#MBreview “Rocked Up” by Karina Halle & Scott Mackenzie

Rocked Up

by Karina Halle & Scott Mackenzie

Cover Designer: By Hang Le

Release Date: April 12th, 2017


My musings…

4 Rocking Crowns

Rocked Up is the first book co-authored for Karina Halle and Scott Mackenzie.  For lovers of the music scene and rock-star world, this book will be enjoyable.

Brad is lead singer of the band And Then and the hero of the book.  Like all musicians, he is excellent at his craft and is courageous, especially when it comes to protecting Lael.  Even with a rough background, Brad has turned into a really honorable and respectable hero.

Lael, the heroine, has always been on the outside of the music industry looking in as a result of her protective father, a music industry mogul. She, however, gets the opportunity of a life-time when she goes on tour  with her favorite musician, Brad. While she has this overprotective father, she doesn’t let him slow her down.  She chases her goals, and she spends a great deal of time earning her spot.

The story starts out with components of insta-love, but she is also a teenager, so who hasn’t had inst-crushes?  When they meet again many years later, the connection is still there for her, and he quickly  follows suit. The authors, however, use a bit of delayed gratification by making them friends before lovers, allowing readers to see them as a couple versus two people chasing physical gratification. The conflict is something readers will see coming, but it is resolved well, leaving the readers with an entertaining experience.

Rocked Up is a fun, light, and generally quick read. The mix of romance and comedic moments makes this one a worthwhile read.

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#BlogTour “Nudes” by Sarah Robinson

NUDES: A Hollywood romance standalone from

bestselling author Sarah Robinson!

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My musings…

3.5 Scandals Crowns

Sarah Robinson’s novel, while a romance, really hits on some serious issues plaguing women today. While the story is intriguing on its own, the themes that run through the book are worth every single minute spent reading it.

Both of the characters, Ben and Aria are very likable characters. Ben is the perfect gentleman and showers Aria with the love and affection she deserves, and Aria is an independent and talented heroine. While their chemistry is believable and enjoyable to watch, it lacked a certain spark. There is nothing wrong with their character development or choices nor their intimate moments, but it just didn’t connect for me.

The development of this story is filled with insta-lust and well-paced plot. Sarah Robinson places the reader right at the beginning of the scandal, and then jumps back to the exposition of the novel. What is clear pretty quickly is who will be responsible for the released photos, but not a certain characters involvement. Even though the plot development is clear early, what makes this a worthwhile read is the theme she creates. The stand Aria makes against slut-shaming, against verbally attacking each other, and against body shaming is phenomenal. The moment she refuses to succumb to these comments and the pressures of Hollywood is such an inspirational experience, and I love how her friends rallied behind her. This really makes it a worthwhile read.

Nudes is the first book in a new series by Sarah Robinson. It is plotted well with likable characters, and while this one didn’t personally connect with me as a reader, it still is valuable in this social media, comment crazy world we live in, and as she says in the novel, we need to do better! Continue Reading

#ComingSoon “Bitch Slap” by J. Kenner

Title: Bitch Slap

Release Day: June 2

By New York Times Bestselling author J. Kenner


Synopsis:

The first time I met her I wanted to slap her.

The second time, I knew I had to have her.

As for the third time, a gentleman doesn’t tell.

So I guess it’s a good thing I’m no gentleman … right?

Let’s get this out of the way, right off the bat: I love women.

I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.

Then I met her. Bitchy as hell and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her. I told myself I only wanted to tame her. That it was all about the challenge.

I never expected to break through that ice queen exterior and find the softness underneath. Never expected how wild she’d be between the sheets or the way she’d cry my name with such sincere intensity when I totally rocked her world.

Most of all, I never expected to fall for her.

But I did.

And the question is, now that I know I want her, how the hell do I go about keeping her?

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#ExcerptReveal “Salvaged” by Jay Crownover

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Don’t miss the amazing excerpt below and pre-order your copy today!


Synopsis:

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

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#ChapterReveal “Roommates with Benefits” by Nicole Williams

Rommates with Benefits

by Nicole Williams

Coming June 5


Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls would not mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.

We’re got nothing in common . . . except for one thing. Our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.

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#ReleaseBoost “The Rebellion” by S.L. Scott

Title: The Rebellion

Series: Hard to Resist #5

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: STANDALONE Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 11, 2017 


Synopsis:

I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.

I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has long faded from memory.

These are the lies I regularly tell myself in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first love.

I didn’t. 

Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I was his from that moment on.

His career took off almost as soon as he did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left me behind to fend for myself.

Fend? Fight is more like it.

I’ve been fighting ever since.

Fighting for survival.

Fighting for a better life in a world determined to keep me down.

I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we were ever meant to be.

When his dreams come crashing back into my reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another heartbreak in the making?

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#ReleaseBoost “Curve Ball” by Mariah Dietz

Title: Curveball

Author: Mariah Dietz

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 18, 2017


Synopsis: 

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?

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#NewRelease & #MBreview “Buns” by Alice Clayton

Buns (Hudson Valley, #3)

by Alice Clayton

Release Date: May 23, 2017


My musings…

4 Love those Buns CROWNS

I am absolutely in love with the Hudson Valley series, partly because I love Bailey Falls and all of its inhabitants.  More than the amazing town Alice Clayton has created, this series has been the epicenter for wonderful characters, hilarity, and old-school romances.

Buns follows the third woman in the trio of friends, Clara, a hotel specialist, and her very antagonistic relationship with Archie, the owner of the Bryant Mountain House. From the very beginning, there is no love lost between these two, and, in fact, any physical attraction is hidden behind their caustic relationship.  As the novel progresses, not only do these two begin work together more efficiently, but they also begin to develop feelings for one another that are genuine.  Through the development of their relationship, readers really get to see who these people are past the first impressions they originally have, and once readers get to see what is underneath they will absolutely love the characters of Archie and Clara, as well as the relationship they form.

Buns is a slow-baking story.  Alice Clayton takes her time developing the relationship between Archie and Clara.  Readers get to see them progress from co-workers to friends to a couple, and every moment is worth the journey. With this relationship, the author takes readers back to the days of true romance, where it is more than just how fast and quick the hero and the heroine get down and dirty.  Buns is about finding your home, not in a place, but in a person.  It is about embracing life and all the hardships faced and meeting them head on with the people they adore at their sides. It is also about recognizing when mistakes have been made and going full-out to rectify those wrongs.  More than any of that, Buns is about family, traditions, and love, making it the epitome of the time-honored romance.

I have really enjoyed all of my visits to the Hudson Valley. Every return trip brings me to another great romance filled with laughter and love, and Archie and Clara’s romance is the perfect way to bring it all home.

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#NewRelease & #MBreview “Real Sexy” by Meghan March

REAL SEXY

Real Dirty Duet Book 2

By Meghan March

Release Day May 23th


 My musings…

5 Sweet and Sexy Crowns

The Real Dirty Duet is absolutely my favorite from this series!! It is so steamy and sweet, and the journey for Boone and Ripley is one that kept me entertained from cover to cover (seriously devoured it in like 2 hours because I couldn’t put it down).

Boone Thrasher is still that bad boy, southern gentleman, country boy readers loved in book one. If it is possible, readers get to see an even sweeter and romantic side to this man. I swear when he visits his family, freaking swoon!! His down to earth nature, his adherence to his roots, his focus on what is important, really important, in the world, makes him sexier than his looks and skills in the bedroom. His dedication to winning Ripley over and his wooing of her is incredibly romantic, and he has the perfect balance of protecting her, yet giving her room to stretch, giving her the independence and freedom she needs and craves.

Ripley’s character goes through the most change in this book, and her evolution as a heroine is fantastic. She finally, with a little push from the people who love her, starts to consider what she wants and what and who will make her happy. She decides on her own dreams and chooses to pursue them. She still has the sass and grit, pure determination, but readers get to see her begin to trust, to have a little faith that life can be good to her. Watching her decide she is worthy of a good life, good things, and good people is so rewarding, and when it starts to show in her actions, readers will cheer for her!!

Readers and followers of the dirty series (all can be read as stand-alones) will love the cameos of characters from the previous books.  Plus, the development of Frisco’s character during this book makes me long for his story, plus the added bonus of seeing Boone and Ripley again doesn’t hurt.

The second part of the duet answers all those questions that readers are left with at the end of book one, and of course, the journey is captivating. The romance, the unsolved mystery, the uncertain future of not only Ripley but also the relationship between Boone and Ripley, and, of course, those pesky people from their past. Boone and Ripley though push through it all, and they become stronger together with each passing page, making their relationship one most people, particular lovers of the romance world, crave. The final resolution to the story had my heart singing, and honestly hoping for a little short novella, because although Meghan March wraps up the story beautifully, I’m not ready to let these two go.

The conclusion of the Real Dirty Duet has only solidified how much I love these characters and their story, and it has placed it in the top spot as my favorite from the series. I seriously cannot get enough of them, and I never wanted it to end. It will absolutely be going in me reread pile, because I just can’t let them go.

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#NewRelease & #MBreview “Sexy Stranger” by Kendall Ryan

Sexy Stranger

By Kendall Ryan

Standalone, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 23, 2017


 My musings…

4 Whiskey CROWNS

Sexy Stranger is another fast and fun sexy romance from Kendall Ryan. Readers will absolutely enjoy Luke and Charlotte’s romance, and they will fall in love with the charm of the smaller town in Texas.

Luke is the typical southern boy, football hero, gentleman, and charming (eventually), but he is also unique due to his past and his running of the distillery. Charlotte, like Luke, seems to be the epitome of the city princess, but she once again is more. Realizing she wasn’t happy or fulfilled in her life, she flees to find happiness, putting her on the path to Luke. She still maintains her sassy nature, but underneath is an incredibly kind heart. In addition to them being lovable characters, the chemistry, as usual with a Kendall Ryan novel is fantastic, both physically and emotionally.

This is a fast paced, insta-lust turn insta-love romance. These two spend a lot of time together physically, but through the course of the story, readers also get to see them become than just sexual attraction. Readers get to see them open up and connect emotionally, even if it is over a short period of time. The conflict is what readers will expect but they will enjoy how the author brings it to fruition and how it is resolved, wrapping up the story nicely with the epilogue.

Kendall Ryan is the queen of insta-romance. She is one of my go-to quick and sexy romance writers, because I always know that I will get that steam I’m hoping for with a healthy does of the emotional romance to crave.  Sexy Stranger fits this description in every way.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Cheater’s Regret” by Rachel Van Dyken

Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is now Live on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!

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Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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#Teaser “My Best Friend’s Ex” by Meghan Quinn

MY BEST FRIEND’S EX

NA Romantic Comedy

Release Date: June 1, 2017


Synopsis:

When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.

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#Teaser/NewCover “Disgraced” by Natasha Knight

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Release Date: May 26th
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Cover Photography: Wander Aguiar


Synopsis:

Disgrace: the condition of one fallen from grace.

She is my forbidden fruit. The one temptation I cannot resist.

The first night…
I rescued her from an attack in the seedy underground of New York City.
The second night…
She told me the first of many lies.

She thinks she can keep me out of her world, but she’s in over her head. Watching her, being near her, it gives breath to something dark inside me. Something primal and forbidden. Forbidden to me.

Because in six months, I’ll be an ordained priest.

And she complicates things.

She thinks she is my disgrace. Truth is, my fall had begun the moment I’d laid eyes on her.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Stand” by A.L. Jackson

 STAND is now live!

A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

Don’t miss out on the unforgettable romance readers are raving about!

“6 Devastatingly Beautiful and Brilliant Bleeding Stars but Worth the Whole Constellation.  I felt every burn…every blaze…every beautiful and brilliant word…I FELT IT ALL. ”

~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog


Synopsis:
From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…
Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…
I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.
No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.
For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.
Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.
Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.
She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.
Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

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#SoontoDrop My Most Anticipated Releases of the Week

Of the many books being published this week these four books are the ones that I am most excited to read or to share my reviews with you.

Make sure to check back throughout the week in order to see my reviews and other book news.

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My musings…

Stand is amazing !! Everything I ever could have wanted for the final book in the series!! Emotional, heart-wrenching, healing, Stand shows not only the power of love but of family. I’m going to miss these men and their ladies! It is definitely my favorite rock-star romance EVER!

Full review to come tomorrow!

Synopsis:

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…
Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…
I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.
No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.
For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.
Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.
Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.
She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.
Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

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#NewReleases for the Week of May 21, 2017

The following list indicates the top romance books being released this week. Check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Make sure you head over to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week! Also, don’t forget to comment on any post throughout the week in order to enter to win an ebook from your own TBR ($5.99 Limit). Each comment is an entry, so make sure to comment multiple times.


  • 5/21 – All for You – Melody Grace
  • 5/22 – Stand (Bleeding Stars Novel #6) – A.L. Jackson
  • 5/22 – Somebody Else’s Sky – Jessica Hawkins
  • 5/22 – Twenty-Two (The Assassins Series) – Toni Aleo
  • 5/22 – Sexy Motherpucker – Lili Valente
  • 5/23 – Sexy Stranger – Kendall Ryan
  • 5/23 – Buns (Hudson Valley #3) – Alice Clayton
  • 5/23 – Cheater’s Regret (Curious Liaisons 2) – Rachel Van Dyken
  • 5/23 – Nudes – Sarah Robinson
  • 5/23 – Grandslam – Heidi McLaughlin
  • 5/23 – Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet 2) – Meghan March
  • 5/23 – Hold Me (1001 Dark Nights Novella) – J. Kenner
  • 5/23 – Personal Delivery – Ainsley Booth
  • 5/23 – This is the End, Baby (War & Peace #7) – K. Webster
  • 5/23 – Falling Hard – Lexi Ryan
  • 5/25 – Sexy Jerk – Kim Karr
  • 5/25 – Kingdom (Avenues Ink #2) – A.M. Johnson
  • 5/25 – Goaltending – Jami Davenport
  • 5/26 – Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) – L.J. Shen
  • 5/26 – A Girl Like Me – Ginger Scott

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#NewRelease “All That I Am” by Rachel Brookes

Title: All That I Am

Series: Men of Monroe #1

Author: Rachel Brookes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 20, 2017


Synopsis:

A kickass home décor boutique – tick

A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick

A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down – tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted.

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe.

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.

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#BlogTour “Duke of Manhattan” by Louise Bay

Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay
Release Date: May 16th
Genre: Contemporary Romance


My musings…

5 Duke and Duchess CROWNS

Louise Bay continues to kill it with this series of stand-alones.  Each one just gets better and better, and the first one was pretty amazing. She has concocted the perfect blend of sexy and romantic, and I am always entertained by her stories, making her another must-read author of mine.

One of the reasons I love her stories are the characters.  She creates the best alphas, and her heroines, particularly in this series, are strong and independent business women, thriving in the city. Ryder, in particular, may be my favorite hero of hers, EVER! He has the right amount of playboy swagger mixed with royal elegance to make him completely irresistible.  Plus, the man has a heart of gold once he allows himself to start feeling something real.  Readers will love the way he ends up loving Scarlett. Scarlett is another amazing heroine. She has started her own company after the end of the a previous relationship.  She is smart and driven, willing to do anything to succeed that doesn’t compromise her morals.  She does attempt to protect her heart from future pain, which is heart-wrenching and frustrating to watch, but Louise Bay’s development of her character makes her choices understandable.  As with most Louise Bay couples, these two are absolutely on fire.  From the moment they touch, they click physically, and it is so incredibly HOT!

Readers will also enjoy the secondary characters, particularly the grandfather.  He is so charming, and both of the sisters are also fantastic.  I am hoping we get to see them again soon.

Louise Bay has mastered the art of intertwining the erotic with romance.  Some times, not all the times, the romance and story-line take a back seat to the erotic nature of a book, yet Louise Bay balances them both so well.  Not only do readers get the sexy physical intimacy they often look for in a romance novel, but they also get the romantic story-line.  Readers get to see Ryder and Scarlett fall in love, and, even though readers will know what conflict will separate them, the way it is drawn out and resolved is emotional and makes their relationship more than just the physical.  It is the epitome of romance!

The Duke of Manhattan is going on the must-read list.  It is sexy, fun, and engaging with lovable characters and compelling story-line.  I love this whole series of stand-alones, and I hope she doesn’t have plans to end it any time soon!

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