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Release Blitz: ‘A Model Fiancé’ by Nikky Kaye

Title: A Model Fiancé
Author: Nikky Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: March 14, 2019
Blurb

 

There are a million reasons why I shouldn’t ask Audrey to pretend to be my fiancée. For a start:

 

  1.   She’s my best friend’s sexy little sister.
  2.   She’ll have to travel around the world with me.
  3.   The paparazzi will eat her alive.
  4.   So will I.

 

But I also have a million followers on social media who think we’re already engaged, and there are millions of dollars at stake.

So what have I got to lose?

 

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“Tell me, Audrey,” he murmured softly in my ear, “what’s one habit you wish you could break?”

Half a dozen things other flashed through my mind—using a fork and knife for my pizza, flossing my teeth at night while watching TV in bed, other things that irritated my ex. Maybe the biggest habit I needed to break was falling for the wrong men, but even that wasn’t a habit. Once. It happened once. I just happened to do it Olympic-style, and lost everything.

I bit my lip—another habit—before blurting out, “I wish I was more spontaneous.”

Once my life didn’t go to plan with my parents’ death, I made damn sure I planned the rest. It hadn’t worked out. Was it karma? Fate? The gods laughing at me?

“You seemed pretty… free-spirited earlier.”

Was this flirting? “Well, you know,” I laughed uneasily. “What happens in Vegas…”

My earlier show in the lobby with the champagne bottle was the craziest I’d probably acted since… well, ever. I couldn’t deny that it was liberating.

Maybe I needed to be a little wilder.

Maybe I needed to have a fling.

Maybe I needed to remind myself that one of the hottest men in the world was sitting close enough to irradiate my brain cells and make me think naughty thoughts.

The taxi wasn’t so small that we needed to sit hip-to-hip and shoulder-to-shoulder.  His breath was hot at the top of my ear, and I knew that if I just turned my head and tilted my chin…

I shook my head slightly, unable to even look him in the eye. I didn’t have the guts. Dev wasn’t an adolescent boy anymore. Now he probably dated supermodels and movie stars. And me? I had no game. Hell, I’d already lost a few turns in the Game of Life.

“What about you?” I asked him as the car stopped.

“What about me?” he replied.

He pressed closer, reminding me that I needed to get out of the car before he could. I wriggled over, trying to keep my skirt down and my shoes from slipping off.

Then I made the mistake of turning my head and meeting his gaze, like a kid who can’t help but look at the sun during an eclipse. His lips curved as he leaned his body into mine to make for the door.

My voice was needlessly breathless when I asked him, “Do you have a habit you wish you could stop?”

“Compulsive kissing.”

 

Author Bio

Nikky Kaye writes funny, sexy romance about sassy women in fabulous shoes and the alpha heroes who sweep them off their feet.

In real life, Nikky has dipped her toe in a lot of careers, but her twin boys always come first. When not writing, you may find her brandishing puns and power tools, or wandering through the dollar stores of western Canada.

 

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Release Blitz: ‘Surprise, Baby!’ by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

Title: Surprise, Baby!
Standalone Companion Novel to All About the D
Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019

 

Blurb

There’s a fine line between lust and hate.

I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.

His mouth is.

And the stupid things that come out of it.

But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me…

Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.

And it doesn’t involve talking.

I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend can’t change us that much, can it?

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

Except he left me a little keepsake.

And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most notorious player.

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Lex Martin

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.

She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.

Leslie McAdam

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement.

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

 

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Book Review: ‘Mr Casanova’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Mr Casanova (Billionaire Bachelors Book 5)

Published: 29th October 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

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Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0

 

Synopsis:

Fall in love with the new hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Dashing TV star Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s newest bad boy… at least, according to the tabloids. He’s been steaming up the screens as Dr. Casanova for ten years, but thanks to his ex-wife, some tricky contract negotiations, and that incident with the stethoscope (don’t ask), he’s suddenly on an extended vacation – with his heartthrob career on the line.

Enter Stella Hartwick.

A Hamptons local, she’s trying to get her home renovation company off the ground; winning the job for Luke’s new beachfront retreat would be her big break. And when she just happens to overhear his agent suggesting a fake relationship to give his reputation a swoon-worthy makeover, Stella sees the perfect solution to both their problems.

What’s a little fake smooching between friend(ly professionals)?

Stella is determined to keep her eyes on the prize renovation and her hands OFF the hunky actor wandering shirtless through her construction site. But Luke has other ideas. Midnight skinny-dipping ideas.

If only he wasn’t so heart-stompingly, panty-twistingly handsome…

Soon, sparks are flying, and they’re both forgetting their kisses are just for show. But can this fake relationship weather a very real tabloid storm? Or will past betrayals and the Hollywood spotlight drive them apart before their romance has even begun?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a ‘one click buy’ author. What is it about going out on boat trips and getting stuck on islands? Sure leads to fun times to be had in the sun. If you are looking for fun, flirty, hot reads then this is the author for you.

So it seems that when someone needs a little helping hand in the ‘fake’ relationship area for good publicity Olivia always seems to be in just the right place at the right time. Case in point with how she meets Stella through some friends while visiting the Hamptons and suggests that she could help her out financially if she wished. She might say no at the time but the offer seemed to stick in her mind and made her suggest something she wouldn’t have thought when going in to bid on a new house renovation project.

Stella has her own contracting business to renovate houses but seems to be constantly outbid on projects. Wouldn’t be so bad if the person was actually good at what they did or that they were her cheating ex fiancé. She originally started a company with her ex – but after finding his head between another woman’s legs – that fell apart as well as their relationship. She now has her own business, Hartwick Constructions, but is having trouble getting steady work. The latest dream job project she is really gunning for is the Sandy Lane house; she just has to convince the new owner that she is the person for the job. That is if she can stop drooling over him first.

Luke is in a bit of hot water publicity wise with all the fake stories his ex wife Avery is spreading. His role as Dr Casanova in a TV series called Heartbreak Hospital is the main area that has been hit. The papers report he went off the deep end after his divorce from Avery but as we know with would be clients of the Agency not everything is as it seems. His manager Quinn wants him to set up a meeting to help with his image by way of a fake relationship but he is reluctant to agree.

This conversation just happens to be over heard by Stella. Who after picking her jaw off the floor when she realises Luke, aka Dr Casanova himself, is even sexier off the screen. Sees that they could help each other out in another quid pro quo situation. She could be the pretend girlfriend to make him seem reformed in the public eye with a sweet new love interest and in return her firm could handle the renovation. A contract to dream about, the house not the man of course – well that’s what she keeps telling herself anyway.

With these books it always comes down to the first ‘pretend’ kiss. That first small spark that ignites something neither were expecting but both soon start to really want. Mixing business and pleasure is most definitely on the cards from that point onwards. But with him being an actor is it all real or fake? Something I’m sure will be running through Stella’s head at times.

The tension and chemistry between them started slower, as this was all happening while Stella was renovating the house. It was there just below the surface waiting to be pulled forward. They seem electric when they are close to each other, drawn together like magnets. They just have to be careful of what, or who, might pull them apart.

The difference this time with the couple involved is that the press is going to follow their ‘love story’ at every opportunity. Is Stella going to be able to cope with the stories told? I have a feeling that not all will be good ones – or even real ones – when ex’s are involved. The thing is Luke knows to take those stories with a pinch of salt but can’t seem to do it. Sees red and then turns into an asshole. He needs to do a big gesture to fix the mess he’s created. If his bachelor friend Fitz and sister Zoey can see things clearly why can’t he? Words of wisdom need to be listened to.

Now Fitz is going to be an interesting one to follow next. All this time it seemed that The Agency only helped men but it does have some female clients too. Seems Fitz might be about to change his mind about signing up.

Another fun, heated read with interesting characters that all interlink in different ways. What’s not to love? I’d expect nothing less from Lila Monroe’s books.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Release Blitz: ‘The Other Side of Wrong’ by Christi Barth

Title: The Other Side of Wrong
Series: Bad Decisions #3
Author: Christi Barth
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Blurb

Jake McQuinn’s lived and loved the rock-star lifestyle. But a family scandal ripped him away from his band and back home. Back to boredom, a buttoned-up sham of a job, and a desperate need to whitewash his image. His family’s pharmaceutical company could crumble without him. His band’s epic comeback won’t happen without him. How’s he supposed to choose which one to save?

Cassidy–just one name as befits one of the biggest pop stars on the planet–has discovered the downside to fame. Finding a decent guy to date who understands her demanding career and crazy schedule? Impossible. Until she remembers the rocker who almost rocked her world a few years
ago…

Jake thought he walked away from her for all the right reasons. Cassidy, however, intends to get him back. And she’s going to use his band’s shot at redemption and rock legend status as leverage. If she convinces him to date her again and drop the good guy routine? Even better. Doing the right thing for everyone else feels so wrong for Jake. And making a bad decision about hooking up with Cassidy could be the best thing yet…

 

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“It’s a blue moon rose. Because the chances of us getting together again after Coachella? Well, it could only happen once in a blue moon.”

Her head canted toward him. Dampness at the corners of her eyes made them shimmer. Guess it hadn’t been a stupid idea after all. She swiped at the tears with long, glittery nails that made him think of champagne.

“This is the most romantic thing I’ve ever received. The most thoughtful. Thank you, Jake.”

“Thank you for pushing your way back into my life.” They stood there, staring at each other, for a long beat.

And then another. And another. The air was charged with…something. Could she tell how hard—and how easy—it had been for him to make this gesture? Could she tell that he never wanted this night to end?

Could she tell all the things Jake was tempted to say, but knew would just make splitting up after the Garden a million times harder?

Cassidy’s whole body jerked, as if she’d needed to physically break away from their long, deep, look. The tension also broke faster than a snapped guitar string. In a teasing voice she asked, “Does this mean you’ve forgiven me for that? For being so forward that day in your garage?”

“Come here and find out.” Jake backed across the living room of the enormous suite. He put a deliberate swagger in his walk. Whatever had or hadn’t just passed between them, he knew damn well what Cassidy wanted now. So, he unbuttoned his shirt, a slow strip tease that didn’t need any music.

Cassidy followed, an extra swing in her sassy hips, too. Then she stopped, right in the doorway, with one hand on the frame way above her head. It lifted the hem of her dress high enough to show off the under curve of her sweet, sweet ass. “Is that a bed? An actual bed? We’re going to have sex in a bed?” She slowed the last three words down in exaggerated emphasis.

“I promised you a real date. Dinner, flowers, and now, yeah, sex in a bed. We’re going old school tonight, Cass.”

“I like it.” She kicked off her high-heeled sandals to trail her fingertips along the deep brown comforter on the king-sized bed. “What will we do with all the extra room?”

“Don’t worry. I’ve got plans.”

 

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USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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Book Review: ‘Soulmate’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Soulmate (Rascals Book 4)

Published: 15th October 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

Sawyer Landry is sexy, rugged, charming… and did I mention sexy? Back in college, we were best of friends – which meant I secretly hid an epic unrequited crush, while he dated every other girl on campus… and then told me all about it the morning after.

Now I’m back in Chicago for the first time in years, and Sawyer is determined to rekindle our friendship. I swore, I wouldn’t put my life (and heart) on hold for him again, but just one look at his handsome face and I know, he’s still the only man for me.

But this time, things are going to be different. No more sitting around, waiting for him to realize his dream woman is right in front of him. No, I’m going to make him see, I’m not just one of the guys anymore.

But can I really go from sidekick to soulmate? And will this playboy bachelor realize, true love is waiting – if he’d only take a chance?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a shirtless guy on the cover. Which safe to say is going to be most romance books out there, they know a good thing so why mess with it.

So Gabi is back in Chicago after five years hoping to land a new job at a cool library to do with event planning. Her time away after college was needed for her own peace of mind but she misses home and her mum so is back. All she is focused on is her, potential, new job but her best friend Emily has others ideas about what her focus should be on. They both need to meet someone new and interesting but can’t seem to find the time. Well fate has a funny way of sorting that one out.

Sawyer is a bit of a player who would run in the opposite direction if a women thought for a moment that they could have something serious. He can’t see it ending well due to bad examples he has seen. Doesn’t help his way of thinking when three out of four of his best friends are loved up to the ninth degree. Seems their new bar Rascals has brought them closer to getting their other halves. Can it work its magic on him too?

Gabi and Sawyer first met in college where they became fast friends and only that. Mainly due to Sawyer not really seeing her as a woman but as only a ‘friend’, not someone he’d sleep with. Not so good for Gabi because it didn’t take long for her to fall for him big time. When college was over she knew she needed to break the bad habit and stop all contact, easier as she moved away. Five years later she’s back, and as the fates would have it, gets saved by the one guy in Chicago she hoped to not bump into. Almost walking into traffic was a shock but looking up at the guy who saves her dam near stops her mind short – Sawyer. Seems he wants to start where they left off as friends but she has other ideas, well she’s hoping anyway. She doesn’t want to go back to being the friend who has to see him flirt and hook up with other woman right in front of her. Not again anyway. This time she’s going to make sure she gets his attention.

It’s a cool first meeting with all the gang from the bar – guys and girlfriends in tow. Though Rascals is closed for poker night Gabi’s still let in. Her plan, if the bar had been open, was to do something to make Sawyer notice her, like flirt with another guy. With Dante being the only unattached guy there – well until he and Hayley get their act together – seems fair game after Hayley gives the all clear. There are two words that are sure to make the game more interesting – strip poker. The whole jealously thing to get a good reaction from him works like a dream – well at least for moment anyway. It’s definitely a kiss worth waiting for, until he ghosts her after that is.

Group outings are good with this lot, great fun atmosphere. Sawyers nice, relaxing cabin is just the ticket. Shame he is ignoring her at the time, as he can’t handle that kiss it seems. Knowing she needs to force the issue with them alone, when everyone else leaves, she decides to be a bit sneaky by messing with his engine. Oh well I guess they will just have to spend the night together in the warm, cozy cabin. She wants him to talk to her but really talking is the last thing she wants to happen. A chemistry bomb slowly ticking away the longer they are alone, just waiting for its spark. A game of truth or dare could be just the ticket. Holy smokes there was clearly a lot of built up tension between these two because once those floodgates were opened nothing was holding the passion back. Can they just have a friends-with-benefits situation? Good to start with but how long can it really last?

Aside from the bar Sawyer has a very successful furniture business where he makes/restores custom pieces. It’s hard labour work so watching him work in his shop would get anyone’s pulse racing. Shirtless with low slung denim jeans molded to him and beads of sweat dripping down his back as he works away. Yep I would have jumped him too.

The passion is on fire with these two but Gabi is holding back something that could ruin them for good. With him being a commitment phobic she has to be careful not to say three certain words or he will run. His actions show his feelings are changing too it’s just he can’t, or rather won’t, see it for himself. How long she will be able to fool herself into thinking she can handle things as they are is anyone’s guess.

Oh man near the end you will want to snack Sawyer upside the head for how clueless he is. Luckily all the girls, guys too, do it for us. Let’s see how long it takes for the light bulb to go off in his head about what is right in front of him. They are meant to be but might need a little help getting there.

Another great read from a fabulous series. Really looking forward to Hayley and Dante’s story. Man alive the spark that sets them off is going to have to be big. Jealously might play a part too if the end of this book is anything to go by.

5 out of 5 stars

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