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What About Us (Bluff Harbor Book 2) by Emma Tharp
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Synopsis ~
Torn between her desire for the guy who has her heart and her loyalty to her best friend, Kate Bergman knows she must break her own heart to give her broken and fragile friend a shot at happiness.

But letting go of River McEwan is the hardest thing she’s ever done. Moving on is even harder–especially when River doesn’t want to let her go. As the two resist their passion for one another, Kate uncovers the truth about her best friend. As the three of them forge a new path of friendship and discovery, tragedy strikes. Now, it’s up to Kate to fight for the only man she’s ever loved. But can she make River forget about the past to find a future together?

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Excerpt ~
“Do you have any idea in that gorgeous head of yours how difficult it’s going to be for us to just be friends?” River pushes a stray hair from my face, looking directly in my eyes.

He walks up to me and stands entirely too close.
I can smell him and feel his warm breath against my face
River’s voice gets low, and he wipes at my eyes with the pads of his fingers. “I keep trying to force myself to have feelings for Willow, but I think it’s impossible.”
“Why?” I ask between sobs.
“Do you really want to know why, Kate?”
“Yes, tell me.”
River presses the hard lines of his body into mine and puts his hands on my face. “It’s really simple. It’s because she isn’t you.” River stares into my eyes and slowly inches his lips to mine. There’s so much want behind it, deep and powerful, as if he’s trying to possess me—own me. It’s like this every time River kisses me.

Before I know it. River’s face is in my hair as he whispers in my ear. “I want to touch you so bad.” I shiver at the feel of his warm breath smelling of soda and River.
“You can’t,” I say under my breath. “Please stop. They’re going to see.”
“You’re so close to me. I miss you.” His hand moves back up my leg.
My heart melts. I miss him too, and all I want to do is be close to him. I can’t let him know I agree, though. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, and I shift my legs so they are on top of Lane’s.

Before I can say anything, he puts his arms around me, planting his lips so harshly to mine I can barely register what’s happening.
The kiss is powerful. Filled with urgency and desire.
Far be it for me to stop him now, because I’m hungry for it. I want this closeness with him, and all of the resolve I’ve had built up is suddenly knocked down with one kiss. Lips to lips, tongue to tongue, all I can breathe is River.

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Review ~
What About Us (Bluff Harbor Book 2) by Emma Tharp
• Love
What am amazing continuation to River and Kate’s story.. You’ll have to read What About Us (Book Two in the Bluff Harbor Series) to find out whether or not they end up with the HEA at the conclusion or what happens. There’s a LOT of emotion and love throughout this book and series, will love conquer? I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books. Although this is book two of the series which picks up where book one ends, you could read this as a standalone story, but I recommend reading both…. Just because I love them both! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language, this book is recommended for readers 18 and older!

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About the Author
Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.

If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event.

A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.

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What About Her (Bluff Harbor Book 1) by Emma Tharp
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Synopsis ~
Six months ago, Kate Bergman’s best friend left their dorm room and never came back…
Now, Kate can’t shake the feeling that Willow, her dearest childhood friend, is still out there, still alive, and still needs her. But nobody is on her side–not even River McEwan, Willow’s boyfriend. After all, the three of them used to be inseparable.
When a professor forces Kate and River to work together on a joint research project, a new challenge surfaces. Suddenly, their renewed friendship flares into something more.
Soon, River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine walking away from River, Kate can’t stop thinking about Willow. How can she give herself to him when he belongs to her best friend?

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Review ~
What About Her (Bluff Harbor Book 1) by Emma Tharp
• Future
What am amazing story of getting through grief and loss. Is Willow truly gone forever? You’ll have to read What About Her (Book One in the Bluff Harbor Series) to find out. This story ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger… Luckily What About Us (Book Two in the Bluff Harbor Series) is available now!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language, this book is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passage ~
• “With hope in our hearts, with love in our eyes, we open our hearts, start living our lives.”

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Losing Game (Winning Ace #2)

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Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair? 🖤LOSING GAME🖤 by Tracie Delaney is #LIVE! Grab your copy now, #FREE with #KU!
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Synopsis ~
Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair?

Too hurt to look into who might have sent photos of Cash Gallagher kissing another woman, Tally McKenzie flees to a secret hideout in Brighton and tries to forget her lover.

Stubborn to the last, Cash tracks Tally down and wins her back by confessing his darkest secret. Now he can only hope his demons don’t become headline news and threaten his role as the reigning bad boy of centre court

Can Cash and Tally’s deepening relationship survive all the challenges, or is the hot tennis ace about to discover that the prospect of losing his precious career is the least of his woes?

*Please note this novel is written in British English and includes British idioms.

Losing Game is the second novel in the Winning Ace series. To have the best reading experience, the books are best read in order.

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Excerpt ~
“Hello, Natalia.”
The sharp pain in her chest couldn’t have been any worse if someone had cracked open her ribcage, reached inside, and torn out her heart.
“Leave me alone, Cash,” she croaked to the man she’d adored since she was fifteen.
“I can’t do that.”
She tightened her grip on the door handle, certain if she let go she’d crumple to the floor. “Don’t you think I’ve been hurt enough?” she whispered.
Cash bowed his head, and his shoulders drooped. “I don’t want to cause you any more pain.”
“Then go away.” She turned her back on him and opened the door.
“Please, Natalia. Can we go inside and talk?”
She rested her forehead against the doorframe. “No,” she said in a wavering voice. Tears pricked behind her eyes. She dug her fingernails into her palm as she swallowed past an uncomfortable lump in her throat.
“I can explain,” he said, his hand lightly touching her arm.
She spun out of his reach but kept her back to him. “I said no.” Her chin trembled, and she clenched her jaw to stop the involuntary movement. “I’m not interested in anything you have to say.”
“I know I’ve fucked up. Please, let me inside. I’ll tell you everything. About Gracie, about my mother and father. Everything. It’s what I should have done already.”
“Cash, please.” She faced him then, her voice cracking as the tears she’d desperately tried to hold back spilled down her cheeks. “Why are you doing this?”
“Oh, baby,” he said, reaching for her again.
She staggered backwards and stumbled over the step. Her ankle twisted as she tried to save herself. Cash shot out an arm and pulled her against his chest. This time, she didn’t have the energy to resist. She slumped against him as he dug around in his pocket.
He produced a crumpled tissue and wiped away her tears. “You’re freezing. Let’s go inside and get you warmed up.”
Before she could protest, he ushered her through the door and into the tiny hallway. He walked straight ahead into the kitchen like he owned the damned place and then flicked the kettle on.
“Go and get a shower. I’ll have the tea made by the time you get out.”
She wanted to tell him no, that she could make her own bloody tea, but the words wouldn’t come. She trudged into the bathroom and locked the door. She wouldn’t put it past Cash to follow her, and she craved control even as she sensed it slipping out of reach.
She’d thought Brighton would be a refuge, a place to heal, but he’d found her so easily. Once she’d showered and dressed in clean clothes, she would be able to deal with Cash. She would listen to what he had to say and then politely ask him to leave.
And then she was going home to London.

 

Review ~
Losing Game (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book Two) by Tracie Delaney
• Challenges
WOW!!! Challenges DEFINITELY describes what Tally and Cash have to deal with within this story. However it’s exciting to see how things change, you’ll have to read LOSING GAME to find out what… I don’t want to give anything away….. But you might want to have some tissues handy, just in case!! UGH I can NOT wait for Grand Slam Book 3 (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017 to be released!! This doesn’t end with a HEA (yet) nor is it a cliffhanger, but it DEFINITELY leaves you ready to read more!! As a debut writer, this is an AWESOME series!
Losing Game is the second novel in the Winning Ace series. To have the best reading experience, the books are best read in order
Winning Ace is the first novel in an overarching three book series and as such does not have an HEA.
Winning Ace (Game – Catching Cash)
Losing Game (Set – Holding Cash)
Grand Slam (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. This book uses British spellings/British idioms and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under 18.

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Tracie Delaney is the author of the Winning Ace trilogy. She loves nothing more than immersing herself in a good romance, although she sometimes, rather cheekily, makes her characters wait for their HEA.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.
Tracie studied accountancy, gaining her qualification in 2001. Her maths teacher would no doubt be stunned by this revelation considering Tracie could barely add two plus two at high school.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband. They both share a love of dogs, travel and wine.

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Winning Ace (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book One) by Tracie Delaney

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Synopsis ~
When the opportunity arises for journalist Tally McKenzie to meet tennis ace Cash Gallagher, she grabs it without hesitation. Desperate for a killer story to advance her career, she’ll have to betray her idol and her own morals into the bargain if she is to succeed.

Renowned bad boy Cash wants one thing; to remain at the top of his game. He’s fought hard to get there, and he’s not about to lose his crown, especially over a woman.

When Cash divulges personal information, Tally seizes her chance and writes an explosive article. Incensed, Cash sets out to get his revenge. Except the darling of centre court gets more than he bargained for—a passionate affair with a woman he should detest.

But Cash is a man with secrets—secrets that could destroy his career. Dare he take the risk? Or is the cost too great, even for his perfect match.

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Review ~
Winning Ace (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book One) by Tracie Delaney
• Secrets
Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop! What an amazing start for a series, and an absolutely awesome debut novel for Tracie. I cannot wait to read LOSING GAME to find out what happens next. Secrets don’t stay secret forever, but when they’re hidden they hurt too many people. To find out what happens between Cash and Tally you’ll have to read WINNING ACE. This doesn’t end with a HEA (yet) nor is it a cliffhanger, but it DEFINITELY leaves you ready to read LOSING GAME….. Which I’m of to do right now!!!
Winning Ace is the first novel in an overarching three book series and as such does not have an HEA.
Winning Ace (Game – Catching Cash)
Losing Game (Set – Holding Cash)
Grand Slam (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. This book uses British spellings/British idioms and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under 18.

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Landry Family Series by Adriana Locke

SWINK (Landry family #5) by Adriana Locke
• Fight
Yet another AMAZING Landry family story! Adriana sucks you in to every story she writes and makes you crave for more! We finally get to meet who Camella has been holding back from her family. It’s not all roses even it finally happens but if it’s truly what you want them is work the fight to get it. Dominic isn’t what Camilla usually goes for, he’s from the other side of the tracks. Is it temporary or does she want more? What about his past? What does Dom want? What will get brothers say or do when they find out? You’ll have to read SWINK to find out.
Although this is book #5 in the Landry series, it can also be read as a standalone story. However if you read the complete series you’ll get the background information all the family…. It’s SO worth reading them ALL!!!
Read more about the Landry family:
Sway (Barrett)
Swing (Lincoln)
Switch (Graham)
Swear (Ford)
Swink (Camilla)
* Sienna Landry will kick-off a brand new series, The Gibson Boys. (I canNOT wait to read the new series!!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
• A little zest for the best can make up for a lot of the rest.
• “Yeah. I smelled like gym floors.” “As long as you don’t smell like gym whores,”
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SWAY (Landry family #1) by Adriana Locke
•Insecurities
Sway is WOW no other way to put it other than WOW!!! I absolutely loved it! I was on the edge of my seat wondering how Barrett’s gubernatorial election would turn out, as well as how Alison would continue to react to it with the issues of her past. Once again Adriana weaves another story that you cannot put down, let alone turn pages fast enough to see what happens next! Now we sit and wait for her next installment of a wonderful, albeit sexy, hot as hell, loving family that goes ALL IN with everything they have in them not only as an individual but as a family….. The TOTAL PACKAGE! I canNOT wait for SWING, Lincoln’s story.
Barrett Landry the Mayor of Savannah (aka the Most Eligible Bachelor) is running neck and neck in the gubernatorial race against Homer Hobbs. He’s trying to play the game against people who have no rules. He makes women swoon over him without even trying he’s just that sexily hot. Politics equals power, but it also equals fortune, a bit of fame, and a lot of women, and these men take full advantage of it all, including Landry. That is until he meets Alison, the one woman who wants to run from him instead of killing each other to get a chance to be with him.
Alison’s a single mother who’s working two jobs to take care of her son, but also going to school for journalism. After working her ass off to pay her now ex husbands way through school, he said she was nothing and beneath him as soon as he became a judge. She’s determined to support her son on her own, she won’t be swayed by any man. Then she’s face to face with Barrett Landry, who’s this crazy mix of power and sexiness, it almost makes her high. His smile makes her knees go weak, the air between them crackles, his voice’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket, but his touch makes her body shiver. Alison tries to remind herself he’s only a man, but he’s still another politician!
But when they’re alone he’s different, he relaxes. It’s like he TRUELY sees her. But is he sincere or is it all to advance his political career? How will Alison’s son be affected by this, what are his thoughts? You’ll have to read SWAY to find out, but it’ll be worth the time you take to read it! Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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SWING (Landry Family #2) by Adriana Locke
• One step at a time
Lincoln definitely met his match with Danielle, and she with him. I love their back and forth banter from the get go. You just can’t help but laugh along while reading. All the baseball analogies and innuendos are hilariously funny, BUT with a seriousness too!
Adriana weaves yet another story that you cannot put down, let alone turn pages fast enough to see what happens next! Now we sit and wait for her next installment of a wonderful, albeit sexy, hot as hell, loving family that goes ALL IN with everything they have in them not only as an individual but as a family….. The TOTAL PACKAGE! I canNOT wait for SWITCH, Graham’s story that’ll be next. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages~
• I follow her, like a puppy looking for someone to play with. At least I’m not drooling . . . I don’t think . . . but I probably am panting. I need played with. What can I say? (Oh SOOOOO Lincoln!)
• Like when we aren’t together, the world is ending. Because if we aren’t together, maybe it has.”
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SWITCH (Landry Family #3) by Adriana Locke
• Vows
Another amazing Landry Family story. The emotion throughout will keep your fingers itching to turn to the next page to read what happens next….. Talk about the wedding of a lifetime… Make sure tissues are at the ready (it’s awesome), but I’m not saying who’s wedding it is…. Sorry that’s give up too much info, but it’s SOOOO worth the time to read it to find out!
This may be the 3rd story in Landry Family series, but it could be read as standalone story. I prefer to read them in order to find the hidden gems within each new story,o and oh boy are they in each one…. Definitely worth it to read the entire series so far….I cannot wait to read SWEAR (Ford’s story). I don’t know how Adriana does it, but I’m glad she does and can’t wait for what’s next.
Graham focuses only on work… Well he did until his sister sets him up with a friend from high school for as new executive assistant that he desperately needs. Mallory knocks his world off kilter, something he’s DEFINITELY NOT used to. Mallory on the other hand needs a fresh start… This job seems like the perfect solution, until she stumbles into the office later her first day. Can they figure out how to work together? Gotta read SWITCH to find out. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages ~
• “Desperation is the name of the game.”
• …I have no plan for this. I have no clue how to navigate this minefield.
• “You can get up every day and decide what you are going to accomplish, what goals you’re going to work towards. Think about that. Every morning is an opportunity to change what you aren’t happy with.”
• …Do something that your soul tells you to.”
• “You little rascals. I don’t care if you’re married or not. We’re going to talk about this!”
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SWEAR (Landry Family #4) by Adriana Locke
• 2nd Chance
When you read SWEAR… Me oh my….. It’s an amazing story of second chances and family…. Well what can you say about the Landry boys… This is Ellie and Ford’s story (with the rest of the family thrown in for an added bonus of course). Ford broke her heart almost 10 years ago, will she ever let him in again? Ford finds out Ellie is back in town thanks to his brother Graham’s Mallory’s meddling (setting him up on blinddates), but once he learns she’s back…. Game on….. Well if she’ll allow it! You’ll have to read SWEAR to find out. Just remember you’ll need tissue toward the end….. But OH SO worth it!
Adriana has done it again, this story just keeps pulling you in farther and farther. Now I can’t wait to see when SWINK will be available…… Another hook, line, and sinker, I’m snared in the net….. And love it!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
• “Come hell or high water, I’m going to make her mine again. Just you wait and see.”
• “Who you are and whose you are”
• …hallmark of a strong family, Ford, is one that allows its members to grow and learn. And not just when they’re babies. Sometimes the hardest life lessons are learned when we’re adults.”
• “Just how I need to remember that when storms roll in, how beautiful the rainbow is going to be.”

Conditioned (Brewing Passions #3)

Conditioned
Brewing Passions #3
By: Liz Crowe
Releasing July 11, 2017
Totally Bound

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Blurb

Trent Hettinger’s turbulent formative years transformed him into a cynic—and into a man who realized he required something outside himself to control his temper. Something he finds as a Dom—at least for a while. But he allowed himself to trust a woman once and was slapped back into reality with a vengeance and now devotes all his energy into building his real estate empire, raising his teenaged daughter…and avoiding anything resembling authentic attachments.

Melody Rodriguez kept her head down for years—working hard, making her own money, trying to get ahead with every deck stacked against her. She’s determined to move beyond the ugliness that haunts her without anyone’s help. When a mutual friend sets her up with Trent, she’s determined to have some fun with him and move on.

A man with nothing to left to lose. A woman hiding behind her past. When two lives spent in emotional denial collide, it’s a perfect match—at least on the surface. But neither Trent nor Melody are prepared for the full force of their true feelings, once fate intervenes and blows a cold breeze into their white-hot relationship.

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Author Info
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Excerpt  (Rated R for language)

“You need to get ready,” Evelyn said. “You only have a few hours.”

I stared at the computer screen. “I’m not going.”

“The hell you aren’t.” She slapped the laptop closed. We were in the office she’d assigned to me in my new job as general manager of the Fitz Pub. “You are going. But not until you get your ass home for a clean-up.” She raised an eyebrow. “Did you ever get to my wax artist?”

I put a hand to my face.

“All right. Well. Get on home and take a shower. Do you have a nice dress? I mean, something super dressy?”

“Yes. He sent a dress. And shoes. And…a kind of a…mask.”

“All righty then. He hasn’t lost his edge. So, let’s go.” She snapped her fingers and smiled at me.

“Go where?” Panic was settling into my psyche. I’d spent a lot of energy in the last couple of days being mad at Trent. I wasn’t quite ready to let go of it.

“It’s wax time, puta.” She handed me my purse.

“We have work to do.”

“It can wait.”

“That’s not what you said to me this morning.” I crossed my arms, leaning back in my rickety chair.

“Yeah, well, scratch all that. Hang on.” She pulled her phone from her pocket. “Hey. Yeah. I gotta go help Melody with something. I’ll be back in about an hour.” Her face reddened. “Yes, I know.” She turned away from me and muttered something more, then ended the call. “Whew. All right. Come on. It won’t take long.”

Two hours later I was home, staring at myself in the mirror. I put a hand to my neck, turning my head left, then right, admiring the semi-casual updo and the subtle makeup. I held out my hands, checking out the bright red nails. Between the primping, buffing, waxing and everything else, they’d even found time to get me a shower at that crazy spa.

I glanced over at the bed, where the simple, cream silk dress lay alongside a cream-colored garter belt, real silk stockings and a gorgeous, matching bra. The shoes were a work of art—sky-high heels, open toes, satin ribbons to wrap around my ankles. Everything was the perfect size. Of course.

I sat, fingering the creamy mask. It was intimidating, yet beautiful, edged with intricate lace. My fingers trembled as I held it to my face, then dropped it onto my lap.

You wanted this, Melody. You demanded it from him. Do not be that woman who, when her man gives her what she wanted, suddenly changes her mind.

I willed myself not to cry and screw up the expensive makeup job. As I was fastening the stockings into the belt, my phone buzzed from the table next to my bed. I smiled when I saw I was Evelyn.

Mel. Just relax. It will be fine. He loves you.

I sighed and looked at the ceiling before answering. I’m not sure about all that. He wants to tie me up and spank me. That’s not love. That’s kind of crazy.

Don’t worry. If you don’t like it, tell him. He’ll stop. He’ll do anything for you. Lighten up a little.

There was a brief pause, then another text from my friend. You’re going to blow his mind, chica. Own it.

I covered my lips with my hands. There was no denying it—I was flat out terrified. I wanted this. Or I thought I wanted it. And now I definitely had to own it.

Noting the time, I stood slowly and pulled the dress with me. The fabric was like a lovely soft sheet draping my body, magically clinging to all my curves. I ran my hands across my stomach, down my hips, admiring myself in the full-length mirror.

With a frown, I started pulling at the pins and whatnot that the hair guy had used to give me the glamorous up-do. My man wanted my hair down. I ran my fingers through it, which reminded me of the way he loved to do it—gently at first, then when he’d close his fingers in it, tugging and pulling…

I shivered, and I smiled at myself, noting how my makeup looked better since I wasn’t ghostly pale behind it anymore.

We’d parted badly. And I’d taken his Jeep. Granted, I’d left it in his garage, keys in the gas door. But I had taken the man’s car. It had been a bold move. Or a shitty move. I still hadn’t decided. But now, if Evelyn was to be believed, this night would be The One. The night I would get the full force of this whole BDSM Thing. Take it or leave it

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Carson (Bad Boys After Dark #3)

Carson
Bad Boys After Dark #3
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press

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Blurb<
Second chances really do exist…
As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes steamy contemporary romance and contemporary women’s fiction – perfect beach reads – with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.

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Excerpt ~
With her heart in her throat, she lifted her gaze, and lost her breath at the sight of the strikingly handsome man who had once been her lover and best friend standing a few feet away with his brother, Brett. She’d met Brett once when he’d come to visit Carson at college.
Her attention moved swiftly back to Carson, and she was unable to look away. His white dress shirt was rolled up to his elbows, revealing muscular forearms, and tucked into perfectly tailored dark slacks. He was broader now, tall, and sturdy. A big, beautiful man with the classic good looks of a 1950s movie star. He raked a hand through his short hair, laughing at something Brett must have said. His familiar laughter made her knees weak.
Please look over.
No. Don’t. Her heart might explode.
Wait. Yes, look over.
Oh God.
What was she doing? She was a professional, educated woman. She should not be weak-kneed over the sight of a man. But apparently her body didn’t get the memo, because her pulse skyrocketed, and she could barely breathe. She gripped the handle of her suitcase tighter, using it for balance. Carson turned, his chiseled features softened by the hint of a five-o’clock shadow. Their eyes connected, and his brows knitted, his jaw tensed.
Disappointment clutched her. Didn’t he recognize her? Or did he? Was he angry? She should walk away, but she was pinned in place by his riveting gaze.

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Review ~
Carson (Bad Boys After Dark #3) by Melissa Foster
• Another Bad boy bites the dust.
Melissa continues to keep us coming back for more Bad boys…. You just can’t help but want more!! After 10 years apart, Tawny has come to New York to see Carson her once best friend from college. One night they became more than best friends, but then she married another…. But never got over Carson. Carson on the other hand could not get over Tawny, his Tabs…. When he sees her standing in the hotel his world stops for a moment at the sight of her, before he reminds himself she’s married…. But she’s not and hasn’t been for a couple of years now, because she couldn’t get over him. Now will they finally have a chance together for the happily ever after they deserve our will something else come between them? You’ll have to read CARSON (Bad Boys After Dark #3) to find out. I love this series… ok honestly I cannot get enough of anything Melissa writes!! I don’t know how she does it, but please keep ’em coming cuz I love reading her stories!! Due to sexual content and language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours for an honest blog tour review.
Favorite Passages
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• Yes! A million times around the earth and back. Yes!”
• “I wish you’d run to me—not away from me—when you’re scared. I’ll always be here, and there’s no shadow big enough to take me on. My love for you is endless.”

 

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Review ~
Dylan (Bad Boys After Dark #2) by Melissa Foster
• What’s Missing
Yet another amazing love story from Melissa Foster! She contributed to heat up our winter nights south another hit under the sheets, cab, office, couch….crimeney anywhere that two hit and sexily couples could possibly find themselves wrapped in add around each other at. However although these couples within her stories are fantastically exquisite in bed, Melissa also tells a wonderful life story of each character.
Dylan owns Nightcaps-a bar that attracts business-people, celebrities, and everyone in between. He usually goes for women who ate the needy-submissive type, Give him a night with a damsel in distress and he’d turn her into a very gratified Princess Orgasm in no time.*(direct book quote), which Tiffany Winters was DEFINITELY NOT! However she was a challenge and he never backed down from a challenge. He liked no-strings attached sex like any other guy, he respected and wanted a true relationship, he just hasn’t find the right woman yet. But he wanted to get to know Tiffany, she was far more complex than he originally thought.
Tiffany is a high powered sports agent who believed that Love was a crutch for weak people who needed someone else to lean on. Plus she’s moving her sports agency top New York from L.A. who had time for distractions, even ones with a mouth that should have a warning label stating “PANTY BURNER AHEAD”*(direct book quote). But a one hour stress relief she could afford and needed. However things don’t always work out as they plan, especially since they live in the same building.
To see what happens between Dylan and Tiffany you’ll have to read BAD BOYS AFTER DARK-DYLAN. I can’t wait to read more of her Love in Bloom books, they’re a big family romance collection over several subseries where characters from each subseries apart in future stories. Melissa Fosters Love in Bloom books may be read as stand alone, but for more enjoyment, read them in series order, characters from each series carry guard to the next. I have jumped around whole reading them and have enjoyed each and every one I’ve read so far. Eventually I will go back and read the complete series in order to see the little pieces I’m surely missing by jumping sound. But it is nice to catch pieces of characters in different stories, just like in life, people and places are inter-connected. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours for an honest blog tour review. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages ~
• “You’re far too hot for Winters.”
• “From now on, you’re my Summers.”
• You’re my ten, summer girl. Sweet dreams

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Three Weeks with a Princess

Three Weeks with a Princess
The Improper Princesses #2
By: Vanessa Kelly
Releasing June 27, 2017
Zebra

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Blurb
In Vanessa Kelly s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new Marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren t too honorable to take her to bed.

It s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can t deny. . .

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Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.

Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month. Vanessa also writes USA TodayBestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

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Excerpt ~

They heard a quick footfall out in the hall. A moment later the door opened and Lia rushed in.

“Oh, confound it, Jack,” she said. “I had no idea you were here. I ran down from the big house as soon as Merton told me he’d seen you cutting through the gardens.” She rested a hand on his arm and stretched up on her toes to give him a soft kiss on the cheek. “It’s shocking that I wasn’t here to greet you. Please forgive me.”

Jack stared down at her, slightly disoriented, as if someone had given him a knock on the brainbox.

He hadn’t seen her since his uncle’s funeral, when grief and worry had left her pretty face pinched and wan. Enveloped in mourning clothes and heavy shawls to keep out the chill spring rains, Lia had seemed almost like a sad child, sorely in need of a mother’s love and comfort.

Today, though, there was nothing childlike about her, and she was more than merely pretty. His Lia was now full-grown and simply beautiful.

She gazed up at him with peacock-blue eyes alight with affection. Her skin glowed with the warmth of the summer sun and the flush of her exertions. Her enchanting face, with its tip-tilted nose and lush pink mouth, was framed by silky dark hair, some of it falling haphazardly from the simple knot on top of her head. As for her figure, her faded green riding habit with its trim bodice showcased a graceful body that held more than its share of pleasing curves.

When the hell had Lia developed breasts that he actually noticed?

His visits to Stonefell had been rare these last three years, given the fact that he’d spent much of that time on the Continent with the army. In the meantime, his little friend had matured into a woman, with results that were rather astonishing.

And alarming.

Her brow creased and her smile slid into one of perplexity. “Jack, you look as if you don’t know me,” she said with a self-conscious laugh. Then her smile snuffed out completely. “Oh, am I being too familiar?”

She took a quick step back and dipped into a curtsy. “Forgive me, my lord. I let my enthusiasm run away with me.”

Her anxious response jolted him back to himself. He pulled her into a bear hug, all too conscious of how delightful her soft breasts felt against his body.

“Goose, of course not,” he said, planting a brief kiss on the top of her head before letting go. “I was just a bit surprised to see you, that’s all. You’re looking very well, I must say.”

She wrinkled her nose. “That’s a complete plumper. I look a wreck, but I didn’t want to take the time to change and risk missing you.”

Rebecca ran a critical eye over her granddaughter. “You do look rather disheveled, my love. I wasn’t aware you were planning on shoeing the mare yourself, but the soot on the hem of your habit would suggest you were.”

Lia burst into laughter, and the light, clear sound of it loosened the tangled knot in Jack’s chest that had moved in some weeks ago. He’d forgotten how much he enjoyed her laughter.

“I know,” she said. “But poor Markwith is so busy these days. I thought I’d help him by taking Dorcas down to the blacksmith and saving him the trouble of the trip.”

Jack mentally grimaced. In the last year his head groom had been forced to let go two stableboys. That Lia was now acting as a stable hand had the knot in his chest twisting tight again.

“I’m sorry, Lia,” he said. “You shouldn’t have had to do that.”

“You know I don’t mind,” she said as she folded herself onto the footstool at her grandmother’s feet. Rebecca reached out to stroke Lia’s thick hair. They were so close. With the death of Jack’s uncle, the two women truly now had only each other.

And him.

“Next time you need something, just tell me,” he said. “I’ll take care of it.”

Her eyebrows arched up. “I will when you’re in residence. But that’s not very often.”

Rebecca gave her an admonishing tap on the shoulder. “That’s no way to speak to his lordship, my love.”

Lia’s eyes rounded with mock horror. “Oh, I do hope I haven’t offended him.” She gave him a comical bow, her nose almost touching the floor. “Forgive my impertinence, Lord Lendale, I beg of you.”

He shook his head. “Brat.”

She grinned. “Sorry, but I can’t help teasing. It’s just so good to see you.” She glanced over her shoulder at Rebecca. “We missed him greatly, did we not, Granny?”

 

Tasty Q&A with Vanessa Kelly

If you could sit and write in a different country where would it be?

England, probably the Lake District or the Cotswolds. My fantasies generally do not involve sexy guys—they involvepeaceful little cottages on a hillside overlooking a beautiful lake. Oh, and tea, scones, and a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. LOL!

Co-writing: have you done it with another author, if not, would you?

I co-write with my husband as VK Sykes. We’ve written a number of books, including contemporary romances and romantic suspense. Hubby is also my critique partner for my historical romances. I enjoy the process and we work very well together—likely because we know each other’s weak spots and how to deal with them. It’s really fun to work creatively with him; plus, it keeps us busy so we don’t kill each other from boredom! I don’t know if I could actually co-write a book with another author, although I’ve worked on interconnected anthologies with other writers. I enjoyed that process, too.

Can you tell us a little about your book?

THREE WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS is the second book in The Improper Princesses Series, which is a spin-off from my previous series, The Renegade Royals. That series featured the illegitimate sons of England’s royal dukes, who fought for their rightful places in the world—falling madly in love with some pretty swell gals along the way, of course. In this new series, the illegitimate daughters of royal dukes take their turn, surmounting all the obstacles that society put in their way in that time period, and winning the hearts of their own heroes. There’s love, laughter, adventure, and just a little bit of danger to spice things up!

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

Aside from the fact that it’s a spin-off, THREE WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS is based on the famous movie musical, Gigi. My heroine, Lia Kincaid, is the daughter and granddaughter of notorious courtesans and is expected to follow in their footsteps. There are a few problems with that plan, however—she has no desire to become a courtesan and she’s madly in love with her childhood friend, Jack Easton, Marquess of Lendale. But events conspire to push Lia in the direction she doesn’t want to go, and Jack is pretty much losing his mind trying to stop her. Jack, unfortunately, also has big problems, which include a mother who hates Lia’s guts and a debt-ridden estate all but falling down around his ears. Needless to say, Lia and Jack have more than a few obstacles to a happily ever after!

What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

I just read a great book called BITTER SPIRITS, a paranormal romance set in San Francisco during the Roaring Twenties. The hero is a bootlegger and the heroine is a spirit medium, and they meet under very unusual circumstances: the hero is under a curse. They have tremendous chemistry and I loved the atmospheric setting. I’m halfway through the second book in the series by Jenn Bennett, and I’m enjoying it, too. I’m kind of a sucker for unusual historical settings for romance, and this one really fit the bill.

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

The best part for me is writing The End. I relish having a finished book in my hands, and it’s still a thrill to know I created a new story with characters I’ve invariably come to love. The most challenging part is actually sitting down every day and getting words on the page. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes not. There are days when I feel like being lazy or reading a book, but deadlines mean butt has to get into chair, regardless of inspiration striking or not.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

The theme I most frequently come back to, whether I realize it or not at the time, is family and finding home. It’s just the one that sticks with me. I do have a number of characters I’d like to return to at some point, mostly secondary characters from my Renegade Royals Series. There are a pair of children in my recently released short story, THREE RENEGADES AND A BABY, who I think are demanding their own story when they grow up. So, stay tuned for that!

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

 

My next book is called THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE, and it’ll be out in November. It’s Improper Princesses 3, and it moves the action to a remote castle in Scotland. My heroine finds herself trying to teach a very rambunctious family of Highlanders how to be proper gentlemen, a la Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This book segues into my next series, which will feature the Kendrick brothers—a wild group of Highland rogues! I’m really excited to be moving in that direction.

 

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Review ~
Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princess #2) by Vanessa Kelly
• Home
This is the first book I’ve read by Vanessa Kelly, but it will not be my last her writing style is amazing! I look forward to adding more of her stories to my TBR list. Vanessa adds so much to her characters, she keeps you interested and then reels you in as soon a you start…. Which means you can’t put it down until you’ve finished it! The banter between Jack and Lia is fun, it’s like you’re right there with them in the same room watching as the scene unfolds in front of you. Jack and Lia have a lot to accomplish both as individuals and together, to find out what you’ll have to read Three Weeks with a Princess. You don’t be disappointed, especially if you enjoy reading historical romance. I do hope you have as much fun reading this as I did. I don’t want to give the story away, so here’s what I csn say…. Jack and Lia have a lot to accomplish as well as figuring out a way to make everything work out after Lord John passes away and Jack is left to try and figure out how to balance everything before it all slides so far out cannot be fixed. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley for an honest blog tour review.
Favorite Passage ~
• “I don’t have to wish on a star because my dreams have come true. You’re my dream,

 

Rock Star

Rock Star
A Bad Boy Homecoming Romance
By: Stacey Kennedy
Releasing June 27, 2017
Self-Published

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Blurb
A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.

Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.

Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.
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Author Info
Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee…strong and hot!

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Excerpt ~

Travis Walker made women’s panties disappear.

On most nights, anyway.

Tonight, sitting on a wooden stool set upon the stage at Catfish Creek High School’s conference center, only one woman was on his mind. His fingers strummed over the strings of the guitar, mouth rested near the microphone, and after he sang the final two lines of the chorus—I wanna kiss you under the moonlight. And love you ‘til the sun comes up—the applause from the crowd reopened his eyes.

Sparkling string lights and masquerade masks hung from the ceiling above him, reminding him that he wasn’t surrounded by thousands of his typical screaming and wild fans. In his Texas hometown, he stared out at teachers, old friends, and classmates, all dressed in formal wear and masquerade masks.

From his seat in the spotlight, he recalled playing for smaller crowds on this very stage back in high school. Those had been some of the happiest days of his life. Now, fresh off his last world tour, he realized he loved that scene, too. The energy of a smaller crowd, who knew him personally, and a larger crowd, who thought they were in love with him, was so different he couldn’t compare the two, but admittedly, he missed the intimacy that came from a smaller venue.

Done with his song, and with the crowd quieting, he slid the guitar strap over his head and handed the instrument back to a member of the band that’d been hired to play at Catfish Creek High School’s ten-year reunion. When he jumped off the stage, he sighed in relief, finding that all the cell phones pointed in his direction were now put away, and the flashing lights were gone.

That’s when he set his focus on what mattered tonight: finding her. Rae Evans—the muse behind the song he sang tonight, Moonlight.

He scanned the crowd overtop the decorated tables with their gold chairs, but the beauty had escaped him somehow. He recognized Annie Flowers, the librarian, who gave him a little wave, and Christopher Christianson, the principal, who was grabbing a drink from the bar. Travis could have sworn he spotted Rae entering the masquerade ball when he began his song. Desperation now clawed at his chest.

Determined to find her, he moved farther into the crowd, just as his cell vibrated in his pocket. Knowing exactly who it’d be, and that he couldn’t ignore the call, he reached for his phone and then frowned at the text from his manager, Scott Price.

Awesome job. The video is already up on YouTube. Fans are loving it. The mask was a nice touch. Don’t miss your flight in the a.m.

Travis shifted the black masquerade mask around his eyes, and the muscles along his shoulders tightened with the reminder of the weight they carried; of the need for him to always be on point, and the fact that nothing, not even his high school reunion, was sacred anymore.

Life had changed dramatically since the last time Travis stepped foot in the conference center. But he didn’t want to think about the shit weighing on him, so he fired off a response—I’ll be on it—then tucked his cell phone back into his pocket.

He had tonight to fix everything that was wrong with his life, and he wouldn’t waste it.

In the eyes of his manager, Travis had come to the reunion to put on a show and to look real to his fans. But Travis hadn’t come for the publicity; he had come for one very good reason: to find his anchor—the woman who stopped his world from spinning wildly out of control.

Lately, in a sea of chaos, he’d finally stopped drowning and saw a way back to the happiness he once had. That happiness had started with Rae, and surely, she was his way to find himself again.

One touch. One taste. He wanted to remember what that happiness felt like.

Again, he searched the crowd, ignoring the way some men glowered at him, and some women batted their lashes. Rae. That’s whom he’d come here to see tonight. Only her.

The band behind him started playing another ballad, and that’s when he found her, staring right at him from across the room. She wore a sleek, black, strapless gown around her slender figure with matching long, black gloves.

His muscles surged with adrenaline, and he went to move toward her when a hard voice came from behind him.

“Karly wants you to play another song.”

Travis slowly glanced over his shoulder to find the biggest asshole in Catfish Creek High School history, Jason, a blond-haired, slender, one-time big shot. Rae was best friends with Kate, and Kate had loved—and later married and divorced—the dipshit behind him.

Times had changed.

Travis didn’t owe Jason anything now, and he certainly didn’t owe the reunion’s event planner, Karly, shit. “You can tell Karly that I told her I’d play one song, and that’s exactly what I did. Bother me again, and we’ll have a problem.”

Jason didn’t make a move or say a word in rebuttal. Once a coward, always a coward.

Refocused on the only person who mattered tonight, and pulled by the energy only Rae conjured, Travis stretched out his fingers, shedding his frustrations as he moved with purpose through the crowd. Her pretty, hazel eyes surrounded by dark makeup followed his every move, and she yanked him forward with a simple look.

She’d always been a pretty girl, but she’d grown into a blindingly beautiful and stunning woman. Her gown fit her like a glove. A gold filigree mask somehow made the creaminess of her skin appear richer. She wore her shoulder-length, brown hair in big waves framing her round face.

Tonight, she didn’t look so fresh-faced and innocent. She looked sexy as hell, and just the sight of her again caused Travis’s cock to swell eagerly.

While he’d talked to her through email, text, and the occasional late-night, drunk phone call every birthday and Christmas over the last ten years, he hadn’t seen her. Not since that day on his parents’ porch. Sure, he’d kept an eye on her through the Catfish Creek Chronicle when they featured her for her charity work, and also on the website for the vet clinic she owned. But after he’d walked the path that led away from her, he’d never found his way back. Life got busy. New friends were found. Fame overtook him.

Now, he was…home.

When he finally reached her, the air between them felt charged. “Rae,” he said.

Her eyes warmed. Dark, red-painted lips curved. “Travis.”

Christ, he remembered how those lips tasted. How she tasted—every goddamn inch of her.

Beneath her mask, those pretty eyes now turned a little suspicious. “Why didn’t you tell me you were coming to the reunion?”

Perhaps he should have called, but… “I wanted to surprise you.” Because there were important reasons he returned to his hometown, ones that he didn’t want her to know about. Yet.

It all began with an article in the Catfish Creek Chronicle.

Dr. Rae Evans feels she’s done what was needed to help the animals in Catfish Creek, and she’s ready to begin a new journey. She’s looking to open another clinic in one of the neighboring towns.

At twenty-eight years old, she’d achieved what she hoped to do by thirty, and that article reminded him of the guy he used to be when she’d first made those plans. He wasn’t the same man who left Catfish Creek all those years ago, and he didn’t know when exactly he lost himself. While Rae had likely found all the happiness she wanted in her success, he simply wanted to find his way back to the carefree guy he once was.

To do that, he had to come back to the place where he was the happiest. He had to come back to her. “But to tell you why I wanted to surprise you, I need to tell you a story.” He offered his hand. “How about we dance, and I’ll share it.”

For a second, he thought she might refuse him. She simply stared at his hand.

When her eyes met his again, and she slowly slid her palm into his, the tightening in his chest eased. He closed his fingers around hers and sensed her soften, making him smile.

Reliving that infectious energy she carried, he led her into the middle of the dance floor, then he spun her around and pulled her to him, nice and close, sliding his hand across her lower back.

She laughed softly, eyes twinkling behind her mask. “You’ve still got the moves, I see.”

“My moves will never fail me.” He grinned.

The band played the perfect song. Something a little sexy and slow, keeping her hips swaying perfectly with his. He did nothing to shield his erection, but one look into her eyes told him that was all right. With her breasts pressed against his chest, her cheeks a little pink now, he noticed the heat in the depths of her gaze. He’d recognize it anywhere. That fire felt like it belonged to him—always had, always would. Yet in the past, she’d shy away from that desire. Now, he noted how she firmly held his gaze, telling him she wasn’t the young lover he once had.

“How long are you staying in town?” she asked, in an obvious attempt to divert their attention away from his cock.

“Just tonight.” He stroked his thumb over the back of her hand, keeping her as close as he could, inhaling her flowery scent that had faded from his memory. “I fly out bright and early in the morning.”

“Only tonight?” She shot him a questioning glance. “You came all the way here from New York just for the reunion?”

“You seem surprised.”

She shrugged, seemingly unaffected when another couple bumped into her, her interest obviously centered on him. “Seems like a long way to come for only a few hours.”

A very good point, indeed. “Well, you see, that brings us to my story.” He sent her out, twirling her around before bringing her in close again and returning the smile she gave him. “But I think we need to go back even further for you to truly understand.”

“Go on,” she said, watching him closely.

He paused, collecting his thoughts, then he began. “You’ll never hear me complain about my life. I have far more than I probably deserve.”

“That’s a good thing,” she said firmly, even as a playful grin teased her lips. “You have a pretty amazing life, and you’d better not complain to me about all the fabulous trips you get to take around the world, or you might lose a tooth.”

He chuckled but leaned in, calling her out. “And how do you know so much about my life? Reading up on me?”

“A little,” she admitted.

That’s what he liked most about Rae. She was honest, through and through. The fact that she followed his life could bite him in the ass later, but at this point, there was no going back, so he pushed the conversation along. “So, then you know that I have a very good life. I travel. I stay in fancy hotels. I eat at amazing restaurants. I never have to lift a finger. I have everything that anyone should want.”

Her eyes searched his. “But it’s not the life you want?”

Of course, she caught on. He didn’t expect otherwise. That’s why he’d come to the reunion—to be with someone who truly knew him. “It’s not that I don’t want the life I live,” he explained gently. “It’s that something is missing. Something very important.”

“Which is?”

“The guy I used to be.”

She began nibbling her lip like she used to do in high school when she became confused. “What do you mean?”

“I can have anything I want, Rae. There is nothing that’s not available to me.” He slid his hand along her spine, pulling her in closer, leaving no room between them. “But the guy I was when we were together…I don’t know him anymore.”

Her eyes softened, and her voice grew quiet. “That’s really kinda sad, Travis.”

“It is what it is.” He shrugged, not wanting to get stuck on the things he couldn’t change. “My manager told me that I’d been invited to the reunion and saw it as a business opportunity. But I saw it as a personal one.”

The song shifted to something faster, and the crowd began to fill the dance floor, bumping into his back. He refused to let her go, holding her tightly against him. “Do you want to know the real reason I came to the reunion tonight?”

“Yes,” she said, a little breathlessly.

“I came to relive the past, Rae.” He released her hand, wrapping his other arm around her and bringing his mouth close to hers. “That’s the only reason I’m here. I want to remember what it’s like to be with a woman who knows the real me.” He was encouraged by her shiver. An involuntary movement that spoke of her willingness to give him all that he wanted and more.

Hot and hard, he dropped his head into her neck, inhaled the subtle hints of her flowery perfume, and said into her ear, “We have a chance that many people don’t get. To go back and feel what we felt before.” He dragged his nose across her neck in the way he knew she liked, feeling her quiver under his hands. “Tomorrow, our lives will return to normal. Nothing will have changed. You’ll live here, entirely focused on your clinic and your life, and I’ll live mine in New York. Tonight’s our one free pass to dip into the past, and I want to take it. Because tonight, Rae”—he brushed his lips across her neck, and a soft moan escaped her mouth as he murmured—“I want one more taste of you.”

She gasped and stepped back, blinking rapidly. “I…sorry, excuse me. I need to get some air.” Then those pretty pink cheeks and wide, excited eyes were gone, her dress trailing behind her as she ran for the door.

Travis shoved his hands into the pockets of his suit and grinned. He didn’t mind hunting her, it sweetened his reward.

 

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Review ~
Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming #5) by Stacey Kennedy
• Reunion
What a heartwarming love story. Although this is 1 of 5 within the series, it’s the first one I’ve read, now I want to read the entire stories within this series. Each book is its own standalone story by a different author, but they all coincide around their class reunion. Rock Star is Travis (the rock star) and Rae’s (the veterinarian) story. They’ve done what they’d set out to do and fate seems to help them get it right (again). However their timing never seems to be right. In order to find out whether or not they finally decide to take fate into their own hands and actually make it work this time, or continue to allow it to once again dictate their future you’ll have to read Rock Star.
Other Books of Bad Boy Homecoming:
• Dropout by Carrie Ann Ryan
• Trouble by Avery Flynn
• Prom Queen by Katee Robert
• Honor by Kennedy Layne
• Rock Star by Stacey Kennedy
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 17 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
• “No, Rae, that I could never regret. But I do regret that somehow, no matter how much time passes between us, we can’t seem to get this right.”
• “The heart doesn’t care how long it’s been. It just takes time, my darling.”