BOOK REVIEW: The Allure of Julian Lefray & The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey

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The Allure of Julian Lefray

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo

The Allure of Dean Harper

A standalone romantic comedy from USA TODAY Bestselling author R.S. Grey with overlapping characters from The Allure of Julian Lefray. Both books can be read separately.

From: LilyNBlack@Gmail.com
To: JosephineKeller@VogueMagazine.com
Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

Good morning my dear, naive friend,

I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow.

Why?

Because you sent me to work for Dean Harper, aka a control freak in a tailor-made suit. Sure he owns the trendiest restaurants in NYC, but c’mon Jo, his ego makes Kanye West look like the Dalai Lama.

He’s the type of guy that only hears the word “no” when it’s followed by “don’t stop.”

Working for Dean Harper would be like selling my soul to the devil…and before you say anything, I don’t care if the devil has punch-you-in-the-gut brown eyes and an ass to match. My soul isn’t for sale.

Regretfully yours,
Lily

Melanie’s Review:

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Never one to disappoint, R. S. Grey has once again and again won me over after I read The Allure of Julian Lefray and Dean Harper. There are only happy vibes when I pick up one of her books and this duo was no different.

 The Allure of Julian Lefray:

Josephine and Julian were straight out just made for each other. From the moment that they laid eyes on one another, you just knew that there was no other way their story could end but with a happily ever after. I absolutely adored Josephine. Determined and yet so utterly soft and sweet. She’s cotton candy through and through- eye catching and cavity inducing. Julian will make your panties melt, he is everything that one could possibly want in a man. Successful and ridiculously sweet. Their instant attraction lured me in and I found myself lost in their story until the very end. A light hearted, slow burning romance Julian and Josephine are a power couple you won’t soon forget.

 The Allure of Dean Harper:

 Oh goodness, I loooooved these two. Both passionate to their core. The tug ‘o war between love and hate was so perfectly written. Their attraction was undeniable even to them but because they are both so hard headed and proud, they spend most of their time at each other’s throats. Lily’s sass is one of my most favorite things about her and most of all, I loved how confident she was about her know how of the food industry. I very much liked that she always stood her ground and never let anyone step all over her—this included Dean Harper. Known to be the youngest, most successful restauranteur in NYC, he chases after one restaurant opening to another. It isn’t until Lily stirs a part of his guarded heart that he realizes just how empty his life is. This one had a touch more sexiness when compared to The Allure of Julian LeFray and I so very much loved it. The more they bottled up their feelings about each other, the more intense it became when they finally do give in. I felt like there was more of an emotional aspect to this book and I thought that added more to their story.

 Thank goodness for both of these books because they made my hour time on the treadmill fly by. I enjoyed these 4 characters and their stories. R.S. Grey is the perfect feel good author. Perfect for the summer and for all seasons. I can’t wait to fill my Kindle with all of her books.

About the Author:

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including four #1 bestselling romantic comedies. She loves yoga, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs. Visit her at RSGrey.com or on Instagram: @authorrsgrey.

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BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

Double Down

By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

 

Synopsis

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

Melanie’s Review:

A heart pounding follow up to Even Money, Alessandra Torre once again takes us in a roller coaster of a ride filled with suspense and romance. As you all remember, we were left with our jaws on the floor at the end of Even Money so I was wary when I found the start of Double Down a bit slow– the sound and feel of it not quite reminiscent to how Even Money made me feel from start to finish. However, the pace started to once again pick up as soon as Dario and Bell were reunited and from there forward, I was HOOKED!

There’s something so brilliant about Ms. Torre’s writing. I love that she intertwines stories within stories outside of her main characters. It makes readers minds go all over the place, trying to solve the what, who, and when. With sweaty palms and an entirely too overactive heartbeat, I was drawn not only to uncover what was to come for Dario and Bell but also for Claudia. What was to come for the sinister yet mistreated antagonist? So many questions, so few answers. I really do hope that we see more of her in future books because it’s driving me wild not having some solid answers. If this was Ms. Torre’s intent, then she played it well. 🙂

As for Dario and Bell, I loved how their relationship grew into something so beautiful. I love how solid and genuine their feelings were for each other. They never once gave up on one another. It proved that everything they had to undergo to be together was worth it. Their chemistry never once ebbed– their hunger could only by sated by the other. Oh man, Alessandra Torre sure knows how to write up some sexy scenes. Double Down had no shortage of them and you will be thrilled about it.

This duet was just another reminder of why I love this author so much. Her characters are always strong, her writing bold and complex. There’s no doubt that when you pick up one of her books that you’ll be entertained and always wanting for more. I can’t wait to see what she has in store next.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

51ATJNwauKL._SY346_Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless hook-ups.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died.

It didn’t stop me from falling in love.

*This is book 1 in a duet. The second book, Double Down, will release on June 18th*

 

Melanie’s Review:

IMG_6364A riveting read full of twists and turns. Alessandra Torre has once again written an addictive story line filled with mystery, suspense, and undeniable heat. Book after book she’s not slowed down one bit.

The heroine Bell Hartley has had some shit luck thrown her way and at the age of fifteen, the biggest of them was enough to knock her on her ass. But the best part about Bell is her resiliency. Yes, something so life changing most definitely affected her in ways she couldn’t control but instead of falling prey and getting sucked into a black hole, she takes control of her destiny and shot out of the small town she grew up in. A town that made her a victim. A town who didn’t believe her when she needed them most. Her luck starts to turn for the better when she finds herself in Sin City. Las Vegas, a metropolis built on gambling, vice, and other forms of entertainment. An oasis made to dazzle and indulge. Scantily clad cocktail waitresses are ubiquitous in the casinos and that’s where Bell finds herself in. Employed by 2 men who have become brother figures, she sets on this new life with one rule in mind— never fall in love.

Dario Capece gets everything he wants. No isn’t a word that is part of his vocabulary. When Bell strikes a chord with him from their very first meeting, there is no other choice but to have her in whatever capacity he could. It should have stayed at just sex. Something so simple, an act so pleasurable. But of course, life loves to throw out those curve balls and it isn’t long before their hearts decide to join in on the fun. Something that started out so simply quickly escalates into something murderous.

They should have known that danger was lurking behind their whirlwind romance. With the amount of power, wealth, and influence Dario has over the city, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Marrying into a wealthy & powerful family doesn’t come without a price. And that price is a psychopathic father in law with plans to bring down Bell to keep his dysfunctional family intact even if it means murder.

I was absolutely enthralled with Even Money. Unable to put my Kindle down, it only took one sitting for me to get through the whole book. The ending. OMG, the ending just about had me jumping off the bed. I flippin’ NEED the next one like I need my next breath. I’m all out of sorts knowing I have to wait until June 18th to find out exactly how everything will unfold. Cliffhangers like this gives me life— a literary masochist’s weakness. Even Money is a MUST read!

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About the Author:

61O37rbVOaL._UX250_Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

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BLOG TOUR: PIECE OF WORK by Staci Hart

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Piece of Work, an all-new sexy and hilarious romance from Staci Hart, is available NOW!

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

Melanie’s Review:

It was like a flush rising from my toes to the crown of my head– slow at first then quickly escalating to a wild heat that seemed to spread across my body. A love story that is so much deeper than what the book cover could possibly convey. Staci Hart is not a new author to me and I’ve enjoyed so many of her books but I have to say that Piece of Work is by far my most favorite so far. I was completely blown away by how entirely well written and how well researched it was and as each page turned, the more gratifying the story became.

Rin Van de Meer is the epitome of the ugly duckling story we were all told as little kids. You see her bloom from a timid, quiet, and insecure college student and into the bold, intricate, and confident lady she was meant to become. Landing her dream internship at the MET, Rin makes quite a lackluster first impression towards her new boss (Bianca) and her boss’s boss (Court). In her too short jeans, ripped up sneakers, and mousy demeanor she is quickly dismissed but thanks to some amazing friends who won’t let her take “no” for an answer and a life changing shopping trip later, Rin sets out to change the preconceived notion people have of her. Armed with chic new clothes and a tube of red lipstick she begins to realize that hiding in the shadows was not something that she wanted anymore. She no wanted to be seen and seen she was.

Court Lyons had been badly burned in the past. Used for his name and the title he holds at the MET, he’s learned to keep people at a distance. It’s when he sees those beautiful, vibrant red lips and legs that seem to go on for days that his whole world is blown to bits. Court was staggered by the realization that this woman is the very same nervous, unconfident intern he once dismissed. But it wasn’t only Rin’s makeover that catches his attention – her intelligence and her expertise on the very same things that he lives and breathes for is ultimately what wins him over. The more time they spend together, the more tempting the whole situation becomes.

And let me just say… When these two art buffs give into their desires, their chemistry is a work of art on its own. A very erotic and sensual one at that. The heat that slowly simmered swiftly turned to burning hot. You guys… Wow, wow, wow! All the dirty talk and the getting’ down to business scenes were insanely, ridiculously, downright sexy. More than that, the connection they had saved them from their biggest fears—Rin’s fear of taking risks and believing her worth and Court’s fear of being able to trust anyone and accepting the fact that he indeed is enough to be loved outside of his name and stature.

Ms. Hart has so wonderfully incorporated a woman of color as her heroine and in my humble opinion something that is needed to be done more often. It gives women like myself the chance to see themselves on the pages of a romance too. I loved the message that just because a woman feels good about themselves in new clothes and makeup doesn’t make them shallow. Sometimes, that is exactly what we need. To look good in order to feel good. It’s a mechanism to making one realize just how priceless their worth is. Though the start was quite slow for me, I’m so glad I decided to continue to climb because once it picked up it was simply the best!

 

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Excerpt:

He smirked and flipped up his sunglasses.

Bastard.

“You’re early,” I clipped.

“I would have had my assistant text you, but she’s currently bedridden.”

You could have texted me.”

“I didn’t have your number,” he said simply.

“Oh.”

His eyes shifted to look behind me, and I turned to find my friends standing me in a row with my suitcase in front of them, my messenger bag on top, and fake smiles on all their faces, lips together, their judgment about as quiet as a foghorn.

“These your roommates?”

“Yup,” was all I said as I turned and took my suitcase, hugging each of them down the line with promises to text when we landed. And then I turned to Court, rolling my suitcase in front of me like like a riot shield.

I tried to pick it up to carry it over the threshold, but it was heavy, and before I could get far, he’d swept it out of my hands like it was a loaf of bread and not fifty pounds of mascara and shoes.

I waved at my friends, who offered encouraging smiles and hand gestures, and I closed that door, immediately regretting every decision I’d made to bring me to the moment I turned around.

He stood at the door to the backseat, holding it open for me like a gentleman, which I knew he was not. But the look on his face of regret and deference, under the hard shell of his brooding, was almost too much to bear.

So I did the only thing I could.

I ignored him.

I ignored his gorgeous lips as they tilted and the sleek cut of his jaw as I walked past him. I ignored the sight of his long legs as he climbed in next to me and the smell of him that made me want to grab him by the lapels of his jacket and bury my nose in his chest.

The driver took off, and I busied myself in my bag, looking for my headphones and book.

His eyes were on me. I pretended like I didn’t notice.

“You’re not wearing lipstick,” he stated.

Headphones, headphones, headphones. “It’s an international flight, Court. Of course I’m not wearing red lipstick for a ten hour flight.”

A pause. “Rin, I—”

Aha! I popped in my earbuds the second they were in hand.

His lips flattened, his face unamused. Rin, his lips said, but I smiled and shrugged, pointing to my ears.

“Noise canceling,” I said way too loud.

His chest rose and fell with a sigh I couldn’t hear—I’d already turned on music, a playlist we’d built the night before geared toward resisting douchery and unwanted-slash-totally-wanted advances—and he reached into his own bag, a leather affair at his feet, his hand disappearing into the bag and reappearing with a book, which he handed to me.

He watched me with his expression shrouded as I paused, my eyes on the offered book. An image of Penitent Magdalene by Tintoretto filled the cover, and I met his eyes, pulling my earbuds out by the cord.

“I thought you could use this. For your proposal,” he said, giving nothing away. “I…A colleague of mine wrote it, so if you have any questions, I can connect you. If you want.”

I took it from his hand, surprised and disarmed. “Thank you,” was all I said. He opened his mouth as if to speak again, but closed it, and with a nod, he reached back into his bag for his own book. Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.

I put my earbuds back in place, trying not to bite my lip, but it found its way between my teeth despite the effort at the sight of him sitting there, dressed like that, reading Margaret Atwood. After giving me a thoughtful gift, a book he knew I would want, one I would need for my dissertation.

Court Lyons made about as much sense to me as a scrambled up Rubik’s Cube.

I leaned against the door as I flipped through his gift, doing my best to sort through the rush of questions and confusion as Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sang about being cheated by the opposite of love. And I found I knew exactly the feeling.

About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Release Day Blitz & Book Review: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s newest romantic comedy, ARROGANT DEVIL, is available now! Find out more about it below and pick up your copy today!

 

 

About ARROGANT DEVIL

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

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Melanie’s Review:

R.S. Grey knows exactly how to pull you in and keep you glued right where she wants you. With its love/hate plot and witty banter, Arrogant Devil is the sort of book that you can’t help but not be able to put down.

Jack McNight hides behind his broody, moody, arrogant personality to keep others at bay. Taking on the family business at such a young age from losing both his parents, he’s become addicted to Blue Stone Ranch which doesn’t leave much room for anything or anyone else. Though behind all that tough, gravely mask hides a man who grieves the loss of his parents and the fear of truly loving anyone else. Though I loved Jack, I really loved, loved Meredith! She’s honestly one of my most favorite heroines to date. I really enjoyed how complex her character was with her spunky personality mixed with such a deep vulnerability. It made it really easy for me to see through her eyes and able to relate to her that much more.

Meredith’s relationship with Edith (Jack’s grandmother) was another highlight for me. Their sweet bond brought quite a bit of smiles out of me and it made me miss my own grandmother. I love how full of life Edith was and in some way became Meredith’s inspiration to move forward with her life. Coming from a loveless and verbally abusive relationship, Meredith lost her mojo and I thought Edith brought out so much of Meredith’s strengths to light which helped her build her confidence.

The slow burn between Meredith and Jack was exciting. Finding one another during such an unexpected time, both were caught off guard that they didn’t know how to navigate around their newfound feelings. So, I loved seeing how their relationship progressed from enemies to friends and finally to lovers. I enjoyed this book very much and as with all of this author’s work, I found myself giggling through pages while falling in love at the same time.

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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RELEASE BLITZ & BOOK REVIEW: One Wild Night by A.L. Jackson & Rebecca Shea

One Wild Night

A flirty, sexy contemporary romance from bestselling authors, A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea . . .

“A fun, flirty, and fire-hot, feel-good romance” –Karen, Bookalicious Babes
It’s here!!!!!! ONE WILD NIGHT is LIVE!
It’s fun.
It’s flirty.
It’s sexy.
And yep, it’ll still give you the feels!
I had an absolute blast writing this collaboration with one of my very best friends, Rebecca Shea, and we’re so proud to bring it to you. It’s a departure from what we typically write, but there is something about it that just hit the spot 😉
I hope you love Paxton and Kaylee’s super fun, sexy story ❤
xoxo – Amy
Blurb:
A flirty, sexy contemporary romance from bestselling authors, A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea . . .
Kaylee Rose Burton, kindergarten teacher, has never been a believer in fantasies.
Living in L.A. her entire life, she knows the glitz and glam of Hollywood is just an illusion.
That is until she stumbles head first into the arms of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor.
It was just another day for Paxton Myles on the red carpet until the blue-eyed beauty literally stumbles at his feet.
A single glimpse in her innocent eyes and he knows he has to have her.
After one night of unbridled passion, Kaylee slips away to live her quite life, but the paparazzi has other ideas.
When Kaylee’s world comes crashing down, can Paxton convince her that their one wild night could turn into forever?

Melanie’s Review:

If you’re in the mood for something light and quick but ridiculously sexy, then One Wild Night is exactly what you need in your life. The first of a duet and the first ever collaboration between two amazing writers, this book will keep you entertained from the very first page to its last. With its alternating POVs, I loved how seamless the feel and the sound of it was. Nothing felt awkward or out of place. A.L. Jackson’s passionate and poetic writing style mixed in with Rebecca Shea’s sexy and engaging  style, I thought that they totally nailed it! Paxton and Kaylee’s whirlwind romance is definitely Hollywood material.

 The moment that Kaylee steps out of a rented limousine, onto the red carpet, and right into the arms of Paxton Myles, both their worlds are suddenly turned upside down. A love at first sight meeting and an all too swoon worthy wooing that follows will have you falling in love with them too. I guarantee lots of thigh clenching moments because Paxton Myles is one heck of a sexy bastard. A dirty talker who likes to take full control in the bedroom—I mean, c’mon!!! Don’t get me wrong, Kaylee can hold her own too—sweet and innocent yet a total vixen in the bedroom. Their chemistry and their hunger for one another is hot, hot, hot!!!

 You will gobble up the entire book in one sitting, not just because it is a quick read but also because it’s wholly entertaining as well. I loved getting the chance to finally read two of my favorite authors in one book. I hope that this duet isn’t the last of them writing together because One Wild Night proves that there’s something quite special that comes to fruition when they combine their talents together.

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A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea are bestselling authors residing in Arizona. After being writing partners for five years, it only made sense that they’d put their minds together to bring their readers something fun, flirty, and sexy.

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BOOK REVIEW: Ruin by Samantha Towle

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IMG_5650And the new heavyweight champion of the world is…

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

Melanie’s 5-star Review:

True love is one of life’s greatest anchors, and it has been the subject of some of the greatest country songs of all time and to me, Samantha Towle’s latest release is a perfect country song. A second chance love story, Ruin is filled with romance and heartache. I haven’t felt this level of swoon from a Samantha Towle book since The Mighty Storm because let’s be honest, that was perfection and who can top that? Well, Ruin comes a super close second to it. It had everything I love about this author. Her writing and prose are engaging and flipping through the pages becomes second nature because it is so addictive. There is no possibility of putting the book down after you’ve started. I was longing for more even before it ended. Yes, it was that kind of book! I wanted to hold it, hug it, squeeze it, and live through its pages.

 Zeus “the God” Kinkaid has loved boxing all of his life. From the moment that he stepped in front of a punching bag, he’d known it was what he would do and do well. With an alcoholic father who isn’t able to take care of his kids, the pressure for Zeus to provide for his siblings keep mounting on him year after year. So Zeus sets his eyes on a lucrative and long lasting career in boxing. What he didn’t expect was to meet the love of his life at just seventeen. Cameron Reed is a beautiful ballerina—all legs and innocent doe eyes and a heart set on winning and keeping Zeus Kinkaid forever. She was his dove and he was her everything. Their love story is endearing in so many ways. Moments that many of us can reflect back on when we first fell in love ourselves. Being able to find that in this book was divine.

 But of course, like all love stories theirs also takes a sharp turn for the worse. With Zeus needing to focus all his attention on his boxing career, he takes the “selfless” route – I do quotes on that because c’mon ladies, we all know it never turns out for the good. LOL. And that selfless act leads them living separate lives for five whole years. When they find themselves face to face years later, the connection and the love they continued to harbor for each other doesn’t miss a beat. Now that they both finally have a chance to right the wrong, will the secrets that they both have kept from each other break them apart all over again?

 There are so many amazing moments in this book and the characters were so fun to get to know. From Aunt Elle to Gigi to the Kinkaid siblings and even good ‘ole Deputy Dick. The means in which Zeus goes through to win Cameron back is sweet and so flippin’ sexy. Ladies, we’ve got ourselves a dirty talker. Everything about this book just gave me the best chills. This second chance love story will win you over from start to finish. This has my bookshelf worthy stamp of approval and a definite Samantha Towle fave.

About the Author:

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SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction, Under Her, Breaking Hollywood and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.