won’t let her run away again. Not even if it means holding her hostage on his tour bus until he can seduce some sense into her. They have a lot to work out, but this time, he will do whatever it takes to convince her they have a future.
Apart, their lives are smooth sailing. Together, it’s pure craziness. But sometimes it’s okay to enjoy the rush of insanity.

EXCERPT:

He was still the stuff of fantasies. His tank was loose, exposing tanned, muscled arms. His chin-length hair was mussed, the tangled strands brushing against the barely visible stubble on his jaw like a lover’s fingers, and his drugging gaze beamed down at her from the projection screens at either side of the stage.
“Jensen, can you kill the glare and turn on the house lights?"
Oh, shit. She slunk into her chair as the stadium was bathed in a fluorescent glow. There was no way he could see her up here. But she felt exposed. Naked in front of a crowd of over fifteen thousand.
“That’s perfect. Now I can see all your gorgeous faces.” He strode to the front of the stage, his faded, ripped jeans exposing tempting parts of his legs as he searched the sea of fans. “It’s a simple game, last one standing wins."
Shouts rang out—“What do we win?” “Are you the prize?” “Pick me, pick me."
The last came from the person seated next to her—her best friend—which Harper was happy to counter with a Bitch, please glare.
Judd removed his earpiece and a satisfied smirk tilted his lips. “First question—hands up if you’re a local."
The sea erupted with high flying fingers. Harper remained slumped, happy to sit this one out. Whatever the prize was, she didn’t want it. Not now. Not ever.
“Keep those hands high if you’ve been to one of my concerts before."
Very few hands lowered, everyone still waving madly to gain any sort of attention.
“That’s awesome. I appreciate the loyalty.” He shaded his eyes, peering into the upper levels. “Now, this time, I want you to keep your hand raised and stand if you have all my albums. I mean CDs not downloads."
Harper scoffed. She remembered a conversation with him a lifetime ago about CDs versus iTunes. He was a technology nut and loved having access to his music wherever he went. Whereas she preferred something tangible. Always would.
Groans murmured through the stadium as people lowered their hands and a lot less stood.
“You have all his CDs, don’t you?” Nicole nudged her arm. “Stand up."
“No, thank you."
Her friend huffed and pushed to her feet, raising her hand high.
“What the hell are you doing?” Harper tried to tug Nicole back down and was batted away by a swinging arm. “You don’t have all his CDs."
“No. But you do. And if you’re not going to participate, I’ll do it for you."
People in the row below shot them disapproving glares. People in the seats beside them, too. They didn’t understand the importance of being inconspicuous. Obviously, Nicole didn’t either.
“Sit the hell down,” Harper grated through clenched teeth.
She wasn’t only hiding from Judd, it was also his security team. Anyone who had worked on the previous tour would recognize her, and she didn’t want the man of the hour finding out she was here.
“Harper,” Nicole warned. “You’re ruining my night."
“Mine, too,” the man beside her leaned forward to add.
She shot him a look that spoke of rage and insanity. “Fine.” She slunked as far down in her chair as possible without the threat of a back spasm and crossed her arms over her chest. “Just pretend I’m not here."
“My next question will see most of your butts in seats—"
She closed her eyes at the sound of his voice, wishing away the past and their inevitable end.
“—how many of you have a tattoo that contains my lyrics?"
Oh, shit. Harper’s stomach dissolved in a mass of tingles and the script on the side of her left arm itched. She opened her eyes to the stadium roof and measured her breathing. Slow in. Slow out. The question hit her in the feels, and she’d sat through enough emotional crap because of this man to last a lifetime.
No more. Please, no more.
She didn’t want to see the result of his question. To place a number on how many women had marked their body for Judd, like she had. But it was a train wreck she couldn’t refrain from witnessing.
She scooted back in her chair and hunted through the mass of people. One…Two…Three…Four… There were more on the lower levels and no doubt some were out of view. All female. Probably all grinning like they scored a role on The Bachelor, when in reality it highlighted their pathetic existence. And then there was Nicole, still standing proud at Harper’s side, inching closer to the cusp of being slaughtered.
“I wish you’d sit down,” she whispered, not hiding the plea in her tone. This was like a Mission Impossible pivotal life and death scene and Nicole simply didn’t understand the significance of being stealthy.
“Well, maybe you shouldn’t have had ‘love is an affliction,’ tattooed on your arm."
“Last question.” Judd spoke over the top of them. “And this is the most important."
She couldn’t help it, she inched to the edge of her seat, fully invested on what he said next. Judd might not be famous for crowd interaction, but he was a ladies man and she wanted to see the face of the wench who would win something from the charmer she used to claim as her own.
“Here goes.” Judd rubbed his hands together, glancing from woman to woman to woman. “Keep standing if your name is Harper Douglas."
Oh, fuck.

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers who enjoy rock star romances will find a bit of afternoon delight in this fast-paced read full of self-doubts and misunderstandings.  The theme of reunited lovers takes center stage as a couple wages a war of emotions and inner struggles when coming face to face with one another after one of them walked away without a word.  It leads to an evening of steamy interludes and enlightening truths that will frustrate readers at times while leaving them cheering for HEA.

Judd loves creating and playing music, but hates everything else about his career.  He's tired of the persona which is why he became so connected to Harper and her anti-fame personality.  For him, she was a haven amongst the storm of his obligations and he desperately tried to shelter her from it.  Whereas she was counting down the days until their time together ended he was looking towards the future.  I liked Judd and his protectiveness towards Harper.  He would do anything to make her happy, accepting her wholeheartedly, which added to his charm and sexiness.  His being left behind, lost and confused, had my heart aching for him and forever tarnished how I viewed Harper.

Harper was a character that left me conflicted.  At times I liked her strength while at other times I found her actions melodramatic.  Her life was full of dichotomies, growing up surrounded by the trappings of wealth until fate sent her back to a much lower status.  She never felt a part of anything or anyone, she always felt like she was on the outside looking in.  Being with Judd meant interacting with many different people which brought her issues with self-esteem out in the open where his choice to keep her safe made her feel even more unworthy.  Harper's a bold character, outspoken on many things except her feelings which was the crux of their parting and which frustrated me throughout the story.  She's not one to back down easily and it came in handy once he was the one walking away.

This was a story of feelings and people being brave enough to admit their feelings.  It took readers on a roller coaster journey of emotions that sometimes left me frustrated as they could've reached their HEA much sooner if they, mostly Harper, had just been honest from the start.  There's unrelenting sexual tension between Harper and Judd as their unfinished business is very apparent which led to a scorching encounter that left their HEA even more uncertain. Ultimately, it's a quick read that gives a vivid slice of the music life to readers while giving them a romantic and satisfying conclusion richly earned after all the heart-wrenching emotions dealt with along the way.

My rating for this is a C+/B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.
In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.
Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Spotlight for Hard to Handle by RC Boldt

Readers who enjoy a bit of angst with their romance will be drawn to this tale of a woman bruised by love and the man hoping to charm her by showing her his heart.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hard to Handle by RC Boldt, the second installment in the Teach Me series and then add it to your bookshelf....

Teach Me series gives us a closer look at just how thin the line is between love and hate…
Fifth grade social studies teacher, Laney Kavanaugh, is no stranger to being left behind – her father taught her that at a young age. That's why she always has her eyes wide open when it comes to men. She's determined she will never again be the one left behind. She doesn't let sex blur what they're really doing; it's always just sex.
Until Zach.
Zachariah Mayson, fifth grade writing and English teacher, has been the bane of Laney's existence from the moment they met at their shared elementary school. She can't stand him. He gets under her skin like no other and is always utterly obnoxious in his attempts–and successes–in getting a rise out of her.
Until the wedding.
The night of their friends' wedding, Laney gives in to a moment of melancholy, knowing she'll never be able to let her guard down enough to let a guy close, let alone someday get married. She and Zach end up having the hottest night she'd ever experienced, showing her another side of him, a softer, sweeter one he'd hidden from her until now.
Because now, he hoped she was finally ready to "see" him.
But when you've always guarded yourself against falling in love, can you let go of the past in order to embrace the future?

EXCERPT:

“What the hell do you—” He stopped mid-rant as his eyes fell on who was standing on his doorstep.
Laney looked mad as hell … and never more beautiful. With anger flashing in her hazel eyes and lips pressed thin, red and kissable. And that dress she wore? Oh, hell. It had taunted him the entire time they had been at The Turtle. Just for the simple fact that it accentuated the curves on the body he’d had his hands on, mouth on, lips on just a few days prior.
“What the hell do I want, you ask?” she snarled at him as she shoved past him to enter the house, pushing the door shut behind her with a loud thunk. “Oh, I’m so glad you asked. I want to know what the hell was with that gift. The one you shoved at me.” Her volume increased, her words forceful, demanding. “Why did you give me that gift?"
She was upset because he gave her a nice gift? Fuck that.
Because it made me think of you!” he practically screamed. He watched Laney’s eyes go wide, lips parting in shock or disbelief, he wasn’t sure which. They stood there, staring at each other, fiery gazes clashing.
He wasn’t sure who moved first, but one minute they were having their angry standoff and the next, their bodies collided, lips meeting in a kiss filled with a fierceness, tongues warring. Knocking into the wall before he righted them as they pulled off articles of clothing, they made their way down the hallway to his room. Leaving a trail of her flip flops, sweater, dress, panties, bra, and his pants in their wake, they made it to his bedroom.
Zach pulled his lips from hers. “Just one night, again, Kavanaugh?” He heard the slight bite in his tone.
Her eyes searching his, she quietly answered, “Just one night. Again."
Hearing her repeat the words, he felt like there was a massive weight on his chest, making it difficult to breath.
Oh, he would give her one night, all right.
His mouth slammed down on hers, devouring her, tasting her deeply. Having her curves pressed against him made him nearly weak in the knees at how right it felt to have her in his arms.
It’s only for one more night.
Those words haunted him and he slid his fingers into her hair, tugging her head back to tilt it, moving his lips to her throat.

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AUTHOR INFO:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the coast of North Carolina but dreams of relocating to a tropical island. When she's not writing, she can be found daydreaming of relocating to a tropical island, at the beach, going running with her family (and contemplating *gently* tossing her daughter out of the jogging stroller to reduce weight resistance), singing karaoke, harassing her husband or relaxing with a good book. And, let's be honest. Most of those activities listed probably include wine or a good microbrew. Except for the running. In that case, the drinks come afterward. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Tour for Into the Fire by E.L. Todd (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a reader who loves bad boys, I've definitely found one in Ash who's very rough around the edges but still has women drawn to him.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this unconventional hero of Into the Fire by E.L. Todd and its tale of opposites attracting, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf.  Learn even more about this first book in the Gorgeous Entourage series by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this series starter make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC too!

Ash
Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future.
My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
Alessandra
I have an unusual professional.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it's not what you think.
I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.

EXCERPT:

I sat up then ran my hands up his chest. "You want to know a secret?"
“Always."
“You’re the sexiest man I’ve ever seen."
“Well, that’s not a secret, sweetheart."
“Ugh, you’re so cocky but you’re still hot."
“I know."
My hands went to his jeans and I unbuttoned them then pulled down the zipper.
Ash watched me with dark eyes.
I got his jeans off then saw his long definition in his boxers. It was thick and moved all the way down to his thigh. “Wow…"
“I get that a lot."
I pressed my lips to this tip through the material and gave him a gentle kiss.
Ash’s eyes widened and he released a deep moan. “Whoa…sweetheart."
I grabbed his boxers and tugged them down.
He gripped the top and kept them up. “As horny and flattered as I am, not tonight."
I pouted my lips. “Why the hell not?"
“Because I’m not going to take advantage of you."
“Take advantage?” I asked. “I’m giving it to you."
“Even so, last week you told me no. I know you’re only saying yes now because you’re drunk. That’s not how I do things."
I growled. “Come on, don’t be such a pussy."
He chuckled. “Excellent way to get into a man’s pants."
I growled again.
“I’ll tell you what.” He kneeled at the foot of the bed with his torso between my legs. “If you still want to when you wake up in the morning, I’ll rock you so hard your bed will break. How about that?"
“But I want it now…” My hands moved down his chest.
“I’m sorry.” One hand moved through my hair. “Take it as a compliment."
“You’re rejecting me. How is that a compliment?"
“I’m rejecting you because I care about you. I want to know you want me, not just because you had too much to drink. And I don’t want to be something you regret.” He tucked my hair behind my ear. “Even drunk, you can understand that, right?"
I nodded.
“Good.” He stood up then pulled his t-shirt off.
Oh my lord.
Ash was a solid slab of muscle. Prominent lines of muscle divided the different areas of his body. His torso was flanked with power and strength, and the muscle of his ribs looked like lines of sand in the desert. His stomach contained an eight pack, full of grooves and valleys. And his chest was wide and expansive. Both of my hands couldn’t take up half the area. “I usually sleep in the nude but I’ll sleep in my boxers tonight."
“I want you to be comfortable…don’t mind me."
He chuckled then pulled the covers back. “Come on. Get into bed."
“With you?” Seriously?
“What does it look like?"
“Are you trying to torture me?"
That stupid grin was on his face. “Change and let’s go to bed."
I eyed his t-shirt on the floor then snatched it. I pulled it over my dress then removed my dress from underneath.
“That’s pretty impressive."
His shirt reached past my thighs and made me feel smaller than I already was. I crawled up the bed then lay in the sheets beside him. “Your shirt smells good."
“It’s my natural scent so I’m not surprised.” He turned on his side and faced me. Then he wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close to him. “For what it’s worth, I’m going to be hard all night."
“We can fix that…"
He chuckled. “I would love to—in the morning."
“I thought you were a dick?"
“I am."
“Then why are you being so sensitive right now?"
“I’m a dick because I sleep around and tell women they aren’t getting shit from me. But I’m not an ass. I don’t lie and act like I’m something I’m not. No woman ever has to wonder where our relationship is going. And I don’t take advantage of women. A little buzzed is fine, but totally drunk like this isn’t right. And I don’t need to get a girl drunk to get her into bed. Besides, I’m your friend. What kind of friend would I be if I totally used you when you were most vulnerable? That shit is fucked up."
Now I felt like an idiot. I put myself out there and got rejected—coldly.
“Hey.” His voice came out gentle. “Saying no wasn’t easy. You know how attracted I am to you. I sincerely hope you still want it in the morning. Because my morning wood is going to be bigger than usual.” He leaned in and gave me a gentle kiss on the lips. His mouth was soft and delicate. Even though the touch was innocent, it somehow made me melt. “Good night, sweetheart."
“Good night.”


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The friends to lovers theme is a favorite of mine and this new release from Ms. Todd puts a unique spin on that with its unapologetic hero and classy heroine that's his complete opposite.  Their journey towards HEA may start out under the guise of business, but by story's end it's all about pleasure as their crackling first meeting leads to unrelenting sexual tension and increasingly scorching encounters.  It all adds up to a fast-paced tale with fun and flirty banter and full of steamy encounters that charmed me along with making me blush.

Ash is an unconventional hero, but a hero nonetheless after serving three tours in Afghanistan.  All he wants is to live his life as he sees fit which means getting back the money he lent his folks to start his own tattoo parlor.  With their disappointment in him though they're hoping to change him by promising to return his money once he gets a girlfriend.  Not wanting to get entangled in a relationship he knows he's incapable of has him hiring an escort that seems to be his opposite in many ways but ends up being his perfect match.  Ash is a complex character that doesn't always say or do the right thing.  He's a sexy guy and he knows it as his arrogance knows no bounds, but beneath that cocky exterior lies a man with a kind and loyal heart who helps the woman left betrayed by love regain her self-confidence.  He's honest and upfront in his dealings with women, never leading them on and in their time together makes them the center of attention.  He's all man but there are moments where he acts like a boy through his words, his belches, and his obsession with his new friends-with-benefits's body parts.  He's an unlikely hero but I found myself drawn to him and charmed by him and his different layers slowly revealed.  I enjoyed the subtle transformation love had on him and his halfhearted attempt at stopping the impact his relationship with Alessandra had on him too.  He may be rough around the edges but whenever he was on the scene he put a smile on my face.

Alessandra's a woman of class that made a choice to strip for a few months, when fate left her with a large medical debt, that had her boyfriend calling her a slut and walking away.  It shattered her image of herself, left her doubting, with her self-confidence at an all-time low.  It's left her doubting men in particular and adamant in the boundaries she sets up in her job as escort.  There's to be only hand holding and waist touching in exchange for playing the perfect girlfriend.  Meeting Ash though has her throwing all her rules away as he's not one for living a life of boundaries.  On the surface he looks and acts like someone she'd never be with but the more time they spend together the more she discovers about him.  For so long she's been worried about what others think, she's lived a life wound up tight, but being with Ash is freeing.  Being with him boosts her confidence in her body and her self-worth and unleashes her inner sex kitten through their numerous erotic encounters.  Being with him made her more fun with a propensity to live her life without fear of judgement and hers was an entertaining journey from the first page to the last.

This was a fast-paced and memorable story from its immensely unique hero to its steamy and carefree romance.  The heroine was likable, easy to relate to, with a journey of empowerment that was cheer-inducing.  The banter between these two strong-willed leads was fun, flirty, and teeming with sexual tension as Ash was the king of dirty talk.  For me, it was Ash that made this story!  He was arrogant and cocky, and had every right to be as he was super sexy, but he was loyal with a big heart who would never lie which is what marks the quintessential hero.  Others might be put off by his talk and attitude but it drew me to him.  The only part of the story that dimmed my enjoyment was Ash's parents and their manipulations that felt forced as their disappointment in him never made sense.  Readers who enjoy erotic romances will get exactly that too as Ash and Alessandra's relationship evolves very quickly and intensifies rapidly through numerous, almost too numerous, scorching encounters.  These encounters though aren't all about sex as Ash slowly finds out what love means through the looks and quiet moments intertwined with these steamy encounters.  From start to finish this is an intense romance with a carefree vibe that charmed me and has me adding Ash to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends.  On a whole, it's a sexy story full of unrelenting verbal foreplay that I definitely recommend.

My rating for this is a B+

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AUTHOR INFO:

Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Spotlight on ’80s Mix Tape Anthology (GIVEAWAY)


As someone who remembers the 80's fondly, someone who enjoyed the music of that time especially, I'm thrilled to introduce you to this anthology that will have you reminiscing.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this collection of seven romantic tales inspired by the time and the music of the 80's and found in 80's Mix Tape, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the Romance Rewind series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!


Save a Prayer by Karen Booth
Angie Dawson never wants to see Graham Whiting again, a complete impossibility living in Stourbridge, England, the town outside London where she and Graham grew up. His band, Banks Forest, is so hot in the UK they might as well be on fire. She can’t turn on the blooming radio or watch telly or look at a magazine without being confronted by the ’80s Fab Four, fronted by the sexy bloke she’d once called her boyfriend. Every girl in England wants him. Bloody bastard.
Desperate to escape the 24-7 Banks Forest overload, Angie takes a two week job working as a photographer at the Music Revolution festival in the US.
Finally, she can set her mind on something other than Graham and what it was like before he started being such a wanker. Maybe she can sort out what to do with her life. If she’s lucky, she’ll meet a cracking guy who doesn’t think he’s God’s gift to women. The instant she steps off the plane, she learns how daft her plan was. Banks Forest mania practically followed her across the Atlantic.
Her new job puts her in Graham’s sights and he’s dead-set on winning her back.
He knows the perfect things to say, the right way to kiss her and make everything brilliant again. She wants him, she wants him to be the guy he says he can be, but he’s about to go on the road for a year. How does a reunion with her ex end up being anything more than a one-night stand?
Need You Tonight by Gwen Hayes
Jacob Stone is on the run for a crime he didn’t commit, but when he’s stranded with the only woman he’s ever loved by chance, the girl he abandoned to protect two years ago, he can’t deny the need to possess her one last time.
Mind, body, and soul.
Typical good girl Becky McDonald has loved bad boy Jacob since they were kids, but even as she gives in to the passion only he can ignite in her, she hides the truth. The one secret that would bring him back is the lie she can never reveal.
One night of passion. One night of need. That’s all they can have, but it will never be enough.
Kickstart My Heart by Autumn Jones Lake
Russell “Chaser” Adams knows he’s destined to take over his father’s outlaw motorcycle club one day. With Chaser’s heavy metal band close to making it big, his father encourages him to pursue his music for now. Chaser straddles his Harley and heads across the country to the Sunset Strip.
Raised in a strict family with old-world traditions and their own secrets, Mallory Delov longs for glitter and glamor instead of blood and deceit. With her father serving time, it’s the perfect time to escape his domineering grasp and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress.
After nailing her first audition, Mallory is offered the part of a playful vixen who torments the lead singer of the up and coming metal band, Kickstart. Her job description calls for lots of hair tossing and ass wiggling. Not quite the career she had in mind.
She didn’t plan to fall in love either. Unlike any man she’s ever known, she can’t help being drawn to the guitar player, Chaser. He’s sweet, yet dangerous. An irresistible mixture to Mallory.
On the surface they seem like complete opposites.
Little do either of them know how much they have in common.
EXCERPT:
“Can I at least get a pair of shorts that cover my butt cheeks?"
My request is met with an Are you serious? stare from the director.
I’ve been in LA for less than a week and already landed my first job. I rock.
Although, while sitting in the New York courtroom and watching my father get sentenced to eight years in prison last week, and making my plans to escape, I did not envision this would be my first job. Embarrassment has no room in my heart any longer—not if I want to make it in Hollywood, anyway.
Wiggling my ass in tiny denim cut-off shorts. Shaking my boobs in a thin red halter top.Tossing my fully blown-out and teased-high blond hair from side to side. All while strutting across a cement stage in shiny red fuck-me heels.
But at least it’s a job.
And there’s a hot guy on set. One of the band members. He’s the only one who doesn’t have his long blond hair teased sky-high.
Although he is wearing what seems to be the standard-issue glam metal uniform of skin-tight leather pants and a faded black T-shirt. But it’s his eyes that capture my attention. Serious. Predatory. They seem to follow me everywhere.
Job. I’m here to work. Not flirt with the hot guy. I need to focus and perform well if I ever want to land another one.
Sure, this job’s for a cheesy glam metal video for a band I’ve never heard of.
But everyone has to start somewhere. Even me. The sheltered and protected daughter of a criminal. Until last week, when his credit card schemes finally caught up to him, he’d ruled my life with an iron fist. Almost never allowing me out of his sight, except to attend classes at the nearby community college. Out of everyone in my graduating class at the exclusive high school I attended, I was the only one who ended up at Bright Point County Community College. So I could remain at home.
One would expect a man so determined to keep me pure and uncorrupted to make contingencies for his beloved daughter while he’s busy hanging out at Club Fed. And he did. Sort of. The man who’d been promised my hand in marriage should have been keeping an eye on me, but he was too busy watching his own back. The void left by my father was about to turn into a nasty battle to see who would take his place.
Seemed like the perfect time to get the hell out of New York and head to California. To pursue my dreams for once.
“Mallory! Purse your lips and run your hands through your hair again,” the director yells out.
The band chuckles. As far as I can tell they haven’t done much but stand around looking bored all afternoon. Haven’t seen them touch an instrument yet. One of them whispers something and the rest laugh. Doesn’t matter if they’re criminals or rockers, men are all the same.
The serious one catches my eye again. Compared to his friends, he’s way more heavily muscled and tattooed. Heck, compared to most people. His ink doesn’t shock me though. In fact, I can’t pinpoint what it is about him that sends both a thrill of excitement and a lick of fear through me.
“Okay, Jacob. Time for your scene with hot girl,” the director says.
Great. I’m not even Mallory anymore. I’ve been reduced to “hot girl."
Jacob almost seems apologetic as he approaches me. Not for the first time this afternoon, I wish someone had given me a script so I knew what to expect. I may be new at this, but isn’t a script a major part of an acting job? I’d been so excited and grateful for the part that I hadn’t wanted to press for any details.
Now I wish I had, because for some unfathomable reason, the script everyone—except me—has, calls for me to make out with the lead singer.
Um. Yeah.
It’s not that he’s bad looking—he’s not. But I’m in no way attracted to him. How could I be attracted to anyone in this ridiculous situation?
Except hot-muscled-inked-guy. Now him? If the script called for us to make out...
I have to fan myself.
Jacob attempts to put me at ease before jamming his tongue down my throat and slobbering all over my neck. I’m so tense and freaked out we have to repeat the shot a number of times.
After the third take, Jacob asks with an incredulous, but not unkind, expression, “Are you new at this, sweetheart?"
The lie rolls off my tongue easily. “No."
Maybe I won’t be such a bad actress after all.
867-5309 by Jenny Holiday
Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case. All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s most talented student, on board.
If she could just get the moody genius to answer his phone…
Drummer Girl by A.J. Pine
Sam Walsh is done—done with college, done with guys, done with the whole scene. After graduation tomorrow, she’ll head home, ready to start her job as an elementary school music teacher in the fall. But her roommate coaxes her out for what she promises will be an epic last night, a night that ends up changing everything.
London Calling is the up-and-coming band playing at the local bar, and Sam can’t take her eyes off the sexy drummer. When he dedicates the drummer’s choice song to her, she knows the evening might be more epic than she’d imagined. Then one kiss turns her world upside down, making her question everything she thought she wanted out of her last night at school.
Ben McCarthy is the guy behind the drums, the would-have-been 306 valedictorian who dropped out three years ago to follow his dream. Tomorrow he and the band leave for London, but for one unforgettable night, it’s just Sam, the music, and him. Can a girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground fall for the boy who reaches for the stars when the only result is a broken heart?
Young Teacher by Bobbi Ruggiero
Control freak Julia Powers hates surprises. With the skills of a ninja, she keeps her ad business and personal life in perfect order. That leaves zero time for fun, let alone men. But there’s nothing wrong with having a little crush on the guy she sees at lunchtime, is there? Sure, he’s a lot younger, but it’s only a crush.
It’s not like she’s going to date him or anything.
Matthew Gordon wants nothing more than for his band Joyride to go national.
While he waits for his big break, he spends his days working in a sandwich shop—a job he loathes—and teaching guitar on the side—a job he loves. His days get a bit more interesting when a mysterious woman comes in for lunch and hands him a list of her favorite songs. So imagine his surprise when she shows up at his door for guitar lessons.
Unfortunately, Julia can’t play guitar to save her life, and her frustration threatens to ruin any chance of her finding happiness—with herself, or in love.
Will he ever be able to teach her that she’s perfect just as she is?
Just Like Heaven by Rachel Cowell
As a premed student, college junior Sarah Lattimore’s life is a carefully calibrated system of studying, studying, MCAT prep courses, and more studying. She didn’t have time for a social life in high school, and she definitely doesn’t have time for one now. But when she walks into the first day of anatomy lab and sees her gorgeous TA, Sarah’s brilliant mind is suddenly racing in new directions.
Grad student Josh Chapman’s mom died of ovarian cancer when he was a teenager, and his grief and rage at the experience turned his future aspirations toward cancer research. But the unbelievably cute, nerdy, and possibly insane Sarah Lattimore is in his section, and she’s… distracting. But when admiring from afar turns to up close and personal, both their academic lives begin to fall apart. Sarah cares too much about her grades to stay with Josh and she breaks things off.
But when she makes a mistake in class that results in Josh facing expulsion, will this mean the end of his dreams? Or will Sarah realize in time that being with Josh was the smartest choice she’d ever made?

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