A Veil of Vines By Tillie Cole Release Day

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
I opened the window beside me and stared at the illuminated entrance. I swallowed hard and placed my empty glass on the bar. Metal groaned, breaking through the twilight, as the massive black wrought-iron gates began to open. The limo slowly pulled onto the property’s lane, and I drank in the thick forest that shielded the estate. I inhaled the freshness of the lush green trees. The unpolluted sky was thick with stars—not a single cloud in sight.
A few minutes later, the thick woods cleared, and I gasped. Acres and acres of gold and green vineyards covered the landscape. The scents of plump grapes and damp soil permeated the warm air. I closed my eyes. It reminded me of being a child. It brought me back to the days before I was taken to New York. I could still feel the heat of the Emilia-Romagna sun on my face, the deep smell of olives, grapes and flowers drifting in the breeze as I ran around our Parma estate.
I smiled a nostalgic smile and allowed my eyes to drift open again. I rested my arms on the window and leaned my chin on them as the limo drove on. There were several small villas peppered over the landscape, their lights twinkling in the distance. They must have been the winemakers’ residences. It was not only the Bella Collina merlot that was made on this land; other reds were too—particularly the Chianti from the region’s finest Sangiovese grapes. The Bella Collina olive oil was also up there with the best. But nothing compared to the famed merlot.
The limo turned right, and my breath caught in my throat. I lifted my head and stared disbelievingly at the property ahead. Bella Collina was a veritable Palace of Versailles tucked away in the Umbrian wilderness.
“Mio Dio,” I whispered as I took in the imposing stone structure, the sweeping steps and the vast number of windows set in the building’s walls. Large pillars of red-veined marble flanked the entrance. Cypress trees framed the estate as if it were the shining star of a fine Renaissance painting. Sculptures of famed Savona monarchs of old stood proudly on the manicured lawns, and strategically placed lighting illuminated the sheer perfection of every piece of topiary.
As a child, I had been to the Palazzo Savona in Florence. It was widely regarded to be one of the finest estates in all of Italy, if not western Europe. But this . . . this . . . there were no words. It was perfectly placed, as if it had always been there. As if it had grown naturally from the Umbrian earth just as sure as the vines and woods that kept this architectural treasure hidden from view.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

 

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STEALING CHRISTMAS By Alexa Riley RELASE BLITZ

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Christmas Winter is lucky she loves this time of year, because her name didn’t give her much of a choice. She’s always bubbly and happy. So when she takes a job as an elf in the mall, she’s excited to spread some cheer. But Christmas could never expect what happens when she catches the eye of a stranger.

Nicholas Light owns everything he sees, and when his eyes land on the new elf in his mall’s Santa exhibit, he knows she’s no different. There’s something about her sweet innocence that he has to have, and he’ll concoct a plan to make that happen.

Warning: Grab your jingle bells and swing them over your head… This holiday quickie is gonna light up your Noel. Okay, none of that made sense. But it sounded festive, right? This book is adorable, and you’ll love it. Just don’t get tinsel stuck in the wrong places. Trust us.
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This was a cute read. Short but satisfying.

Christmas Winters loves the holidays season. She loves all the joy she can bring to people around this time of the year.
It’s also extremely sad time of the year for her as well. She lost her mother 2 years ago and now Christmas is all alone.
She tries to keep herself busy at work. So she won’t have to spend to much time at home.

Nicholas Light is a very wealthy man. He’s also a very reclusive man. He owns the mall Christmas works at. He saw her in a flyer and something just clicked. He knew she was the one for him.

Once Nicholas put things in motion to meet his dream girl. Christmas didn’t stand a chance.

This was such a cute read. I loved it!

Can’t wait until the next Alexia Riley book to come out!

*ARC provided for an honest review*

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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.
They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!
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BOOK REVIEW: Scoring Her by Max Monroe

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The end of the Billionaire Bad Boy era, the series comes to a close.

From Kline and Benny to Wes and Winnie with Thatch and Cassie in between, spend time with the characters that have stolen the hearts of both each other and readers alike, and meet the men of the upcoming spinoff series Mavericks Tackle Love.

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Denial. Yep, I’m pretty much stuck on that stage after reading Scoring Her. I cannot believe that this is the end of the Billionaire Bad Boy series. To say that these characters have become a part of my life is as real as it comes. Max Monroe gave such life to each and every single one of them—Georgia & Kline, Cassie & Thatch, Winnie & Wes & Lexi. I loved every moment that I’ve spent lost in the pages of this entire series and as the last few pages in Scoring Her rolled on, so did my silly tears. Saying “good bye” is most definitely bittersweet.

I thought there could be no way that I would be able to possibly fall in love even more with the Billionaire Bad Boys, but once again Max Monroe has proved me wrong. In Scoring Her, we follow the gang vacationing, causing havoc in and out of there hotel suites in the Bahamas. I loved how the chapters were broken up into each of our beloved characters POVs because it truly gave us a chance to enjoy them that much more.

For Kline and Georgia, I was reminded of just what made me fall in love with this series in the first place. Their magnetism was as strong as it was in Tapping The Billionaire; contagious and so absolutely flippin’ gratifying. Their story continues with a heartwarming story line. I ached and I empathized with what they had to go through. I swear, I just wanted to reach into the digital pages and give them both the biggest, tightest hug ever. And Kline, OMG this man! UGH! So utterly swoony, I lost my mind and my panties along the way. I loooooooove this man and I looooooooooooved how much he adored and supported Georgia. He was just everything and he made me want to pick up from the very beginning of the series just to relive the exact moment that I discovered my lifelong love for him and for Georgia. These two absolutely won me over again.

As expected, Thatch and Cassie brought the crazy and the pervy and it’s exactly why I love them. They brought on the giggles and the thigh slaps with their numerous laugh out loud antics. It was also fun to see them as parents and let’s just say that their parenting style is as unique and as lovable as they are. Ace is one lucky kid.

While Kline and Georgia brought on the swoon and Thatch and Cassie brought on the laughs, Wes and Winnie most def brought on the sexy. Whoa these two! A perfect score of 10s all across the board with the heat factor! There were also tons of sweet to go along with the sexy. I mean, sweet goes hand in hand with little Lexi after all. Wes, makes you forget that he once had an ultimate commitment phobia. The love that he has for Winnie and Lexi just makes your damn heart and ovaries want to burst. You’ll love what Max Monroe has done with their story.

So while I’m still stuck on that denial stage, I will say that Scoring Her closed off this addictive, beloved series perfectly. This was filled with enough of exactly what we could want for all of the characters. I will forever be grateful to have taken a chance on this mysterious duo when the opportunity arose to read an ARC of Tapping The Billionaire. Little did I know that I was walking into a series that would become one of my most favorites to date. The Bad Boy Billionaire’s and their fantastic other halves have made me ever so thankful for such a thing as—re-reads because honestly, there is no possible way of ever letting these characters go. So for now, I say “see you later” because there are really no goodbyes when it comes to this crew.

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About the Author(s)

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you a sexy, laugh-out-loud new series…& more. 😉

 New writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half.

 Stay tuned for the future—this is where the fun begins.

Max Monroe is represented by Amy Tannenbaum of Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Just Drive (Anchor Point #1) by L.A. Witt Review

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Just Drive (Anchor Point #1)

For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.

After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.

One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.

With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

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So this is the 2nd L.A. Witt book I’ve read. I think i’m missing out by not reading her other books! Because I fully enjoyed this book! I really got into it. It flowed pretty good. I did have some questions early on about it. And continue to have them until the end of the book. But still a good read!

Ok…
I had to call my good friend that is in the Navy about this book. She is stationed here at Camp Pendleton (I live in Oceanside Ca. And my husband is a former Marine). Because I just couldn’t wrap my head around why Sean and Paul were staying away from each other.
I really didn’t understand why there was so much struggle between Sean and Paul about being together. I understand Paul was Sean’s father’s commanding officer. But Sean was not in the military and he was young… but well over the legal age limit to be with whomever he likes. There should have been no fraternization between them. Even if he was a dependent of an active duty member under his command. No Fraternization.

But…. from what my friend said it could get sticky if he’s the boss. Favoritism or special treatment could be questioned if Sean father would have picked up rank.
She also said perception is reason to screw people’s career. And that’s what it all boiled down too with between Sean and Paul. Was the Navy career. The relationship was totally doable. But was it worth to question his or theirs (meaning his dad’s) careers.

I felt kind of bad for Sean. I can’t imagine moving around all the time. I met my husband in his last year in the military. So we never moved or anything. We have been pretty lucky in that way. And before he met me. He never moved either. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton the whole time he was in. But since I live here in Oceanside. Lots of my friends have moved. And it just breaks my heart to loose a good friend.

Sean has had to live his life the military way. Even though he never signed up for it. He had a lot of issues with the Navy. He always felt second to his father. He kind of resolved himself to be second best. It was sad to read.
Paul I felt was kind of a broken man. He made a lot of sacrifices in his life for his Navy career. And Paul I felt was ready in his life for something different to change. So when Sean came in it. In a time he was already questioning things. Made for a perfect in for Sean. He didn’t need to break down so many walls from Paul.

The whole age thing. We are really kept in the dark about that for a while. There are vague numbers thrown around here and there. But we don’t really know for a good chunk of the book.
At 52% mark… all we know is Paul is 42 and Sean is in his early 20’s. But they still haven’t actually revealed their ages to each other yet.
Why… I have no clue.

But when we get closer to the end… you really start to get confused! And honestly…. I wasn’t about to sit down and write out the time line of everyone’s ages, when they started their careers and when people were born! I just felt the age/career time line should have been tighter.

Sean mentioned quite a bit about going to school and studying. But not once was it mentioned or asked by Paul what he was going to school for. And Sean never said anything too. It was kind of weird.

Overall….I can honestly say I enjoyed this book. Even with all the imperfections. The chemistry between Sean and Paul was super strong. You could totally feel it in their sex scenes. The ending was perfect. I like how everyone put Sean first for once.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

*ARC provided by Riptide Publishing via Netgalley*

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Visit her website at http://www.gallagherwitt.com/.

Words I Couldn’t Say By Tessa Teevan Release Blitz/Review

Title: Words I Couldn’t Say
Series: Promise in Prose #1
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: Nov 22, 2016
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Photo Credit: Sara Eirew Photography

You know the old adage “if you love something, set it free?”

It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

The dumbest thing I’ve ever done.

I loved her. I lost her. Hell, I let her go. And then spent five miserable years without her.

To cope with the loss, I put pen to paper and wrote her a love story, knowing when she was ready she’d hear the words I couldn’t say all those years ago.

Turned out, not only would she hear them, but when Hollywood came calling, I made sure she got the lead role. After all, no one else could portray the character whom she’d inspired.

Now she’s within arms’ reach and finally, she’ll know the truth in my heart.

Because that other cliché, “Actions speak louder than words?”

I’m going to prove it.

My words may have brought Ava Banks back into my life; I have to be enough to make her stay.

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So… let me just put this out there. I had no clue this book was a spin-off. It did not say anything when I signed up for it. (I doubled checked.) It just said it was the first in a series.

As I was reading it. I felt I was slightly missing something. Especially the whole Jeremy and Sierra thing. Had no clue who those people were before this book. I’ve only read 2 book by this author and it was the Clandestine Affairs books.

And yes… I do have the Explosive books 1-5. I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I like to read books in order. Including spin-offs. I just like to know the history of who’s who. And how everything came about. So I was slightly disappointed when I found out about the spin off part.
Because…. I felt this book snuck by all by check points. I took it at face value. I didn’t look it up on Goodreads. Which is rare for me! Because I look up pretty much everything! But since I was feeling so off about this book I finally looked it up on Goodreads.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought it would be a little on the heavy side and it wasn’t. It was light and super sweet. This book didn’t keep you guessing much. As soon as Ava come back home… everything pretty much went back to how it use to be with Tucker. Maybe even a little over the top with the love and romance. Down to waiting for each other in the bedroom department.

Tucker had to go through something pretty bad so close to his high school graduation. And making some pretty big decisions that would change the course of his life. And basically ending what was supposed to be a life long relationship with his girlfriend Ava.
He felt he had a duty to stay back home and Ava couldn’t. She had a dream and that dream couldn’t happen if she had stayed home.
Now… 5 years later… they are both still feeling the emptiness and sadness of that fateful day they broke up.

Overall this was an ok read. A little overly sweet. But still a nice read. I wish maybe there was a little more drama to the storyline. It just felt like it was missing something for me. And it also got me thinking about reading the Explosive series. I would like to read everyone’s back story.

*ARC provided for an honest review*

The air around us was silent save for the crickets chirping off in the distance. The cool Cincinnati breeze nipped at my skin while I waited for his reaction. When I’d started writing this novel, it had been an ode to my past love. My past life. But then it’d taken on a life of its own and become so much more. Which had made it that much more poignant. That much harder to fathom the one word that’d been haunting me for years.
Goodbye.
At long last, he turned to the final page and sucked in a breath. My stomach twisted in knots because he was about to read the end. And I didn’t know how he’d interpret it. Half scared he’d tell me that I’d lost my mind and no one would ever want to read this story, especially with that ending.
He didn’t make me wait long. As his head slowly rose, I was taken aback at the tears shining in his usually cheerful eyes. This man, who had always been like a second father to me, had been reduced to tears by my words. My words. Words we both knew for whom they were meant. And, instead of calling me a fool or attempting to kill me, he watched me with tearful appreciation, switching between nodding and shaking his head as if trying to process it all.
I didn’t know how to react, so I simply stared at him, waiting for him to say something. Anything.
He closed the manuscript and set it on the table in front of us before taking a long swig from his whiskey glass. I followed suit and enjoyed the smoky burn that did little to soothe my nerves.
“Jesus Christ,” he muttered, his eyes locking in on mine. “Tucker. You did it. You fucking did it,” he whispered, seemingly unashamed of his emotional display.
I nodded, the same emotion welling up inside me when I remembered the ending of my first novel. So many love stories begin with the girl who got away. Mine wasn’t any different. Not only in my novel, but in real life as well. Ava Banks was, and always would be, that girl for me. But, instead of slipping through my fingers, she’d made the conscious decision to leave. And, like most dumbass men, I’d let her. Hell, I’d pushed her away. I’d regretted it ever since.
But, now, I was hoping like hell I could get the second chance Trevor did. Hoping like hell my story would turn out differently than his. But, either way, I was putting myself out there, as terrifying as that was. She finally, finally would hear the words I couldn’t say all those years ago.
Now, I just had to wait to see what she’d do about it. 
Tessa Teevan is a twenty-something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are who she spends her time rooting for. She’s a research analyst by day, reads/writes by night, and is married to a guy 15 inches taller than her, making them quite the pair! They currently reside just outside of Dayton, OH with two adorably grumpy cats. 
If she’s not writing or scouring through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with her Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. She loves her sports almost as much as she loves her books. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, rock music, and all things Corey Taylor. 
She adores hearing from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site listed below. 
  

 

Stealing Christmas By Alexa Riley Cover Reveal

 

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Christmas Winter is lucky she loves this time of year, because her name didn’t give her much of a choice. She’s always bubbly and happy. So when she takes a job as an elf in the mall, she’s excited to spread some cheer. But Christmas could never expect what happens when she catches the eye of a stranger.

Nicholas Light owns everything he sees, and when his eyes land on the new elf in his mall’s Santa exhibit, he knows she’s no different. There’s something about her sweet innocence that he has to have, and he’ll concoct a plan to make that happen.

Warning: Grab your jingle bells and swing them over your head… This holiday quickie is gonna light up your Noel. Okay, none of that made sense. But it sounded festive, right? This book is adorable, and you’ll love it. Just don’t get tinsel stuck in the wrong places. Trust us.
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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.
They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!
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BOOK REVIEW: Bad Romeo Christmas by Leisa Rayven

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From the internationally best selling author of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART comes an anthology of sweet and sexy novellas featuring beloved Starcrossed characters such as Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, and Josh and Angel; as well as the gang from The Grove.

Have Yourself A Sexy Little Christmas: An Ethan and Cassie Novella

Ethan and Cassie’s first Christmas with the Holt family should be nothing but jolly. Sure, Cassie’s a mess trying to impress her future in-laws with the perfect casserole, but when an unexpected blast from Ethan’s past shows up beneath the tree, the season gets a whole lot more serious–and sexy.

The Naughty List: A Liam and Elissa Novella

After being apart for months, Liam and Elissa are making up for lost time on a secluded island, where they think they’re free to explore each other’s bodies in peace. But when it turns out their Christmas sanctuary isn’t as deserted as it first seemed, their Christmas dreams turn into a nightmare.

Happy, Horny New Year: A Josh and Angel Novella

When the gang from the Grove gets together at a lavish New Year’s Eve party, it’s like no time has passed. Except Elissa and Josh are dating Hollywood royalty, Jack and Zoe have been hooking up in secret, Connor’s new girlfriend wants to murder Cassie, and Erika’s mystery man has everyone talking. Before midnight, shocking revelations are made, industry tongues are wagging, and the poor mistletoe is ready to pass out from overuse.

No matter how you’re spending the holidays, BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS is sure to heat up your festive season this winter.

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Leisa Rayven’s Bad Romeo Christmas felt exactly like coming home for the holidays. This warm, welcoming, and genuinely happy feeling just envelopes every part of you as soon as you read those first few sentences of the book. It was a great treat to be able to revisit with some of my most beloved fictional characters from one of my all-time favorite series. It was the best way to start of my most favorite time of the year.
This Anthology not only brought the giddiness from being surrounded once again by the Starcrossed series crew, but along with it, the author brought a dangerous heat which blazed through its pages– THREE-fold. That’s right, this book is broken up into 3 glorious parts each of which give us a glimpse of every one of our fave couples—

Ethan & Cassie in a wonderfully romantic short of their first Christmas together as an engaged couple. I loved seeing just what these two were up to and the shenanigans we find them in from the very start had me giggling and falling in love with them all over again. And it couldn’t be denied that the chemistry between Romeo and his Juliet have not ebbed but have only become even stronger.

In the second part of the book we are reacquainted with Elissa and Liam and I was quickly reminded as to why these two hold such a special place in my heart. I loved their part of the book most and no, not because of the obvious bias… But because I thought that Ms. Rayven gave us a storyline that was so full in such a few, short pages. Finding themselves separated across oceans for months because of career commitments, Liss and Liam had this desperate hunger for each other that didn’t only have my heart thrumming but my lady bits buzzing in the best way. I swear, I swooned all over Liam like some… Ho, ho ho! I was the bee all over his honey! Ugh, he was just so crazy sweet and the action between these two not only in between the sheets but on about every surface they could find definitely made my bells jingle. In the end of it all, I just wanted even MORE of them!

And of course this wouldn’t be complete without Josh and Angel. In Wicked Heart (book 2 in the Starcrossed series), we get to know Angel and Josh a bit. So I was excited to know that they would be part of this anthology because it would give me a chance to properly get to know them that much more. Josh is insanely loveable and I totally want him to be my bestie too! He’s witty and funny and I think the perfect match for a Hollywood starlet like Angel. I love that this geeky guy who has a penchant for super heroes could capture Angel’s heart. You seriously just want to “ooh and ahhh and aaawwwwwe” anytime these two are together.

I seriously want to hug the heck out of Leisa for writing this much needed holiday Anthology. This was a warm cup of hot cocoa while sitting across a crackling fireplace as the Christmas lights twinkle all around you. A feeling so comforting and wonderful, Bad Romeo Christmas is the perfect stocking stuffer for this year’s holiday season.

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About the Author:

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Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and she is now the proud mother of numerous book babies, including BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART. (Macmillan New York)

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three judgmental cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (*NB: Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.*)