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Book Review: ‘Maverick Mogul’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Maverick Mogul (Billionaire Bachelors Book 7)

Published: 24th January 2022

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

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Twitter: @lilawrites


The Billionaire Bachelors are BACK! Fall for a new trope-tactic, fake dating rom-com series from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Playboy bachelor Charlie Fox is handsome, charming — and looking for a date to the TWELVE weddings he’s attending this month. He’s topping the city’s ‘Most Eligible’ lists, but he needs a woman who won’t swoon at his feet — or go diving to catch that bouquet. A fake girlfriend is the perfect solution, he’s just not expecting a very familiar face to show up as his plus-one…


The last time I saw Charlie, he was playing Mr Popular at our high-school… while I was stuck being Miss Invisible. Now — thanks to a rogue Chihuahua, my frat-bro boss, and a gallon of gluten-free frosting — he’s making me an offer I really should refuse. Play his fake girlfriend for a summer of wild weddings?

It’ll be worth it, as long as we can keep our hands to ourselves.
And our mouths.
And… other parts, too.

As the wedding marathon gets underway, the sparks between us are anything but fake – and breaking the rules has never been so fun. Can ‘just for now’ turn into ‘forever’? Find out in the sizzling, hilarious new romance from “the reigning queen of romantic comedy” Lila Monroe!


1 Very Irresistible Playboy

2 Hot Stuff

3 Wild Card

4 Man Candy

5 Mr. Casanova

6 Best Man

7 Maverick Mogul (2022)

8 Renegade Roomie (2022)

9 Baller Boss (2022)


Loved it from start to finish. Olivia really needs to change the premise of her fake dating agency as most couples end up together, even her! She has a gift it seems for matching the perfect pair and Charlie and Grace are no exception.

Needing a fake date for a plus one for twelve weddings over the summer. Olivia has just the person in mind to help Charlie out. Liked the way they all meet / meet again in Grace and Charlie’s case. Grace’s former bosses son Bret was a spoilt man child who needed to be put in his place. Cake in the lap works wonders. Top marks for that one Grace. Slight problem with then having no job. That’s where Olivia steps in.

Seems Grace and Charlie are the perfect fake couple for these weddings. No feelings there to start with but it doesn’t take long for that to change. Few weddings down and the chemistry is starting to heat up. All comes to boiling point at the Ren Faire. Grace being hosed down to get spilt beer off her making her dress stick in all the right places will do the trick. Him stripping wet shirt off doesn’t hurt either. One look and you just see both thinking screw this and go for it.

Romance in the air but Charlie is adamant that he doesn’t want long term – one failed marriage put him off for life. Seems he can’t see how he acts with Grace and that the longer they spend together the closer they come. Running scared from his own feelings and airing his stupid thoughts allowed for her to hear not the best move. Especially when it costs him something great. Can he get out of his own head and own way to get what he really wants before it’s too late?

Great characters that draw you in. Loved Grace’s Aunts and Charlie’s friends. Those guys are in for a shock when love comes calling. Dash you are up next if Olivia has anything to do with it. She is always there at just the right moment.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Promised Love’ by Vikki Jay

Promised Love by Vikki Jay is now live!

Getting stuck sharing a honeymoon suite with a hot, ex-NAVY Seal sounds like it should be a good time. Except Lukas is my husband and we haven’t spoken in years. 

Until today, we were living separate lives, waiting to get out of this arranged marriage. But my family’s meddling has pushed us together. And now he’s here filling out his t-shirt just a little too well and staring at me just a little too intensely.

Don’t even get me started on the cleft on his chin that pops up every time he smiles. The man has temptation written all over him.
We manage to stay out of each other’s way–mostly. Until the tension boils over one night in a car.
I straddle his lap. I press my lips to his. I feel his body against mine. And that one hot moment has me offering something I never thought I would.

What happens in the honeymoon suite, stays in the honeymoon suite. 

But what Lukas and I share in that room is so much more than just physical. With every kiss, every caress, every touch, I start forgetting our reality, and wonder if we’ve got it all wrong.
We planned our divorce four years ago. But what if our plans have changed?

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Meet Vikki Jay

In those early morning hours when I’m alone, my imaginations run wild and I pen down the life of people living in my head. All my life, I have lived in small towns in different parts of the world. The friendships, the camaraderie that people share around me inspired me to create Cherrywood and St. Peppers, the two towns where all my stories take place.

I write about beautiful coincidences, finding love in unexpected places and times, and fighting hard to get that happily ever after.

I reject to read, see, write anything that does not promise a HEA. My characters are sexy yet shy, strong yet reserved…

I am married to a man whom I fell in love at an age of 15, proposed him at an age of 23 and married at an age of 30. He has no clue what I write or do when he is snoring quietly in the next room.
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Release Blitz: ‘Compassion’ by Xavier Neal



Compassion: The Extended Edition 

The Compassion Series Book 1

By Xavier Neal


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Available on Kindle Unlimited



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From USA TODAY BESTSELLING author Xavier Neal comes an unconventional, contemporary romance featuring a grumpy, wounded veteran and a quirky librarian who proves all the world needs in it is a little more compassion…

Private Academy Librarian Jaye Jenkins isn’t afraid of the green-eyed homeless man she finds digging in her trashcan one cold winter night.

He’s starving.

Just trying to survive.

Could use a bit of kindness that she can’t help but give.

And when that kindness leads to her saving him from some misplaced hatred, an unorthodox situation begins. One that will change both of their lives.



About Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub-genre to sub-genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self-improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjack”.

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Release Blitz: ‘Our First Christmas’ Anthology

Our First Christmas is now live!


Baby, it’s cold outside.

What better way to warm up than with these ten steamy Christmas stories?

Join your favorite characters – and some new ones – as they celebrate their first Christmas together.

DL Gallie – This Christmas Chelsea has a present for Kallen that he will never forget but a rivalry on the ice threatens to melt her surprise.

D.M. Davis – Join the Black Ops MMA alphas and their women as they celebrate Christmas on the slopes, vying for alone time while juggling kids and holiday festivities.

Harlow Layne – Join Bodhi and Coco as they head to the mountains for a Christmas unlike any other.

Kate Randall – Abigail swears she’s going to be good this time and stay out of Jackson’s bed. But spending a week with the man determined to get her to break that promise may be enough to put her back on the naughty list.

Katie Rae – Cam has a football game on Christmas, so Kace and Ali create a sexy Christmas playbook to surprise him with.

K.B. Barrett -In Savage Valley, the Christmas season is a big thing! But with James being deployed, Melanie isn’t sure if she wants to celebrate the holidays this year. That is until she gets a special surprise delivered to her door.

Lisamarie Kade – There’s a few surprises in store as Fallon plans to celebrate Christmas on a tropical island while Trent is away.

L.M. Reid – When their plans get ruined by a snowstorm, Hunter vows to give Quinn the Christmas of her dreams by any means necessary.

May Gordon – Penelope and Conrad are sharing their first Christmas as a married couple. Everything should be merry and jolly, right? Wrong. Murphy’s law seems to have highjacked their holiday.

Vi Summers – Celebrate Christmas at the beach with the entire North Shore Crew as they deal with couple drama, unexpected appearances, and gifts from the adult store.

All stories can be read as a standalone but do follow characters in previous books.

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Meet the Authors

DL Gallie


D.M. Davis


Harlow Layne

Kate Randall


Katie Rae


K.B. Barrett


Lisamarie Kade


L.M. Reid


May Gordon


Vi Summers


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Book Blitz: ‘Kai’s Healing Smiles’ by Vivi Anne Hunt

Title: Kai’s Healing Smiles

Author: Vivi Anne Hunt

Genre: M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Bisexual, LGBT, Contemporary Romance

About the Book:

Can a smile heal a broken heart?

Silas is mourning the loss of his wife. Every day, he is going through the motions and barely managing to keep the excruciating pain from overtaking his life. There is precisely one ray of sunshine in his days — Kai — the smiley, awkward barista at Starbucks. For some reason, Silas finds comfort being around Kai and soaks up as much light as this sweet boy could give him.

For the short time Kai has worked at Starbucks, he has secretly watched one man from afar, hoping that one day he would notice him back. He looks all mature, business-like, and always sad. One day Kai finally gets the chance to speak to him. And this is where their story begins.

Will Silas be able to let go of the past and start fresh? And will Kai be able to heal the gloomy man with his smiles?

Content warnings: mature sexual content and language

Trigger warnings: mild sexual assault, grief

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Chapter One

Losing a soulmate is like losing two limbs, or all of them at once. Suddenly, you don’t know what to do with your body. You go through life like a zombie, with infrequent flashes of awareness which anchor you to the world around you, if you’re lucky. 

For me, that flash was Kai. 

However, before we can talk about Kai, we have to talk about coffee.

Even though I could afford it, Starbucks always seemed overpriced. Ellie and I argued about it endlessly. She would drag me inside and make me order the most ridiculous drinks with the most ridiculous names and pay a ridiculous price for the privilege of imbibing at that shrine to the holy bean. 

After she was gone, Starbucks was the only place I went for my coffee. I would torture myself, recounting every conversation we had ever had inside, then go home with tear stains on my cheeks and a hole in my heart.

Despite that, I would go back. One day as I walked inside, before I even smelled the brewing coffee, I saw him. A new barista. Kai. Out of nowhere, this young, outgoing, smiling creature with a bright smile and eyes appeared—and he never left. For five months, he has been the only shot of energy I’ve needed. He is my color and light throughout my gray days.

I start my day with Kai and finish it with… well, staring at a photo of me and Ellie. The only one I kept in our bedroom. 

Ellie was also one of those people who always smiled, like she had a string that constantly pulled at the corners of her lips, for it was painful for her to stay serious or angry. She would switch after moments of untypical emotion and that was it. 

I missed that, so I was thankful for Kai.

“Morning, Silas,” he beamed each morning; as if I were a good reason to smile, but I knew better. He said everyone’s name and had a smile for them, so I wasn’t special. 

I still liked it.

So, I went to Starbucks every day and ordered all their ridiculous drinks, a different one each day. Some people gave me strange looks, but I didn’t care. I told myself I was doing it for Ellie. In truth, I kept going to see Kai’s bright smile. Then, coffee in hand and a little light in my heart, I would go to work designing blueprints for an architectural firm. What else is there to do after you lose your soulmate? You just bury yourself in whatever you can find to keep you busy and you don’t stick out your head for anything.

Read the rest here: www.viviannehunt.com/post/look-inside-kai-healing-s-smiles-chapter-one-bonus 

Reviews on Goodreads:

A well constructed story with sharp, concise prose that maintains an easy to follow flow. The author captures your feelings and holds them hostage until you’re finished.”

Vivi Anne Hunt delivers a solid page turner in this well-written romance that will suck you in and leave you wanting for more. Hunt delivers not just on the dual point of view of Silas and Kai, but a well rounded supporting cast that is just as lovable as the main characters.

Kai’s Healing Smiles took me on an emotional roller-coaster, and I was here for it every step of the way. It was an angst-filled, drama-filled, heartache-inducing read with just the right amount of sizzling scenes and plot twists. Vivi has a way with words, delivering an angsty page-turner that hooks you in from Page One.

About the Author:

Vivi Anne Hunt writes steamy m/m romance books about men who love and protect each other fiercely. She’s a big fan of age difference and hurt/comfort, so you will often find those elements in her books. 

As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she advocates for more diverse representation in books. As a proud self-published author, she supports the indie author community however she can.

Vivi lives with her cat and her bossy muse. You can find her tweeting obsessively @ViviAnneHunt. Come say hi.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.viviannehunt.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Vivi-Anne-Hunt/e/B0B9QBBVKL 

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/22692609.Vivi_Anne_Hunt 

Twitter: @ViviAnneHunt 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ViviAnneHunt

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zFLX3hCQ8N4z988YRiXYQ 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/vivi.anne.hunt

Email: hello@viviannehunt.com 

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