Review: Drifter by Kristy Marie

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Drifter by Kristy Marie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I love about K Marie’s books is this amazing “family” that she has created in this series. If you have not read Commander in Briefs or Gorgeous before Drifter – that is ok! But, I HIGHLY recommend them. This group of men and women have come together under the influence of Anniston McAlister. She has more compassion and generosity than any other heroine I have read, and she has created a family of misfits – ex-Marines who were lost after their tours and had no family and only nightmares to live with. These men look out for each other, they are fiercely loyal and protective, and love to give one another a hard time. You will laugh as much as you cry reading their stories – and Drifter is no different.

Once I read Commander in Briefs by Kristy Marie, I could not wait for Connor Hayes’ book. He is an ex-Marine who is confident, but not arrogant; a playful flirt, and a playboy; he seems like the sweet boy next door with nice manners, but is really a dirty-talking, alpha-male with a filthy mind. Not to mention he is Handsome, and has a body built like a machine. Yah…I was taken by him. I always knew there was much more to Hayes’ story – something dark and deep – that would make me fall for him even harder, and I was right.

Connor Hayes can charm the pants off of any woman – old or young, but he was in for a challenge with Bianca Morgan. I F******G LOVE BIANCA!! She is a badass. She may be a criminal, but once you learn the history behind her actions, it is easy to forgive and accept her. What I love the most about this story is her transformation. She is one of the toughest heroines I have read. Her guard is so high up with men, and she has been hurt badly by those who she let closest to her, I did not think that anyone could crack her armor. But as her story unfolds with Hayes, it is mesmerizing and captivating how she lets her walls down as she realizes her own worth. I hated her at times – I cried for her – I cheered her on – and I cried for her again. She is so beautiful and broken, and the role that Hayes played in her rising from the ashes was OH SO SWOONWORTHY.

Bianca & Hayes together is like a science experiment…you know there is chemistry, and you know there will be a big boom at some point, but there are so many trials and challenges getting there. I loved Hayes’ attitude and determination not to let this girl go! He was all in even from the moment she betrayed him. And the support and loyalty of his family the entire way makes your heart melt for these characters! There was not a scene with Hayes in it that I was not smiling. He is cheesy but is just what Bianca needs to melt her exterior. They are fun, playful, have amazing banter and wit, and Hayes’ mouth will make your panties wet, and his actions are so steamy that you will want your own Marine. SIGH. Like Bianca, Hayes finally lets his own walls down and reveals his dark past; and while he likes to cover up all of his deep emotions with humor, it is sooo breathtaking when he breaks down himself and lets Bianca in. I just wanted to hold him and hug him….ok, and maybe make-out with him some.

It is hard to put K Marie’s books into a specific trope category because they are a bit of everything… emotional, hilarious, enemies-to-lovers, and second chances; and that is why I love her. Drifter is in a class of its own. This story of the sassy and tough heroine realizing her self-worth while falling for the charming and humourous Marine is one of my favorite books, and these characters will stay with me for a long time. Well done once again K Marie! I cannot wait to see what is next from you!!!
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Cover Reveal: When August Ends by Penelope Ward

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A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel

NY Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2019

Synopsis:

What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental?

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.

But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and I was still trying to figure out why.

When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best life…as a maid.

Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden.

I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.

I knew he was probably too old for me.

Yet, I was drawn to him.

Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.

I wanted him and made no secret of it.

His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from.

Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer.

And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.


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Photo/Cover Details:

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs

Cover Model: Joseph Cannata

Cover Photography: Adam Zivo

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**Watch out for a special sneak peek excerpt of

When August Ends on February 20th!**

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About the Author:

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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Other books from Penelope Ward

Standalone Novels

Love Online Ebook

Love Online:

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Gentleman NineGentleman Nine

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Drunk Dial

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Mack DaddyMack Daddy

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RoomHateRoomHate

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Stepbrother Dearest

Stepbrother Dearest

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Neighbor Dearest

Neighbor Dearest

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Jaded and Tyed

Jaded and Tyed (A novelette)

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Sins of Sevin

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Jake Undone (Jake #1)

Jake Undone

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Jake Understood (Jake #2)

Jake Understood (Jake #2)

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My Skylar

My Skylar

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Gemini

Gemini

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BOOKS BY PENELOPE WARD & VI KEELAND:

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Hate Notes:

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The Rush Series (2 Book Series)

Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet #1)Rebel Heir

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Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet #2)Rebel Heart

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Cocky Bastard

Cocky Bastard

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Stuck-Up SuitStuck-Up Suit

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Playboy PilotPlayboy Pilot

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Mister MoneybagsMister Moneybags

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British Bedmate:

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WHEN AUGUST ENDS – RELEASING FEBRUARY 25, 2019

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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK EXCERPT OF

WHEN AUGUST ENDS ON FEBRUARY 20th!

 

Excerpt Release: Drifter by Kristy Marie

Who’s ready for a sneak peek inside DRIFTER by Kristy Marie! Add it to your TBR today!

This is one of my most anticipated books of 2019 – and I have had the privelege to Beta-read it and am so in love with Connor Hayes!!!

 

 

 

Contemporary Romance

Stand Alone

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser

Cover Model: Patryk Stawinoga

 

Blurb:

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Pretty things don’t distract me. In my line of work, a distraction will get you caught. Or in my case, blackmailed. But this isn’t the only time I’ve been hustled, and soon Connor Hayes will learn that men are only pawns in my end game. I don’t love. I hate. Even a pretty boy like him.

Hayes

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Except when they are five-foot-seven and hotter than my exhaust pipe. So, I blackmailed her. It was either that or turn her in. And if anyone was going to put her in handcuffs, it was going to be me. Bianca Morgan stole the only woman I’ve ever loved. It’s only fair she replace her.

Excerpt:

“Excuse me.”

A hip bone brushes mine, and I’m shoved to the side.

“Excuse me. Would you mind moving over?” repeats a voice that should be on the other end of a 900 number.

The sexy smile and quip die on my lips when I meet the eyes of the woman next to me. Dark hair cascades down her back like rolling hills. Against pale skin, eyes the color of sapphires stare back at me in question.

“Are you going to move over, or just stare at me like an asshole?”

An asshole?

“Is that what an asshole does?” I muse. “I was thinking there was more to the definition other than staring and being shoved over.” I catch her eye and grin. “In fact, I think I am the victim here.”

One of her dark brows arch. “Are you insinuating that I’m the asshole?”

I shrug, as if saying, “Maybe.”

Her chest bounces, and her bra is thin—thank heaven for small miracles—creating a complete and utter distraction from what she says next.

“Are you looking at my boobs?” she says with a lightness to her tone which tells me she isn’t about to pull out the mace and empty the can in my direction.

“What? No!” I lie, pulling my gaze up to her face where I’m met with an exasperated look.

“You have something on your shirt,” I argue. I reach across and swat something off her neckline, because seriously, I cannot get maced again. But instead of laughing, she jumps from my touch.

Okay. Not expecting that but people do have boundaries. Even me. Mine are just looser than most. I ignore the sudden change in her demeanor and keep with my rambling. “I wouldn’t be a friend if I let you walk around with cat fur on your shirt. The cluster of mean girls in the back would eat you alive.” I hold my hands up in a surrendering gesture. “I’m just trying to help you out.”

A slow smile replaces her harsh look.

“You’re just being a good friend and saving me from the mean posse of women that await me?” She doesn’t believe my story at all.

I widen my eyes, feigning shock. “What? You think I’m like one of these guys in here? Only here to score some pussy?”

She nods, fighting to keep her grin from splitting wide open.

“That’s exactly what I think, playboy.”

I really ham it up this time, rubbing my chest like my heart aches from her words. “And here I thought society had done away with stereotypes.”

 

 

 

 

Catch up on the rest of the series!

Buy Links

** All Books are Standalones in a Series**

 

Gorgeous (Bk 2)

 

 

Free in Kindle Unlimited

Commander in Briefs (BK 1)

Free in Kindle Unlimited

 

About the Author:

 

A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.

 

After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful sights.

 

The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball. She’s such a fan, that she even married her small town’s high school’s centerfielder where they still live with their three badass kids.

 

New Release: A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann

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A Place Without You, an all-new emotional New Adult romance from Jewel E. Ann, is available now! This book has become one of my all-time favorites!!

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The Law of Henna and Bodhi:

When love breaks, fall inward, fall together, and fall hard. Then let time pick up the pieces.

Everything feels temporary when you’ve experienced tragedy—until Henna Lane meets Bodhi at a music festival.

Young and spontaneous, they have a lust for seizing the moment, falling hard and fast.

When Bodhi is forced to leave without a goodbye, Henna thinks she’ll never get over him. But then she meets Mr. Malone, her sexy, new guidance counselor.

They are reckless.

They are forbidden.

When their secret is discovered, Henna has to choose between finishing school—banned from seeing Mr. Malone—or dropping out to follow her nomad dreams.

Henna chooses her dreams.

Over time, she learns that life is not a destination or a journey, some things are more than temporary, and the forbidden can never be ignored. But if she returns for him, will he still be hers?

A Place Without You is an emotional story of young love, shattered dreams, and impossible decisions.

 

*** READ MY 5 STAR REVIEW HERE ***

Review: A Place Without you by Jewel E. Ann

 

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About Jewel:

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Best of 2018!

This was such a huge year in the book world for me. I started my Bookstagram page “All Encompassing Books” in January, and started my blog at the end of Spring. By mid-Summer I was officially proofreading for authors and getting paid for what I love – reading books!

I have built some incredible relationships with authors, bookstagrammers, bloggers, PR reps, and avid book lovers. I am so thankful for this group of people who have become close friends and are so accepting!

I read 169 books this year – the most by far of any other year. Over 50 of those were 5 Stars!! I am amazed with these authors and how they challenge me, inspire me, and make me dream. I have read everything from Young Adult to Dark to Taboo and Suspense, and have loved every moment of it.

Here are only some of my favorites this year….

Best Book Duets of 2018

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Best Book Series of 2018

 

Best Standalones of 2018

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Favorite Covers of 2018!

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What do you love about a cover? For me – sometimes it’s the beauty, sometimes it’s the gorgeous face I can’t stop staring at, sometimes it’s the mystery of it, and sometimes I just love it so much because the book has touched me in such a powerful way. These are only a handful that have stayed with me this year!

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Vicious by L.J. Shen is one of my all-time favorite books! I could read it again and again, or sometimes just chapters at a time. She released this new limited cover of the book this past Summer and I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of it from her. I absolutely love it – it captures Millie LeBlanc perfectly!

 

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The Beautiful Hearts Duet by Emma Scott is in my Top 5 books of the year! This duet was so beautiful and brilliant and these characters have stayed with me for several months now. This was an even more special release by Emma Scott because she lost her 10 year old daughter this past Summer, and therefore this duet holds a place very close to my (and her) heart. I will never forget these characters and their story, and I look forward to reading it again and again.

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Rewrite the Stars by Charleigh Rose is one of my favorite books this year – but gah – look at this cover!!! Sebastian is one of those heroes that I fall for completely – he is broken, broody, cocky and ridiculously gorgeous. This story is all-consuming with the magic of the carnival setting and the characters. You will devour it!

 

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Timid by Devney Perry is the 2nd book in her Lark Cove series, and all the covers of the series are equally gorgeous, but this one just spoke to me. I fell in love with both Willa & Jackson and was completely immersed in their small town romance. This series will make you feel like you are right there in Lark Cove living with these relatable characters.

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Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann is about Flint Hopkins, a single dad, who is one of my favorite heroes this year. He is so different from any other hero I have read – but is so damn charming, unique and lovable, that I just fell head over heels for him. You will also love Ellen who comes barging into Flint and his son’s life in big fashion – just like Jewel E. Ann loves to do with her characters. This one is an emotional roller-coaster worth the ride!

 

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Waterfall Effect by K.K. Allen was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it has held my FAVORITE cover spot since then! It is gorgeous and it embodies everything about this book. This is a new adult second-chance-romance about Jaxon and Aurora who have many dark secrets and a tragic past. The connection and chemistry between them is one that is hard to top in the new adult genre. I fell head over heels for Jaxon and did not want their story to end. If you like a bit of suspense in your romance stories – you will love this one!

Cover Reveal: Magnolia Road by J. Lynn Bailey

It’s cover reveal day for J. Lynn Bailey’s Magnolia Road. Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Magnolia Road

Author: J. Lynn Bailey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: January 29th

About Magnolia Road:

On the outside, Bryce Hayes is satisfied with the structure of her life, her demanding career, and a series of no-strings-attached relationships, but her brother bounces in and out of rehab, her mother thinks she can beat her son’s addiction, and her father is simply doing what he can to keep a semblance of “normal”. When Bryce’s father, Congressman Hayes, orders her to Granite Harbor, Maine, due to a string of threats to their family coming from an unidentifiable source, she doesn’t expect Ethan Casey, the sexy soldier who slept with her, then walked out, without so much as a goodbye, to be her landlord.

Ethan’s past is riddled with chaos, bullets, and loud noise. After returning to his small town after the war, he’s determined to get back to his roots. Peace, quiet, and working as a game warden for the Maine Warden Service sounds right as rain. But with Bryce in Granite Harbor, staying in his house on Magnolia Road, Ethan can’t stop thinking about his future—and that includes Bryce. But to make things right with the love of his life, he’ll have to open old wounds…and risk losing her forever.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

If silence had a name in this moment, it would be fear. Fear and darkness go together like smothered love—stifling, overbearing, and hard to overcome. But, right now, all I know is that I’d rather feel these things because I’m with Ethan. And I’ll do it the way he wants. If that means as friends or lovers because living without him doesn’t seem like a viable option. It’s not something I think I can do. The strong, willful, never-need-a-man woman that I am has somehow changed, turned. Flipped.

This situation could have been avoided. Maybe, if I had ignored Ethan that day in Los Angeles, ignored his long legs and his dark brown eyes and long eyelashes, the vein that runs the course of his left arm, his big hands, maybe this moment wouldn’t hurt so much, knowing it was the beginning of the end. Knowing I made a choice that would shatter my heart because what we did today wasn’t love. We didn’t make love. We didn’t share our deepest secrets.

We put bandages on our wounds.

I lick my lips before I put my mouth to his chest for a kiss. “I know this is the end, Ethan.”

 

 

About the Author:

J. Lynn Bailey has loved to write since she learned to read, around the second grade. When she isn’t running after her children, watching COPS, or on the hunt for her next Laffy Taffy joke, you can probably find her holed up in her writing room feverishly working on her next book. She lives in Northern California with her family.

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Review: A Place Without you by Jewel E. Ann

A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

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I am convinced that Jewel E Ann is pure evil genius. I read A Place Without You in less than 24 hours – up wayyy past my bedtime last night frantically turning the pages only to reach for it first thing this morning. Gah – I feel like I just ran a marathon – this book. These characters. They are all-consuming, gut-wrenching, rip out your heart and then fly away with it floating on the highest of highs type of characters! I fell hard for Bodhi and then kept falling – his fierce loyalty and selflessness, and his passion for Henna. And this girl!…her vibrant spirit and zest for life are contagious and I just.wanted.to.be.her. She is giving, beautiful and so deserving of love. My heartbeat never slowed reading their story – I felt like I was in a dream and I never wanted to wake up.

I finished this book 10 days ago, and it still is at the forefront of my mind when I pick up another book. Nothing is good enough to fill its void. I have put off doing this review because I just don’t want to have this “closure” with their story. Even now as I write this, I am listening to the Playlist for the book with tears tipping over. This book is JUST THAT GOOD. I highlighted so many amazing passages in this book, but one that forever will be a favorite is spoken by Henna:

“Because after two years, a million new faces, and countless cities… every place was simply a place without you. So it doesn’t matter that everyone wanted that for me. I only wanted you.”

Henna & Bodhi’s love for each other started out as physical attraction and innocent flirting, and it led to one of the most real and raw true love stories I have read. Bodhi carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, while at the same time he let his passion for Henna consume him – he fought it hard, he showed his vulnerabilities to her, and then he fought it some more. My heart broke for him over and over again. He is so selfless, giving, and loyal to a fault. He carries life-long guilt and has SOO much love to give. GAH this man!!!!

And Henna…. this girl was made to love. She carries her own demons, but vows to live a life with no regrets no matter what. Her passion and fire is contagious and it was magical when she brought that playful side out of Bodhi. She is fun, full of life, lives with no regrets, is fearless, and really doesn’t give a s**t what anyone else thinks of her. She loves completely and honestly, and Bodhi said it perfectly:

“I can’t hide my grin. She erases all the pain in my life with a look, a word, a single touch.” *SIGH*

I could go on and on about this book, but the reality is that you just NEED TO READ it. It is inspiring, fun-loving, heartbreaking, and emotional. It is one of my favorite books this year. JEA has done it again and Bodhi & Henna now have a special piece of my heart. 5+ brilliant 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Hate Notes is #1 on BuzzFeed Top 40 Romance List

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There were SO many fabulous romance novels released this year, I just don’t know how they narrow it down to 40 – let alone decide #1. But, Congratulations to Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward who took the #1 spot with Hate Notes!!

 

** You can find the BuzzFeed Top 40 list HERE **

 

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Here is why I think it earned its #1 spot and 5 Stars from me!

Hate Notes has been on my TBR since it released, and after seeing it was #1 on the Buzzfeed Top 40 Romance Novel list of 2018, I dropped everything and read it. This dynamic duo author pair writes characters that you will fall for immediately. I loved Charlotte & Reed from their first meeting and as their stories unfold – you will both laugh and cry with them.

Charlotte is one of my favorite heroines – this girl is literally a ray of sunshine on a rainy day. Nothing gets her down and she never gives up. She is quirky, a dreamer, and so selfless. When she first meets Reed, he is completely closed-off, broody, and arrogant, yet there is an attraction between them that neither of them can ignore. When coincidental circumstances reunite them, their enemies-to-lovers story will have you laughing, sighing and you will be glued to the pages to see how it all ends. I absolutely loved their dynamic- the push and pull, their chemistry, and how they both challenged each other. The emotions were real and raw, and I was so pleasantly surprised with Reed’s character especially with every chapter.

This book was written flawlessly with fabulous secondary characters who you will love as much as Charlotte & Reed, and you will not want this story to end. Well done V. Keeland and P. Ward!

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Free in Kindle Unlimited!
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SYNOPSIS

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.
Something blue.
I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.
The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.
He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.
But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweet-er, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.
Something new.

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan

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HOOPS Holiday, a Christmas bundle featuring all-new, never-before-published content by Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . .

except them.

But that was then.

The only question is…what about now?

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** Hoops Holiday consists of FULL-COURT PRESS, a HOOPS novella originally published in the TEAM PLAYER Anthology. It has been expanded with all-new, never before published content & epilogue.

It also includes Christmas-themed bonus material for LONG SHOT (Iris & August) and BLOCK SHOT (Banner & Jared).

*All HOOPS Stories are standalone, and can be enjoyed individually or in order.

Excerpt:

Soft and fresh like petals.

I’m a jock. Not a dumb one, but a jock nonetheless. I don’t describe a woman’s lips as soft and fresh or compare a kiss to flowers. Besides the few years I was married to Tara, if it opened its legs and said yes or please, I fucked it. I always rushed it. A man’s got needs, but I got in and I got out. This woman, this kiss, I have to savor. I’d be a fool not to. It’s a first kiss. I understand the difference now between the first time you kiss someone, and a first kiss. This is a discovery of tongues and lips and heat. An introduction of our souls, if that doesn’t sound too pussy-ish. It’s how I feel, though. Like as our lips brush back and forth, as our tongues tangle, as I taste her, mouthful by delicious mouthful, I’m learning her secrets. I’m telling her mine. My hand slides from the door to flatten into the warmth of her back through the silk blouse, bringing her incrementally closer. The air shifts and takes the shape of lust; assumes the form of want. The sound of her moaning, the slight lift and fall of her breasts against my chest, testifies that she feels it, too.

The elevator dings, and our bodies go still even as we keep exchanging breaths and heartbeats through our clothes; even though my mouth is still poised above hers. I have her against the door, and every curve of her body is impressing itself on me, making sure I’ll never forget how right we fit together. I look over my shoulder toward the elevator. The doors open, but no one gets off. That interruption was enough to bring her back to her senses, though. God knows I can’t find mine.

“Um . . . you should go,” she whispers, a muscle rippling along the smooth line of her jaw.

I bend to breathe over her mouth, so she can taste our kisses lingering on my lips. “Or you could invite me in.”

Her scent and the warmth of her body take my senses hostage. I smell her and want to kiss her again so badly it stings my taste buds. Her eyes already regret the last few moments I thought were so perfect. I can’t calm my emotions or my body that quickly.

“You don’t want to come in, Deck.”

“I assure you I do.”

A short laugh, deceptively light, breezes past her lips. She glances down to the floor and shakes her head.

“I’d make the worst one-night stand ever,” she says.

“One-night stand?” I take her chin in hand and lift, forcing her to look at me. “I’ve waited a long time for this path to be clear. No conflict of interest. No other people standing in our way. I don’t know exactly what I want, Avery, but it’s damn sure more than one night.”

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Listen to her audio-first story SWIPE for FREE on the Read Me Romance podcast!

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Swipe is available NOW exclusively on Read Me Romance!

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About Kennedy

A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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