Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Blast for What a Widow Wants by Jenna Jaxon (GIVEAWAY)


A war widow finds herself throwing all the rules out the window as she embraces life to the fullest when it comes to sexual freedom in this entertaining historical romance where a suitor from her past wages a new war for her heart.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of What a Widow Wants by Jenna Jaxon, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this third installment in The Widow’s Club series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

Widowed by the Battle of Waterloo, the ladies of Lyttlefield Park are returning to London society—with their futures in their own hands...
The widowed Lady Stephen Tarkington, Fanny to her friends, has finished mourning her cad of a husband and is ready to enjoy her freedom. The kind of freedom neither a gently bred miss nor a close-watched wife is permitted: dressing up as Aphrodite for a masquerade, drawing gentlemen away from the party, and hinting at late-night assignations with her dance partners. All is going pleasurably according to plan—until the Roman god Fanny kisses during a masquerade turns out to be Matthew, Lord Lathbury, whose proposal she refused years ago...
Lathbury is charming, passionate, inventive, everything Fanny wants in a lover—but unfortunately, he’s on the hunt for a wife. He’s more than willing to use all his wicked skills to persuade her back to the altar, but he can’t wait forever. And now Fanny’s position is more precarious than she once thought. If the tongues of the ton set to wagging, it’s possible no offer in the world will save her from ruin. But does she want to be saved?...

EXCERPT:

Heart pounding, Fanny ran on tiptoes in an effort to keep up with him. This was madness. Wherever was he taking her? And what on earth did he have in mind? Oh, but she knew what that was. That deep desire in his eyes told her exactly where his intentions lay. Would she allow him to have his way with her? She didn’t quite recognize him; the mask hid just enough of his face. Still he reminded her of someone. Someone who had been most dear to her what seemed a lifetime ago. But that man had left London, swearing never to return to the ton years before. He’d retreated to his country estate and had not been seen in Town for seven years.
They raced down the corridor, Pollux still in the lead, Castor right behind her. That gave her some comfort. Pollux wouldn’t ravish her in front of his brother, or friend rather. Still, the urgency of his headlong flight, dodging wide-eyed guests left and right, persuaded her that this man would stop at nothing to get her alone.
He turned a corner into a deserted hall and slowed finally. Stopping at a door on the far end, he glanced around then put his hand on the latch. “Keep watch, Cas. No one enters.”
Castor grinned. “Not a soul, Pol. My word as a gentleman.”
Pollux pushed down the latch, opened the door into a shadowy room, and drew her inside.
The flickering fireplace across the room gave the only light. Fanny’s eyes took a moment to adjust to the dimness. A moment in which Pollux pulled her hard against him, crushing her breasts against his unyielding chest. He wrapped his arms around her, pinning her to him, and sank his mouth onto hers.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical romance in all time periods because, she says, “passion is timeless.”  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats and one silent one.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as an active member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has four series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France, and The Widows’ Club series, also set in Regency England and available from Kensington Publishing in both print and digital.
She currently writes to support her chocolate habit


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Book Spotlight on Crazy by Ember-Raine Winters (GIVEAWAY)


Opposites attract in this sweet and sensual contemporary romance of two people whose lives are turned upside down and who have only each other to turn to.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Crazy by Ember-Raine Winters, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this emotionally engaging standalone story make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 Amazon GC along with a signed copy of this book too!

He’s a homeless vet.
She’s old money royalty
Until everything changes.
Gabriella
Life is good until my credit cards are cancelled and I have to figure out what I’m going to do with my life. Looking for a job, I run (literally) into a sexy stranger. I should hate him but I can’t. With every interaction his charisma and haunted eyes draw me in.
Haden
A chance encounter five years ago turns my messed up life around in an instant. How am I supposed to navigate this crazy world I’ve been dropped into? The blond haired temptress is all I think about. Can she help me fit into this world I know nothing about, or are we on a collision course for destruction?


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Ember-Raine Winters lives in sunny California with her two beautiful kids and a wolf. Also known as Apache her pure white Siberian Husky. She loves writing romance and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. And, football! She loves watching football and going to games. It’s one of her favorite ways to unwind. She dislikes the super-hot temperatures in her city and exercise. She hates to exercise but somehow her sister still gets her to do it every day. She also thinks it’s completely awkward talking about herself in third person. Ember loves connecting with readers so don’t be afraid to stalk her and drop her a line on social media.


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Parrish by Janine Infante Bosco (GIVEAWAY)


The Satan’s Knights are roaring back in 2019 with this epic read that gives meaning to the power of love and brotherhood.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Parrish by Janine Infante Bosco, then start counting down the days until this exhilarating ride hits bookshelves!  In honor of this next installment in the Satan’s Knight’s MC series visit the link below for the chance to win an Amazon GC along with some swag.

It’s not a wicked world that drives a man to sin, it’s a deranged mind. Baptized in dirty water by Satan himself, I’ve spent my whole life fighting the good fight, searching for the light in the darkness of insanity. Now, the light I’ve basked in for so long is finally dimming and the time has come for me to take my final bow before the curtain closes on my sanity.
After making a deal with the district attorney and providing my club with full immunity for the crimes we’ve committed, I have twenty-four hours to remind my wife, Reina, why she fell in love with a bastard like me before I turn myself in and break her heart.
But twenty-four hours isn’t enough.
Not for me and certainly not for the Devil.
Tragedy strikes, and my world implodes. It’s lights out for Jack and Reina and a man can’t survive without his sunshine. Engulfed in darkness, consumed by the crazy, I’m a weapon of mass destruction, ready to wreak havoc on the wicked world.
Word to the wise—proceed with caution, motherf*ckers.
The Bulldog is back!

EXCERPT:

“I didn’t realize you would be joining us today, Mrs. Parrish,” the district attorney, Matt Ritzer, says, tearing his eyes away from me to glance thoughtfully at my wife. Turning my head, I watch Reina lift her head and stare at the man looking to lock me up and throw away the key. Without responding, she tucks a golden strand of hair behind her ear and for a split second I forget we’re in a room full of attorneys and federal agents. I forget we’re teetering on the edge of a sentence and imagine fisting those locks as I bend her over the table and fuck her raw.
Raw and hard.
Wild and reckless.
Like a ruthless savage, branding her over and over so that long after those iron bars close in on me, Sunshine feels me between her legs.
“I go wherever he goes,” she says calmly, forcing me back to reality. Without looking at me, she reaches for my hand and laces our fingers together. “Until you take him away from me and I no longer can.”
To the room full of suits, her voice is strong—her words cunning but I hear the despair laced with every syllable and I feel her hand slightly tremble against mine. It forces my gaze downward. Dripping in faded ink and silver rings, my fingers intertwine with hers. Pale, dainty and perfectly manicured—that’s my Sunshine.
The beacon of light in my dark and cruel world.
Lifting my head, the voices around us fade and I just stare at her profile, cementing her delicate features to my failing mind. I remember the first time I saw her face, the first time she acknowledged my existence. Her dull eyes called to me, beckoning me to dig deeper and discover the heart and soul of their owner.
Her soul was broken, that I knew but, her heart—I never expected it to be as generous as it’s been and I sure as fuck never thought I’d be the bastard she gave it to. She saved me the trouble of stealing it because come hell or high water I would’ve taken it, anyway.
I’m selfish like that.
Always taking what I don’t deserve.
Dirtyin’ up the clean.
Tainting the pure.
Corrupting the innocent.
Playing God with everyone who comes into my life. Reina never stood a chance with me as her acting messiah but, fuck if I don’t love her. For every bit of wrong I’ve done in my life, I must’ve done something right for her to stick with me.
You can say it’s because she loves me but, I’m no fool and I’ve lived enough life to know love isn’t always enough. Another woman would’ve run for the fucking hills. Another woman would’ve committed my mentally deranged ass. And another woman wouldn’t be sitting next to me holding my hand as I break her heart and destroy our lives all for the sake of brotherhood.
It’s more than love.
It’s salvation.
It’s knowing you were born to complete the other half of someone. It’s finding the remedy to heal your fractured soul, to piece together the broken parts and make them whole.
“There’s always visitation,” my lawyer whispers to her. That’s when she breaks her stare with the district attorney and turns her eyes to me. I watch them fill with tears and I lean into her, lifting my free hand to her face. I pull her closer, touch her forehead to mine and give her what she needs to hear.
“You,” I murmur, taking us back to the beginning.
Back to basics when two words defined a lifetime.
After a beat, she nods slightly and returns the gift, giving me what I need to serve my impending sentence.
“Me,” she assures.
Always her.
Clearing his throat, Ritzer commands my attention. Releasing a growl, I pull back and slice my gaze to the man sitting across from me.
“We’ve gone over the deal legal counsel has proposed and are willing to negotiate the terms,” he says, sliding a stack of papers across the mahogany table. Before I can lift a finger, my lawyer reaches over and takes the proposal.
Still holding Reina’s hand, I lean back in my chair and watch intently as my five hundred dollar an hour lawyer skims the deal.
“I thought he said it was solid?” Reina whispers.
Squeezing her hand, I don’t respond. Instead, I clench my jaw and wait for someone to tell us what’s going on. The room goes silent as my lawyer continues to flip through the pages and then it happens...
The voice of my maker calls in the distance.
You’re fucked Parrish.
“Fifteen years?” Reina shrieks, releasing my hand. Her outburst drags me away from my mind and the two words that we weren’t expecting to hear.  “No one said anything about fifteen years,” she cries, turning her attention to me.
Not willing to see the heartache reflected in her eyes, I cowardly keep my attention focused on my attorney, hoping he pulls a rabbit out of his hat or creates a miracle of some kind. Jeffrey Holden has gotten rich over the last two decades but he’s also kept my ass out of prison.
Every dog has its day, Bulldog.
Closing my eyes for a moment, I struggle to fight the voice inside my head. That vile bitch who loves to drag me down to hell any chance she gets.
“Jack,” Reina croaks next to me, demanding answers. Blinking, I slice my eyes back to hers, watching as she angrily wipes at the tears falling down her cheeks. I know the thoughts running through her head because they’re exactly the same as mine.
Like me, she’s calculating the age our son will be when I’m released and already mourning the years I’ll miss of his life. My chest starts to ache as I picture the boy I’m leaving behind and the grown man he’ll be in fifteen years. I’m losing out on all the moments I never got to share with his brother who was taken from the world too soon.
Then, there’s also the promise to teach him all the things in life a boy needs to learn in order to become a man that going away will force me to break.
Reina’s also thinking about my daughter Lacey, wondering if her mind will withstand this latest blow to our family and acknowledging the fact that the baby, she’s carrying won’t know its grandpa. Again, I close my eyes and allow myself a moment to recall walking my daughter down the aisle, kissing her cheek and giving her hand to the man I trusted most in the world. My throat constricts with emotion just as it did on her wedding day and one cherished memory bleeds into another, taking me back to yesterday when she shared her sonogram photo with me.
I finally let myself look at Reina—really look at her. I memorize her features and pray to whatever god will listen that while I’m alone, rotting in my cell my mind will allow me to remember all the many expressions her beautiful face has gifted me over the years. May I always recall the sound of her laugh and the sweet fucking sounds she makes when she comes undone.
You’re going to lose her, Parrish.
She’ll never wait.
“Ten years,” my lawyer counters. “Or we go to trial and leave it up to a jury to decide.”
“That’s fine with me,” t Ritzer fires back. “We take it to court and your client can wind up doing anywhere between fifteen to life.”
“Jack,” Reina whispers, reaching for my face. “Are you with me?” she questions, searching my eyes for a sign that I haven’t drifted over to the darkness.
“I’m with you,” I rasp, wrapping my hands around her wrists.
“Your client is being charged with murder in the first degree. Now, we’re being generous here. The deal is fifteen years and full immunity for the club.”
Prying Reina’s hands off me, I glare at the suits sitting across from me.
“Do I need to remind you of my client’s medical condition?”
When in doubt, pull the crazy card.
“Twelve years, full immunity for the club and his private doctors are allowed to treat him inside,” Holden continues.
Mulling it over, the Ritzer leans back in his chair, quietly conferring with the two assholes sitting on either side of him. Knowing these men hold my fate in their hands is enough to get my blood boiling and the wheels turning inside my deranged head. I envision inflicting pain on them and tearing their world apart. I want their wives to cry at night and their kids to wonder when and if they’ll ever see their fathers again.
Once a fucking sinner, always a sinner.
“Thirteen years and full immunity for the club. As far as his medical treatment goes that will be up to the warden to decide. However, I assure you, Mr. Parrish will be treated for his condition.”
Thirteen years is better than fifteen and I turn my gaze toward my lawyer, waiting for him to agree or disagree. He looks at me then Reina and back to me, giving me a slight nod. “Take the deal,” he says.
Thirteen fucking years.
One hundred and fifty-six months.
Four thousand, seven hundred and forty-five days.
Turning once more to my wife, I brush her hair away from her eyes and watch as she lifts her tear stained face.
This woman. This beautiful woman I never deserved, saved me. Day after day, night after night, she provided me with a steady place I could let go of my defenses. When the darkness consumed me, she brought the sunshine. Part of me wonders if she regrets it. If she looks at me and sees all the consequences loving me has brought to her life. After all, doesn’t every good woman eventually tire of giving their love to someone who does nothing but chip away at their spirit. It’s only a matter of time before my good woman realizes she was drowning trying to save a man who only kept pushing her head under the water with every bad decision he made.
“We’ll make it work,” she assures.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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Book Tour for Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find a romance worth rooting for between two people burned by their pasts, along with a timely and empowering storyline for the heroine, in this sexy and sweet rock star romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh, along with my impressions of this enticing read, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the Nothing But Trouble series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win signed print copies of all three books in this series too!

He's a rock star with a secret, she's a pop princess with a painful past - can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?
I've earned my bad reputation.
A few years ago, I was New York City's hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something moreSo I chased my real dream, and now... I'm rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I'm an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.
They're not entirely wrong. I don't give a damn what other people think, and I'm all for breaking the rules... except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.
Rock gods don't tour with pop princesses.
It's not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity's incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is... intriguing. But I'm convinced the skeletons in Verity's closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we're not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I'm determined to keep hidden.
Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits...
But since when do I give a damn about the rules?


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The Nothing But Trouble series continues to entertain in this emotionally engaging romance full of heart and soul.  With a main couple whose pasts have left them doubtful of HEA, readers will find themselves drawn to their journey and all their ups and downs along the way.  Throughout their journey not only is their love put to the test but so too is the heroine’s view of herself after a particularly unsettling past that adds a timely discussion to this already unforgettable read.

Dax Hughes is a music prodigy who once played classical music with his family, until life and teenage love, took him to LA and to becoming the new guitarist for an up and coming band.  He turned his back on his past to make a new future for himself and for the three bandmates that quickly became like family during their rise to fame.  Heartbreak over, and betrayal by a lost love, had him hiding his heart behind a wall all these years.  It had him refusing to mix business with pleasure, until a disgraced pop princess brings his heart back to life.  Dax’s talent is quite clear and it’s a love for music that first binds him and the former teen star together.  It’s also what had him leaving his family behind as he longed for something different in his life, something all his own.  He’s made a satisfying life for himself, but it is a lonely one as his bandmates start finding their own HEAs.  Though he at first fights his attraction to Verity he quickly realizes the connection they have in a romance that’s put to the test when her past and his collide.  Dax is a steady and controlled presence within the band.  He seems steady and sure most of the time, but it belies a man still looking for the one thing to complete him, love and acceptance for who he is.  Meeting Verity brings out a protective side to him as well as a need to give her the validation he wants for himself too in a crackling and combustible coupling.  Dax is a delicious hero, quick to admit when he’s wrong, and a man who says and does what you want all your book boyfriends to do.

Verity Moore grew up far too soon courtesy of a fame-obsessed mother who pushed her child into the spotlight.  Put into positions that no young woman should be put into, Verity was left bruised by a career that took her to stardom only to let her fall.  Years of anger and rebellion only made things worse, made her feel even more unworthy, before she finally takes control of her life.  That control means hiring the man who manages Nothing But Trouble, a decision that changes her life irrevocably and sets her on a path to emotional healing and HEA.  It’s not an easy path though as her bad decisions regarding men in the past have her worried that Dax is yet another man ready to hurt her.  With her self-esteem at an all-time low she’s also leery of compliments and those who appear to be friends the more entwined her career becomes with Dax’s band.  Though she wants Dax, she worries for her heart after all the betrayals dealt her way.  It’s quite obvious though that they’re meant to be together as they each give the other exactly what they’re missing.  In the immortal words of Jerry Maguire...they complete each other.  Verity’s a likable heroine, a tell it like it is woman who’s trying to make the most of her second chance.  She’s desperate to move on from her mistakes, while owning up to them too.  Her relationship with her mother is painful to witness and Ms. Leigh doesn’t sugarcoat the dysfunction.  Verity’s teen years were heartbreaking ones, ones that broke her spirit and her trust, and the revelations surrounding her past fame were handled in a delicate yet straight-forward way that brings the #metoo movement to this story in an empowering journey that Verity bravely puts herself through.  Once her story comes fully to light, readers will be left cheering for this strong-willed heroine who finally gets the HEA she wholeheartedly deserves.

I was captivated by this story from the first page to the last, drawn to its compelling main couple and powerful romance.  While the time line of this this story overlaps with the previous installment a bit, this story still stands strongly on its own and that’s courtesy of a heroine finally ready to fight for herself.  For too long Verity let others control her, but no longer.  Claiming Dax is just the beginning of her empowered choices, leading up to a bold revelation that had me cheering for the perfectly depicted modern storyline.  Throughout these emotionally intense moments was also a sweet and sexy romance that made me smile.  Verity and Dax were utterly delightful together, with their playful banter and scorching encounters, and I was drawn further into their lives with each turn of the page.  The issues surrounding Verity’s past returned in a very unexpected way, but it was a way that made for an even more powerful storyline that pulled in the other characters too.  I enjoyed the glimpses we got of the other members of Nothing But Trouble and the updates to their stories.  While most of the boys are finding their HEAs, Jett’s still playing the field and showing a playful side that has me longing for him to finally find the woman to bring him to his knees.  Manager Travis also deserves to find love as his comments about the boy’s HEAs made my heart flutter.  This is another winner from Ms. Leigh, another satisfying installment in a rock star series that just keeps getting better and better.

My rating for this is an A.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Tour for Runaround by Jay Crownover (REVIEW)

A man trying to find HEA finds himself having to visit the ghosts of his past when the past comes back to harm his future in this sexy and suspenseful tale.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Runaround by Jay Crownover, along with my impressions of this enticing older woman/younger man romance, then add this fourth installment in the Getaway series to your bookshelf too!

Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?
Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.
Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.
Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.
Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.

EXCERPT:

The first time I laid eyes on Webb Bryant he was frighteningly pale from blood loss and nearly delirious from a raging fever. He’d been sporting a hole in his shoulder from a bullet wound and was terrified his brother was dead somewhere in the vast Wyoming wilderness. It was my job to protect and patrol, one I focused on diligently, but Webb was admittedly distracting. I thought he was going to pass out at my feet, a city boy in way over his head. He didn’t. He never wavered or stumbled in the unfamiliar terrain and unknown situation…not once. He’d impressed me with his resilience and his determination to find out what had happened to his older brother. He’d also caught my attention with those burning blue eyes and shock of blond hair, which gave the misleading impression that the man had a single angelic quality about him. Every long, lean line of Webb Bryant oozed playful mischief and bled the promise of wicked things done in the dark…or during the bright light of day. He didn’t seem like the shy type. Even injured and out of his mind with frantic worry for his older sibling, he was the most charming, most flirtatious man I’d ever met. He sent every defense mechanism I had into overdrive, and there wasn’t a second that slid by where I didn’t remind myself he was not my type in the slightest. Besides, once the Warners and I had both the Bryant brothers straightened out, I figured I wouldn’t have to dodge Webb’s advances ever again. He would ramble on to his next adventure and be out of sight and mind.
I breathed a sigh of relief when he went away. He was too tempting. It was too enticing to give in to every single promise made by his easy smile and glinting eyes. Webb was several years younger than me, a man who was obviously lost and still trying to figure out who he wanted to be when he finally grew up. I was a woman who knew exactly who she was and who she could never be. I was never the type to chase after the bad boys, the wanderers, the reckless. No, I fell for the steadfast, the sturdy, and the solid. I gave my heart to the kind of men who held the world up and buffered everyone around them from the raging storm.
I handed my heart to the oldest Warner brother, Cyrus, when we were just kids. Coming to terms with the fact the stoic and serious cowboy would never feel about me the way I felt about him had been one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do. We shared similar dreams, knowing our lives were so much bigger than the ranches that had our family’s bloodlines entrenched in the soil. We both wanted more than Wyoming, and for a long time, I honestly believed we were on the road out of our tiny town together. It didn’t happen that way. Sure, we both got out in our own time and in our own way, but we both ended up back where we started. Cy was taking his return home in stride. He was far less resentful about his homecoming than I was. In fact, the wedding Webb was dragged out of two short days ago was Cy’s.
I thought it was going to be hard, damn near impossible, to watch the man I’d openly loved from afar for most of my life promise his forever to someone else. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I envisioned. Mostly because Cy was stupid happy with his fiery city girl. He’d never been that happy with me, before we left or when we both admitted defeat and came back home. He’d never loved anyone like he loved his Leo, so the sting of watching him put a ring on someone else’s finger was minimal.
I would gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon before admitting to anyone, especially myself, that since the start of the wedding most of my attention had been on Webb instead of the happy couple. To my surprise, my heart didn’t feel nearly as trampled as I thought it would. It was too busy stupidly racing over the man I believed I wouldn’t see again and knew I should keep my distance from.
The blond man with a penchant for trouble hadn’t stayed gone like I predicted. Nope. He’d shown up right when Cy needed help on the ranch and offered to stick around. Webb claimed he wanted to learn a new skill, seemed he’d taken a shine to the rough way of life in the Wyoming backcountry and wanted to play cowboy for a while. Cy couldn’t say no, and as badly as I wanted to, I couldn’t stay away. I was caught in an endless game of cat and mouse, and some days I wasn’t sure if I was the predator or the prey. I tracked Webb out of the corner of my eye for months. I expected him to up his game and try to lure me to bed, knowing the wedding was going to lower my defenses. Never in a million years would I have predicted he was going to be led away from the festivities in handcuffs.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After the jaw-dropping conclusion to the previous book in this series, a conclusion that saw Webb Bryant taken away in handcuffs, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what the outcome of that moment would be.  I didn’t have to wait long as from the very first page of this fourth installment readers are dropped right into the middle of Webb’s latest case of bad luck.  There’s an individual going around the country robbing banks...and he looks exactly like Webb.  It’s a shocking reveal that takes Webb, and readers, on a journey back into Webb’s childhood of struggle and strife.  It’s a heartbreaking journey that gave him insight into his mother’s even more uncaring nature, the identity of his father, as well as the discovery of a long lost brother.  The reveal endeared Webb to me even more for all he survived and his ability to still become the kind and caring man he is today.  The journey Webb undertakes is one full of twists and turns that brings him even closer to the one woman to capture his attention and it had me rooting for them every step of the way.

Webb Bryant grew up with very little.  It was just him and his older brother Wyatt against the world which had them forming an unbreakable bond still there today, a bond that has them very protective of each other.  With their mother turning her back on parenting, the two of them did whatever necessary to survive.  For Webb especially his choices usually ended up with him in trouble. His charm though often got him through any trouble, particularly when it came to women, and it’s left a long line of women in his past.  His mother’s uncaring attitude left him leery of love and HEA, but the moment he stepped foot in a small town it quickly started feeling like home and gave him hope as he saw those around him find their own HEAs.  The moment he laid eyes on Tennyson he saw his future, he saw someone challenging him to be a better man, and their interactions warmed my heart as he deserved to finally find someone loving him for himself.  Webb’s a sweet and sexy man who’s overcome a lot in his life.  He makes no excuses for his past as those choices made him who he is today.  Behind a snarky and flirty facade is a caring and kind-hearted man who says and does just what you want your book boyfriend to say and I found him to be delicious.

Tennyson McKenna’s always been a bit restless, not only when it comes to her career but also when it comes to her love life.  She’s been unlucky in love needless to say as her first love saw her mostly as a friend, while her last love wanted only to change her.  Meeting Webb sets her mind and body aflutter, confusing her with the emotions he incites within her.  She makes assumptions about him early on, due to his lengthy rap sheet and to his being younger than her, but the more time they spend together the more she discovers about him that has her falling for him.  Ten’s a strong-willed heroine, methodical when it comes to investigations and quick to protect those she cares about.  She doesn’t take kindly to being coddled, and has a tough time accepting help and affection, but I enjoyed seeing her softer side when Webb shows he cares.  When dealing with her ex-boyfriend, the FBI agent looking to send Webb to jail, I especially enjoyed her fiery defense of Webb that put her ex in his place.  Though she sometimes had trouble expressing her feelings for Webb, it’s moments like this that spoke louder than words and had me cheering them on throughout their journey into his past.

Ms. Crownover has crafted yet another delightful read that beautifully balanced romance and suspense in an older woman/younger man romance full of heartache and joy.  Webb and Ten are an immensely appealing couple, stronger together than apart as their love empowered both of them. Their connection is a crackling one full of sexual tension and scorching encounters that built through the previous books in this series to culminate here in richly rewarding scenes full of heart and soul.  Surrounding this unforgettable main couple were glimpses of equally intriguing secondary characters.  The characters that stood out the most were the long lost brother whose anger creates all sorts of new chaos, Webb’s supportive and protective brother Wyatt, as well as a sexy small town sheriff still looking for his own HEA.  Wyatt especially has me longing to know more about him.  His mother’s rage over his homosexuality caused heartbreak for him when he was young and has him leery of love now too.  He’s a workaholic who deserves a HEA and I hope Ms. Crownover lets him take center stage soon. From the first page to the last this is a story that grabs you and doesn’t let go and it’s one I recommend wholeheartedly!

My rating for this is an A.

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


BUY LINKS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE GETAWAY SERIES...  RETREAT (Book #1)  |  SHELTER (Book #2)  |  ESCAPE (Book #3)

AUTHOR INFO:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.