First Comes Love by Emily Goodwin Review

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Title: First Comes Love

Author: Emily Goodwin

Publication Date: February 11, 2016

Genre: A friends to lovers romance…with a twist

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Blurb

First comes love.
Then comes marriage.
Then comes a—

Hold up. You’re joking right? As if life works off a neat little list like that, moving down, checking things off before jumping to the next task. We’re not married. We’re not lovers. Hell, we’re hardly even friends. Noah Wilson isn’t exactly “life partner” material, and he sure as hell isn’t “father material”. He’s my older brother’s best friend, and has been off limits, sworn off, locked in the highest tower and out of reach since we met over ten years ago. With his devilish good looks, tattoos, motorcycle, and trail of broken hearts and tears, I’ve had good reason to stay away from the bad boy my mother warned me about.

Until one night. One stupid, regrettable night that changed both of our lives forever. And now I only have nine months to decide our fate, to see if Noah’s rebel heart is capable of anything more than a one night stand.

This isn’t a love story. This is a life story. And life doesn’t go according to plan.

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I just finished reading this book right now. And I’m just sitting here thinking about it all. I thought it was an ok book. I thought the characters were likable.
But… I felt something was missing for me.

Ok… I hate when a main characters goes with other people. Especially when the the girl main Character isn’t with another person too. It just starts off the story on a wrong note.
Because when the main characters do finally get together. You just know that the girl/girls he was with will be making a comeback.
And it kind of makes the girl main character seem a bit like a doormat.
Because… What can she do… She either puts up with it or she leaves.
I just hate it.
Because the girl MC is made to be this saintly person. It’s just hard to get past.

Noah was the ultimate bad boy. Leather jacket, motorcycle was bad in high school and in and out of jail. And there were lots and lots of women.
And Lauren was a good student. Plays by the rules. Never does anything out of the ordinary. Try’s not to disappoint anyone.
She makes one drunken mistake and gets pregnant.

Now… This is where I felt kind of irritated with the story. Lauren acted kind of childish in a way. She was embarrassed that she got pregnant by a guy nobody thinks highly of. She never gave him the chance. Or really stood up to her parents when they were all talking about him. Especially when she told them she was pregnant with his child.
She was not some teenager coming home telling her parents she was knocked up. No… She was a 23 year old women living on her own with a job. She should have been a little more assertive when she was telling her parents about the baby and who the father was.
Start it all off strong instead of just sitting there crying listen to her parents say how disappointed they were in her and her actions about what she did with Noah.

Then all through the book. They all pretty much talk bad about him. Saying just because she was having a baby doesn’t mean she has to be with Noah.
Oh man… I just kept wishing Lauren would just snap and tell them off!

I felt Noah made some mistakes. But I also felt he was really trying to make things work with Lauren. He really went above and beyond with her.
I felt more could have been said about his parents. Especially with his mom. I would have liked to see Noah confront his mom like he did with his father. It was never really addressed.

Overall this book was ok. I didn’t love nor did I hate it. But it was ok. It kept me interested.

*ARC provided for an honest review*

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About the Author

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Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Can’t Stay Away by Lilly Avalon

Can’t Stay Away
by Lilly Avalon
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Piper Winchester is fresh out of college. With only three weeks until her father remarries and five weeks until her first business venture launches, she’s got her hands full. She certainly doesn’t need any distractions to get in the way of building the future her father’s always wanted for her. But when a familiar boy with bright green eyes walks back into her life, she’s thrown for a loop.
 
Four years ago, Chase MacKenzie left for college without looking back. He didn’t mean to disturb the peace then, and he definitely doesn’t want to do that now. Once he lays his eyes on Piper again, there’s no way he can leave without fixing what went wrong in the past. Although she’s more determined than ever to push him away, he still manages to get under her skin. Regardless of what happens between them, there’s one thing that will always be standing in their way…

He’s about to become her stepbrother.
 
 
 

 

Lilly Avalon is the author of the RESIST series as well as other romances. She’s somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head. When she’s not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she’s out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It’s a toss-up.
 
 
 
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ONE DAY SOON by A. Meredith Walters Blog Tour

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One Day Soon

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Synopsis:

He found me in blood and tears.

I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.

We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.

I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.

And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

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About The Author:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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EXCERPT

“Maybe I should tell you a story. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. You always liked when I made up dumb stuff to get you to smile.” I chuckled. “The more improbable the better, right? So let me think of something completely unrealistic.”

I sniffled, wiping my wet cheeks. I hadn’t realized I was crying.

“Once upon a time there was a sad, lonely boy who was actually a forgotten prince. No one knew that he was rich and powerful and had a family that was searching for him.” I smiled sadly, wishing, more than anything, that this particular story had been true.

“One day he met a girl who swore that she would help him get back home to the castle. They fell in love. The prince wanted her to come back to the castle with him so they could live there together. They fought dragons and defeated ogres. They ran from witches and swam through oceans. And finally they found the castle. The prince’s family welcomed him home and he married his princess. And they lived happily ever after.”

I rested my forehead on the back of his hand, hating how cold his skin was. “You always loved your fairytales,” I mused, wishing he had been able to find his.

The hand in mine stirred and I bolted upright. Yoss’s face was contorted in pain, his eyes fluttering.

I got to my feet and reached for the call button so I could alert the nurse that something was wrong.

Then he let out a breath and his eyes opened. They were clouded and confused as they darted around the room, taking everything in.

I was rooted to the spot, not moving. He frowned and then winced when he tried to sit up.

“Uh, you shouldn’t do that. Take it easy,” I instructed, my voice shaking.

Then the wild, green eyes found me. There was no immediate recognition and I felt the crushing weight of disappointment.

He doesn’t know who I am.

 

His eyes were cold. So cold. Dead. He groaned as he lifted his hand to his face, touching the bandaged skin.

“Let me call the nurse. Your doctor will want to see you now that you’re awake—”

“Where am I?” he asked, his voice rough and hard.

It was a voice I had heard a million times in my dreams.

A voice I never thought I’d hear again. Not in real life.

“You’re at Lupton Memorial Hospital. You were brought in last night.” I didn’t give him any more details. I wasn’t sure he was ready for all that. He had just gained consciousness after all.

“The hospital,” he repeated. He struggled to sit up and hissed in pain at the effort.

“Seriously, you should wait and let me call the nurse—”

His eyes flashed in my direction and the cloud of confusion lifted as he speared me with a look that I felt in my bones.

Recognition.

His eyes widened and his mouth parted in disbelief.

I wanted to say something—anything—but my tongue felt frozen behind my teeth.

Yoss shook his head and closed his eyes. He let out a noise that sounded a lot like a sob and my heart knew the sound of pain when it heard it.

When he opened his eyes again, they were wet. Long, dark lashes spikey with tears that refused to fall.

A hundred memories arched between us. A thousand words spoken softly in the dark.

A dozen promises never kept.

His lips curved upwards into the shadow of a smile that I remembered and loved so much.

“Imi,” he whispered.

I nodded, still otherwise paralyzed.

“Imi,” he said again, a tear traveled the length of his cheek and dripped off his chin.

“It’s me, Yoss,” I said finally, forcing myself to speak.

Our eyes met. They held.

They clung and they devastated.

Fifteen years had passed but none of that mattered.

In that instant we were kids again. Remembering a time when, to each other, we were everything.

EXCERPT 2:

Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault.

And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter most people. I could see the fragments being chipped away little by little as he struggled to hold on.

Yet he still sat beside me, with concern on his face, wanting to know if was all right. When it was obvious he wasn’t.

So I wouldn’t add my baggage to his overburdened shoulders. I couldn’t do that to him.

“I’m fine. Just wanted some alone time. It was getting a little loud over there,” I said with as sincere a smile as I could muster.

Yoss glanced over my shoulder towards where his friends were hanging out and nodded. “I get that.”

We both stared up into the sky—red, orange, purple, vibrant, violent colors.

“Did you ever read fairytales as a kid?” I asked him suddenly.

Yoss frowned and gave me an amused smile. His too red lips stretching uncomfortably. “Yeah, I guess so. Why?”

I shrugged. “I always liked the idea of a happily ever after. That no matter what horrible things happened to people, everything ended up exactly how it should. With the perfect kiss. The fancy wedding. The evil stepsisters being forced to work as maids in the castle.” I laughed self-consciously. “I think maybe now more than any other time in my life, I could use a fairytale ending.”

I startled at the feel of Yoss’s hand on mine. He carefully, so gently, laced our fingers together.

Palm to palm.

“Tell me a story then, Imi. I want to hear a happy ending.”

A happy ending.

What did one of those even look like?

I continued to stare into the sky and I felt something inside of me shift.

With Yoss’s hand in mine I knew something with a certainty that came with being young and crazy about a boy who was crazy about me.

My happy ending was Yoss.

Yoss’s happy ending was me.

So I gave him the story I wished we had. The one that was full of fantasy. Improbable. Unrealistic. But there was truth in it as well.

The best kind.

“Once upon a time there was a girl from a happy family. She was loved and adored and never wanted for anything. She spent her days surrounded by friends and family. She smiled all the time, never having a reason to cry.” Yoss squeezed my hand and I took a deep breath.

“One day she met a boy who was just as happy. And together they realized how wonderful life could be. He wanted to take care of her. She wanted to stay by his side.” Yoss rested his chin on top of my head, and I leaned into him.

So close.

The closest yet.

“The girl had never been to the beach.”

“Neither had the boy,” Yoss added in a whisper, his lips moving against my hair.

“They decided to run away to the shore. Where they could dip their toes in the water and walk on the sand. Because everything was always better when they were together.”

“Did they live happily ever after? On the beach? Always together?” Yoss asked, his voice breaking.

I couldn’t look up at him because I knew what I’d see.

And I wasn’t prepared to see his doubt.

“Of course they did. Always together,” I murmured, shivering as the sun disappeared.

Yoss ran his thumb along the inside of my wrist. Slowly. Carefully. “We’ll walk on the beach, Imi, and we’ll dance on the sand. Because one day soon, I promise you that all this ugly will become something beautiful.” Did he believe that? How could he given where he spent his day? Where he sometimes spent his nights? How could he afford to dream the impossible?

But I wanted to dream with him.

I had to.

“I know, Yoss. One day soon,” I agreed.

We stayed like that for a long time, neither of us moving. I wasn’t sure if it was out of fear. Or out of contentment.

Whatever it was, it kept us still.

Lost in dreams neither of us really believed would ever come true.

I was feeling this book so much that I just had to gush about it to my blog partner Melanie. Telling her that she just HAD to stop reading her current ARC to read this book! I felt and believed in this book with all my being! I wanted her to experience what I experienced when I read it!

Sooo….

She read it! 

And….

LOVED It! 

Just as I had!

Here are both of our reviews 5+ reviews!!

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I don’t even know where to start with this review. I’m truly at a loss for words.
This book had so many layers to it… So many layers.
I had such a full and rich feeling while reading it. All the feelings and emotions I went through. I mean I could picture it all. At times I could feel it too.

This book was just outstanding. It really took my breath away. I was also a crying mess! LOL

All these kids were so broken and beaten down. It was so sad to read.
They all ended up homeless for different reason. But somehow they all found each other and cling’ed to the little bit of normalcy they had made for themselves.
Becoming their own make shift family.
Staying together and helping each other in their own way.

Ughhh… Di, Karla, Bug, and Shane.
My heart broke for all of them.

But… My heart shattered for Yoss and Imi.
Their story was beautiful, raw, and flawed. They both fought to be together but were battling very difficult things in life. Life was just never easy for them.

Yoss was very set in his ways and I felt he could not change how he did things because of how long he was on the streets. He only knew one way to get by. He hated it.
But… What he does helps provide for himself and his friends. And even though he can stomach it. He keeps doing it so that he knows his friends won’t suffer…at least for a day or two.

When Imi choose the streets instead of staying home. She never imagined that one decision would change her life forever. It made her the person she is today. She learned a lot about herself.

This book had it all. First love and first heartbreaks. All the up’s and downs and highs and lows of being on the streets.
This book was just so beautifully written. The details I felt made the book.

If I could say one thing that I wish I could have changed about this book… It would have to be the ending.(a little bit)
The whole book was in such great detail. Going from past to present.
But what kind of got side swept under the rug and was super rushed was the whole hospital thing at the end. I would have liked a fast forward in a sense.
Until we got the ending we got. It almost felt like I needed to know the new Yoss. I wanted to know their journey. About how they got to where they were in the end.
It would have been nice to read how Imi helped Yoss through that tough time in his life.

This book will stay with me for a while. I was so glad to read on the author’s FB page that the story between Yoss and Imi will continue!!! Hopefully we get the missing years and more!

*ARC provided for an honest review*

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Melanie’s Review

Let me begin by expressing just how crazy, sensational Meredith Walters’ One Day Soon is. Seriously, wow, what a story!!!

Like, the heroine, I too love fairytales and while Yoss’s and Imi’s story are filled with despair and heartache, it was still one of the most beautiful fairytales I’ve ever read. The author’s writing blew me away, the narration so flawless I felt like she was reading it to me out loud, lulling me into dreams that took me right into the pages of this book. The imagery and the setting of their tale so hauntingly real that I felt like Ms. Walters herself traversed into the lonely and dangerous streets alongside these forgotten, faceless people. It was all just too tangible, many times it seemed like my heart couldn’t bear the weight of their story. It is the rawness of this refreshing story that sets this book apart from so many out there. I loved the respect and the grace the author took to such a sensitive topic. What she did with One Day Soon was give faces and life to these forgotten people who meander the streets, fighting during every minute of their lives surviving the elements that continually threaten their very next breath. She managed to open not only my eyes but my goodness, she ripped my heart wide open.

“ There’s something wrong with this world when we overlook the ones that need our help most.”

Meredith Walters did this through the beautiful faces of her two main protagonists, Imogen (Imi) and Yossarian (Yoss). Decidedly two of the best characters to have graced the pages of a book, I can’t tell you enough just how much these two characters have come to mean to me. Imi whose whole life revolved around wishing for her mother to take notice of her finds herself making a life altering decision that would not only change her destiny but also change the life of someone who’d end up meaning the world to her. I found her decision to stay in a place without the basic necessities and in a world where her life was consistently in danger all because of the power of love to be inspiring. Love. Oh, what a powerful emotion and when it came to Yoss and Imi… Well, their love? It was earthshattering. It was the sort that could move mountains and part seas… And how could you leave something like that behind? How could you ever turn your back on a once in a million love even if it meant a roof over your head, a mattress to sleep on, food to fill your belly, and a nice warm shower to wash away the day’s ickyness if your heart was barren of love? This was what I loved about Imi so much. Her faith and her loyalty to her love for Yoss. That ignited a fire within me which is still burning brightly even after I’d read the last page of this book.

“Last night was the first time I thought about leaving before Yoss had a chance to return. I had entertained the idea briefly over the last six months. It flitted in and out of my head before taking root. Because I’d never be able to leave Yoss. He was my anchor.”

Yoss was someone who everyone was drawn to. He was the light in the unyielding darkness not only to Imi but to those who he’d claimed as his family. Karla, Di, Bug, and Shane. The faceless cast offs that we are all guilty of scrunching our noses at. It’s important that I mention this group of people because Yoss’ selflessness was boundless not only to Imi but to so many around him. It was so limitless that it left him scarred and used in such abhorrent ways in order to survive and more importantly, to provide. Yossarian Frazier is everything. EVERYTHING. He both filled my heart with so much goodness and shredded it in tatters at the same time. His character made me feel such jarring emotions, I had a really, really hard time controlling them. Over and over again, I kept asking myself “where did he find such strength?!” Where could he have possibly learned the true meaning of love when it was literally beat out of him? He amazed me and he won me over not with his green eyes and his jet black hair. It was his scars, his sacrifices, and his goodness that did all of that. And this invigorated me because those don’t ever exist in romance novels—it shouldhave been his green eyes and his baby face framed by his jet black hair to have melted me in a puddle. This was the kind of depth his character held, this was the beauty that the author created in Yoss Frazier.

“ My Yoss. He had been my happy life. Even when things were ugly.”

One Day Soon came highly recommended by my Book BFF and my blog partner, Michelle. It touched her in ways I’d never heard her express before and that was the sole reason why I’d decided on buying my own copy. She kept telling me how Yoss and Imi continued to follow her long after she’d finished the book. Well, I share her sentiment wholeheartedly. One Day Soon is not your atypical love story. It doesn’t even come remotely close to rainbows and unicorns nor are the pages littered with “hottie tottie” scenes of an alpha male and his damsel in distress. This is an inspirational novel that is so full of life and of love. Extraordinary characters exist in its pages and its pages are filled with moments of the past and of the present that will undoubtedly leave you touched in ways you wouldn’t and couldn’t ever have expected. It’s a lovely surprise, one you’ll be thankful for and one that will surely alter your views in some way. Yoss and Imi’s story leaves a lasting impression and One Day Soon is not one neither Michelle or I will one day soon forget.

“ We had felt like the force of nature. Unstoppable. Destined. We thrived on the passion and confidence of youth that left no room for doubt. We loved each other. And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to.”

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Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You (Lyrics) HQ

[Zara Larsson:]
I used to be so happy
But without you here I feel so low
I watched you as you left but I can never seem to let you go
‘Cause once upon a time you were my everything
It’s clear to see that time hasn’t changed a thing
It’s buried deep inside me but I feel there’s something you should know
I’ll never forget you
You’ll always be by my side
From the day that I met you
I knew that I would love you ’till the day I die
And I will never want much more
And in my heart I will always be sure
I will never forget you
And you will always be by my side ’till the day I die
Till the day I die (tll the day I die)
Till the day I die (tll the day I die)
[MNEK:]
Funny how we both end up here but everything seems alright
I wonder what will happen
If we went back and put up a fight
‘Cause once upon a time you were my everything
It’s clear to see that time hasn’t changed a thing
So thought in this world do you think could ever take you off my mind
[Zara Larsson:]
I will never forget you
And you’ll always be by my side
From the day that I met you
I knew that I would love you ’till the day I die
And I will never want much more
And in my heart I will always be sure
I will never forget you
And you’ll always be by my side ’till the day I die
[Both:]
Feeling it, loving it
Everything that we do
And all along, I knew I had something special with you
But sometimes you just gotta know that these things fall through
But I’m still tired and I can’t hide my connection with you
Feeling it, loving it
Everything that we do
And all along, I knew I had something special with you
But sometimes you just gotta know that these things fall through
I can’t hide my connection with you
I will never forget you
And you’ll always be by my side
From the day that I met you
I knew that I would love you ’till the day I die
And I will never want much more
And in my heart I will always be sure
That I will never forget you
And you’ll always be by my side till the day I die
‘Till the day I die…
I’ll never forget you…
‘Till the day I die.

About the Author

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romances including the Bad Rep, Find You in the Dark, Reclaiming the Sand, and Twisted Love series.

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COVER REVEAL: The After Of Us by S.R. Grey

 

 

 

Title: The After of Us
Series: Judge Me Not #4 (Spinoff Novel & Standalone)
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photographer: CJC Photography
Model: Garrett Finn
Release Date: April 7, 2016
Blurb
Can the ending of one dream lead to the beginning of a new one?Will Gartner made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he finally has his life together. Leaving his reckless teenage years behind, he’s recently graduated from college and is all set to move from Las Vegas to New York to start a prestigious new job. But when an unexpected guest shows up at his farewell party, all Will’s dreams are smashed to pieces. Suddenly, he’s taking a crash course in how to be a father to the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed.

Will changes direction and heads to Harmony Creek, Ohio, and the only person who’s ever really been there for him, his brother Chase. Chase saved Will in the past, but will he rescue him yet again? Some lessons—like fatherhood—can only be learned by doing. Is Will up to the challenge?

And where does Emma Metzger fit into Will’s suddenly upside-down world? Emma knows all about his troubled past and sees his hesitation to commit to his new daughter. How can she commit her heart to a man who doesn’t know what the word means?

Chase always told Will “Follow your heart. Always try to be a good man.” But will following his heart be enough for his daughter, and for Emma?

The After of Us is a story about letting go of old dreams, and, in the process, discovering what you really needed to make you happy was right there in front of you all along.

The After of Us is a spin-off of the Judge Me Not series and a standalone novel.

New Adult Romance/Coming of Age Romance

 

 

 

Author Bio
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the new Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on several Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 multiple times, as well as Barnes & Noble #1 in Bestselling Nook books.

 

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

 

 

 

Title: Slip of the Tongue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 25, 2016

 

Blurb

Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore. The man next door would give up everything to have her.

 

 

 

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Excerpt
After spending two hours outdoors getting my headshots taken by Finn, I slide into the backseat of the Uber with Finn, grateful to be back inside. He puts an arm around my shoulders and draws me to him. “Cold?”I should pull away. Once I have it, though, his warmth is impossible to reject and feels as necessary as breathing. “A little.”

He squeezes me closer. Moves his hand up and down my bicep. “You’re shivering.”

The driver looks at us in the rearview mirror. “You guys are a cute couple.”

“Thanks,” I say.

Finn arches an eyebrow, pleased—because she thinks we’re together, or because I didn’t correct her? I don’t even want to correct her. I’ve missed the look she’s giving us, the one a woman makes when she’s more envious than jealous. I get it all the time with Nathan. That feeling, coupled with the heater blasting from the front seat, leaves me slightly woozy.

We’re just like actors in a movie, I tell myself. This isn’t real. It doesn’t count. After a few minutes, the urgency to get warm lessens, and the door opens to another less pressing, but still basic need. Because that’s how my arousal feels—essential. The more it’s ignored, the fiercer it grows. I snuggle into his side. All it takes is his hand on my upper thigh to invite an assault of graphic fantasies. Finn shoving me down on the backseat because he can’t control himself anymore. Thrusting his fingers under the hem of my dress to find me ready for him. The lower half of my body aches with sudden demands.

“Some of those photos we just took were for me,” he whispers in my ear. He couldn’t have chosen a worse moment to tease me. My legs are jelly-like. “Does that make you mad?”

I check to see if the driver is paying attention. She must know I’m married. How can something so vital and concrete in my life be hidden? “What if I say yes?” I ask.

“I’ll delete them. If you’re sure it doesn’t . . . turn you on.”

I try not to pant. “Why would it?”

“Imagining me looking at them later.”

I turn my head. Our mouths are a breath apart. One more inch, and they’ll touch. Again. Those lips are the color of sunburnt rock but whisper soft. We’ve done it once. Would one more kiss hurt? I can’t stop the image of him looking at me, my exposed, white throat on his computer, his cock in a firm fist. It should disgust me. It makes my panties damp instead.

“No response necessary,” he says as the car pulls up to the curb. “I can read it on your face.”

 

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I know what I’m doing when I text Scott at four in the morning.

He knows what I’m doing, too.

That’s why he shows up twenty-three minutes later, freshly showered with a condom in his pocket and a barely dissolved breath mint on his tongue.

I smirk as he looms over me. “You are such a dirty old man.”

“We need to stop doing this.”

“Why?”

“Because you’re twenty-one and I’m not. Because I want to take you on a f***ing date and you won’t. Because we wind up yelling at each other half the time.”

“But the rest of the time you’re inside me and it feels so good, right?”

His eyes darken and I don’t need to look down to know he’s hard for me.

 

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It’s obscene, this view of my cock sliding between her legs.

Beautiful, how wet she is for me. How slick her slit is, making me glide faster, rub harder.

That’s us. Beauty and the beast. My arms flex as I hold myself above her, surging our bodies together.

Almost fucking.

It’s even more perverted like this.

“See how much I’d fill you up,” I rasp, and she jerks her head up.

She was already watching, but now she’s looking right at me. Like she sees every twisted want in my head and they get her off. Blood pounds through my body. She licks her lips and the throb in my cock hurts so bad now.

“Yeah, I see,” she whispers. “You’re so big. You’ll never fit.”

That shouldn’t turn me on. It never has before, not like this. Not this fantasy. But it totally does. She writhes beneath me, taunting me to play, too. Fuck, yes. I press her legs wide and grind against her, my cock riding hard over her clit and onto her belly again. “I’d break you, Ali.”

“I want you to.” She reaches for me, winding her arms around my neck, and she tugs me down.

I could hold myself up. I could resist her. Make us both watch as her breath grows shallow, as her nipples tighten and her tits flush.

But if I let her bring me close for a kiss, if she wraps her legs around my hips, it’s going to feel…

“Oh,” she gasps, as the angle between us shifts, and suddenly, my cock is right there.

She’s so wet. It’s such a mindfuck, knowing that I can’t just slam into her.

My dick didn’t get the message. He’s drooling hard, a big fucking puppy dog barking at the park.

I don’t have a condom on. She’s never done this before.

We can’t.

She rolls her hips, and the tip—just the tip, holy fuck, it’s a wet dream come true—notches into place.

Yes. My mind scrambles with how good this feels.

“We can’t,” I mutter, and it’s so guttural I’m not even sure it’s English.

She kisses me, hot and frantic, her breath puffing against my mouth as she licks at me and looks down between us and then kisses me again.

“Come on,” she says. “Just a little bit. I just wanna feel you…” She whimpers as I press my hips. Just a little bit.

What she wants.

He’s not going in any further, not without one of us working hard for it. My balls pull tight, begging to blow their load in a virgin pussy, and she wants it. I want it. It’s the middle of the night and I can’t remember why this is a bad idea.

Two consenting adults.

A fucking shared craving that isn’t going anywhere, no matter what we do.

Heat and need are swirling around me now, binding me to her, but I can’t do this. I pull back, and this time I don’t let her hold me close. She growls beneath me, fierce and proud, and I haul her up and off the bed, holding her against me as I spin us so I’m sitting against her headboard and she’s on my lap.

My cock is safely wedged between us, his wet tip angrily slapping my belly.

“You want me inside you, Ali?”

She winds her hands into my hair. “You know I do. You got a virgin hang-up or something?”

I laugh, harsh and hollow. Or something. “You being a virgin isn’t a problem.”

She smirks. “I know it turns you on.” She licks her lips. “It turns me on, too. I wasn’t kidding when I said I want you to break me.”

“I’m not

doing that to you. That’s not what sex is, Ali.”

“You going to teach me? I want to know every last dirty thing you know.”

“You’ve got Tumblr. You don’t need me to teach you.” My dick disagrees, and Ali makes this hungry little sound in her throat as my erection throbs between her legs.

“Stop perving on my Tumblr account, old man.” She rocks down my length. Back up again. Then she stops and grabs my hands. She presses them to her hips, then slides them up to her breasts. I love her tits so much. They’re ripe and firm and surprisingly heavy.

They’re fucking womanly. She’s making a point. Has been making it, and I’ve been missing it, and it’s a miracle she hasn’t punched me for being stupid.

We’re both breathing hard, and she whispers my name. I jerk my attention from her nipples—can’t blame me, come on, they’re perfect—to her face.

“I’m not a kid,” she says softly.

 

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COVER REVEAL: Stuck-Up Suit by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

STUCK-UP SUIT

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Release date 4/11/2016

A Contemporary Romance novel

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It started out like any other morning on the train.

Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.

He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.

Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?

Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.

When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left.  So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.

I might have picked it up.

I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.

I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days—until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.

When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.

So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.

I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.

I didn’t expect him to text back.

I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.

I didn’t expect to fall for him—all before we even met.

The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.

Yet, you know what they say about opposites.

When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Cocky Bastard

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Stepbrother Dearest

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My Skylar

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is an attorney and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today Best Selling author.  Over the last three years, ten of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and three on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

 

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Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Beat

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Throb

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Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

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The Baller

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