Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

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Vincent knows he's not the most charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to talking, and he sure as hell isn't about to give into his mother's insistence that he 'settle down with a nice girl.' Luckily, Vincent's gig as one of the NYPD's top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner, Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.

After six years of working the homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.

Now the bureau's most antagonistic set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7 in the suspect's territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . . and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill's falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?

Only a week after, he’d stuck out his hand and introduced himself as Tom, Tom Porter, in a sort of James Bondian way that made her giggle. They had been eating dinner at that very same hotel restaurant. 

Only a week after that, dinner with Tom had become the norm rather than the exception.
The week after that? 

They occasionally threw lunch into the mix, either her coming to meet him at some fancy place while her mom was in physical therapy, or him bringing fabulous picnicstyle lunches to her mother’s house, where he’d proceed to charm Jill’s mom almost as thoroughly as he charmed Jill. 

Five weeks into Jill’s stay in Florida, Jill had stuck around for breakfast.
In his hotel room. 

And then there’d been last night. 

“Okay, okay, so he’s a dreamboat,” Elena said as the car crept slowly through rush hour traffic toward Manhattan. “How’d he pop the question? Champagne? Roses? Fancy restaurant with a water view?” 

“Holy crap,” Jill said with a laugh. “Were you there?” 

“I know all,” Elena said, extending her hands to the side as though she were some wise sage. “Did you see it coming at all?” 

“Not even a little bit,” Jill admitted. 

Not even with the expensive champagne, or the two dozen roses, or the fact that the restaurant staff seemed to be going out of their way to give Jill and Tom privacy at the terrace table overlooking the ocean. 

She’d simply thought it had just been a really fantastic good-bye. 

Instead it had been a bit more of a be mine forever and ever. 

And Jill had said yes. 

She’d said yes almost the second he’d gone down on his knee, not because she’d been that sure—she’d been pretty sure . .. sort of sure—she’d said yes because in that moment, Jill had wanted what Tom Porter was offering her. 

A companion. A partner. Love. 

And that’s what it came down to. Jill wanted to be loved. She wanted to love. 

She loved her mother, obviously. And loved the memory of her father, God rest his soul.
And though she had no siblings of her own, the Morettis had filled that gap. And with the recent addition of Luc’s girlfriend, Ava, and Anthony’s new wife, Maggie, she had some amazing girlfriends to add to the mix. 

And last, but never least, there was Vincent. Her partner. In some ways her best friend, although in a way that was different from her relationship with Elena. 

But as much as Vincent sometimes seemed like two parts of the same whole, he’d always held a bit of himself back from her. From everyone. 

He’d made no secret of the fact that he had no intentions of getting married, ever. Any fantasies Jill had had that her partner would one day wake up and see her were long gone. 

Which left her a bit... lonely. 

She wanted someone to come home to at the end of the long day who would just be there. Who’d pour her a glass of wine, maybe rub her feet and just listen.
Tom offered Jill what nobody else had offered her... ever. 

Love. Commitment. A future. 

And she knew that he loved her. Fast as their relationship had developed, she could feel it. And she loved him too. At least she was pretty sure. 

“Aww, you like him,” Elena said teasingly, reaching out a finger and poking the dimple in Jill’s left cheek. 

“I want to be happy, El. I want the happily-ever-after with someone who wants it with me.” 

She met her friend’s eyes and saw from the flash of regret on Elena’s face that El understood what Jill wasn’t saying out loud. 

I can’t wait for Vin forever. 

If you haven't started the Moretti Brothers - You must! I absolutely love this story about a legacy of law enforcement officers from New York City. Even though this is a series, each book can be read as a stand alone... but as always I recommend reading the whole series!

Vincent Moretti and his partner Jill Henley have been together for 6 years. There has always been "something" that everyone seems to see except Vin. So when Jill goes to Florida to help her mom for 3 months, Vin finally starts to see that maybe there could be something more between him and the sassy spitfire partner of his. The only problem is that Jill met someone while away and now she's marrying this guy she just met!

Vin starts to see Jill for the first time... but is it too late?

You get all the fun of the Moretti Family and see a different side of Vin that is fun and different from what we've seen on him in the past. Friends to lovers is one of my favs so I enjoyed the book a lot. Bring on the next Moretti Family Member!!!

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Heartbreakers by Melody Grace


"A must read second chance love story!"

- Claire Contreras, NYT Bestselling Author

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They say that time heals a broken heart, but you try moving on when your ex is the most famous man on the planet. Every time I walk down the street, there he is on magazine covers and billboards plastered with his gorgeous face: Finn McKay. 

Now he’s a drop-dead sexy rock star, but when I knew him, he was just the boy from the wrong side of the tracks - and the first guy I ever loved. He broke my heart into a hundred pieces when he skipped town without saying goodbye – but now he’s back.

And he wants me. 

I’m determined not to make the same mistakes twice, but the chemistry with Finn was always way too hot to ignore. He was the guy who had me sneaking out my bedroom window for just one more kiss, and breaking curfew parked by the riverbanks, steaming up his windows in the backseat of his car. 

The past five years have been good to him, real good, and between his dirty mind and that ‘I know how to make you scream’ smile, he’s breaking through my defenses all over again. 

Maybe one last wild fling for old time’s sake is what I need to finally move on. But what happens when Finn wants more than my body? This time he wants everything.

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What happens when the man who changed your whole world and broke your heart when he walked away 5 years ago, all of a sudden is standing in front of you, talking to you as if nothing ever happened... as if he didn't rock your way of living, as if he hadn't spoken one word to you in the 5 years, as if he went to the store and was back?

Finn and Eva had their whole life ahead of them. Sure they were just teens, but they knew that they were it for each other. Then one night Finn just disappeared...until he shows up 5 years later like nothing had happened. Except it had. Finn was now an international rock star and Eva was still living in their small hometown helping her sister raise her little boy. Living day to day, wondering how she survived the past 5 years and what she would be doing for her future.  Eva doesn't know what to think of the man who was her everything. Who is she kidding... is still her everything. But can she forgive him and move on or will the heartache he left her in have too big of a wake for her to battle through. 

Finn and Eva are meant to be together. You can feel the sexual tension, the passion, the fear and the joy in being reunited. But both of their pasts are not pretty. They were both hurting, trying to forget, trying to protect. 

I love a good second chance romance and this is one not to be missed. Melody has a way of enveloping you into the characters world of feelings and emotions, giving you a powerful read that you always walk away from with a smile on your face.

A definitely must read for 2016!

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1901411_222827264576317_236554262_n Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She lives in LA with her two kittens, Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers.    

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Soaked by Stacy Kestwick

Having hope was her weakness.

If Sadie Mullins hadn’t started to believe in love again, hadn’t let herself fall for him, she wouldn’t be feeling this way.

Wouldn’t have her heart breaking.

Wouldn’t regret meeting West Montgomery.

The cocky bastard should have left her alone, let her forget about him.

Let her move on with her life.

Of course, he didn’t.

That could have been the end of it.

Of course, it wasn’t.

Damn hope.
*This is Book 2 in the Water’s Edge Series and is a continuation of Sadie and West’s story that began in Wet. This is not a standalone.*

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The bartender was my new best friend. I frowned. Well, after Rue. And Theo. My third best-est friend. Because she kept pouring me these great margaritas.
I normally hated margaritas.
But Alison? My third best-est friend? She made some damn good ones. And there were so many flavors! Lime was okay. Mango was better. Watermelon wasn’t that great, but I drank it anyway because I didn’t want to hurt its feelings. I was almost finished with blood orange and it might have been my favorite, but I still had two flavors to go, so who knew?
The only thing I needed to decide on was whether pink lemonade or pineapple was next.
Wasn’t pineapple supposed to make cum taste sweeter?
Wait — that only worked if the guy drank it. Right?
I couldn’t remember now.
And it was fucking glorious.
Alison was my new third best-est friend and blood orange margaritas were the shit.
Best. Night. Ever.
I swung my head around when I heard the stool next to me being slid across the terracotta-tiled floor and almost lost my balance.
But Nick caught me.
Niiiiiiick. He looked nice tonight. Tight, dark shirt. Fitted khakis. I could kind of see the outline of his bulge against the fabric.
It wasn’t bad.
West had a nice bulge too.
I wrinkled my forehead. No. I shook my head. No.
Not thinking about him tonight.
Hey! Nick was here. Maybe he could drink the pineapple margarita and help me remember. I could get the pink lemonade one then.
I grinned up at him, and poked him in the chest with my finger.
“Alison!” I yelled. “This guy—” poke “—needs a pineapple margarita. And I’ll take the lemonade one next.”
She raised an eyebrow and looked at Nick for confirmation.
Nick with the bulge.
He leaned closer to me. “Why pineapple?”
I rolled my eyes. “Because I can’t remember. And this will solve the problem!”
“Can’t remember what?”
“If it’ll make you taste sweeter.”
He stared at me, then coughed. “Do you mean—”
I leaned over and patted his lap. “Down here.”

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Acting Happy by Rylie Roberts

Title: Acting Happy
Series: Texas Desires #2
Author: Rylie Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2016 Cover Design: Reese Dante

Kenzie Stanton’s constantly matchmaking mother won’t take a hint. At twenty-eight years old, she’d learned rainbows and fairy-tales don’t exist. She swears if she ever gets back on her feet, and out of the hot water her ex landed her in, she’ll embrace a new life that’s relationship-free. When a tall, handsome man with sexy eyes and a smoking-hot body shows up in her family’s store, she has no trouble ignoring him. Until his kindness and genuine nature truly test her resolve. 
The tabloids describe Ty Bateman as a cynical, take-charge, run-over-them-before-they-run-over-you kind of guy. In truth, the life of extreme celebrity has turned him into a tainted, jaded man—being virtually imprisoned behind the windowless walls of his home to avoid the clicking cameras of invasive paparazzi and the overzealous media will tend to do that to a person. When the time comes for his yearly weekend with his childhood friends, he decides to buy a secluded mountain cabin and take an extended vacation from his overwhelming reality. Rejuvenating his soul and making decisions about his future are his top priorities until he spots a blonde beauty in short-shorts carrying groceries out of the only store in town. 
Kenzie and Ty are both hiding out in the mountains…but for very different reason. Reality can only wait so long before it comes knocking on their doors. Even if Ty can break through Kenzie’s barriers, he’s not entirely sure his hurt beauty can withstand the mental brutality of his world. For these two damaged souls, is the possibility of failure too much to try for a life of more than acting happy?

"Acting Happy (Texas Desires #2) by Rylie Roberts is a fun, sweet, heart catching read." ~Melissa (Goodreads Review)
"Do you love  heart happy read?  Something that is fun, flirty, and just makes you giggle like a schoolgirl with her first crush?  If you answered yes, then you absolutely must read Rylie Roberts' newest release..."  ~Emily (Goodreads Review)
"I finished in two days.  I can't wait for the third book!  This group of friends are amazing."  ~Sandra (Goodreads Review)
"I loved this whole story and enjoyed how there were funny scenes, some suspense, and most of all, lots and lots of super hotness!!!!! ~Geri (Goodreads Review)
This was the first book that I've read by Rylie Roberts and as soon as I finish I went and bought book 1 in this series! I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for more in the series to come!

Ty the handsome movie star who is tired of the life he lives. Kenzie the shy beautiful girl who is stuck in a situation after living a sheltered life - being in the wrong place and trusting the wrong person. She's been burned, he's been burned and the two have a connection that is fast and furious - scaring both in two total opposites ways. To me they were perfection together. Kenzie was able to show Ty what love truly could be. Ty gave Kenzie the confidence to trust who she really was and see that she could allow people into her life that loved her for her, and not what she could do for them.

They both had their own set of baggage and at times it did get a little over the top with the self doubt on both sides, but I loved their connection, their chemistry and loved their friends who helped them a long the way. 

Really a great book and can't wait to go back and read book 1 in the series!

“Holy hell! I’ve never seen that around here before.” The commotion caused Ty to press the brakes, looking back at Cole whose whole attention was focused on the grocery store that had just come into view on the left.
“Sit down, you fool,” Connor yelled. Ty was forced to pay attention to the unusually heavy traffic, coming to a stop in front of the only streetlight in town. He turned his head to finally see what Cole had let out one of those catcall-style whistles at. She turned their way, confusion clear on her face.
The world kind of stopped for Ty, and for the briefest of moments, their gazes connected. His heart seized for one, then two, beats before resuming with a violent thunderous thump. Ty could hear Connor slapping at Cole’s leg, but he became transfixed on the face of the angel in front of him. The earth settled back under his Jeep and he amended his thought. That was if angels actually frowned.
“Who the hell is that?” Ty asked as if the guys would even know. She was gorgeous in all her tall, tanned summer good looks. She turned away, that casual gait stiffening as she walked behind some older woman, carrying several bags. Ty just sat there staring. She wore cut off blue jean shorts that he suspected might show a little ass when she bent over, a form-fitted pink tank top, and her long blonde hair was piled in a high ponytail hanging down her back. Her legs looked to be a mile long and she was muscular and fit. He could see the definition in her arms and legs as she moved. For him, she was stunningly beautiful and so out of character from anything he’d seen in this little backwoods town before.
“Hey, gorgeous. Look this way!” Cole yelled and whistled again. That had everyone in the area looking at them. Well, everyone, but her. She kept her eyes straight, ushering the older woman to her car when she had stopped her progress to stare at the crazy man making all the ruckus in the back of the Jeep.
“Sit your ass down and act right,” Connor yelled from the front seat. Ty registered the honk from behind and reluctantly looked up to see the light had turned green. He was holding up traffic. He did a quick left turn into the small grocery store parking lot and watched as the beauty shut the trunk of the car and walked around the corner of the building, completely out of his view. At least she hadn’t gotten inside the car because his buddies would think he was nuts chasing down that car just to meet her.
“Damn,” Ty said, parking crooked in the first open space he found.
“I swear to God, man. This whole town’s looking at us,” Connor said, not using the door, instead jumping out of passenger seat. “Get your ass out of there.”
“Shit, man. I might be in love.” Cole did about the same thing, jumping free of the open Jeep, and slapped Connor on the back as he strolled past, heading for the front doors of the store. “You might’ve just seen the future Mrs. Cole Willis.”

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