REVIEW – Roommating by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase

Title: Roommating
Authors: Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase
Series: Preston’s Mill #1
Release Date: September 7, 2016

Forget all those other roommate romances you might have read.

Heather and Chris don’t hate each other…very much. And they don’t have sex all the time…at least not at first. Chris doesn’t go around shirtless, flexing his muscles and driving Heather wild…too often. And he doesn’t get jealous and possessive every time she goes out with another man…well, maybe occasionally.

But they definitely don’t fall in love…right away.

When Heather comes back to her hometown, she plans to take over her father’s historic restoration business and move into a beautiful converted apartment in Preston’s Mill. Then she finds out she’ll have to partner up with the one man she can never forgive. Chris Dole, who abandoned her father and betrayed her trust three years ago.

It gets even worse. They don’t just have to work together. They have to become roommates for six months to prove they can get along. That means Heather will have to play nice with Chris and put up with his obnoxiousness, his drop-dead sexiness, and his ugly recliner named Flo.

She’ll do what she has to do out of loyalty to her father, but she isn’t going to like it.

At least not much.

Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams deliver a sweet, funny read with Roommating. Filled with witty banter, hilariously awkward moments and plenty of heart, I adored Chris and Heather’s story. This couple shared some great chemistry and an undeniable deeper connection that demanded to be explored. I loved seeing Heather and Chris challenge one another, pushing each other’s buttons and making life just a little more interesting. Chase and Adams definitely know how to keep me grinning with their colorful storytelling, lovable characters and well-timed emotional honesty. Roommating was entertaining, easy to relate to and full of feels – the kind of small-town romance that leaves your heart feeling full and keeps you coming back for more of the fantastic characters.

“They weren’t really as different as she’d always assumed. Both of them lived with these self-fulfilling prophecies.”

Feisty, caring, intelligent and driven, I enjoyed the many facets of Heather’s personality. I loved her relationship with her father and enjoyed discovering her insecurities and fears. Heather came across as genuine and easy to connect with which made rooting for her happily ever after pretty effortless. Chris, on the other hand, definitely intrigued me but it took me a bit to warm up to him. His initial hot and cold personality made me wonder what kind of man he really was and what secrets his past held. While we did get a few glimpses into Chris’ history, I never really understood the whole picture when it came to our hero. That lack of emotional depth kept me from fully investing in Chris. Don’t get me wrong, he was still utterly swoon-worthy at times, but I wanted a bit more from him in terms of overall character development.

“What they expected to happen always did—and it might be partly because they didn’t know to hope for anything else.”

The reluctant roommates aspect of Chris and Heather’s storyline totally captivated me and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed in that regard. Complete with a nosey neighbor and fascinating friends, this couple had me laughing at their ridiculous antics. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of third person narration and I tend to feel that some of the emotions are lost in translation. However, Chase and Adams did a good job at grabbing hold of my heartstrings and tugging on them with Chris and Heather’s story. Roommating moves leisurely, paced to emphasize the emotional journey of the couple more than an action-driven one. The combination of the point of view and pacing made this a slower read for me, but it was still every bit the memorable story. Roommating is the perfect balance of sexy, sassy and sweet – a promising start to the Preston’s Mill series!


From the moment I read the blurb of Roommating, I became insanely curious and just had to dive in as soon as I could. It turned out to be such a cute read with a ridiculously fun storyline, and I could not be happier that I took a chance on new authors. I loved seeing the character transformations, especially in Heather. She felt so insecure at times, particularly at the beginning, but then she really thawed as the story went on. She was learning to trust not only those around her, but her own inner voice as well. My biggest drawback was that I wish we had received just a bit more from Chris, as I became curious about his backstory. There was a little bit of depth missing that made it difficult for me to connect to his character on the same level that I did with our heroine. However, the back and forth banter and bickering between these two made for such a fun read that I was definitely left grinning on more than one occasion (especially with the hilarious addition of Estelle)!

“She could paste on a smile and pretend he didn’t exist for the next six months. Right?”

Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams are a seamless team; if I had not known, I never would have guessed that the story came from two different people. The execution was flawless and as a reader, I truly appreciated that. As a personal preference, I do wish it was in the first person narrative as opposed to the third. It can sometimes be difficult for me to connect to the characters and really immerse myself in the story when it’s in third person, which I did have a tiny bit of a problem doing in Roommating. Yet, this quick fun read was very lighthearted and just what I needed. I’m anxious to dive into the next book and see where it takes us with Isabella and Jace because I have a feeling it will be just as addictive as this first in the series!


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Curveball by Mariah Dietz

Title: Curveball
Author: Mariah Dietz
Release Date: May 18, 2017

Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.

My life proved his theory as fact.

At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.

Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.

Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most situations.

My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.

My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in both our lives.

But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh round of heartbreak.

Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.

Would history repeat itself?
Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?

Mariah Dietz delivers another sweet, angsty romance with Curveball. Ella and Coen’s journey is unique and captivating – the kind of story with plenty of twists and turns to make you think and feel and fall in love. Throw in Ella’s son Hayden and you have the recipe for some definite “aww” moments. I adored the connection Coen seemed to create so easily with Hayden and honestly their relationship was one of the highlights of this storyline for me. Ella and Coen’s connection was more instant and obvious, allowing me to get swept up in the possibilities of their relationship before they ever acknowledged the electricity between them. Mariah Dietz writing is as lyrical and vibrant as ever, painting a beautiful picture of this couple’s world and pulling me into their small-town romance absolutely effortlessly.

“I mean, can you ever really stop loving someone when your heart essentially molds itself to another person’s? Is that even possible?”

While I desperately wanted to love this book as much as I have others from Mariah Dietz, Curveball didn’t quite get there for me. The pacing felt a bit off with an incredibly long build up to a quick and only somewhat satisfying conclusion. I never really loved the heroine, hoping that as a single mom she would have a fierce and protective personality. I also found myself spending more time hating Patrick and being wary of Rachel than I did falling in love with Coen and Ella. The natural feeling rhythm and highly addictive emotional connection I’m used to feeling when it comes to this author just wasn’t there. To be fair, Mariah Dietz delivered plenty of intrigue and a few surprises that kept me reading, but I missed her usual sparkle with this one.

“There are moments in time that my soul feels like an inferno, flushed with smoke and scarred beyond recognition.”

The storyline was undeniably intriguing. I loved the online dating antics and awkward moments that balanced out the serious side of Ella’s story. Plus, Hayden was icing on the adorable cake. There was a lot of heart and tons of feels with Curveball and Mariah Dietz did a great job ensuring that I experienced all of the ups and downs for myself. Coen and Ella’s journey is definitely one-of-a-kind and I really enjoyed getting to know Coen’s family, seeing Ella flourish at work, and watching Coen and Hayden’s relationship blossom. There were plenty of feel good moments packed into this contemporary romance and Mariah Dietz always delivers on the happily ever after. If you love the meeting of two damaged souls and the sweet, slow burn of cautious love then Curveball is definitely worth checking out.


It tends to be a good day in the book world when there is a new release from Mariah Dietz. With the way she writes her angst-filled character dynamics and addictive storylines, I find it hard to get enough. When I read the synopsis to Curveball, I couldn’t even accurately describe my level of excitement. It sounded like a novel that I so desperately wanted to get lost in as soon as possible – especially given the single mom and firefighter aspect.

“You need to find someone who is going to be your inspiration to keep surviving when you go to work every day to fight the devil.”

Ella and Coen’s story felt heavy on the adult portion of life, with a bit of focus on the romances we find. I loved watching Ella’s transformation from the beginning to the end of this novel. For a majority of the time, our heroine didn’t have a backbone when it came to her environment and I found myself getting incredibly frustrated. While it did eventually happen, it was almost instantaneous, but magic nonetheless. I loved when the fierce side of her came shining through for her son. For the most part, Coen still remains a mystery to me. Though we received bits and pieces from his past and what made him the hero he was, I never felt like I understood his actions. However, the swoon and sweetness factor was there, which allowed me to develop feelings for him. He’s one of those characters that may be aloof, yet still draws you in through how he interacts with those around him.

“Sometimes I wonder if your heart can ever love someone again.”

While I did enjoy Curveball, there were several moments that felt like it was lacking the usual Dietz style that I’ve come to expect. First, I had a really difficult time connecting to the characters. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was something that left me yearning for more. Furthermore, I felt like there was quite a bit of build up to then have a quick resolution of everything in one fell swoop. I think I would have l appreciated having some of the issues come to light at different parts of the novel and using it as a driving force forward. Though these moments were present, I did find myself enjoying the twists and turns that continued to pop up throughout Curveball.

“That’s not who I am. I am not the guy who makes you cry, and I sure as hell am not the guy who leaves you when you’re hurting.”

Mariah Dietz dazzles with her incredible writing in Curveball. Even when I struggled with the character connections, the way that she tells her stories is something every reader should experience. The surprises that Dietz comes up with will have you turning the pages until that very last one. I have no doubt that people will fall head over heels for Coen and Ella, demanding more from this couple and all they have been through.


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Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde

Title – The Wright Boss
Author – K.A. Linde
Publication Date – May 16, 2017

I’ve always had one rule:

Don’t mix business and pleasure.

But then Landon Wright comes home to his family’s construction company with a broken back and a beaten heart and ends up as my new sexy boss. As the office gets heated, I’m thinking about throwing the rulebook out the window.

If only there weren’t a million reasons this could never work.

We may have shared a single perfect kiss, but I can’t let our intense connection cloud my judgment. Not with everything I’ve worked for on the line.

Dating your boss is so very, very wrong…even if he feels so Wright.

I don’t know how she manages it, but K.A. Linde is continuing to grow in her writing and getting better and better. The Wright family is some of the best work that I have seen come from this author with its irresistible characters and angsty perfection. The Wright Boss delivered so many different feels and has left me wanting to shout “READ THIS BOOK!” from the rooftops.

“Here, we were together. Here, the rest of the world didn’t exist. Here, he wasn’t my boss. We were just two people taking what we could get—to hell with the consequences.”

Landon and Heidi had such an up and down, push and pull, aspect to their relationship that gave me serious cravings for more. Just when I thought things were starting to go on the right track, something would happen to surprise me and shake the entire storyline up. It lent a sense of honesty and realism to their romance, which resulted in my inability to put the book down. Not only did these characters completely work as a couple, but their individual personalities shone through as well. Each had their insecurities and strengths that defined them, yet they somehow complemented the other leading character as well. For example, Heidi was such a hard worker and driven when it came to her career aspirations. It allowed her to empathize with Landon’s priorities, even if she didn’t always like the way things happened. On the other hand, Landon had been burned so many times that he could have difficulty with trust. Given Heidi’s past, she knew how to approach him and the situations they found themselves in. There was just something about the way Linde wrote these two that was raw and special and heartfelt. I found myself rooting for them from the very beginning and had to just keep turning the pages to see how everything would piece together.

“I’d tried to forget him. I’d tried to stay away from him. I’d tried not to look at him. All I did was fail.”

The Wright Boss is certainly Linde’s best work to date, but it’s also some of the genre’s finest. Although the romance was a shining star, the family connections elevated the book to the next level for me. The way that she has written these siblings is addictive and all-consuming. I was left utterly satisfied in terms of story completion, yet I was still yearning for more from each and every one of these characters. Linde has produced some incredible work, but she has hit her stride with the close-knit Wright siblings and I am already dying to get into Austin’s head and see just what happens!


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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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BLOG TOUR – Chance Encounters by Jessica Prince

Title: Chance Encounters
Author: Jessica Prince
Release Date: May 8, 2017

There are three kinds of nerdy women in the world.
– The Sexy Nerd
– The Confident Nerd; and
– The So-Socially-Awkward-it’s-Painful-to-Watch Nerd.

You can probably guess which one I am. After witnessing me making a fool of myself, Chance Hoffman decided to take pity on me. He’s smart, sexy, charming, and totally out of my league… and for some unexplainable reason, he wants to help me. Who am I to say no? Besides, I need all the assistance I can get.

There are three things that make a woman irresistible.
– Confidence
– A Wicked Sense of Humor; and
– A Killer Rack.

Melany Fitzgerald had none of those things. Or so I thought… until I really got to know her. She’s the total package and she doesn’t even realize it. Now I’m stuck with the uncomfortable task of helping her land another guy, all the while trying to ignore the fact that I’m starting to fall for her.

She thinks she’s an ugly duckling and wants to become a swan. All I want is her. And I’m not giving up without a fight.

Jessica Prince has done it again, delivering a perfectly hilarious and seriously sweet romantic comedy with Chance and Melany’s story in Chance Encounters. After having met Chance in The Locklaine Boys series, I was anxious for more of this seemingly perfect man. If anyone deserved to fall in love and get unexpectedly swept away by a wonderful woman, it was Chance. This novel definitely didn’t disappoint and I’m thrilled to say that Chance Hoffman finally gets his happily ever after! Melany is the perfect match for this kind and charismatic man and I adored each moment of their sometimes awkward but always awesome journey. The chemistry between Melany and Chance was electric, sizzling beneath the surface and desperate to spark into something bigger and bolder. However, it was the understated and deeply important emotional connection between this couple that had me so addictive and kept me completely riveted to their story.

“Nothing bad is going to happen. It’s just a bit of flirting.”
Melany’s hands hit her hips indignantly. “Nothing bad? Dying of embarrassment is a real thing, you know.”

Melany was such a fun character and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know every facet of this quirky, anxious and incredibly kind woman. Jessica Prince did a fantastic job unraveling her, portraying Melany’s flaws and fears with grace and sensitivity. I appreciated how genuine her insecurities felt and I found myself drawn to this heroine and connecting to her pain. There was also something so beautifully light about Melany that made me smile and left me laughing on more than one occasion. Watching her learn to embrace the awkwardness and live life through the fear filled me with an overwhelming sense of contentment. 

“I quickly followed him, hoping and praying that whatever was about to take place wouldn’t involve blood, hiding bodies, or going on the lam. I didn’t think I’d do well on the run from the law.”

Chance, on the other hand, was every bit the smart, charming book boyfriend I thought he’d be and then some. Admittedly, I wanted a bit more depth from this character, hoping that in finally finding his happily ever after, the reader might get to explore Chance’s past and family history in order to better understand what made this hero tick. He seemed so perfect that I wanted Chance to feel flawed and more relatable. Despite this missing piece of the puzzle, I still swooned. Chance’s role in Melany’s character growth left me a pile of mush while his unique brand of protective and possessive ensured I fell hard and irrevocably.

“This is probably going to take all night, ladies, so batten down the hatches and pull up your big girl panties. Shit’s about to get real.”

While Chance Encounters definitely stands on its own, I was happy to see so many familiar faces from The Locklaine Boys series. I loved how easily Chance and Melany seemed to fit within that fictional world and Jessica Prince certainly captured all of the magic and memories that went along with that unforgettable family. The storyline was fun, sexy and utterly sweet – the perfect combination of humor, heat and heart. Jessica Prince knows how to entertain and Melany’s personal journey was enough to keep me voraciously turning the pages. As sad as I am to see these characters go, I can’t wait to see what this author has in store next. Chance Encounters is the perfect example of everything Jessica Prince has to offer and Melany and Chance are absolutely worth the one-click!


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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Worship Me by Chelle Bliss

Title: Worship Me
Author: Chelle Bliss
Series: Men of Inked, #7
Release Date: May 9, 2017

James Caldo needs to control everything in his life, even his wife, Izzy Gallo. But she’s headstrong and has a need to test her husband’s limits as much as he pushes hers.

When a case at ALFA Private Investigation takes a dark turn, James is forced to get Izzy involved in an undercover sting, and the assignment will test her sexual boundaries as well as the very foundation of their relationship.

Can Izzy hold her tongue long enough to keep them both safe? Or will her unwillingness to fully submit draw the eye of the very man they’re after?

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Chelle Bliss dives back into the Men of Inked series with more of Izzy and James in Worship Me. This novel revisits the hilarious and heartwarming Gallo family, once again delivering all of the feels and funny moments that readers have come to expect from this loud Italian brood. I loved seeing Izzy and James settled into their marriage and raising children of their own while maintaining all of the sass and sizzle that had me falling hard for them to begin with. In addition to being chocked full of sexy interludes, dirty talk, and delicious flirtations, Worship Me maintained an authentic outlook on family life that readers could appreciate. Chelle Bliss wasn’t afraid to capture the overwhelming and exhausting aspects of being a parent, partner, and working adult, portraying daily life with as much humor and genuine emotion as possible. Chelle Bliss further explored Izzy and James’ unique relationship dynamic and I was once again captivated by their inimitable push and pull. The author brought me back under the spell of this couple’s enchanting power struggle, allowing me to revel in the satisfying surrender.

“We were the wackiest fucking bunch I knew, and if an outsider were here, they’d probably say we should all have our heads examined.”

While Worship Me definitely encapsulated the comforting familiarity of the Men of Inked series, it felt more like an ALFA PI crossover than the kind of distinctly Gallo novel I’ve come to know and love. There was quite a bit of time spent at ALFA and a much greater focus on James’ work than I would have expected. Although Chelle Bliss tried to ensure that readers who haven’t read the ALFA PI series didn’t get lost, there was certainly a benefit to knowing who all the players were ahead of time. Also, as much as I loved all the sexy fun between Izzy and James, at times those scenes significantly overshadowed the real substance and action of this storyline. It felt like a lot of build-up for such a quick resolution to the real issues and I was left feeling a bit disappointed. The Men of Inked series has been such a journey in and of itself that I just wanted more of the unexpected twists, pulse-pounding action, and heartfelt family moments that got me so hooked on the Gallos to begin with.

“There wasn’t a thing I would change. Not a moment I would alter because it wouldn’t bring me to that very second, tucked away in the office with James.”

In true Men of Inked fashion, Chelle Bliss delivers plenty of awkward and hilarious moments that made me blush and chuckle. I adored seeing the Gallo women back in action and absolutely loved their fantastically crude conversations. The sisterhood that Chelle Bliss has crafted between these ladies is probably my favorite part of Worship Me (and the series in general). We also got some great sibling moments at Inked that made me smile and reminded me how much I enjoy the relationship Izzy has with her brothers. I liked the introduction of Kat and Cypress. They had me totally fascinated and Chelle Bliss gave readers just enough of their story to leave us salivating for more. I hope we’ll be seeing them again in the future. Overall, Worship Me was a sexy look into Izzy and James’ happily ever after with more Gallo antics, lots of love, and plenty of ALFA PI intrigue. This novel was low on angst and high on sizzle, making Worship Me a quick and entertaining read for fans of this series.

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If you’re a fan of Chelle Bliss, then it comes as no surprise that she can certainly write sexy and steamy! Worship Me had lots of that combined with the sass and alpha macho-ness that I’ve come to expect from her Gallo crew. There were moments that I simply couldn’t contain the grin on my face, which made me remember why I had fallen in love with the Men of Inked series in the first place.

“We were completely in sync as if we were meant to be together, like this, for eternity.”

That being said, there were a couple of things in Worship Me that left me a bit underwhelmed. Seeing as how I haven’t read the ALFA PI novels yet, there were a few moments where I felt a bit lost and it left me unable to fully connect to the story. Furthermore, there was so much build up to a couple of scenarios that my blood was pumping and my heart was racing. I was anxious to see how things would explode and come to a head. However, when those conflicts were resolved, it was done very quickly and with little fanfare. Given how big of a part they played in some of the emotional settings, I expected there to be a lot more to it. In those instances, it felt like the sex started to overshadow the story development.

“This was about her getting lost in us and forgetting everything else going on outside our bedroom.”

Honestly, the shining star of Worship Me was when all the Gallo women were together. Even in just the group text messages, Izzy and the girls were as sassy and strong-headed as ever and it made me giggle and reinforced my love of the series. I have no doubt that fans of Bliss’ writing will enjoy this newest release and be begging the author for more. If you’re looking for a quick read to escape in, then you can’t get much better than anything from the phenomenally talented Chelle Bliss!

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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.

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REVIEW – Lost in Scotland by Hilaria Alexander

Title: Lost in Scotland
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Release Date: February 1, 2017

Just when you think you’re lost, you might end up falling in love.

Sam Farouk is having a bad year. Things have gone down the drain ever since she found her boyfriend cheating on her at the Golden Globes. An unfortunate turn of events forces her to trade sunny Los Angeles with the rainy, chilly highlands of Scotland. She has the chance to work as one of the makeup artists on a new TV series based on a fantasy saga everyone is bananas about, but she can’t help feeling lost and a little bit homesick. Until she starts falling for Hugh MacLeod, the actor set to impersonate the titular role of Abarath, dragon slayer and part-time Casanova.

Hugh MacLeod is ready for his big break. After more than a decade taking every possible acting job just to stay afloat, he can finally show his range in a series to be proud of. Hugh’s commitment to his career comes before anything else, and that’s part of the reason why he hasn’t had a serious relationship in a while. But the more he’s around Sam, the more he knows he’s in deep, deep trouble. How is he supposed to not fall for the sexy, mysterious brunette who works all over him every single day? Every touch, every look is torture.

Getting lost in each other might be wrong, but it could end up being just what they need.

Hilaria Alexander delivers a sweet, feel good romance with Sam and Hugh’s story in Lost in Scotland. From the first page to the last, I was smitten with this Scottish adventure, completely caught up in the brilliant imagery and vibrant characters that made this book come to life. Sam and Hugh were absolutely adorable and I was quick to fall in love with their witty banter, shared passion for film, and genuine sweetness. The colorful cast of secondary characters added laughter and levity at all the right moments, ensuring that Lost in Scotland was a memorable and entertaining read. Hilaria Alexander’s voice is simply breathtaking and I found myself experiencing the full spectrum of emotion over the course of this novel. I loved the obvious heart and soul that went into this story and quickly developed some serious wanderlust from the spellbinding visuals this author so effortlessly conjured for her readers.

“She reminded me of some graffiti I had once seen in LA that read, She is beautiful and terrifying at the same time, like nature itself. She was quiet most of the time, but there seemed to be an underlying fierceness trapped under all those layers.”

As reserved as she initially seemed, Sam soon proved herself to be smart, sweet and perfectly sassy. I loved watching this character blossom as she stepped away from Hollywood and forged her own path. Sam exhibited some great vulnerability that allowed me to instantly connect with her, but it was her bravery and the strength of character she demonstrated in starting over in a new country that had me rooting for her so vehemently. Hugh, on the other hand, was instantly swoon-worthy. Despite his rising celebrity status, he felt warm and approachable, the kind of hero that turns you to mush with his desperately dashing appearance and surprisingly romantic persona. As much as I loved Hugh, I wanted to know him on a deeper level. While we explored Sam’s history and the fears that made her who she was, I never quite got there with Hugh. There were definitely some moments I would have liked to experience through his eyes in order to really understand the character but overall, he was still a fantastic book boyfriend.

“People say life is stranger than fiction. I had been in the make-believe business for a while, and I had forgotten that sometimes life can be better than the greatest love stories of the silver screen.”

I absolutely adored the storyline that Hilaria Alexander has so expertly crafted with this novel. While Lost in Scotland had all of the flash and sparkle of a Hollywood romance, the setting and more minor celebrity of the characters allowed this story to remain a step removed from the usual blinding limelight and thus ensured the relatability of the characters and their journey. I loved the detail that went into Sam and Hugh’s story. From the movie-making magic to the socially relevant news and gossip, Lost in Scotland felt authentic and fresh. Hilaria Alexander wrote with confidence, instilling a feeling of expertise that had me wholeheartedly believing in her fictional world. As my first novel from this incredibly talented author, I can say with certainty that it won’t be my last. A sweet, heartfelt romance that will leave you grinning, Lost in Scotland is utterly enchanting!


I’m not even going to sugarcoat it, Lost in Scotland was exactly what the doctor ordered; it had a heroine finding herself, a deliciously written hero, and witty remarks to make you grin. Hilaria Alexander has created such a fun, light-hearted romance that brought this reader on a sweet journey of ups and downs which lead to ultimately falling head over heels in love. I found everything from the characters to the writing to the world-building to be all-consuming and I can’t wait to see more from this particular author!

“He’d just gotten stuck. It happened to all of us. I was sort of stuck myself. I had been living the last few months on autopilot, and I was just now feeling like I was grasping the steering wheel of my life again.”

The style in which Alexander chose to introduce the heroine, Sam, was pretty ingenious. From those initial moments, it gave readers a piece of her personality while simultaneously keeping an air of mystery around her. I admired Sam for her strength and independence, even if she wasn’t able to always see it. The fact that she could leave her familiar environment and travel halfway across the world showed so much bravery and it instantly made me curious to see where she would end up. Furthermore, her transformation from beginning to end felt so natural and left an impression on me.

“We had differences, but we all had one thing in common. A broken heart. A love story that had left us scarred. A lover who didn’t deliver on a promise. We’d all been there. Heartbreak, the universal denominator.”

Not only did my heart take to Sam, but I also swooned incredibly hard for Hugh. The hero of the story was strong in his convictions and knew what he wanted, plus he rocked an accent that made me grin on multiple occasions. In fact, I loved him so much that I only wish I received a little bit more from the chapters in his point of view. I wanted to get him to know as a person, not just through Sam’s eyes. Together though, I couldn’t help but root for them. I could feel their chemistry and attraction in the words on the page and it allowed me to get lost in their romance.

“The mysterious California girl with the melancholic eyes had made an impression on me, and each time I saw her after that, she revealed a trait of her personality that surprised me.”

Lost in Scotland was the first book that I have read from Hilaria Alexander, but I can promise that it will not be the last. Whether she was describing the environment in Scotland or the film industry’s happenings, she drew me in and created the perfect immersive experience. Her world-building ability and fantastic writing was just a bonus to the light-hearted romance between Hugh and Sam, and I simply couldn’t get enough. I may have just closed the pages on Lost in Scotland, but I’m already anxious to dive into whatever she writes next!


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NEW RELEASE REVIEW – Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Title: Pipe Dreams
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Release Date: May 2, 2017

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

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Once again, Sarina Bowen scores with Pipe Dreams! This new addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series is Mike and Lauren’s story and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. A second-chance romance, Pipe Dreams delivers all the feels as we follow Lauren and Mike through the playoff season where their lives unavoidably and repeatedly intersect. I absolutely adored the chemistry that Sarina Bowen has so expertly cultivated between these two. Their history permeated this story and made sure that each moment Mike and Lauren shared was heady with unspoken feelings and ripe with barely restrained desire. There was an electricity that sizzled just beneath the surface, and it was this constant explosive threat that kept me totally riveted. I enjoyed unraveling Mike and Lauren’s story, exploring their past and questioning their future. Their connection felt deep and genuine making it impossible not to wholly invest myself in this couple’s happily ever after.

“Sometime during these past two years she’d stopped waiting around for her happily-ever-after and started crafting it herself.”

After seeing pieces of Lauren in the previous two novels, I was definitely intrigued. Her outward personality was fierce, unforgiving and no-nonsense, but I suspected that Lauren was so much more than first impressions would suggest. Sarina Bowen blew me away as she thoroughly unmasked this character over the course of the story. I loved seeing Lauren soften, warm and eventually allow her heart to be exposed once again. Her past heartbreak leant itself to some understandable fears and a handful of insecurities that allowed me to relate to Lauren and even connect with her on a completely unexpected level. I loved seeing her come alive as she let go of the hurt and found myself grinning at the relationships she began to form with Georgia, Becca and Nate. Sarina Bowen did a seriously fantastic job growing and evolving Lauren with each passing page. By the time all was said and done, I was surprised by how easily this heroine had worked her way into my heart.

“I love you so hard, it hurts.”

Sarina Bowen has a knack for writing heroes that knock me off my feet and Mike was certainly no exception. From the very beginning, I could feel his regret and longing for Lauren. His emotions came across so steady and sure that I quickly found myself questioning everything I thought I knew about Mike. Needless to say, Sarina Bowen left my heart a tangled mess and I ached for all that this hero had been forced to face. Despite his semi-celebrity status as a professional athlete, Sarina Bowen expertly molded Mike into someone tangible and easy to love through his relationships with Hans and Elsa. I fell in love with each facet of this complicated man and adored how thoroughly Mike cared for and worshiped both his daughter and Lauren. He struggled in a way that was real and beautiful, allowing him to embed himself deep within me and leave me a swooning mess.

“Don’t be nice. Don’t talk to me. Don’t look at me. Just stay between the pipes and guard the damn net. And leave me the hell alone.”

Pipe Dreams wasn’t overly complicated or excessively dramatic. The storyline ebbed and flowed in a way that was sweet and sultry. This delicious pace allowed me the time necessary to really soak in the significance of the smallest moments, letting me reconcile Mike and Lauren’s past with the present and the possibility of a future. I loved the parallel between Mike and Lauren’s personal high-stakes-rekindling with that of the Brooklyn Bruisers’ run in the post-season. I was just as caught up in the team’s play for the cup as I was in the couple’s fight for a second-chance at love. Sarina Bowen effortlessly intertwined the world of the Brooklyn Bruisers with the more intimate concerns of the main couple, easily maintaining the comforting and familiar sense of camaraderie I’ve come to love from this series. Mike and Lauren’s story left me completely content and somehow still desperate for more. Scorching, smart and perfectly sincere Pipe Dreams is another phenomenal read from Sarina Bowen!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Fraud by J.L. Berg

Title: Fraud
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: May 1, 2017

It wasn’t just a job.
It was my way back to the top.

After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world, I knew I’d do anything to get it back.
Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there.
She was the hottest author in the country. Known only by a pen name, there wasn’t a person alive who wasn’t dying to discover her true identity.
And I’d figured it out.

Her real name was Kate O’Malley and not only did I plan on finding her, but I fully intended on learning every dirty secret she had and exploiting it for my own gain.
But I underestimated my prey.
I didn’t anticipate how her words would intoxicate me, or how the curves of her body would consume me.
I never meant to fall in love.
And now I had a choice to make.

Do I give up everything for the woman I set out to destroy, or walk away, making me the biggest fraud of all?

J.L. Berg delivers a vibrant, smart and utterly electric novel of self-discovery and learning to let go with Fraud. Fun, sexy and heartfelt, Kate and Killian’s story is entirely addictive and absolutely enchanting. I fell in love with this duo immediately, drawn to their seemingly opposite personalities and intrigued by their undeniably sizzling chemistry. J.L. Berg did a fantastic job at cultivating the connection between these two, quickly getting me hooked on their easy banter, adorable flirtations, sweet honesty and scorching hot interludes. Kate and Killian shared a push and pull that served to not only drive this story forward, but also pushed the characters to grow in truly beautiful ways over the course of their journey.

“She was a crazy enigma that I couldn’t resist. Fire and passion all contained in a pretty little package. And I had just been given the present of a lifetime.”

From the very beginning, Kate completely captivated me. I loved the dichotomy of this character so much – enjoying the sharp contrast between Kate and her author alter ego, Laura Stone. There was something so strange and yet entirely genuine about the way Kate explored her own dimensionality through her writing as Laura. I adored watching Kate let go of her insecurities and fears through Laura and then, with Killian’s encouragement and support, learn to spread her wings in the real world. Where Laura’s world was the stuff of great fiction, Kate’s was easy to relate to and emotionally accessible. I enjoyed experiencing both sides of Kate’s life in parallel, but admittedly, it was the unavoidable collision that totally thrilled me. The way Kate blossomed throughout this novel was simply stunning and I loved seeing this heroine fully come into her own.

“I’d once read somewhere that a person’s eyes were the windows to their soul. I’d seen Killian’s soul and it was dripping with deceit.”

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy book boyfriend, then Killian certainly fits the bill. To be fair, it took me a few chapters to really warm up to this character. I was worried about his initially selfish behavior and the less than honorable intentions that brought him to Kate, but J.L. Berg easily changed my mind. I found myself melting over the way Killian so effortlessly accepted Kate for who she was and was moved by the restraint he demonstrated in regards to her story. His ability to admit when he was wrong and the respect he gave Kate throughout the book left me with no choice but to fall head over heels for Killian. Though his relationship with his brother and the pieces of his past that were revealed, J.L. Berg managed to humanize Killian in a way that allowed me to understand and even accept his initial conduct. By the time all was said and done, this hero had thoroughly swept me off my feet.

“Sometimes, it takes two broken hearts to make a whole, and that’s what Killian Turner did for me. What we did for each other.”

J.L. Berg’s writing is smart, witty and teeming with emotion – each page of this story evidence of the author’s incredible talent. J.L. Berg’s voice is friendly, familiar and relevant, delivering Kate and Killian’s journey with well-practiced ease and plenty of heart. Fraud was paced to be devoured and I found myself doing just that. I got lost in the colorful imagery, snappy dialogue and delightfully sassy moments that made this book absolutely sparkle. J.L. Berg filled out Kate and Killian’s world with some seriously fascinating (not to mention ball-busting) secondary characters and I can only hope we haven’t seen the last of Liam and Jane. Kate and Killian made for an unforgettable pair and J.L. Berg definitely didn’t disappoint with her newest novel. The perfect balance of sweet romance, fiery passion and an enthralling storyline, Fraud is the total package.


What had started as a fun little game to bring this timid beauty out of her shell somehow turned into a wrestling match.

And I was the one about to lose.

Katelyn O’Malley was nothing like I’d imagined.

What had I imagined?

I wasn’t sure exactly.

I’d diligently done my homework— reading Scandal not once, but twice— before I’d hopped on a plane to Oregon. I’d thought the novel would give me insight to this perplexing woman I was about to meet.

It hadn’t.

Not one bit.

If anything, it’d created a thousand more questions.

At first, cracking her ironclad shell seemed like a daunting task. She had come off dry and dull.

God-awful boring.

But boring women didn’t do tequila shots until two in the morning.

Boring women didn’t lie to waiters for free wine and dessert.

And boring women definitely didn’t make me feel this way.

Needy. Desperate. And fucking horny as hell.

Even the way she licked the chocolate off her fork was making me shift uncomfortably in my seat.

This was a job.

Get your head in the game.

“You were pretty good at that,” I said, trying not to stare at the way her pink tongue darted out to grab the last bit of mousse from the tip of her finger.

“Good at what?” she asked.

“Lying.” She let out a choking cough, patting her chest with her palm. “I’m not a good liar,” she argued.

“Really? You seemed to have everyone around us fooled, including that charming elderly couple who offered their congratulations on their way out.”

“That really was sweet.” She smiled, a touch of whimsy in her gaze. “Did you see the way they held hands? I’m pretty sure he even grabbed her ass when she walked past him to go to the restroom.”

I laughed. “My kind of guy.”

“I just wonder what it’s like— to be that in love after all that time,” she said, bending forward and resting the curve of her chin on her hand.

“How do you know it has been a long time?” I asked. “Maybe they got married late in life.”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so.”

“Why?” I asked, curious how she’d reached that conclusion.

“There was a familiarity in the way they touched. The way they leaned into one another, the way they walked. It was as if they’d been doing so forever.”

I studied her for a quiet moment, recalling the intensity of her words and the passion in her voice. It was the first time since meeting Katelyn O’Malley, I could actually see a sliver of Laura Stone, the author, somewhere inside.

“I do believe you are a bit of a romantic at heart,” I replied.

She smiled sweetly. “Maybe a hopeless one.”

My hand reached out to hers, a needless gesture since we’d already achieved our goal for the evening and sold everyone on our false marital status.

This time, I touched her because I wanted to.

“Definitely not hopeless,” I said softly, knowing that instant that I was crossing the line between business and pleasure.

And heading straight to the land of hell.

“So, tell me about technical editing,” she said, shifting topics. “How does one get into something like that?”

I suddenly felt like I’d been hit in the face with a bucket of ice water. Here I was, in a dimly lit room, romancing the hell out of a woman I’d just met, and then reality hit.

I was lying to her.

Flat-out lying.

I needed to remember that. “There’s not much to tell,” I said, straightening slightly in my chair. “Rather boring really.”

We continued to chat about our lives. She told me more about her work at the college. I rambled off more lies about mine until the check came around.

I was feeling quite good about myself as I led us outside.

My head was clear.

But then I saw the way the moonlight highlighted her golden-blonde hair. I became mesmerized by the sway of her hips and the soft curves of her body.

Katelyn O’Malley was casting a spell on me, and she didn’t even know it.

And I wasn’t sure I wanted her to stop.

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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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REVIEW – Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

Title – Mister Romance
Author – Leisa Rayven
Publication Date – April 30, 2017
Series – Masters of Love #1

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

After how hard I fell for the characters in Leisa Rayven’s debut novel, I wasn’t sure that anything she wrote could rival those feelings. However, it’s safe to say that Rayven can anticipate readers’ needs with the best of them because Mister Romance blew me out of the water. The hero made me swoon hardcore and love all the pieces that made him who he was; the heroine was feisty and cynical and made for such a wonderful change of pace. The premise of the story was incredibly unique and everything came together in the most perfect of ways.

“We’ve all been hurt. We’re all broken in places. But romance gives us a way to forget about that for a while and believe that fairytales can come true.”

I loved that the heroine, Eden, was the character who was so anti-romance. In most novels, the formula tends to be the other way around or while the female can be somewhat jaded, it’s never quite to the degree that Eden was. As someone who came from a broken family that left its own share of scars, there was a quality to the cynicism and musings of the heroine that I could relate to. I understood her feelings and deeply-rooted skepticism of the notions of love. Furthermore, there was something extraordinary about Max that readers are sure to swoon and fall for. The way that he could boost a woman’s confidence and self-esteem and the manner in which he showed a woman her worth was invaluable. It warmed my heart to the core, especially in one particular scene where the women were discussing what he did for them. Then when it came to Eden, he thought of everything and knew her better than she did herself at times. While he may have been acting, I could see the pieces of his true self that shone through each scenario and he ended up becoming the most perfect book boyfriend.

“You’re so starved of romance in your life, you’re like an emotional skeleton. I intend to put some meant back on your bones. Make you believe in something other than a bleak apocalypse.”

Mister Romance is unlike any of the other books in the romance genre that I have read. Honestly, I think in some ways that every man and woman who has had their heart broken could relate to the entire premise of feeling good and regaining a boost of confidence from the opposite sex. I can’t say enough good things about Leisa Rayven’s writing, and this book is just further proof that she can conquer it all. Whether you’re in the mood for heartfelt or funny, Mister Romance knocks it out of the park. I have no doubt that readers everywhere will fall for the witty banter which turns into the ultimate romance between Max and Eden!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Who Needs Air by Cassie Graham

Title – Who Needs Air
Author – Cassie Graham
Publication Date – April 28, 2017

They fell in love at thirteen.
He wrote a book about it at twenty.
She watched him walk away at twenty-three.
And he made the New York Times Best Sellers list at twenty-four.

Campbell ‘Cam’ Potter stood idly by as August Wyatt took over the world one word at a time. Chapter by chapter, people fell in love with the story he created – the events she lived. And now the book was being made into a movie, it was only a matter of time before August was back in their small hometown in Georgia.

The problem was, when August left five years ago, Cam made a promise to herself. The ending in his book would be the conclusion to their story. There was no sequel, no second chance, no possibility of ever seeing him again. He obliterated her heart and she was determined to never let it happen again.

That is, until Cam gets a late night text from the heartbreaker himself.
New chapters are written, fresh storylines are explored and Cam and August find a familiarity in one another.

Sometimes THE END doesn’t mean it’s over.

Once again, Cassie Graham has mystified me with characters I couldn’t get enough of in a storyline that I wanted to jump into. Who Needs Air took a little bit of everything I absolutely love about the romance genre and wrapped it in a pretty bow for me to unwrap. I fell pretty quickly in those initial moments and the story only got better from there!

“The only thing that matters is August. His words. His hands. His promises. His passion.”

Graham’s characters are incredibly charming and hard not to fall in love with. I came to admire our heroine, Campbell, for her fierce independence and the way that she trusted her heart. She had almost an intuitive nature and felt so sure of herself in the decisions she made and where she wanted to end up. Then you had our wordy stud, August, who just stole the show. The way that he loved Campbell and wasn’t afraid to express it or the way that he was so worried about telling their story in the perfect manner melted my heart time and time again. Even in those struggling moments (where I wanted to do some serious cussing out of the author), something kept me tethered to him. Whether it was the second, fifth, or tenth time falling in love, I have a feeling that these two characters would always find their way back to each other. There’s something about their devotion and loyalty that screams timeless, and I adored every single second of it.

“He’s water and I’m air. So different, yet neither of us can live without the other. We’re deadly, but we’re also life-giving. I’ll drown in him if I allow myself and he might not survive without me.”

Not only are the characters fresh and fun, but Cassie Graham’s writing has grown leaps and bounds! From those first few chapters, I could clearly see a development in everything from her word choice to the imagery she created in her scenes. She wasn’t just telling a story with Who Needs Air, she was enchanting readers down a rabbit hole, breathing that very essence of air into them. She was immersing those readers into this love, bringing the world to life for us to be a part of. I always look for growth when I pick up a subsequent book from an author I’ve previously read, but I can honestly say I was struck speechless (and in complete awe) at just how much Graham has learned and applied these techniques in this brand new novel.

“With her hair out of its previously perfect up-do and makeup a mess, her beauty was a force to be reckoned with. She didn’t even have to try. She just… was.”

Who Needs Air is a second chance at love, but cleverly giving readers a chance to fall in love for the first time too. Through perfectly timed flashbacks, I became addicted to the romance between Campbell and August and needed to see how everything would end up. It comes as no surprise that I truly loved this story, along with every grin, every heart flutter, and every lip-biting piece of ansty romance that it delivered on. Trust me when I say that Who Needs Air is Graham’s best work to date and you won’t want to miss it!


Bringing my body into his with a tug, he squeezes my shoulders. Only, this hug feels different. It doesn’t feel like all the other ones we’ve shared since he came back into town. I’m baffled at first, my arms locked around his torso. He doesn’t let me free and I think he may need this. I think he might need me. He sighs, his face falling into the crook of my neck and I finally understand why it’s so different. I don’t know why it took me so long, but my heart soars and my grip tightens. I force my eyelids closed and I breathe him in, using every ounce of my ability to give him back what he’s offering me so willingly.

He doesn’t have to say the words, but I hear them loud and clear. He’s been looking for someone to care about him in this town. Not someone to fawn over him or tell him what he wants. I’ve shown him that even without the book, he’s still important and this gesture – his foreign and surprising hug – is his way of telling me he appreciates it.

He clutches the back of my neck, his signature grasp, and breathes me in as I cling to his sweater, willing my eyes to stay closed. If I look at him or our reflection in the mirror above the headboard, I’m going to lose it.

Sighing contently, he pulls back and I do the same, opening my eyes.

“Night,” he offers with a smile, bringing his lips to my forehead for a split second before turning around and sufficiently closing me out, unzipping his bag.

I blink a few times, speechless as I watch him pull his sweater up and over his head, tossing it on the bed. His muscles strain and the dimples just above his pant line are so pronounced, my fingers ache to touch them. I turn away, reminding myself that we’re just friends. Friends only, Cam. Hands off. No touching his back dimples. It’s inappropriate and…oh, God, he’s unbuckling his pants.

Walking out of the door with embarrassed haste, I close it behind me.

My skin, tingling and hot, I trace my forehead with my fingertips. The prickle of his kiss still evident. Eager to erase the aftereffect of his touch, I scrub my head like a moron, accidentally creating a deep red spot. It doesn’t help. My skin scorches for long minutes.

After changing into pajamas, I climb into bed and wrap myself in the comforter. I need to sleep and forget the last three hours happened.

Just as I’m about to shut my eyes, my phone goes off with a text message.

August: Tonight was exactly what I needed.

Another one comes in.

August: You’re still so important to me. Please don’t ever forget that.

I chew on my lip and study the words until they become indecipherable. Turning on my side, I plug my phone into the charger and close my eyes.

I’m in so much trouble.

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Cassie Graham is a sassy redhead who lives in Arizona with her handsome husband and beautiful daughter. If she isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a book, you can find her watching Supernatural or reading a delicious romance by one of her many talented friends. She likes front porch sitting in her pink rocking chair, drinking Moscato, chocolate, reading books with her daughter and constantly dating her husband.

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