#Review “Be My Brayshaw” by Meagan Brandy

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Be My Brayshaw,a complete standalone set in the Brayshaw World, is AVAILABLE NOW.

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 Pink Crowns

Meagan has created such an unmatched Series; these books consume every aspect of you from the moment you open them. Every character, every moment between them pulls you further and further into the world she has created to the point you don’t want to come back out. Her words elicit every emotion you could possibly have and twists you up with every new revelation until you are breathless, aching and desperate for more. This book is so much more than I could have anticipated; Meagan has created PERFECTION with Captain and his Queen.

I fought against her. I caved. I took her mouth like I’d wanted to for months, tasting what became my newfound favorite flavor.

I have to say I did not know going into this book as to how much I was going to love Victoria. But damn I have the absolute biggest girl crush on her. I’ve always placed Raven as my number 1, but Victoria came blazing through and placed herself right next to her. This girl is simply amazing, she is so completely and utterly selfless. Every single thing she does or has done has been for others. Her heart is so big and she loves so fully that you can’t help but fall in love with her. But not only that when she needs to be tough, she’s not afraid to throw down. She will legit punch you without a second thought. And I’m obsessed with that dichotomy of her. With Raven you just knew she was badass and would come at you. With Victoria you didn’t know but damn you find out real quick.

The quiet treatment is hardly a punishment, especially when my Brayshaw speaks so loudly with his eyes, his touch, his calm. 

What is there to say about Captain other than DAMN. This man is All. The. Things. I freaking melted every time he was with Zoey, and watching as he struggles in his knew role as father but doing such an amazing job when he’s never had to be a full time dad before. Talk about swooning all over the place. His quiet speaks volumes and finally getting a peak inside that sexy mind of his was so worth the wait. 

I’m not going to lie it pulled at my heartstrings watching his relationship with Victoria and him trying to come to terms with his new normal and everything that has happened and all the things he has learned. Does he make mistakes absolutely but he’s human I could see how it could happen. Does he make up for the mistakes he made, Hell Yeah he does! 

And don’t get me started on the tension between them. You could feel it between them from the epilogue it’s this tangible thing that is always present. Growing and expanded becoming so hot and so intense that when they finally come together Holy Kindle Fire Batman!!! Did I get blue balls reading it, maybe. Is it worth it, absolutely!

“You can want to kill her and keep her at the same time, you know.” He levels me with a glare. “You saw it with me and Raven in the beginning. Don’t share what’s meant to be yours.”

Meagan is a master at her craft, consistently growing and expanding her writing, making every knew book better than the last. I’m completely obsessed with everything Brayshaw. Meagan has created characters that you want to read and are desperate to know. This world is one that you will never want to leave, but you can also continually go back and revisit. Rereading these books are just as good as when you read them the first time and it’s rare to find Authors that write stories like that. Captain and Victoria hold a special place in my heart, this book tore my soul to shreds but with each passing page Meagan slowly and meticulously put it back together with a piece of Cap and Victoria embedded. Bravo Meagan if I could give you more stars I would because you have created MAGIC!!

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Tricia’s Musings…

4 Family runs deeper than blood CROWNS

The tension between Cap and Victoria at the beginning of Be My Brayshaw was off the scale. There’s passion between them but she’s the girl he doesn’t trust and so he desperately tries to resist his feelings for her. The push and pull between them overall was brilliant and just when I thought I knew where the story was going, Meagan pulled the rug right out out from under me. I’ve loved the complex plot, the twists and turns and the bombshell revelations throughout the series, but although it’s not quite ended yet, I feel like this book answered a lot of outstanding questions and brought things together.

From what I’d seen of Victoria earlier in the series, it was difficult to get a handle on her, but the more I saw her here, and the more I learned about her as her layers were exposed, the more I loved her. Strong and steady in a quiet and unassuming, yet stubborn way, to have gone through what she did in her past and still come out fighting is as shocking as it is amazing. Once her story unfolded, I really admired her. Her love for Zoey is heartwarming and actually so touching that I felt her distress at those times when she was unable to physically connect with her. Zoey was delightful, a little sweetheart, and her innocent remarks had me in fits. A beautiful child, finally surrounded by love, I thought her character was written perfectly.

I was hugely intrigued by Captain in the previous books but I have to admit it took me a minute to connect with him here, mainly because of the way he treated Victoria. Whilst understandable, it did make me quite frustrated with him at times and I could’ve given him a good shake. Give him a reason to trust, however, and you’ll see a different side to him and I was glad that he wasn’t so stubborn that it made him blind to the truth once it came. I absolutely loved him as a father and I felt that at least with Zoey he never had to guard his heart. That was lovely to see.

I loved the interaction with the other members of the Brayshaw family too. The pride these characters have in each other, the respect, and the support they give one another is wonderful. Royce in particular is definitely up to mischief. Although his book will probably mean this series will come to an end, nevertheless I can’t wait to find out what’s going on with him. Bring it on!

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Sarah’s Musings…

5 SLEEPING BEAUTY CROWNS

Being back in the Brayshaw world is like coming home all over again!

I am such a huge fan of the Brayshaw world and the characters within it. Meagan Brandy is truly able to deliver a new story that not only stays true to the iconic world she has created but also delivers another must read romance that allows Cap and Victoria to have their own unique voice and romance within the Brayshaw world.

Victoria has so many layers to who she is. I really enjoyed seeing them all peeled back with each page. Her love for Zoey rang as genuine and true, and never once is she a pushover. She knows what she wants and won’t stop until it is hers. There are parts of her I didn’t expect. Parts of her history that shocked me. And I would dare say that while she is very different than Raven, I loved her just as much. She still embodies that take no BS we love to see in a Brandy heroine.

Captain, my silent, observant, intelligent man. I love him. I wanted to strangle him, but I also fell madly in love with him. The man has a plethora of thorny vines around his heart to protect himself, and it is one of the many reasons I was able to forgive him when I also wanted to smack him. And man, oh, man, I never really expected Cap to have such a deliciously dirty side, but I was here for every moment of it. Between the bedroom, his tortured heart, and seeing him as a daddy to Zoey…put a fork in me. I’m done. Captain has my heart.

For lovers of the series, you get plenty of Maddoc and Raven (my heart filled with such happiness to see them revel in their HEA) and numerous moments of shenanigans with Royce (I’m still dying for his book and love him to death). There are even some other side characters who surprised me and made me change my mind about them or made me like them even more.

One who I loved, and it didn’t come as a surprise, is Zoey, she is such a charming little girl, and seeing how she changes the Brayshaw world in the BEST WAY warms my heart even thinking about it now.

This story, as all Meagan’s stories do, are filled with bombs, plot twists that are unexpected and throw you for a loop. Be My Brayshaw has secrets from page one, allowing me once again to be consumed by the Brayshaw world. It is a world that captivates me, and makes me long to never leave. The ideals the boys live by, the family they created, the love they show emanates from the page. And the ending, action packed, insane and utterly romantic, too.

The Brayshaw world continues to be a must read for me. I don’t know that I’ll ever be ready to let them go. It saddens me to think we only have one more book left with this crew I’ve grown to love, but this series will, without a doubt, go down as one of my favorites EVER, one I’ll continue to revisit time and time again.

***THIS CAN BE READ AS A COMPLETE STANDALONE AND DOESN’T END IN A CLIFFHANGER

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#Review “When the Walls Come Down” by M. Mabie & Aly Martinez

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When the Walls Come Down, an all-new neighbors to lovers romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is coming June 4th and we have the gorgeous cover!


Tricia’s Musings…

3.5 Tic Tac CROWNS

When the Walls Come Down is a light, sweet and sexy read. I do have mixed feelings about it, however, as although the writing itself was excellent, there were certain moments, mainly due to Shane’s actions in the first few chapters, when I wondered if this book was going to be for me. I think some of that was due to personal preferences when it comes to humor, but I felt his behaviour was very odd and, for me, more embarrassing than endearing. He was a nice guy, successful in his career but not so much with love and I did have trouble connecting with him. I liked him much more when he stopped trying so hard.

Maggie as a character was easier to get on with and I really liked her. Her quick wit and her bantering skills were brilliant and more my style. Her one liners brought a smile to my face. Things moved pretty quickly between her and Shane, both time wise and the way they fell for each other, but I didn’t feel as though the storyline was rushed. It was written well and I’m not sure I would’ve even realised how little time had actually passed if it hadn’t been mentioned. The lack of real conflict makes this a rather gentle, feel-good read, nothing wrong with that, but I tend to prefer my stories with a little more friction, some more push and pull between the main characters.

On balance, I think it’s a case of me not you. Although this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me, I’m sure many readers will thoroughly enjoy this cute, easy, low angst read.

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#Review “The First Score” by Amie Knight

There was something about that first score, and not just on the football field.

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The First Score, an all-new, best friend’s brother romance from Amie Knight is available now!


Tricia’s Musings…

4 Hollie CROWNS

Like Ollie himself admits, he’s been in love with Hazel since he could remember. Their first encounter when he was 5 years old prancing around in his tighty whities was so sweet, cute and funny but also rather touching, as although Hazel clearly had a sassy side to her, it was apparent even then that there was much more to her story.

I loved the way Ollie and Hazel’s journey was explained by way of chapters from the present and from the past. It really gave me an understanding of their relationship and how it developed and grew over the years. Despite the fact that they were so young when they first met and that Hazel is Ollie’s older sister’s best friend, as time goes on it’s clear to me they were made for each other. For quite some time, there’s nothing really awkward about their relationship, even when thoughts start to turn towards more than friendship, until they don’t remain simply fantasies. Ollie has turned into one hot guy but Hazel has problems with giving into her feelings. I thought those moments and their reactions to certain situations, were understandable and realistic.

My very favorite thing about friends to lovers romances, especially when the main couple meet so young, or if they’ve spent any time apart, is when one of them, in this case Hazel, at some point realises how the other has grown and changed and Ms Knight has nailed this when it comes to Hazel’s transforming feelings for Ollie. We already know he has a great personality, so kind and caring, patient and understanding, but her descriptions of Ollie’s physical changes and the effect they had on her had me chuckling. They have great chemistry and I loved the sexual tension between them too. Their banter was just great and came so easy, as it would with someone you’d known for years. There are some brilliant supporting characters as well, all with their own unique personalities, no more so than the adorable Pops. His love and devotion to Hazel was heartwarming and his shenanigans had me in hysterics on more than one occasion.

The overall feel to the book is lighthearted but there were some emotional moments and underlying drama, which I thought the author dealt with really well and in a sensitive manner. The First Score is a gorgeous, slow burn romance which left me with a big, satisfied smile on my face.

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#Review “Prince of Hearts” by L.A. Cotton

Prince of Hearts by L.A. Cotton

Series: Verona Legacy #1 | Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: June 2, 2020


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Romeo and Juliet Crowns

If you love Mafia Romances that are gritty and raw which are also loosely based on the classic Romeo and Juliet, then this book is for you. L.A Cotton has delivered a deliciously angsty romance that will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. 

But what the fuck did I know about girls like her? Girls so sweet and pure and innocent that when they looked at you, you wanted to drown in their light. 

From their first meeting Nicco and Ari have an instant connection that neither can deny. You can feel it bleed from the pages, and even when Nicco is trying to do the right thing he can’t help but be pulled to Ari. With their stolen kisses and dark revelations their connection continues to grow as the story progresses until they don’t know what to do and are lost to each other.

She was everything I could never have. Everything I’d never wanted. Until now.

I loved Nicco he was broody and dark; with his whole life already planned out since birth, he knew what was expected of him and what he was going to do. Until he met Ari and all that changed. 

Ari on the other hand has been sheltered for years, she was even homeschooled. So, her naivety was trying at times, but it made sense seeing as she was never really allowed to be a kid and to experience all that that entails. I loved watching as both of them grew throughout the story and even though their paths were mapped out, they tried to make their own way and change their course of history. 

I would have gladly followed him into the depths of Hell just to savor the moment. 

I really enjoyed this story; it was a little slow in the beginning but once it picked up, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are wonderfully written and I can’t wait to see where she takes some of the side characters because I really want to know what happens with Enzo. Nicco and Ari are perfect together balancing each other out in the best way. This may have been my first book by L.A Cotton but it definitely won’t be my last. 

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#Review “Catch Me When I Fall” by A.L. Jackson

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Catch Me When I Fall

A Falling Stars stand-alone romance from A.L. Jackson

Coming June 1st


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Soulshine Crowns

A.L Jackson’s prose is unlike any other, her words are beautifully written lyrics that will weave a song that will call to your soul leaving you aching in the best way. Every time I read one of her books, I become instantly lost to her words letting the magic wrap me up in the story and allowing myself to get lost. Royce and Emily’s story is no different weaving an intriguing tale of angst, love and revenge. 

Royce is All. The. Things. I fell in love with his alpha demeanor and possessive side, especially with Emily. He has a dark past and ulterior motives to travel with them. But as the story progresses you realize he would do anything for those he cares about. He comes off as elusive and uninterested when it couldn’t be further from the truth. He is fighting with himself to do the right thing when it comes to Emily, but their connection is just too strong. 

Emily is beautiful inside and out but she is broken and no one knows why. She’s holding this huge secret inside that is slowly crushing her under the pressure of it, to the point that she is having anxiety attacks on stage. I felt for her on so many levels, she thought she was doing the right thing, and she thought she had to do it on her own, until Royce showed her that she didn’t. 

When they first meet Emily doesn’t know who he is, Royce is just the guy who saved her at the bar. But from that moment you could feel their connection and instant attraction. Every time they are anywhere near each other they can feel it, like a second skin. The tension between them is so intense it’s has it’s own presence. You can feel it trying to burst from the pages, slowly filling up every space they are in until there isn’t any room left. These two are beyond explosive and the heat between them was enough to cause your Kindle to burst into flames!!! 

I loved this story the drama and angst were off the charts. And the chemistry between Emily and Royce was next level. I love A.L Jacksons writing style every book feels like coming home and I can’t wait until the next one in this series. This band is fast becoming my favorites of hers. 

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#Review “Regrets” by Nicole Dykes

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Regrets, an all-new angsty and forbidden, standalone romance from author Nicole Dykes is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Angsty Crowns

This was my first book by Nicole and I know it won’t be my last. This book absolutely destroyed me, I stayed up tell the wee hours of the morning, because I just had to know how it was going to end. This book is without a doubt UNPUTDOWNABLE. 

His eyes darken. I hate how he looks at me, as if sees the real Penelope, the one I’ve been trying to bury deep for years.

This book grabs ahold of you from the start and does not let you go until the very end. I was completely and utterly captivated by Linc and Penelope’s journey. These two are intense to say the least, they are pure fire together always a second away from combusting. The intensity between them was so strong you could feel it bleeding from the pages consuming any and everything around them. 

Penelope has always had a fire in her, once that clashes with my own and burns so fucking hot we seem to set our world ablaze when we get too close.

I loved the banter between them, you know that they are hurting and what they are doing to each other is self-destructive but you also know that there isn’t anyone else they can rely on in this way. Their connection is one that is so deep and intrinsic that without even asking they know what the other needs. Even if that need is not in a constructive way. 

My revenge is always quiet, causing chaos when they don’t see it coming. 

Their hurt is so primitive and raw you can feel it, your heart breaking for them and all that they are carrying inside. But you know that this journey is needed, they have to figure out how to live in this new reality that neither were prepared for. Penelope and Linc are broken both in their own ways, but their broken pieces call to each other and soothe the ache that has always been there. 

Such a beautiful fucking prick. 

Nicole has created an emotionally raw and intense read that will have your heart and soul aching for the characters involved. Linc and Penelope are Perfection in their own broken and beautiful way. These two will shred you from the inside out, but as the story progresses Nicole puts you back together one page and one moment at a time. This book is not an easy read, but if you take the chance you will not regret it.  

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#SoontoDrop Anticipated Reads of the Week

My most anticipated releases of the week are here!  Make sure you check them out, add them to your TBR, and pre-order as soon as possible.  They are the books I am dying to read or the books I am raving about!


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A Falling Stars STAND-ALONE NOVEL from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

Sometimes trying to catch a star will light your whole world on fire…

Emily’s entire existence was wrapped up in touring with her country-rock band Carolina George.

What she never expected was to spend a passionate night with a gorgeous, tattooed stranger.

Their chemistry was combustible.

Their attraction irresistible.

It was never supposed to follow her into the light of day.

Royce’s night with the lead singer of Carolina George was the worst mistake of his life. He needs the band to sign on to his record label or his family will pay the price.

He knows falling for her will threaten his carefully laid plans.

Royce’s past is littered with mistakes and heartache—will he overcome or will his love for Emily just be one more tragedy…

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#NewReleases for the Week of May 31, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website 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 throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 6/1 – Catch Me When I Fall – A.L. Jackson (LIVE EARLY)
  • 6/1 – Fortuity – Jewel E. Ann (LIVE EARLY)
  • 6/1 – Layover Lover – Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow
  • 6/2 – The Summer Deal – Jill Shalvis
  • 6/3 – Asher – Carian Cole
  • 6/3 – Be My Brayshaw – Meagan Brandy
  • 6/4 – When the Walls Fall Down – Aly Martinez & M. Mabie
  • 6/4 – Rewritten – J.R. Gray
  • 6/4 – Silver Mayor – L.B. Dunbar
  • 6/4 – Paging Dr. Hookup – Mika Jolie
  • 6/5 – One Click Love – T. Gephart
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#NewRelease “Forbidden Fate” by Mary Catherine Gebhard

FORBIDDEN FATE (Crown Point #3) by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Release Date: May 28th


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Green Ink Crowns

I didn’t think anything could crush me quite like Stolen Soulmate did but leave it to Mary to correct my assumption. This story is like a million tiny papercuts, each page turned is one more cut until you’ve completely bled out and you didn’t even realize it was happening. Her words will siphon everything from you and leave you with a sense that you will never, and I mean never be the same again. 

Then I was alone, only the distant sound of music and laughter my company. The quiet grew the longer I stood, until I felt so insignificant, I couldn’t breathe. 

I don’t want to put much into this review, because it’s imperative that you go in completely blind. But this story takes place immediately after the end of book 1. You are thrust right into the reception between Gray and Lottie, and the aftermath of what had just previously transpired between Story and Gray. 

That glare, those words, that glimpse of the Story that always called me on my shit. It was like a drop of heroin in my blood. 

Gray and Story’s love is all consuming, their journey is not easy to say the least. They must fight and claw to try and get through all the things that come their way. I physically hurt for them on a visceral level, their pain was my pain. From the very first page of this book your heart is going to constrict as if it’s in a vice and as you go through that vice is going to twist and tighten never letting up until you feel as if you can’t fully breathe. 

You’re not supposed to be the villain in your own story,

So many times, throughout this book I had to stop take a breath and step away for a minute to gather myself. Mary writes with this intensity that has you on the edge and your emotions all over the place, you feel lost untethered and drifting, trying desperately to ground yourself.  

Grayson Crown doesn’t just set himself on fire to keep others warm, he bleeds himself dry to keep them alive.

Mary has the ability to render you utterly speechless with her words, this book is angst wrapped in emotional turmoil with a side of intensity. This is NOT an easy read; this book will pull every single emotion out of you leaving you spent. She has taken my heart and crushed it, leaving a hollow cavity where it used to be. But I would not have it any other way. This is without a doubt a TOP READ of 2020. The stories that hurt are the ones you never forget, and this story literally tore me to shreds. These characters and this world will live with me forever, Mary has claimed a piece of me, and I don’t want it back.  

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#NewRelease “Sweet Spot” by Rebecca Jenshak

Sweet Spot by Rebecca Jenshak is LIVE and FREE in KU!


A hot-headed college golfer falls for her swing coach in this fun and sexy sports romance.

Lincoln Reeves may be a pro golfer and revered swing coach, but when I meet him, he is just one more person telling me I’m not good enough. So, I do what any girl in my position would do. I tell him to get lost and take his arrogant, annoying smirk with him. I never expect to see him again. I certainly don’t expect to run into him that same night after one too many tequila shots. Turns out that he’s kind of a big deal. Okay, fine, a really big deal. In fact, he might be the one person who can take my game to the next level. Convincing him to help will be difficult. Not throwing my club at his handsome face when he makes me work harder than I thought humanly possible will be excruciating. But not falling for him will be the hardest thing of all.

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#NewRelease “Jackson” by Siobhan

“Another impressive hit from Davis; nothing short of what I expect and love from her works!”

S.E. Hall, New York Times bestselling author

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Jackson, an all-new standalone dark romance in the fan-favorite Rydeville Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Angsty Crowns

Wow just Wow, Siobhan has done it again; she has created a deliciously angsty dark read that will leave you breathless. Jackson is not at all what I expected, he was so much more. I couldn’t put this book down once I started, reading well into the night, but all those lost hours of sleep were worth this EPIC ride. Hold on because what you think you know you don’t!

She tastes divine, like liquid temptation and a tangible slice of heaven.

I was wondering what kind of girl was going to be able to wrangle Jackson and Vanessa was not what I was expecting, but exactly what he needed. Vanessa is so much stronger than she gives herself credit for. This girl has been to Hell and back and she doesn’t break. Is she broken yes, but she doesn’t break and there most definitely is a difference. She has the kindest heart and tries so hard; her journey was not an easy one and it literally shattered my heart and soul on multiple occasions. But it just proves how strong she really is. I love this girl she is forever in my heart and one of my favorites.

His touch sets my body on fire. His kiss alters me. And his cock, his cock is life. 

I’ve loved Jackson since book 1 Day 1. This boy is all the things and more. His sense of humor always had my laughing and I wanted so badly for him to find his person that was going to help heal this broken boy. Jackson’s loyalty knows no bounds and it’s that loyalty that is his driving force. I wanted to punch him on multiple occasions for being a complete idiot, but I loved him just the same. Jackson is no where near perfect, but it’s his many imperfections that have made him one of my favorites. 

A goddess sculpted with the finest hand. A temptress plucked straight from my dreams. 

Jackson and Nessa’s path is not an easy one, it’s hard to read at times and will have your emotions all over the place, but it’s theirs. Siobhan pulls no punches with this letting you see all the dark and depraved things until your heart aches for them. The twists and turns as well as all the revelations will have your head spinning in the best way. 

Siobhan has created such an addictive series that once you start you won’t be able to stop. I’ve loved them all since the beginning and I will continue to do so. These characters are perfection each in their own way. Siobhan has Slayed every story in the Series and Jackson is no different. If you love your stories gritty and raw to the point your soul feels like it’s going to shatter, then this book is for you.   

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Sarah’s Musings…

4 ELITE CROWNS

I am such a fan of this world. It is corrupt and depraved, and I have become such a fan of this young adults who have banned together to take them on. The bully romance aspect only adds the allure of this world.

Jackson absolutely owned my heart. Unlike the previous bully hero in the first three books, Jackson started sweet, even if he had ulterior motivations. He was completely charming and hard to resist. Make no mistake that when he flips the switch, he FLIPS the switch and is savage, the epitome of a bully. I honestly loved both sides of him, and I did feel like he was a bit more savage than Kia in the moments that mattered.

Nessa was a different beast as a character as well. I did like her, but I wanted a bit of a stronger heroine. Nessa is strong. Don’t get me wrong. When you get her background, you will understand what I mean, but I, personally, wanted some kind of development in that strength to be a bit outward. I felt like she was always the victim waiting to be rescued.

The story will consume you. Siobhan has a way of pulling you into this world. It is savage and depraved. It requires the reader to let go of norms and embrace some fictional exaggeration, but either way I am here for it all. I really loved seeing Jackson court Nessa, and the way he loved her was all consuming. It was surprising to see this side of Jackson, and made me really love his character. The one thing that I missed was the ELITE element. It was more at the end of the book, but I wanted it woven throughout as the first three books were very much like that. The one thing that I did love is that little sneak into Sawyer’s book. I am so here for it.

This is a such a phenomenal world built around bully romance. I’m fully looking forward to more, to seeing how this group will dismantle and take on the ELITE. I love the characters and the world, and it was a great experience to be back with Jackson and the crew.

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#CoverReveal “The Rivals” by Vi Keeland

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The Rivals by Vi Keeland

Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 13, 2020

Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative |Photo: Walter Chin | Model: Tobias Cameroon


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The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.

Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.


The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.

Eventually, they all went their separate ways.  Our grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.

Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding.  And then Weston and I did, too.

For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.

Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.

As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good.  We were fire and ice. 

But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though.   Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

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#CoverReveal “The Change Up” by Meghan Quinn

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The Change Up by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: June 11th | Genre: Contemporary Romance

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster | Cover Design RBA Designs


BREAKING NEWS: The Bad Boy of Baseball, Maddox Paige, is totally and utterly whipped. 

Okay, that might not be the headlines in the newspaper this morning, but it’s the reality of my current situation. 

It all started a month ago when I received a call from my best friend, Kinsley. She got a new job in Chicago and needed a place to stay. I’ve known the girl since I was five, what harm would it be to have her stay at my place for a while?

Ha! Total disaster. 

Now instead of going out every night with my teammates, I’m couch surfing and sketching endless photos of my best friend . . . but that’s the least of my concerns. 

The disaster, you ask? I’m rapidly falling head over cleats in love with my best friend, my roommate, and my number one fan.

And she has no idea . . .

THE CHANGE UP RELEASES JUNE 11TH!

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#NewRelease “Queen Move” by Kennedy Ryan

“The joyous, heartfelt romance we need right now!” — Lexi Blake, New York Times bestselling author

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Queen Move, an all-new powerful and moving, not-to-be-missed second chance romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5+ PACT CROWNS

Kennedy Ryan is a wordsmith in every sense of the word. Her prose is so vibrant and eloquently written, that I become absorbed into the story and feel swept away not only in the romance of the couple but in the social aspects of each book.

From the minute readers meet Ezra and Kimba, they will fall in love. Their friendship and the innocence of the beginning of their young love is so tangible, you’ll feel it with them. You’ll see genuine love and compassion between them, and you can empathize with their budding feelings as they get older. The authenticity that Kennedy creates with their relationship in youth translates to how seamlessly they come together when they reconnect as adults.

Ezra and Kimba are the epitome of what romance readers love, the idea that you are destined for someone, and the way in which Kennedy Ryan writes about their connection and their feelings makes their love seem written in the stars. Kimba and Ezra make you feel like even when life gets in the way, true, real love will find a way.

Readers will not only love Ezra and Kimba as a couple, but they will also admire them as individuals, which is one of the aspects I love of Kennedy’s writing.

Kimba is a heroine young girls should look up to. Intelligent, independent, proud, and a hustler, she allows nothing and no one to stop her from her dreams. She is a boss and a queen in every sense of the word. She never yields to the social construct of what a woman should be and what their HEA looks like for her, and she makes her own way in her own time. Kimba is hands down one of my favorite Kennedy Ryan heroines. Her story and journey will resonate with so many women.

Ezra is so much more than the hunky, dirty in the sheets hero we love in a romance novel. Seeing him transform from the boy who is a bit lost and unsure of who he is and where he fits in society to a man who is confident, who owns and claims all parts of who he is is beyond attractive. His ardent love and devotion to Kimba, and his fight for them only adds to all the parts of his character I love. He has so many layers and depth to his character, and I personally love his professional endeavors and how his job lends itself to ideas and movements that need to be heard. The way he leads and teaches and models for others is one of the most attractive aspects of his character. I fell for Ezra because of his ideologies, the way he loves Kimba and his family (and you know the bedroom didn’t hurt).

The secondary characters, like most Ryan novels, are full or rich and vibrant people who add life and dimension to the story. The heighten the themes, expanded in the H and h, and add humor and love where needed. The secondary characters in this one are so integral to some her messages and I adored every single one of them.

With any Kennedy Ryan novel, there are social issues intertwined with these epic romances. They way she integrates them as part of the story is so seamless, adding to the characters and their journey. It provides depth to the characters and the plot. And while there are several themes and topics that resonated with me in Queen Move, the idea of family and redefining the social construct of what family looks like and how it functions rang true. We are no longer a society that operates within one idea of family. This in addition to the character issues Kimba and Ezra face as people makes this book one of my favorites from Ms. Ryan.

With her words, Kennedy Ryan has the ability to make me reflect on social issues that plague society while simultaneously falling in love with a new couple. She makes readers believe that change is real and can happen, providing hope and a call for change in a time period when it might not always feel that way. She makes readers believe in real love, in a person who will see and love the flaws, who will be a partner in all things, and a will push through the hard times with you. She gives readers all facets of great writing – integrity, authenticity, relevancy. She blurs the line between the mislabeled “smutty romance” and the literature of our time.

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Tricia’s Musings…

5 We were never lost CROWNS

I have always found reading a Kennedy Ryan story to be a wonderful experience. She is an amazing storyteller and I love that her books contain a powerful message, always sensitively delivered in my opinion, with strong multilayered plots and wonderful characters. Queen Move is no exception.

Life, and the path to true love, does not come easy for Kimba and Ezra. Their idyllic childhood, a time when they were inseparable, was suddenly, almost cruelly and certainly inexplicably whipped away from them, sending each in different directions, to futures they couldn’t possibly have imagined. However, fate and a tragic event place these two in each other’s orbit once more. I wondered then, if young love, conceived in childhood and first experienced at a time when you’re not really sure what love means, could possibly weather the storms of life and still remain strong. If life’s choices, responsibilities and obligations would prove to be too many hurdles for them to overcome.

Kimba is an amazing woman, her personality and achievements were written in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel proud of her. She’s strong and astute, independent and intelligent but still with some insecurities which make her real and hugely likeable. Certain obstacles in her life seem almost insurmountable, but she deals with them at her own pace, in her own way, selflessly, unapologetically and with class and dignity.

Whereas Kimba is the more logical thinker of the two of them, Ezra is motivated by his heart. He has no doubt that he’s found his soulmate when he sets eyes on Kimba again after so many years, but the stars are not yet aligned. A true gentleman, he’s honourable and respectful and hugely supportive. A good man. It was wonderful to see him grow from the awkward child of the past, not really knowing or understanding where he fit into the world, to the confident, successful, charismatic sexy man of the present. I loved him. In fact the very talented Ms Ryan has created two remarkable characters in Ezra and his Tru. Characters who were incredible in their own right but spectacular together.

Queen Move is an emotional and poignant romance. An unconventional, often frustrating, journey to love, but one which is so worth it in the end. I finished the book with happy tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 Soulmate Crowns

Kennedys words are pure magic, they wrap around you like a warm blanket covering you in the complexity and prose that is singularly her, making you fall in love with every word she writes. Queen Move is beyond anything I could have expected, she blew the writing world apart with this beautifully written masterpiece.

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’m been dying for Kimba’s story ever since first meeting her in the All The Kings Men Duet. Kennedy always writes her heroines with this ferocity that makes you want to be more. They are strength personified and they always leave me with a sense that we can do and be anything we want! Kimba is without a doubt Queen, Kennedy wrote her with such realism that you feel as if you know her and you want to be apart of her life. She is so smart and determined nothing can stand in her way. But what I loved the most was when you saw her soft side, the parts that she kept hidden away so that she wouldn’t get hurt. It was those moments when I fell irrevocably in love with this character and everything she represents. 

Her body is made with a reckless disregard for resistance. 

Ezra is legit PERFECTION. This man with his violet eyes and wicked tongue will have you forgetting your own name. He is without a doubt a flawless match for Kimba. From the time they are children until the meet again, they have always been with each other even if it was just in memory. And it’s that connection that begs to break free when they come face to face again. The passion and intensity between them are palpable, every time they’re together you can feel it. It fills every room they are in growing and burning just waiting to burst free and incinerate everything in their path with the strength of it. I’m honestly surprised by Kindle didn’t burst into flames. 

He tastes like French toast and possibilities, and I’m ravenous. 

This story has you remembering the innocence of firsts, of childhood promises made with reckless abandon and the belief that things will always be this way. I loved watching Kimba and Ezra grow up together and the journey they took to become the people they are today. Kennedy made me believe in soulmates, everyone wants that soul deep all consuming once in a lifetime kind of love. The kind that makes your heart race and your soul ache. The kind that gives you not just butterfly’s but whole tidal waves that turn you inside out. That’s what Kimba and Ezra have, that kind of connection that makes you feel as if you were made just to love this person. Their story brought tears to my eyes and a deep ache to my soul, these two are absolute perfection and I am obsessed with their love!

It was perfect. A snow-globe moment where all my particles are still drifting to the ground, resettling into a completely new person. 

Kennedy is always meticulous with her research and brings forth important issues that are relevant today and that wholeheartedly need to be addressed. I love that every time you get swept away into one of her stories it opens your eyes to prevalent matters in the world. Kennedy’s stories will hit you on a visceral level, you can’t help but have a physical reaction while reading. Her words are so poetic and intricate that you easily get lost to her words, so much so that you won’t want to come back. Kimba and Ezra are FLAWLESS, everything about them is real and natural, consuming the pages and leaving a permanent mark on your soul. Their journey wasn’t easy but it was them, and it was worth every second.

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#Review “The Beginning of the End” by R. Holmes

Welcome to the blog tour for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

Title: THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Author: R. Holmes
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Second Chance Crowns

R. Holmes delivers a poignant tale of lost love and second chances. This book is so much more than just a romance it takes you on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance that is sure to pull so many emotions from you. Ambrey and Grey come from different sides of the track and are trying to navigate through all the animosity that them being together has caused, it’s not an easy journey for them, but it’s theirs. 

And when I did leave, I burned it down and didn’t look back to see the flames and the destruction I left in my wake. 

 I loved the star-crossed aspect to this story. Grey is on the poorer side being sent from foster home to foster home. But he has such a sweet side. He could have been hardened from the life that he had to live but he wasn’t. From the outside looking in that’s the front that he puts on, he has shielded his true nature with tattoos and a brooding appearance. But once Ambrey breaks through he is so much softer, and you could feel his love for Ambrey in everything that he does. Nothing could have stopped them from falling in love, they just had a soul deep connection that could not be broken. 

Their sins might not be my sins to carry… but they are mine to repent for.

Grey is amazing, this man has been dealt one crappy hand after another but none of that has broken him. He works hard and has limitless determination that has helped him turn his life around. He has found an outlet to for his emotions in painting and has built a company from the ground up with his friend so that he can provide for himself and his daughter. His love for his daughter is the sweetest thing, you could feel it bleed from the pages. Every time they are together my heart would explode with the emotions it caused. This little girl has every guy wrapped around her adorable little finger and I can’t say I blame them, she is precious. 

My lips find his and he takes them in the same way he usually does, like they’re his. 

Ambrey hasn’t been dealt the best hands either. Even though she grew up with money and didn’t have to struggle that way. Her parents were utterly neglectful and treated her like a prop and not their child. Her father is disgusting and everything that he does and says makes me want to punch him. But when Ambrey had the chance to escape her parents and not look back she did. She took power away from them by making her own choices and carving her own path. Ambrey is full of determination and more strength than she gives herself credit for. 

I felt her slip away with every exhale that left my body, and I knew in that moment she was taking the only good pieces of me with her. 

R. Holmes has created a wonderful Second Chance Romance. Grey and Ambrey are amazing characters, you can feel the connection between them jump from the pages, every time they were together. But the one thing that I could not wrap my head around was the reasons why she didn’t trust Grey in the beginning. I could feel the connection, so it didn’t make sense to me how she handled the situation with him in high school which caused their separation. But, other than that the story is very well written and will definitely have you falling in love with Grey. 

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#NewRelease “Absolution” by Autumn Grey

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Title: Absolution
Series: Grace Trilogy #3
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photo: Lindee Robinson Photography
Models: Andrew & Angel
Release Date: April 24, 2020


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BLURB

We made mistakes and betrayed our hearts, and in the end, everything went up in flames.

Walking away from the devastation is not an option. I am at the center of it all. 
There are three hearts on the line and only one choice to make.

One heart to keep and one to let go.
Love is like poison, and sometimes it’s the only thing that can save us.

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#SoontoDrop Most Anticipated Reads of the Year

My most anticipated releases of the week are here!  Make sure you check them out, add them to your TBR, and pre-order as soon as possible.  They are the books I am dying to read or the books I am raving about!


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Sarah’s Musings…

Kennedy Ryan is a wordsmith in every sense of the word. Her prose is so vibrant and eloquently written, that I become absorbed into the story and feel swept away not only in the romance of the couple but in the social aspects of each book.

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Synopsis:

The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.

Taken.

Tell me it’s wrong. Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have. When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.But we didn’t come this far to give up now. And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

**QUEEN MOVE will have the special pre-order and release week price of $3.99. After that, the price will increase.**

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#NewRelease for the Week of May 24, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website 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 throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 5/25 – Absolution – Autumn Gray
  • 5/26 – Queen Move – Kennedy Ryan
  • 5/26 – Hot and Sexy – Erika Wilde
  • 5/26 – Midnight Kingdom – Amelia Wilde
  • 5/26 – Pretty Nightmare – JA Huss
  • 5/26 – Jett – Carmen Jenner
  • 5/26 – Always a Bridesmain – Cindi Madsen
  • 5/26 – You Belong with Me – Kristen Proby
  • 5/26 – Dream Maker – Kristen Ashley
  • 5/26 – Wicked Secret – Sawyer Bennett
  • 5/26 – Wrecked with You – J. Kenner
  • 5/26 – Easy – Brenda Rothert
  • 5/26 – Loving Violet – Terri Ann Browning
  • 5/26 – This Love Hurts – Willow Winters
  • 5/27 – Inside Affair – Ella Frank
  • 5/27 – Jackson – Siobhan Davis
  • 5/27 – A Love Song for Rebels – Piper Lawson
  • 5/27 – Treachery – Lily White
  • 5/28 – The First Score – Amie Knight
  • 5/28 – Varsity Heartbreaker – Ginger Scott
  • 5/28 – We Were Once – S.L. Scott
  • 5/28 – Pride – Willow Aster
  • 5/28 – Sweet Spot – Rebecca Jenshak
  • 5/28 – Forbidden Fate – Mary Catherine Gebhard
  • 5/28 – Something Twisted – Ace Gray
  • 5/28 – Little Hoodlum – K. Webster
  • 5/28 – A Serious Relation-Chop – Frankie Love
  • 5/28 – Intrigued by Love – Sienna Snow
  • 5/28 – When the Heart Trips – Dominique Laura
  • 5/29 – Titan – Shantel Tessier
  • 5/29 – My Ex’s Baby – Taryn Quinn
  • 5/29 – Regrets – Nicole Dykes
  • 5/29 – Finding Forever with You – S.L. Sterling
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#Review “Ruthless Princess” by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruthless Princess: A Mafia Royals Romance about best friends turned enemies, by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series is LIVE.


Sarah’s Musings…

5 NEW KINGDOM CROWNS

Omg!!!!! I said before and I’ll say it again. THIS WORLD IS MY FAVORITE MAFIA WORLD. You can’t change my mind. Bring on more. I need more.

I fell in love with the first generation of the Eagle Elite, and Ruthless Princess, book one (stand-alone) in the second generation, starts off with a bang.

Junior. Savage and I love him. Serena. A bad b*tch. They are fire together, and I couldn’t get enough of them. Their love is all consuming, the take on the world for you kind of love and I’m here for it. Their love is the epic kind, and their moments of sacrifice and the emotion felt so authentic and real. My heart ached for them, my kindle steamed up with their passion, and their anger was kindling for it all.

And all the kids who we meet, I loved. My heart hurt for them, they made me laugh and cry, and I wanted to be a part of their crew, this family who supports each other with honor and heart. I’m here for the #bloodinnoout oath. Sign me up.

The one thing Rachel Van Dyken always does with the Eagle Elite is builds a family. You felt it with the first generation, and, to be honest, I felt it more with the kids. They live and die by the rules, but these young adults had the challenge of also living up to their parents, carrying the weight that it entails. I would also venture to say that these kids may be a bit more savage than their parents, and, again, I’m so here for it. I love absolutely love where Rachel too is and where she ended this story, and I’m dying for more. I NEED MORE. I swear she could write in this world forever.

Rachel Van Dyken has started off the new Eagle Elite generation with a romance laced in darkness and chaos. Serena and Junior’s story is fraught with danger and passion that is all consuming. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This will without a doubt be a must read of 2020.

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 For As Long As We Both Shall Live Crowns

This is this first book that I’ve read by Rachel (runs and hides) and I am completely floored. I don’t even know where to start with this EPIC Mafia Romance. This is one of my favorite genres and Rachel took all prior notions I had and blew them all away. This is an intense thoroughly brutal romance and Rachel doesn’t pull any punches, she lets you see the darkness and I AM HERE FOR IT ALL. 

If a heart could break multiple times, mine just had I swear I felt it crash to the ground, I saw myself fall to my knees in a bloodied frantic mess as I hurried to put the pieces back together before he noticed. 

Serena and Junior are star crossed lovers that were never supposed to be. They are the heirs to two heads of the Costa Nostra families and they have strict rules in place that adamantly forbid this. So, they tried to turn that powerful love into just as equally powerful hate so that they would not be killed for the sin of falling. They turn themselves inside out trying to make this happen so that they can continue to protect the family at all costs, even the costs of their shattered souls. 

I love a really good star-crossed romance, and this is one that I won’t soon forget. You could feel the passion and the power of these two literally pour from the pages saturating you in this heady combination. The ache and longing are so intense that you feel it in your soul causing your own heart to ache for what they can’t have but so desperately want. It’s those visceral feelings that really make a great story for me.

In this world there’s nothing more important than family and loyalty. After tragedy strikes the new generation of the Elect take matters into their own hands changing the rules of the game, even if it causes war.

Her taste was my poison. My addiction. My soon to be benediction. And I would never have enough.

Rachel has completely changed the game for me, every so often you fall upon and author that takes your soul and annihilates it with their genius and Rachel did that for me. I am obsessed with this series and can’t wait go back and read her entire backlist of the Eagle Elite Series to see how it all started. If you are a Mafia whore like me than you will die for this just as I have. Rachel has created something filled to the brim with such raw passion and intensity that it will leave you utterly breathless and completely sated. This book is without a doubt a Top Read for me this year, no question!!!!

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#CoverReveal “Loner” by Harloe Rae

LONER by Harloe Rae

Release date: June 11th

Cover designer: Book Cover Kingdom | Photographer: Rafa G. Catala | Model: Christian Perez


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“Everyone deserves a chance to be rescued.”

That’s the mantra I’m repeating when a well-equipped biker pulls over to save me. One glance at the scowl Crawford Doxe is wearing proves he isn’t impressed with the task. My efforts to change his mind deflate faster than the shredded tire at our feet. But disgruntled or not, my so-called hero still agrees to fix my flat.

I don’t expect to see Crawford again, but he’s suddenly very visible in our small town. Avoiding him would be my preference. That’s not how this story goes. For whatever reason, my daughter finds an ally in the broody mechanic. Denying her is something I do my best to avoid. I can only hope Crawford’s shine wears off before he tarnishes what little trust still exists. 

As if the odds are ever on my side.

Commitments are a foreign concept to him. He doesn’t make any promises to try. That should’ve been enough for me to steer clear. It most certainly isn’t. 

What follows can only be described as a disastrous clash of epic proportions. 

But one indisputable fact remains. That lone soul has no plans of opening his heart.

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